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I’d Like to Know… Ann Hamilton.

Art and Design Blog Nosh Magazine {Originally published at Aesthetic Outburst}


I start teaching Book Design again next week and have been searching for interesting images to show my students. Libby recently posted these typographic tree columns by why not associates. They’re being made in collaboration with Gordon Young at Crawley Library (UK) and reminded me of the floors at The Seattle Public Library designed by Ann Hamilton.

Ann Hamilton is definitely an artist I’d like to know! According to the library’s website: “The floor mimics the appearance of a raised bed of wooden type and is intended to immerse library visitors in the artwork much as readers are immersed in the material they read…The floor includes 556 lines of text, in reverse, in 11 languages and alphabets, and consists of the first sentences of books found in the collection.”
I’d also like to know the folks behind the typographic tree project…I think both projects are pretty amazing.

Editors pick from Velma of A Smeddling Kiss: After reading through this post, I hope you’ll take the time to click through to Abbey Hendrickson’s blog, Aesthetic Outburst, which is a treasure trove of interesting and beautiful design.  Her “I’d Like to Know…” series of posts highlight cool artists who work in all kinds of mediums.  While there are a ton of design blogs out there, this one is a gem thanks to Abbey’s knack for picking vintage-y items that still look fresh and unique.  Check it out!

August 13, 2009 | Art, Featured 2, Photography, Wednesday 2

Sunday Fun Night

Art and Design Blog Nosh Magazine{Originally published on Sgt. and Mrs. Hub}

Last night a big group of us friends got together for a delicious taco salad dinner with chocolate cake for dessert. What a great time we had!

I laughed so hard and so much I was afraid my face was going to fall off.

But, that’s the best part, isn’t it?

I was worried that Daniel and I were never going to make friends after we moved here. It was touch and go for awhile. We had tons of people over for barbecues but we just weren’t finding “our type of people.” You know, the good kind. The kind that when your face falls off from laughing so hard, they’ll help you pick it up and stick it back on.

Thankfully, we found them. Or did they find us? I don’t know and I don’t care. I’m happy now.

Here is a glimpse into our fun time last night. You can find more on Flickr.

This is Miss Sydney and her Mama, Kelly. Isn’t she gorgeous?


Katherine is going to have a baby in a couple of months. Can’t tell, can you? I was never like that.


Here’s Katherine with her son. He’s super cute!


Here is one of my favorite photos of the night. Love it.


Another favorite photo… Charles with his twin brother Landon in the background. Lovin’ the mirror effect!


Charles and Landon’s parents, Chad and Brandy. Feel free to give Chad an internet style high five. He just pinned on Major!


The medium sized girls… Mine (who looks like she just sucked on a lemon!), Brandy’s, and Kelly’s. The three musketeerettes!


Love this picture of Eve! Love this one too… can’t decide which one I love more.


Here is Daniel trying to get me to smolder. Except I don’t smolder. I laugh.


Jamie and her son were there too but I didn’t get any photos of them. I don’t know what’s up with that! I did take some pictures for them a few weeks ago… I love this boy. He’s a little ray of sunshine!


We’ll finish up with some face squishing. Believe me when I tell you, Eliza put an end to all that.


Such a fun night!

Editor’s Pick by Angella from Dutch Blitz:  Andrea is someone whom I have been reading for well over a year now. She keeps growing in her photography skills; I love both her eye for shooting and the way she edits her photos.  You can see the original post and photos here and subscribe to her feed here.


Choosing a Boudoir Photographer

Art and Design Blog Nosh Magazine{Originally Published on Definition Images-Utah Boudoir Photography}

In just about any wedding publication you are bound to run across the article titled “How to Pick Your Wedding Photographer”. They contain important information and can help you avoid choosing someone with little experience or professionalism. Boudoir photography is gaining a lot of popularity and you should look for the same thing when picking a photographer to take you personal photos. Here is my list of the 5 most important things a boudoir photographer should have/do/be:

1. Someone you can trust: While many male photographers do fabulous work, I still think it’s important to have a female photographer. She will understand that you, like all women, will have insecurities and will help you not only look your best but FEEL your best too. Regardless of what gender your photographer is make sure you are comfortable with them. Trust is very important in boudoir photography.

2. Posing Experience: Make sure your boudoir photographer has done this sort of work before. It is so much different than any other type of portraiture out there. Special skills, training, and education are necessary. Posing is critical to how you look, the camera only adds pounds if you are posed incorrectly. A good photographer will know how to bring out your best features and make you look your sexiest.

3. Lighting Experience: Studio lights are a must!!! I can’t stress this enough. Window light can only do so much. Your photographer may be able to work with natural light but they will be limited. Different looks, poses, body types, and moods all call for different lighting. Make sure your boudoir photographer is well educated about lighting. Anyone can run out and drop a few grand on studio lights, but that doesn’t mean they can use them effectively. Glamour lighting is the key to gorgeous images.

4. Photo Editing Experience: Editing images is an art! There are powerful editing tools out there than can do amazing things. Make sure your photographer knows how to use this technology. You don’t want raw unedited images. Boudoir photography is all about looking your best and subtle editing will aid in that. On the flip side you don’t want someone that edits with a heavy hand. You don’t want to look plastic and fake. Obvious photo editing is the absolute worst kind!!!

5. Portfolio: You should ask to see your photographers work. Make sure the quality is high and the style fits what you are hoping for. You should be welcomed to view samples from several different sessions. You want to make sure the quality is consistant and that they aren’t showing you a few lucky shots. On the same subject – Make sure your photographer will keep your images private if you wish. Your photographer MUST obtain written permission to show your images to other people.

Boudoir photography is becoming more popular in Utah and more photographers are starting to offer it. I hope this list helps you choose who to go with. The most important thing is that you are happy with your experience and the images.

Editor’s Pick by Angella from Dutch Blitz:  This post was submitted to my channel and I thought that it was a post worth sharing with the rest of you.  I have often thought of getting some (tasteful) photos done for my husband and these tips are great for anyone wishing to do the same.  Susie is a professional and has a great site dedicated to boudoir photography.  You can see the rest of her posts here.

Read the original post and then check out her professional site.

February 26, 2009 | Art, Featured 2, Photography, Thursday 2

Paolina & John

Art and Design Blog Nosh Magazine

{Originally posted on Jennifer Kirk Photography}

I’ll forever remember Paolina as the bride who hugged me after our first meeting. She and John told me about how they met and how quickly they fell in love… and they made my eyes well up!

They held the ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Vancouver, and reception on Granville Island. After a quick stop at Spanish Banks beach, we ran all over Granville Island to create some unique images… hitting our shoot locations at perfect timing for some great light!

Thanks Paolina and John, I had a blast. It’s always extra awesome to photograph two warm and generous people who are a lot of fun to hang out with!

Editor’s Pick by Angella from Dutch Blitz:  Jennifer left a comment on my personal site recently.  I clicked over to her professional site and then clicked through to her blog.  She lives a mere few hours away from me and I hope to have the chance to meet her some day.  She has a natural talent with her camera.  I contacted her and she gave me a few posts to pick from.  I picked the one above, but the other two she sent are here and here.   Read her original post and then check out her archives.  You can subscribe to her feed here.


A Wedding – Michelle & Brent

Art and Design Blog Nosh Magazine {Originally published on Melissa Jill’s blog}

I’m back in Phoenix having some great memories from my two weeks in the Bay area. Michelle and Brent were married Thursday in Half Moon Bay.

Brent is a farmer in Iowa and Michelle, originally from Arizona, has moved there to be with him. So this was a destination wedding for them.

This wedding was so special to me and here’s why. If I wasn’t already born into an amazing family, this is the family I would want to adopt me:

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Morocco: And the Benefits of Looking Up

Art and Design Blog Nosh Magazine

Originally posted at My Marrakesh:

It’s morning, and I am meeting my friend Benoit, a French interior designer.


We are meeting at Bab al Khemis, which means Thursday’s Door in Arabic.  All around Marrakech’s old city, known as the medina, there are babs, or huge carved entryways.  Each bab has its own name, and Bab al Khemis it is the entryway to the city’s equivalent of the flea market.  Outside the bab, vendors are beginning to throng, displaying broken bits and bobs, as well as an occasional gem or two.

Benoit arrives, and we kiss, French-style, on both cheeks.  For a number of years, Benoit designed interiors for the King of Morocco. Now he and his young family have moved to Marrakech and recently have bought a piece of land.  Close friends of ours, Benoit and his charming wife Zoo, also a designer, are giving us a helping hand with our guest house interiors.

In T-shirts and cargo pants, we are ready for action.  Today we are looking for antique doors and other architectural remnants that will help give our guest houses some character. We have brought along with
us one of Chris’s employees, Khalid, who can be counted on to negotiate in Moroccan dialect so fast that it makes your heads spin.

We venture through the bab and down the narrow streets of the medina. Old furniture spills out of shop fronts.  We stop briefly to look at a huge and somewhat battered birdhouse but the owner wants too much for it.  We then gaze wonderingly at a 15 foot high metal silhouette of a man playing tennis – he must have adorned a tennis club in the 1940s.
An antique door is examined but it is meant for an outside gate.  We continue to work our way into the medina, checking prices, snapping pictures, and taking measurements.  As I turn the corner, I spy something out of the corner of my eye:  two coffered ceiling panels from the Glaoui period.

The Glaouis ruled over a sweep of southern Morocco from the 18th century until Morocco’s independence in 1956. About the Glaouis, The Rough Guide writes:

El Glaoui , the famous pasha of Marrakech during the French
rule…was a personal friend of Winston Churchill. Cruel and
magnificent in equal measure, he was also one of the most spectacular
party-givers …. At the extraordinary difas (banquets) held in his
Marrakech palace, nothing was impossible– hashish and opium were freely
available for the Europeans and Americans to experiment with, and to
his guest [he] gave, literally, whatever they wanted, whether it might
be a diamond ring, a present of money in gold, or a Berber girl… from
the High Atlas.”

Hmm… Berber girls from the High Atlas aside, these old coffered ceilings have real potential.  They are almost 9 feet tall, matching, and have just arrived in the shop from an estate.  Entirely hand painted in dark reds and deep golds with flower motifs, they are in very good condition for their age.  Khalid moves in for the negotiations.  He wheedles, cajoles and pleads with the store owner.  I stand nearby, saying nothing but offering my bag of peanuts purchased from the peanut-selling-man, just outside.  The shop owner chews and argues with Khalid, his hands gesticulating.  The price slowly begins to drop.  Phone numbers are exchanged.

Back in the car, Benoit and I discuss how the coffered ceilings might be installed, if I were to purchase them — perhaps suspended from the ceiling with a drop of a foot or so, or perhaps deeply inset into a recessed ceiling.  I can tell Benoit likes them.  I like them, too.  A lot.  I imagine guests lying on their beds and looking up.

Would they appreciate this expensive feature, I wonder.   My brain whirs.  Hours later, Khalid takes the crumpled slip of paper from his pocket.  He deciphers the strange handwriting.  He makes the call.

The ceilings are mine.


Editor’s Pick from Velma of A Smeddling Kiss: Maryam is an American living with her family in Morocco, who blogs about her design-filled life at My Marrakesh.  She and her husband have been building a guesthouse for the last several years and the Peacock Pavillions will be opening next spring.  And after cruising through her archives and all the luscious design featured there, I now have a new ultimate dream vacation.  (Sorry, Venice, you’ll have to wait.)  Maryam is also publishing a book, so be sure to head over to My Marrakesh and treat yourself to a virtual Moroccan holiday, then subscribe to recieve updates via e-mail from her site.


The Golden Hour

Art Design Blog Nosh Magazine

{Originally published on Lawyer Mama}

In photography, the best shots usually come with the best light: shortly after sunrise and the hour before sunset. At this time of day, everything looks magical. Everything looks beautiful. The light diffuses the world with warmth and a special ethereal glow. Everything is simple and clear for one. magical. hour. every day. The golden hour.

Because I am not a morning person, my golden hour is the hour before sunset.

I spend my day at the office focusing on facts, analysis, crafting legal arguments.  I deal with petty office politics, avoid those I don’t care for, and court favor with those I do.  I attend committee meetings and client meetings and depositions and hearings.  I write briefs, pleadings and professional articles.  I take client calls and conference calls.  I scour contracts for loopholes and alternative language.

My day is added up in 6 minute increments and ruthlessly accounted for.  I can tell you how much time I spend in the bathroom or getting tea every day.

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Heading For The Altar

Blog Nosh Magazine Art and Design

Originally published on Kellan Studios.

We booked Kristen’s wedding last fall, for the upcoming fall. Not only is she incredibly funny, but she gets the award for most patient “bride to be”. I say that because during our consultation she got a phone call from her fiance. Not unusual, except that he was calling from Djibouti, Africa. Charles was finishing out his last few months with the military over in Africa. I am constantly amazed at technology that she was chatting away with him in our living room and he is almost 1/2 way around the world!

We were so excited that they wanted to book an engagement session so we could meet the illusive Charles. He was just how we expected him to be, incredibly witty! We had soooo much fun with this couple shooting around downtown and Old City Cemetery. We did not have to try hard to get them to laugh. In fact, it was just the opposite, trying to get them to be serious!

Can I make a personal note? This couple is TALLLLLLL! Charles is 6’4” and Kristen is 6’0…but had four inch heels on and Ryan is 6’6”. My vertical is 5’2”. I felt like the little sister that was tagging along 16 inches below! Luckily, they let me play too.

Here are some of my favorites from our blisteringly hot session.


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August 6, 2008 | Art, BN Channel Art & Design

Crazy About Quilting

Art design

Originally posted at Allsorts

Finally! After years of thinking about trying my hand at making a quilt, I have completed all of the blocks for my very first one! I took a class last week with my Bernina sewing posse, and learned how to make a “crazy nine patch.” It is incredibly easy to make these blocks! I snapped pics along the way so you can try it, too.

First, here is one of the finished blocks:

This quilt uses 36 fat quarters. I chose 12 each of red yellow and blue 1930′s inspired fabric.

Once you’ve chosen your fabrics, wash or rinse, dry them, then give a liberal spraying of starch and iron them so they’re nice and stiff.

Using a rotary cutter, cut them into 36 squares. Mine are 12″ but you can go bigger if you like. Divide into four stacks of 9 squares with the colors arranged red yellow blue red yellow blue, etc.  But vary the order and which color is first in each stack, to assure a random scattering of color across your quilt.


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July 22, 2008 | Art, BN Channel Art & Design

Learning Curve

Art design

Originally posted on Christine Mason Miller’s blog.


Here’s where it started: a layer of paint.



From there I applied my first layer of papers, which I applied with spray adhesive.



And then I kept going:  more paint…


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