Field Notes

Last academic year I spent each semester teaching one class at Pratt Institute. One ongoing project the classes completed was a visual journal. I was fortunate enough to be able to get Field Notes to sponsor the project by donating one journal to each student in the classes. I am excited to share more on this project as I photograph it, but I’ve got to show Field Notes what the students were able to do first.

Here is a sneak preview from the History of Communication Design class!

Cover from Kristie Bailey!

Cover from Tiffany Chen!

Inside spread from Brandon Wallace!

Lara & Andy!

Something I do not do very often (but seem to post about frequently) is take pictures for my friends of their weddings. This has actually only ever happened twice.

Over the summer I had the opportunity to photograph the wedding of a good friend from the SVA MFA design program. The wedding was especially fun to photograph because it was in a great community garden in Manhattan - not to mention the bride couldn’t be a more awesome lady.

There is no way they could have asked for a more gorgeous New York City Day.

Congratulations Lara & Andy!





End of Summer Approaching . . .

As the end of summer approaches, I figure it is about time to look back on the past spring.

The end of spring brought some really exciting adventures!

There is one exciting escapade I’d like to share. I took my Pratt Institute Print Production class on a letterpress field trip. Thanks to Dan at The Arm, I was able to bring my class to his studio to do some letterpress printing. At The Arm, my students (in groups of three) spent a bit of time designing, typesetting, and printing a poster for their senior show. Each group got to help with a different part of the letterpress process. Thanks to student Steven Mallia, we have some great documentation of the field trip (see a peek at what we did in his pictures below!).

You can also see write-ups of the field trip from Emily Wilbur and Christine Park. Emily and Christine were two of the other amazing students in my Print Production class.




Bevy of Activities

Happy New Year!!

It’s been a bit since I’ve updated. So much going on!

1. Used my gocco to individually silkscreen almost 2,000 coasters that Nina Mettler designed for her amazing wedding:

2. Photographed a great Southern Wedding for Selena Faye Hodge:


3. Became a band booking agent and started booking shows for the bands Nightmare Cats, Unorganism, Centennial, and The Goddamn Team-Players

Yes, this really happened, here is the evidence:

Nightmare Cats playing at Monkey Town

Unorganism playing at Death By Audio

Bruce of Centennial playing at Monkey Town

Nightmare Cats and Wilson Novitzki playing at Pianos!

Even got to letterpress some posters for the shows!


4. Working at Johnson and Johnson for the past few months as a designer on the Oral Care team. I have a new found appreciation for my teeth and all things Listerine!!


very different from today’s listerine, found via design muse

5. Teaching at Pratt’s Manhattan campus! I’m excited to post some work from my students last semester, as well as post work from the coming semester as well. If all goes as planned, we’ll get to go on some amazing studio visits!

Looking forward to posting more than I have been, and going to see Mixtape at the Jen Bekman Gallery before the show closes on January 9th!! Come with!

kate_bingaman_burt_feelingstape2 Feelingstape #2 by Kate Bingaman Burt

Buke and Gass

Updates need to be more regular.

I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy and far away from the internet (okay, so maybe not that far).

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. and Alexander Campos organized a show at the Center for Book Arts called Racism: An American Family Value. The show was amazing, and I’ll be posting some pictures soon. If you are living or visiting in NYC, you should be sure to go check out the exhibit before it closes.

For opening night, Amos printed some amazing postcards.

The Jen Bekman Gallery has a new show up that I checked out on its opening night. Summer Reading has work from some of my current favorite artists & photographers such as Kate Bingaman-Burt, Kelly Shimoda, and Alec Soth.

I have to admit I really enjoyed Kelly’s I guess you don’t want to talk to me anymore series:

Since I moved back to New York, I’ve also been going to see a good bit of music.

Last night I saw a band called Buke and Gass. It was one of the best sounding live shows I’ve been to this year, and I can’t wait to see them again soon. They’ve got some pretty interesting instrumentation (I think). If you’re in New York on August 29th, you should come with me to see them.

Photograph by Grant Cornett for Buke and Gass (stolen from their myspace):

Today some of my favorite people (Christopher Doyle & John Banister) are in performing Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” along with 198 other guitarists and 16 bassists at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park Bandshell. The New York Times has a nice write up about the event.

I’m also in the process of uploading some vernacular type images from my Mississippi to Colorado trip. Check some of them out!


Food Porn

For the past month, I have actually managed to cook. Cook REAL food. No TV dinners. No frozen pizzas. I have actually managed to make things I only once dreamed of making.

Key lime cheesecake? Check.
Artichoke Casserole? Check.
Coconut Pancakes?? Triple Check.

As I began my “I will cook all my meals or else” journey, one of my friends suggested that I check out Taste Spotting. When I asked her what it was, she replied with: ” Sarah, it’s totally food porn.”

Taste Spotting is a ” community driven visual potluck.” The description is fitting. I dare you to take a look at it, and tell me you don’t want to make everything and anything that you see pop up. It’s setup like we love typography, but instead of type lovin’, you get a whole lot of foooooooood lovin’.

Here’s what I made this weekend:

Center for Vernacular Typography

One project that I’ve been working on SLOWLY for quite a bit of time now is The Center for Vernacular Typography. About a year ago I started doing work on it with the owners & members of the Public Design Center: Clifton Burt, Kate Bingaman-Burt, and Will Bryant. While I was teaching, I did not have the amount of time to spend on the project that I would have liked. I’m getting back into the swing of it, and getting back on the project. Check out some pictures I’ve taken for the project so far, as well as the pictures many people have contributed to the group flickr! I find it so amazing that so many people are interested in this project!!

The Center for Vernacular Typography defines vernacular type as: “Letterforms selected, created, or applied by persons whose occupation is not derived from regular work with letterforms. ”

The dictum of CVT is “Document, catalog, research, and share.” Hopefully I’ll be building quite a library of vernacular typography to share!

Southern Typography Photographs

West Coast Photographs

North East Photographs

Flickr Group for adding Vernacular Typography photographs!

Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair

As it turns out, I moved to New York just in time for the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair. It was an exciting event to attend!! This year, the fair seemed much bigger. I’m pretty sure the reason for the feeling of expansion was that the fair wasn’t in the McCarren Park pool this year. It was around a good bit of the park.

If you were a runner on the track at McCarren Park on either day of the fair, you probably also got a sweet look at the goods for sale. Many of the tents were set up around the track.

Overall the fair showcased handmade jewelry, stationery, limited edition prints, and clothing (of course there was lots of other stuff too). I photographed a few of my favorite things while I was there:

Skylark Studio



Cleo Dee’s




Nervous System




Up In the Air Somewhere


V & M



and lastly,
Bow & Arrow




I’ve just landed in New York. East Williamsburg in Brooklyn is the place that I’m calling home. Getting here? Leisurely.

On the way, Christopher and I made stops in Nashville, D.C., and Philadelphia to see friends and one of my two sisters. In Philadelphia I got to meet up with an awesome textile designer and super good friend, Alexis McVicker. She showed me some of the patterns/etc. she’d designed while working at Anthroplogie and Urban Outfitters. Alexis wearing one of my favorites:


Somebody want to buy this for me? Please?

New York City Visit

As school here at Mississippi State ended, I was lucky enough to have a free plane ticket to anywhere in the continental US (I was asked to wait for the next flight because they oversold last May. The flight was their thank you to me). I chose to go to where I will be living this summer, New York City.

It was a lazy trip to the city, as I didn’t go crazy to see all the sites. I mostly concentrated on seeing friends, the few interviews that I had, and . . . the FOOD.

I really like to eat.

Some of the really amazing places I went were:

Blackbird Parlour in Williamsburg

Miracle in Parkslope

Soho Natural in Soho

I’m excited to be back there in two weeks for at least the next two months. It’s too bad that I’ve challenged myself to not eat out for one month. We’ll see how that goes.

this post actually dates: May 19th, 2009

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