FUN WITH TYPE

Here's some Fun With Type! What is Fun With Type? Instagram Photos + Various Fonts & Type Treatments. These are just a self-assigned quick exercise I've decided to share, so not too much thought put into them, just experimentation and fun!  Hence, the "fun" in Fun With Type!  

Enjoy!


Font // Dekar Light


Font // Ostrich Sans


Font // ScalaSans Caps

HOW TO SUCCEED, WELL I THINK

I’ve quit a lot of jobs in my life, like every single one I’ve ever had with the exception of FEMA, they just laid me off when our contract was up, but today was by far the most rewarding. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my co-workers, and I loved my job because at the time it served a serious purpose, but it is now time for me to move on. It is time for me to become the person I’ve been dreaming of, and slightly delaying, for the past few years.

Never in my life have I felt more sure in what I’m doing. The road to this point was definitely a bumpy one filled with anticipation, balancing some money, planning out my steps, fights with people I love dearly, and many tears, but I have to say all of it was not only necessary, but is now much appreciated.  In those resisting moments, those moments when I wondered what the fuck I was really doing, I persevered and came out the other side a better person for it.  My relationships with others have, too.

I’m going to get really personal here, but I feel I have something to seriously blog about, something that will help other people, and something that will be extremely valuable to the future me.  Let me just say right now, I’m a lot more interested in future Sarah, more so than ever been before.  On to the story of how I got to this point, at this moment.

Back in the beginning of February I was in a very bad place.  I was a little lost, a little confused, and very depressed. I suffer from a hormonal imbalance and subsequently, depression.  For some reason, things got bad.  Mikey (my boyfriend) and I got into a horrible fight, I flipped my shit, and the following months were filled with unbearable times.  I mean things were really bad. I was on what felt like the verge of losing the most important boyfriend I’ve ever had. I was freaked out that my mom was going to be moving and going through her own stress with the move. I was unhappy at work (like I said, LOVED my co-workers, things just felt off for me). My mind was a raging mess filled with irrational thoughts, bouts of explosive tears, and at times it was hard to even pull myself out of my bed. Things were bad, I mean second to only one other time in my life, and that was the worst.

The months leading up to the explosive fight with Mikey we weren’t ourselves, and weren’t communicating like we used. The fight, which at the time seemed like the end of the world, was the catalyst that got me to this point, at this moment. I realized in the weeks that followed how much I truly loved this person, and in that came a lot of change, for us both.  I won’t go into too much detail with all of this because it’s not as important to the story, but it does have merit to the story.  I guess, long story short, in a heartbreaking conversation with my best friend (and boyfriend) of two years, he told me he was afraid that I wouldn’t follow through with anything, that I was depressed and it was hurting me and our relationship.  I don’t know why, but from that moment I decided back to the medicine we went.  You see, I’m kind of opposed to a lot of pharmaceutical medicines, but I have depression, so I knew this was the only way to even my levels out and return to Earth.

The best way I can describe depression is as follows. There’s me, Sarah. Hi! I’m a happy, clear, focused, funny, talented girl. I always have friends, I love being around people, I care about others, I love getting to know others, I love life.  See, sometimes that girl is trapped within a glass soundproof box, and this mean, depressed, irrational, unpleasant person who looks just like me has put me there. She put me there so she could wreak havoc on all aspects of my life, leaving nothing but strained relationships and anxiety in her wake.  I can’t control her, and I can’t escape her. I actually hate her, but when you’re trapped inside a glass soundproof box, you’re helpless. For me, my new meds are like taking that mean, depressed, irrational, unpleasant version of me, locking her in that box she had me confined to, and pushing it off a fucking cliff.

Now that I am on Celexa, I feel more like me than I have in years.  I felt like the old me, the me that used to exist until hormones started working on building that mean, depressed, irrational, unpleasant version of me.  It was, and still is, the best feeling.  I’m not a zombie, I don’t have any side effects, I’m eating better, I’m clearer and more focused, I am happy.  Whoa, that’s a different one for me, happy.  In this happiness I’ve fallen in love with my boyfriend again (he says the same of me), I’ve taken a huge step towards my future, and bonus, I get to help my mom with her new home and new life adventure. I’m not afraid of my future anymore. I’m not afraid to just up and quit my job and move.  I’m not afraid to have a temporary long distance relationship with Mikey. I’m not afraid of failure because I took a huge step towards success and in that I have comfort.

I look at it this way, if I had stayed in Mississippi, silently hating myself and the life I was living rather than chasing after the life I dream of, then I would continue to be more miserable than if I tried and failed.  The worst thing that will happen to me is I might have to get a part time job.  I’m not even worried about this because I have some freelance work lined up, I know how to use the internet to find smaller jobs to fill the gaps, I’m armed with a great portfolio site, a good body of solid work, and I have the cojones and the desire to go after what it is I want. If I didn’t do this, I might not fail, but I certainly wouldn’t be succeeding either.

So, that’s basically how I got here personally, let me go a little more into how I got here professionally. After a whirlwind college career filled with uncertainty, time off, starting a business, and tragedy, I graduated back in August 2011. I was fortunate enough to have an awesome friend who told me about the job at University Communications.  I applied, interviewed, and got the job. I worked with some incredible people, and am so thankful for not only the job and the experience I gained, but the relationships and friends I gained.  Something inside just didn’t feel right though, like I knew I wanted more, but I wasn’t sure what.  I also knew I wanted to leave Mississippi.

Mississippi is an interesting, vital, beautiful placed filled with amazing Southern culture.  It’s where I grew up, it’s part of who I am, and I will always have a spot in my heart for this state, but this is not my ending, this is merely my beginning.  The desire to get out in the world, see things, meet people, and escape everything familiar and safe was deep inside me, boiling up, but I didn’t realize how strongly the pressure would eventually get.  At first, coupled with all the other stresses I was experiencing personally, I was scared, confused, and letting it all get the best of me. Then I updated my portfolio, applied to jobs in Tennessee, even got an interview, and I feel like that was when I let the pressure start to slowly escape. When I didn’t get the job I interviewed for, I let it get to me, but slowly I realized it just wasn’t the right job and the right job would find me, or maybe I’d just create it.

For now, I’m creating the job.  I’ve been in contact with a few firms in Tennessee, and gotten such a good response I stopped sending out emails until I'm settled there.  I’m making plans to visit other firms, to make business cards, to contact printers, and just put myself out there in a nice friendly “Hello world, I exist and I want to make you amazing eye-catching work!” type of manner.

Just to clarify, I’m in no way “tooting my own horn” or anything. I’m simply here to write about my experience as a human and the steps I’m taking, and hopefully through that I can inspire others in my field and in whatever endeavors they do.  I’ve realized all it takes to make your dreams come true is really going after them. It’s like Thomas Jefferson said, “Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  Just don’t give up! It might take you longer than you had hoped, but I promise you it will pay off.

Let me leave you with some final thoughts.  I might fail, and that’s OK. I might become a raving success, and that too is OK, but just knowing that I tried, that’s where the real satisfaction comes in. Loving yourself and being proud of yourself is NOT EASY, but it is possible, and I promise you it feels better than any other feeling.  So, go out there, make a step towards the rest of your life.  Trust me, it hasn’t been easy, it’s been almost unbearable sometimes, but you will come out the other side if you keep pressing forward.  Take baby steps, start your business and fail. Quit your job and fail. Fail. Failure just means you’re one step closer to success.

Also, I’ve dismantled Replay Consignments and I’m restructuring the store.  See, I failed, but in my failure I narrowed down what I really wanted, what was working, and set in motion a plan to try again with a new angle. The new store is called Eleven26, and it’s going to be new, used, vintage, retro, and antique accessories, jewelry, and decor.  All stuff I like and I know others will like. I’m happier with it and the direction it’s going more than I ever was with Replay.  Thing is, I will always love Replay. I started it from my college room at my crazy old house on 7th Street, and it gave me a reason to learn some web design and coding, it helped me develop styles over the years, it got me into product photography, styling, and owing a business.

Failure isn’t bad, it’s just the antithesis of success, but without one you couldn’t have the other.

Stay tuned for more adventures in life and freelancing. 


BEEN A WHILE...

Hmm, been a while since I posted anything, but I assure you that is going to change.  To prove it to you that I've learned the error of my blog neglecting ways, here are some sweet designs that are sure to tickle your brain.  Enjoy!

Update on my whereabouts, what's coming up, life's interesting moments, and much more, COMING SOON!

 by :: Sarah

 by :: Mikey


 by :: Sarah


 by :: Sarah & Mikey

by :: Sarah


 by :: Sarah & Mikey

WHEN

Here are two pieces I created recently for a personal project series called When. When is my take on historical moments in time, up to the present, and questioning the ideas, motives, and truths behind these moments. We live in a remarkable time at a remarkable turning point in history and it is my belief that through education, questioning, and searching for the real truths in life we can collectively move our species forward. I also feel this could go in the wrong direction since it has been doing so for some time now, but hope and truth press on in my world. There is no option for failure at this point or we will have the greatest failure ever at our hands, the death of our world, our people, our history, and any hope of a future.  When is to make you question, ponder, and research what's really going on here and how we can make a change for the better.

More illustrated truths coming.

Enjoy.


OLD PUBLIC HEALTH POSTERS

Today I came across some crazy old posters for public health, and they are interesting to say the least.  Here's the link to check out the rest, and read up on any you find interesting.  The dates are provided below each one.  They are crazy!!  Enjoy.

Title: Parents of Earth
Date: 1977

 Title: Parents of Earth
Date: 1977

 Title: A Sailor Doesn't Have to Prove He's a Man!
Date: ca. 1942

 Title: Immunize and protect your child
Date: 1977

 Title: Prevent Disease: Careless Spitting, Coughing, Sneezing
Date: ca. 1925

Title: Fight tuberculosis with modern weapons
Date: ca. 1935


Title: The Next To Go: Fight Tuberculosis
Date: 1919

DOCUMENTARIES I'VE ENJOYED

I love to watch documentaries on Netflix, and a lot of these films open my mind or at least make me question or ponder things I might never have been aware of otherwise. I decided to share some of the more interesting ones I've watched over the course of the past year or so. All of these were interesting to watch and definitely left an impression on me. I highly recommend checking some of them out.

These are in no particular order, links go to trailers.  Enjoy!

If A Tree Falls 

Dear Zachary

Picture Me

Commune

No Impact Man

The Weather Underground

All In This Tea

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

The Future By Design

Milton Glaser: Inform & Delight

Art & Copy

Walmart: The High Price of Low Cost

Waste Land

Super High Me

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Blood Into Wine

Exit Through the Giftshop

Herb & Dorothy

How Weed Won The West

Jesus Camp

Bomb It

Beautiful Losers

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Helvetica

Objectified


I'm pretty sure there are way more than this, but this is all I could remember.

TIRE ART II- YONG HO JI

Never would I have imagined doing a post on tire art, let alone doing two posts on tire art, but here we are.  I found another blog with some photos from Yong Ho Ji who is a sculptor working with shredded tires.  He reassembles the old tires into beautiful sculptures that really seem to have a life all their own.  I have to say I'm a bit in love with this.  Whenever art can beautifully be made out of trash, I am excited.  It just goes to show that your medium can literally be anything.  

Make sure you stop by unfinishedman.com to see the rest of the photos, and go check out more of Yong Ho Ji's work.  Enjoy!









DRAWINGS YOU WON'T BELIEVE

I came across these amazing drawings today on a blog, Oddity Central.  And yes, I said drawings.  Artist Paul Cadden uses graphite and white chalk to make some of the most realistic looking drawings I've ever seen.  I'm just completely blown away by these!  This is the kind of art that makes me feel like less of an artist, and not in a bad way, just in a humbling way.  I could never produce anything close to this, and I find it absolutely amazing!

Please check out Oddity Central and Paul Cadden for more images and information.

 The detail on the water and his wet hair is absolutely insane.

 This guy's facial hair and wrinkles just are amazing. 

The attention to detail on the overall pictures is just incredible.  Look at his jacket and the in focus and out of focus parts.  Genius!

UM, IT'S JUST A TOPIC

Ok, the photos you are about to see may be disturbing.  No, seriously.  I'm sorry, but I am one of those artist people who looks for meaning and/or creates meaning with certain topics.  Life is a huge complicated mess, and with these photos I'm exploring my feelings, understandings, and what all of that means to me.

I know, sounds pretentious and like a load of shit, but truthfully no matter how ridiculous someone gets with their art there's always a search for something.  It might be slightly cloaked in pretentious b.s., but the sheer fact that someone is cloaking it is part of a their search.  I guess what I'm saying is although I don't like all art, I do understand it means something to someone or they wouldn't have created it.  Creativity is so much more than just painting a painting or snapping a photo.  It's thought out on some level, or is at least an outlet for whatever that particular person is trying to portray. 

With that being said I'm exploring death.  Not in a morbid ridiculous type of way, but in a "This is life.  Life = death. It's all around us, and the world is still going 'round.  Let's raise a pint, and solute those we've lost!" sort of way.

Ok, maybe I'm weird, but we're all weird.  Enjoy!

Roadkill
Brooklyn, MS 

Roadkill
Brooklyn, MS 

Dead Lizard
Hattiesburg, MS 
 
Dead Lizard
Hattiesburg, MS

Dead Stingray
Bay St. Louis, MS

JUNKCULTURE

Check out this beautiful tire art by Wim Delvoye.  I found it on Junkculture.  


Junkculture is a really interesting blog.
"Junkculture was launched in 2009 as a blog intent on bringing readers an eclectic mix of visual culture and curious artifacts from around the web."
Another cool thing I found while poking around Junkculture was some of my friend Kyle Hilton's Paper Dolls.  Kyle started making these amazing paper dolls recently, and they are taking the internet by storm!  I'm so excited for Kyle!  Make sure you check out his website, it's awesome.

Enjoy!

DESIGN MILK


"An online magazine dedicated to modern design run by Jaime Derringer. Our goal is to bring you what’s fresh and new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion, and technology."




If you've never heard of Design Milk, then you should definitely get yourself acquainted, pronto! I love Design Milk, and I follow them on Twitter and Facebook. They post interesting articles on all things design which I love! I'm going to share some of my favorite posts by Design Milk so you can check out some awesome stuff, and then poke around for yourself.

10 EPIC WEB FINDS

Here are some epic things I've found on the internet lately:

Pretty sweet idea.

Oh poop, you're always interesting.

 
Kevin Francis Gray – Haunting Sculptures

Amazing Long Exposure Airplane Photography

Amazing photographs.  This one is simply beautiful.

Interesting playing card design.

 Classy Jello shots.

Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans, LA
So jealous!  I've always wanted to go in there, but the one time I tried there was security.

Tiny Street Art

I need to take this advice.  Getting off the computer now.

ENJOY!

BEHANCE NETWORK

This is going to be a short one.  I'm exhausted, but I wanted to share the Behance Network and my portfolio on there.  Behance is a free (FREE) portfolio site for artists of all mediums.  It's super user friendly, well designed, and worth the time to set up a portfolio.  Within your portfolio you can set up sections for different projects, types of artwork, etc.  I love the fact that the site allows you to resize the thumbnail for the different sections.  So many sites auto resize thumbnails and end up making your work look less appealing.  This is a huge plus in my book.  Overall I highly recommend Behance.  You have to submit a 500 word essay about you and your artwork, and if approved you'll get an invite in your email. 

Here's my portfolio so far.  Give it a look, give some feedback, and good night!!

Here's a photo so I don't feel like a total bum.

APRIL SHOWERS...

Hopefully will bring some May flowers for my life.  I don't usually write about negative stuff, but I'm hoping that this post is a little self-motivation to think positively.  Nothing absolutely horrible is going on, but my baby Sebring (my 2007 Chrysler Sebring) is sick.  She's driven me a lot of places; New Orleans (about a million times), Orlando, Tennessee, all over Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, New Jersey, she's seen a lot of things, but right now she's waiting to get her alternator (we think) fixed.  I took her to a local dealership (Chrysler, of course, Google dealerships in Hattiesburg and you'll know which devil did this) and they ended up calling me and telling me she needed $2200 worth of repairs.  HAHAHAHA.  WHAT!?  No.  So after crying, laughing hysterically, and a million calls back and forth with the dealership, my mom, and a mechanic near my mom, I found out to fix that (which alone at the dealership would have been $600) would cost $300.  Well hey, I can deal with that!  This guy apparently is a really good mechanic, too.  He said "I hate to say that dealerships do that, but they do."  Boy, do they ever, especially if you're a girl!

Advice girls, hold back the tears and laugh in their face, ask for an itemized list, then take it to several other places and see what they say.  Never tell them what you "think" is wrong b/c undoubtedly it will be "wrong" and they'll say several other things are wrong and then try and charge you $2200.

I take my baby car down to see him tomorrow and hopefully she'll come out all fixed and feeling fine.  I love my car, she's been good to me, but $2200 was not going to happen.  Hell, for that I could put a hefty down payment on a new car... oh and not pay my bills for two months.  Yeah...

Anyway, things look like they are going to be ok.

So this post isn't a total waste of anyone's time, please check out Marian Bantjes.  She's an artist and I read about her in an out-of-print publication called The Drama.  Her stuff is pretty ornate, which generally isn't my style, but I highly respect her for going out there, quitting her design job, and taking hold of her life (while being successful doing so). 

I do really like the typeface she created, especially on this book:

Welp, that's all I have for today.  Let's hope April showers really do bring May flowers!  (Cheesy, I know, but like you're void of the cheese bone.  No one is.)

WASTE LAND

Mikey and I watched one of the best documentaries last night.  It's called Waste Land and it's about artist Vik Muniz's journey to the largest landfill on Earth, Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho landfill.  His purpose for going there is to photograph the "Pickers" who are 2500 workers that pick out recyclable items from the landfill and sell them to businesses by the pound, but the documentary tells a much larger story. While Vik is there he becomes invested in these wonderful people who are just trying to make an honest living and he builds a relationship with each of them he is even shocked by.

The documentary really will have you on the edge of your seat with stunning visuals of the terrible conditions these people live in and their sunny dispositions despite what they have to go through. You really fall in love with each of these wonderful people and you're elated by the wonderful things Vik has done for them.

I highly recommend watching Waste Land. It really inspired me and opened my eyes to an interesting segment of the world.

Here are some of Vik's work. The first few are previous works and the last two are from the Waste Land portraits.  Enjoy!

 Sugar Children Series

 Caviar Monsters Series

 A Self Portrait

Portrait of Jackson Pollock

 Photograph Before and After of the Waste Land Portraits

 Another From The Waste Land Portraits

YANGYANG PAN

Last night I came across an artist whose paintings I really enjoy.  I'm very picky when it comes to paintings, so I love to share what I like in regards to that. Her name is Yangyang Pan (or Siiso as she goes by) and she mixes wonderful colors with fresh clean brush strokes. One of the worst things to me is when colors are mixed too much on a painting to the point they get muddy, but Yangyang does a great job of preventing that from happening. Below are some of my favorites from Yangyang, but definitely check out all her artwork (and her adorable little girl) on her Flickr page. 

 This one is my favorite!  I'd love to have this on my wall.  I really like the pop of color, it almost seems like it's an opening, spilling out with color.


I like this one as well.  It's almost like that same treatment has turned into cloud formations.  I dunno, I see weird things sometimes.


 The purples in this are amazing!  I think purple would have to be my "girly" color if I had one.

 This is almost figural to me.  I can see very thin tall people in the bottom portion.  I think that's Mikey's influence on me.
 
I just love the use of color her.  She's not afraid to use color, but like I said keeps it clean.  I think it helps too that she compliments all the color with a nice neutral background.

BRUCE MAU DESIGN

If you've never heard of Bruce Mau Design, then get yourself acquainted.  Bruce Mau runs a successful, fun design firm in Toronto Canada and it's definitely worth checking out.  Even if you don't feel like looking at all their interesting projects (and I highly recommend it) then you MUST read this:  INCOMPLETE MANIFESTO FOR GROWTH

It's really interesting and I think it could apply to a lot of different people, but definitely anyone who is in an art profession.  Honestly, I think we all could benefit from some art in our lives.  Most people seem to believe they don't have it in them, but we all do, even if it's just an appreciation.  Art is the most freeing expression we have and it's all around us and most don't even realize this. 

Think about every man made item you can possibly think of.  I'll start you off:  Computer, Car, T-shirt, Button, Dog Collar... the list is pretty much endless.  Now think about this, all of that was created from someone.  Someone saw a problem, whatever it may be, some little synapses' fired off and bam, an idea, a creation.  That, my friend, is art.

So, next time you don't believe art is everywhere, next time you question the power of art, just think:  Art is how we express ourselves.  There is no other way that one can change the minds of individuals, than with art.  Writing, music, print, paintings, posters, advertisements, photos, typography, illustrations, websites, blogs, ALL ART.

ART RULES.  Enjoy it!  :)