Tu Es Gentil
Last weekend I had an art show. I make paintings sometimes and hung about 25 watercolors and calligraphic experiments at my friend Scott’s new bar/record shop Turn! Turn! Turn! here in Portland.
But the bigger news is that I managed to manifest one of my early neon gif creations (from my other tumblr Neon Franco-Type) into a physical neon sign just in time for the show. What was once a silly idea I had in Geneva soon grew into a neon obsession, and as soon as I had a little extra dough, I had to make it happen.
Custom-lettered neon! Designed by me and created by master neon bender Peter Thanh Cao (pictured below) at Artico Lite. I installed the piece on the wall myself (with lots of help from Scott) but I was super paranoid I would break it, because the blue neon tubing I chose is especially fragile, and of course I had never installed neon before (or anything else for that matter!). So I photographed it all through the process, just in case…
'Tu es gentil' is a French phrase that means “you are nice,” similar in meaning to the American saying “you’re too kind.” Native French speakers use the phrase to mean “you are helpful” as a gesture of gratitude, or in sarcasm.
Today I was notified that my gif entry for the OFFF Festival in Barcelona was among those selected to be projected on site ! The festival is May 15-17th, and the gif submission was via Show Us Your Type. Here’s my entry:
Recent Work: Inferno Book Cover
This past November I dove at the chance to learn from one of my favorite designer-people, Jessica Hische. She launched an online class via Skillshare called Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time. This was a very fun project, and gaining insight into Jessica’s process was invaluable. The assignment: to choose a book you recently read, and use the first letter of the author’s last name as a basis for a lettering cover design. My result is less a lettering piece than an illustration, but it brought me into new territory stylistically and that was a nice surprise.
Whew. I’m back in the Pacific Northwest now after almost a year abroad. Thought I’d take a little breather here, because really all those Thai signs every day for 3 months was a bit overwhelming right ?
I’ve returned from my travels even more obsessed with signage, type and lettering. My friend Amy collects vintage match boxes (with beautiful vintage matches included) and I was blown away by the beauty of this fully stocked Ohio Blue Tip Matches box.