Project: Recording Kaleidoscope

Looking for an opportunity to learn and grow? Record a CD.  Better yet, record a collaboration CD with a friend!

Lisa Ferguson and I took the plunge in March of 2012.  Being that neither of us are the type to go into anything lightly, nor are we quick decision makers, the mutual accountability really helped move this project along.

I live in northern Illinois and Lisa lives in Chattanooga, so distance also proved to be an issue for us.  In order to plan and rehearse, we met up in Louisville, KY several times during the winter.  These long weekends, cooped up a room at the Country Inn & Suites were exhausting, but they really prepared us for what was to come.


In mid-March I drove to Chattanooga to spend a week recording at Lisa's home.  Steve Seifert was our sound engineer.  He essentially brought the recording studio to us. 

We recorded for 7 days, 12 hours a day.  Stephen Humphries played percussion on 5 tracks so we spent about 1 day total recording percussion.  

What a roller-coaster!  By the end of the week, we'd finished off several bottles of wine, a couple boxes of thin mints, an entire bag of pistachio nuts, and who knows how many pots of coffee.  There was a lot of laughter mixed in with the disagreements.  After a week, the three of us had bonded. Steve likened it to being at some sort of "weird" summer camp. He is a master of metaphors.

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Upon returning home and listening to rough cuts, we decided that a steel pan part in one of the tracks wasn't where we wanted it to be, so I called upon a local friend of mine, Mike Schwebke, to help out and record a new steel pan part for After Midnight. We recorded this in late April at a studio in Aurora, IL.

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In the end, the project was worth the sweat, tears, and thousands of miles on the road.  It was completed in June of 2012!  I'm so thankful for Lisa, Steve & Stephen Humphries for putting so much into this.  I'm also grateful for Dan Landrum for allowing us to borrow his recording equipment and Mike Schwebke for lending his steel pan talents on short notice!

Project: Senior Exhibit

I graduated from RMU in February of 2012.  During my final weeks as a student, preparation for my senior exhibit dominated my time.  I submitted 12 printed pieces total. The pieces represented illustration, photography, layout design, typography, and multi-media.  All were accepted and displayed at the State Street Gallery in Chicago, IL. The gallery purchased all of them, however I chose to keep a few of the pieces including the three large bird ladies.


I was responsible for printing and framing all of my submissions. Printing and trimming was a fun thing to do.  I have annoyingly short arms, which made the framing process a little difficult.  Many of my pieces were 50" tall, so building the frames and getting the prints into them unscathed was...interesting.


I wasn't able to attend the opening night of the exhibit because I was in Chattanooga recording a CD with Lisa Ferguson.  But I did finally make it out to see the gallery in April. Many of my pieces had prime placement.  Including a photograph I call "Duck Butt", which was amusingly placed above the water fountains.


Seems legit.


I've never made a meme before.  Something inspired me yesterday to make a series of graphic design themed memes ending in various rage faces. (Click here for an explaination of the term "rage face")  I never actually made them.  I got distracted looking at other graphic design-y memes and found these.  I thought these were amusing.

If you're a creative type, you probably know what an accurate depiction these info-graphics are.  The crying thing might be a bit of a stretch.  But I suppose it's whatever emotional response you are most prone to having. 


The one on group projects is reflective of my grad school experiences thus far.  The only saving grace is by this point in our educational careers, we're all on the same page with this one.  

2013 Origami Project

This year I purchased my very first day-by-day calendar. I've never really understood the purpose of this type of calendar but this year, for whatever reason, I gave in. Maybe it was the "half-off" price tag. Or maybe it was the subject matter: 365 Days of Origami. As if I needed something else to clutter up my desk...

Seems they start you out easy with mainly flimsy square and triangle shaped things. This is probably for the best.

I've downloaded an app for my phone that allows me to post blog entries on the go. I figured I would start with this. Hopefully I can get through the year and at least attempt all of them. You use each day's sheet to do a piece for the following day. This makes it hard to review what you've done. But it saves on paper.