Otomi Folk Art

I first discovered and fell in love with Otomi Tenango embroidery on a trip to Mexico City with my grandmother years ago.

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These colorful patterns were first created by an indigenous group called the Otomi living in a town called Tenango de Doria, just north of Mexico City. In the 1960s, they suffered a severe drought which destroyed their farming, so they were forced to pivot and focus on another industry: textiles. Their designs were inspired by nearby cave paintings, and were made using brightly colored embroidery.

These vibrant colors and patterns make me so happy and bring joy into a space. I've been seeing the Otomi textiles (traditional and inspired) more lately. They were a source of inspiration for a recent branding project which I will reveal soon!

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Plant Provocateur Candle Packaging

Before the holidays, we designed packaging labels for The Plant Provocateur's latest products: Biophilia No. 5 Candle and Biophilia Winter Solstice.

Biophilia is "the suggestion that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems" or "a love of life and the living world".

Both candles smell amazing, have a nice thick slow burning wick, and are made of EcoSoy wax hand-poured in Silverlake.

If you're in Los Angeles, you can find these candles at The Plant Provocateur shop:
3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 - @tpprovocateur
 

See more projects we did for them here.

Project Launch: Huckleberry Café & Catering

We are so pleased to announce the launch of the new Huckleberry website - version 2.0!

I had the honor of creating the first one back when the restaurant first opened, so I was thrilled to help them with the update.

We kept the look and feel of the Huckleberry branding (including the yellow polka dots!) and gave it a fresher and updated look with the new website. We were fortunate to be able to use the beautiful photography shot by Matt Armendariz for the Huckleberry cookbook. Beautiful photography makes a huge world of difference in how you present your product or service. We made the photos large to feature their artisan baked goods.

The site was programmed in Wordpress so that the team could make menu changes easily and immediately if needed. The site responds nicely on mobile devices so that people "on the go" could order take out, get directions and contact the shop.

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If you live in Los Angeles, this place is a "must" for delicious and seasonal home cooked meals made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Huckleberry is located at 1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401.
huckleberrycafe.com

Art: Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dali

Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dalí collaborated on many photography projects with Halsman shooting Dali as the subject. The most famous one is Dalí Atomicus, which depicts the artist Dalí suspended in air with a bucket of water, three cats, a chair and the Leda Atomicus painting.

 

The photo was created in 1948 with a complicated set up and team working together to make all the subjects appear in suspension, at the same time, in an interesting composition. Philippe was a creative genius when it came to setting up a picture with props and techniques which would normally be created very easily and quickly today in Photoshop.

TIME Magazine recently listed Dali Atomicus as one of "The Top 100 Photographs of All Time" and features the process of how the photograph was created in the video below.

The video is narrated by my dear friend Irene Halsman, Philippe Halsman's daughter.

You can read more about the 37 year collaboration and friendship between Philippe Halsman and Salvadore Dalí here: http://100photos.time.com/photos/philippe-halsman-dali-atomicus

View more samples of Philippe Halsman's work on his website: www.philippehalsman.com

Los Angeles: Grand Central Market

After participating in a peaceful protest in downtown LA last weekend, we decided to head to the Grand Central Market for lunch. After walking for three hours straight, we were ready to eat!

There are many options at this massive indoor food market, and we decided to go to try Berlin Currywurst. Currywurst is the most popular street food in Germany. They offer a pared down menu and the food is presented in an authentic and simple way.

I had the original Bratwurst with special tomato curry sauce (you tell them how hot you want it), with a beet salad and fries on the side. It hit the spot.

Berlin Currywurst has two more locations, one in Silverlake and another in Chelsea Market, NY.

Grand Central Market DTLA, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

In the Studio: New Business Cards!

I just redesigned my business cards and had them printed with moo.com.  They offer a selection of different papers – I chose the Luxe line. The paper stock is nice and heavy, and even smells good!

I was inspired by a floor tile pattern I had seen and made it my own. Inspiration is anywhere you look for it.

If you need help with your business card design, feel free to contact me. I would love to help.