Packaged letterpress products and invitations, 2016 - 2017.
The thought process for the monthly calendars greatly involved considering scale, and the product’s final function as a planner. This allowed the planner the potential to be reusable and started in any month of the year, while including an element that is also individual to each changing year, not just with monthly dates but visual details. The postcards may also be saved within the package for monthly reference, hung on a wall or fridge, or mailed to someone else as they have been designed in keeping with postal regulations. The size of the cohesive package gives enough space to write important dates and events, and to hold all inserts, fitting together in a portable package.
The Thanksgiving dinner invitation was designed to evoke feelings of autumn, warmth, and nostalgia; the bookmark-sized menu is immediately visible out of the envelope, the only information on the invitation that first peeks through is the date of the holiday and time of dinner. Untying the string and separating the packaged is akin to an unfolding present, with more details of the invitation being revealed along with an RSVP postcard which may be mailed back to the host. The type is handset from lead type and letterpress printed to further give the entire set an old-fashioned and immaculate quality.
Conversely, the custom baby shower invitation required a more contemporary approach. The color palette, typography and design choices are made according to the client’s artistic requests, which focused on motherhood and slightly mystical details. The invitation features a custom linoleum-cut block - a full moon with bold illustrated hands positioned at the top and bottom as if holding a pregnant belly - printed over the fold of the exterior card. The moon image is repeated in matching ink on the RSVP, in a bleed off the upper edge of the small card which fits inside the larger invite along with a matching envelope. The three projects all share in common the goal of presenting a wealth of information in a compact and easily digestible package.
Reusable monthly calendar; letterpress printed, hand bound, includes 12 illustrated letterpress postcards
Thanksgiving dinner invitation; includes invite, RSVP postcard, dinner menu packaged within matching envelope.
Baby shower invitation; linoleum block print on outside, letterpress printed invitation and RSVP card with matching envelope.
Letterpress stationery designed and printed at Bowne & Co., Stationers at the South Street Seaport Museum, 2015 - 2017.
For the last few years I have been fortunate enough to have access to the Seaport Museum’s unrivaled collection of 19th century presses and printing equipment. With these historic machines I have printed cards for private clients and the museum storefront from hand set type and digitally designed files alike. Though the final designs are highly varied, the distinctive letterpress deboss effect in the paper gives each piece a characteristic handmade quality which sets them apart from other printed stationery.
The set of paper dolls provides ever-changing character narratives based on the stories behind every possible outfit combination. Historical research played a prominent role in the design of the sailor toys, with inspiration drawn from photographs from US Coast Guard history collections, and several lighthouse and maritime museum archives as well as antique paper dolls to tell a fun nautical history for adults who nostalgically remember playing with paper dolls, and children who enjoy them for the first time.
The Secret Salty Sailor Selection features a hand-pinstriped box containing a series of prints designed with lead type and found risque printing plates in the working collection of the South Street Seaport Museum. Because the museum is situated in the historically “Wickedest Ward” of New York City where lewd 19th century sailors often frequented seedy establishments, this series presents updated options for these sailors if they were to come forward in time to the contemporary print shop today.
Letterpress printed paper dolls
A selection of small letterpress prints, produced at Bowne & Co., Stationers.
Secret Salty Sailor Selection of prints
Illustrated souvenir museum guide and scavenger hunt produced for the City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization, May 2017.
Each card in the packaged set features an illustration of a highlighted object from the museum’s permanent collection on one side, and on the reverse a brief history and description to lead visitors to its location within the space. The layout and packaging are intended to reflect the museum’s mission of showcasing once commonplace objects and ephemera in New York City history, while still fitting within the guidelines of the museum’s branded identity. The trading card-like format was chosen to engage visitors in the act of collecting, which is the other main focus of the museum’s exhibitions and community outreach.
Cocina Libre (Cookbook Zine), 2018.
24 photocopied pages, four-color silkscreened cover, red comb binding. This political zine cookbook weaves comforting food memories together between stories of political turmoil of 20th century Argentina. The book was an attempt at pulling together disparate found text and visual elements including archival photos and family recipes, old notebook pages, and interviews with my mother. The zine is one part of a larger series about mythologies of transient Jewish identity, and the power of food to connect individuals through shared sensory experiences.
A 2x2” mini-annotated bibliography and mind map to sort out recent theoretical readings and their relation to creative research. Each page breaks down readings by the subject that relates closest to a research methodology. The pocket-size scale, blank pink cover, and added licorice scent are intended to remind owners of the zine, and by extension the subjects within. Contact information is also included so readers may send related readings along immediately when encountered.
Cocina Libre - Cookbook Zine
My Tiny Mind map
Pattern repeats designed for various uses, 2015 - 2017.
These patterns feature small, subtle details that are masked enough to remain integrated within a larger pattern but appear noticeable when examined up close, taking special care to consider the scale of each finished physical product. The initial drawings are refined and made into repeat patterns in illustrator, and finally prepared for various print destinations. The Alchemist’s Bodice features a botanical seamless repeat inspired by medieval embroidery, and plants found in the world of Bethesda Game Studios’ video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The color palette is based on hand-embroidered botanicals from the same time that Skyrim is set to take place. Like the two disparate sources of inspiration, the varied media of digital pattern design and primitive garment sewing techniques combine in this project to make the final piece both ancient and modern.
The Williamsburgh Library Damask is a pattern intended for wallpaper to be silkscreen printed and installed in an exhibit about the history of Williamsburgh library and surrounding community. The exhibition also centered around the mission of the organization Spaceworks, that provides studio and rehearsal spaces in underutilised buildings such as the Williamsburgh Library.
The ‘Around the World in Seventy-Two Days’ pattern was a personal illustration project to design endsheets for the adventure story of the same name by journalist Nellie Bly. The digital images were illustrated based on selections from each chapter of the book in which she details an attempt to beat the record for the fastest journey around the world as a woman writer in 1890.
Alchemist's bodice - repeating medieval botanical for printed textile
Williamsburgh Library Damask - wallpaper pattern based on traditional silk Damask designs
Around the World in Seventy-Two Days - pattern for endsheets of book by author Nellie Bly
Four columns of 20 foot tall stained glass windows, designed and produced for the Peltz Center for Jewish Life of Mequon, Wisconsin, 2016 - 2017.
Each wide window panel was designed to represent and visually describe a component of the Chabad movement’s 10-point campaign for mitzvahs, or deeds. All windows follow the same layout and color palette, and combine both representational and abstract imagery to illustrate the origins and symbols behind each mitzvah, and show how each deed may be performed. After the first rounds of sketches, each design was colored and resized digitally, and finally enlarged and printed at full window size. From this printed template each piece of stained glass was cut to match and finally assembled and installed in the Peltz Center for Jewish Life sanctuary.