It's been a challenging, but rewarding year so far. It's been pitches, posters, Jennie.com and the upcoming Hormel 2012 campaign that have afforded me opportunities to have my voice heard and listened to at my job. So when my boyfriend flew back to Minnesota for his birthday, I took a few days off to ignore my cell phone, email and social media.
It was a relaxing, sweltering and fun week off. We took his spirited 82-year-old Aunt Birgit to a Twins game, where she watched the game and Sanden and I failed to get on the jumbotron. Reinacting every meal I ate in kindergarden, I pinched my nose and tried raw food at The Ecopolitan. We got dolled up to see Dolly Parton at Mystic Lake Casino. She still dances as much as an AARP member can across stage and plays the banjo, autoharp, guitar, flute, saxophone and piano. She inspired me so much that I decided to pick up a new hobby:
I impuslively purchased a lovely and moderately priced mandolin from Twin Town Guitars. But not without signing up for lessons with the very talented and lovely Brianna Lane, of course. She already has me cutting my nails short, practicing scales and picking my way through "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" and "Down In The Valley to Pray". If I wasn't fighting a nasty cold, I would share a video of my progress so far.
And while I may have gotten a few days off of work, progress on the poster Jared A. May and I are designing for Bark at Art could not be haulted. This week we put in the final touches and sent the files off to the ever-bearded Erik Hamline. Erik is an amazing and patient screen printer who I recommend to you for all your poster and invite needs. His design skills humble me every time I get the opportunity to work with him.
Make sure you come to Bark at Art on August 19th, 7-10pm at Gallery 122 and see all of the work by many talented local designers. And you will have to in order to see the whole poster or wait until it's debuted in my "work" section: