May 29, 2013 in my shop
May 29, 2013 in updates
A couple of weeks ago I graduated! I now have a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Arts Management to add to my resume. The moment the Masters hood was placed over my head, it hit me. I have a MFA!
I’m still processing what it means to be a Master. I’ll save those thoughts for another post. For now, I want to share my excitement and explain why I’ve been absent from the blog for the last few weeks. The MFA THESIS FOG has lifted. Now, to find a job!
The Civil Appetites was a success! The installation at RoCo has been deinstalled and I’m already researching my next project!
In case you missed them, be sure to check out the final 2 posts over on The Civil Appetites blog:
I finished printing my thank you cards last night! It did NOT go as planned. This is a perfect example of 1. learning from your mistakes and 2. making it work.
If you remember from last week the plan was to print a 2-color thank you card. After spending about 20 mins deciding on a color, I set-up the press making sure my text was centered. Well, my text was centered all right, but somehow didn’t start out that way! As you can see above my print revealed a huge gap between “THANK” and “YOU”. My word spacing was severely off. What to do? Well, I could have trashed the cards and started over, but wanting to save the cards (and not be wasteful) I decided to do a quick re-design. My instructor suggested I browse the ornamental type to add a little interest between the words. After briefly entertaining the idea of adding a martini glass, I went with the Art Deco type you see above.
Since I was now adding a third element to my card, I decided to make the “YOU” black ink and the ornament my second color – Pantone 485U. So, technically, although 2-colors my cards ended up being 3-impressions.
What did I do wrong? Honestly, I’m still not entirely sure what happened. What I do know, is that I could have caught this mistake earlier on if I proofed with the “THANK YOU” and then printed the “THANK” and “YOU” separately. Learning moment!
Read about Lovin’ Letterpress II – Week 1!
Folks have asked if I will be selling the bags in my shop after the campaign is over. Since I designed the bags specifically for thank you gifts for my campaign funders, I’m waiting for the campaign to wrap up before adding them to my online shop. For now, donate $25 and receive a tote! THANKS!
The tote bags are handprinted by Hey Buddy! here in Rochester, NY.
I’m back in the print studio! Last night was my first Lovin’ Letterpress II class at the Printing & Book Arts Center (PABA) at the Genesee Center for the Arts. I am thrilled to share that I am able to take this class right now because I was awarded a scholarship from Ladies of Letterpress!
Since it’s been nearly two years since I took Lovin’ Letterpress I (doesn’t feel like two years!) my goal for last night was to simply re-familiarize myself with PABA. I was surprised when I walked through the door and saw that PABA moved some things around! The place looks great. There is a “new” (to me) reception area and mini-gallery to showcase student work and give project samples. A majority of the type cases are now in the basement which allows for more room in the main space. PABA looks great! Such a nice space to work in.
After I spent a good hour looking around I got to work. Going into class I knew I wanted to make a batch of thank you cards for my Indiegogo campaign funders. I also knew I wanted to attempt to print 2-color since I have only ever done 1-color. Last night I printed the “THANK” and “www.megancharland.com” in black ink. Next week I’ll be printing the second color which I haven’t decided on yet. At first I wanted to use a hot pink for “YOU”, but I’m not sure. I’ll post photos of the final cards next week!
Lovin’ Letterpress | RECAP – read a recap of my 10 week experience in Lovin’ Letterpress I –> this post links to each individual weekly post on my old blog: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 & 4, Week 5 & 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9 and Week 10!
I’m excited to be sharing my current work in progress with The Rochester Critique Group at Imagine RIT on May 4th! I’ve been working on a new book project since this past fall and looking forward to spending more time on it as I wrap up my thesis project. So, mark your calendars and JOIN US! Also, HUGE thanks to our fearless leader Alyssa Marzolf who brought us together, started The Rochester Critique Group, and signed us up to exhibit on May 4th! YAY!
May 4, 2013, 10AM-5PM
Free – Rain or Shine
The Rochester Critique Group Exhibit
Exhibit Code: LOW-110
Zone: Business District
Location: Max Lowenthal Hall (LOW/012) – Second Floor
Time: All Day
Age Group: 15-adult
The Rochester Critique Group’s mission is to foster creative growth in a positive, supportive, and stimulating environment for artists, critics, curators, and/or those interested in forging a position in the art community. The Rochester Critique Group is presenting an exhibit that is comprised of various artworks by Rochester-based artists. Our group aims to grow exponentially as local, emerging artists discover the vitality of the critique in their works’ developmental process and growth. The Rochester Critique Group plans to participate in various aspects of the art world, including exhibitions and print-on-demand books.
Alyssa Marzolf, Whitney Warne, Justin Schmidt, Nick Marshall, Tim Avery, Nick Brandreth, Jim DeWitt, Greg Caggiano, Adam Maida, Peter Lazarski, Travis Johansen, Kaitlin Legg, Cameron Farash, Paul Schlieter, Doug Weglicki, Margaret Storms, Amy Lula, Laura Walczak, Greta Page-Mann, Kathryn DeFeo, Jesse Ames, Jenna Shay, Ali Sable, Declan Ryan, Megan Charland, Janna Salmin, Cory E. Card, Ben Gilberg