eee!!! ok! so! news! you can now buy a sampling of my cards through postable.com! if you are unfamiliar, their business concept is so cool - you can order cards, have your own personal message put inside, and then they get it all put together and mail it for you! what a genius idea. it's like, the convenience of an e-card, but a step beyond with an actual tangible card that's sure to make someone's day! they have so many incredible designers - i am honestly a little starstruck to be a part of such a cool community of artists here. click the image below to check it out!
it's been ...? an eternity? five seconds? since NSS ended. since then i've been doing what i think the youth is referring to as getting my hustle on. i've packed orders and sent out catalogs to stores that expressed interest... as well as to stores that i have an interest in! i've shipped samples to a company that wanted them, i've modified all my freakin' card files (twice now, because i'm dumb) for a new licensing collab i'm hopeful i can share soon! i seriously just hope they can forgive me for being some engineer girl who can use photoshop but literally doesn't understand a single fucking thing they say when they try to tell me in Real Artist lingo how to set up my files for printing! art board? what the fuck is that? but can i get away with doing it like this? no? shit! ok! i'm thankful they've been so patient with me, but i'm sure i'm like really high on this one guy's Things To Just Give Up On list right now lol. SIGH!
so that's mostly what i've been doing! i even went downtown yesterday to legally register my business name with the state. maybe a little late. but hey! i did it! one big step closer to being legit. it's looking like i should be Officially good to go by next week. that'll be a huge relief.
i've got new exciting projects coming up - a girl who works at a cute shop in raleigh offered to teach me screenprinting and probably didn't think i'd take her up on it BUT I DID so we're doing that next week! i cannot wait! my husband bought me a screenprinting kit years ago and i've been too intimidated so mess with it! so! YAY!
i'm also resuming harp lessons next month. crazy exciting. i've made time to tune my harp a few times in the past weeks, and i've even been practicing some old exercises and songs! YAAAASSSS. maybe i'll make some new harp practice videos for you punks! <3
the one thing i have left to do is start painting again... i've used my silence naptime to pack orders, call stores, call the guv'ment, stuff like that. painting will come soon. as ever, too many ideas, not enough time! i'm super excited to release more new cards in august!
well! i mailed a really cool lenticular card i designed out to retailers this week and i am anxious to see if anyone is as amused by it as i am! it's been really hard for me not to post about my process and all the design iterations i've gone through with this project. i just feel like i'm on the cusp of something no one else in the greeting card circles i find myself in is doing. i think it's the most badass thing ever. i hope you agree!
since i decided to make stationery, i have been asking myself: what can i do that isn't letterpress? what can i do that isn't gold, holographic, or glitter foil? what can i do that isn't just painting pretty flowers on everything? i have been wondering how to set myself apart from other brands and have more of myself come through in my designs, and i really feel like i'm on the right track with all my new designs and products for NSS 2017!
the inspiration for the lenticular card came when we were driving from the montrose airport to telluride a couple of months ago on our ski trip. i was staring at one of silence's toys, a little phone that has a panda on it. i bought it for her because i handed it to her just to occupy her while i checked out, but then she wouldn't let me put it back without a huge fuss (how could i not see that coming???), so i figured whatever, it's cheap, happy to find something that makes her happy. the panda moves and says hi and bye depending on the viewing angle.
i'm an artist who happens to also be an engineer. i like making things. i like seeing how things work. i like when my brain hurts thinking about how things work. lenticular technology is so freakin' cool... once i finally did enough googling describing my daughter's toy phone image and learned the term "lenticular", i was completely set on making something with it for my card line. on our vacation i brainstormed tons of ideas for lenticular cards and researched places to print the cards for me. since then i've painted a handful of designs, i've received samples from several US manufacturers, and i've got more samples on the way! i'm really pumped to share something i hope you'll think is awesome, and although the technology is nothing new, i hope you will find it to be as new and refreshing of an idea for this indie stationery niche as it was for me!
lately i've been caught in a pretty fun and stressful swirl of new product creation, product/sample receiving, design adjusting, painting painting painting, oh and of course that incessant mother/wife/friend/daughter-ing that i love so! more than usual it has been a chore to make some time to focus on just enjoying things i enjoy without some kind of pressure to deliver on a deadline or meet a certain (self-imposed) goal.
tuesdays and thursdays, though, i have ballet and it's such a wonderful release. i started a few years ago, i'm not very good at all, but i couldn't love it more. we have an amaaaaaazing teacher who just blows me away with her ability to demonstrate and break down every little thing she asks us to do. i love her ability to keep our adult class serious but light-hearted and inviting.
back in 2012 i started playing harp and taking lessons. i played lever harp for almost a year before taking the plunge and buying myself a glorious concert grand pedal harp. but a little over a year ago, my work as an engineer was SO stressful, i would barely make it to lessons on time after work, and i decided to stop my lessons in preparation for silence's arrival since i had no idea what to expect becoming a mother. i do still play a little from time to time, but especially with NSS stuff recently i haven't had the time to practice regularly. and for some reason it has been easier for me to sit down at the piano and practice because i can plop silence in my lap while i play and not worry as much about her falling forward to her doom as if i were playing harp with her. but! i'm excited to say i also registered at the music school where i had been taking lessons and will resume with my beyond fabulous teacher in july! i cannot wait.
man i am lucky to have so many wonderful teachers in my life! thinking back to my former bosses and workmates in engineering...ugh, i miss them. i really just love learning, making things, solving problems... and i love teaching people things. as challenging as it could be at times, i really loved being a manager at work because i genuinely love sharing what i know with people. for now, i'll pour all my teaching energy into silence. she's saying a bunch of words now, mixed with a bunch of incoherent babbling, i cannot wait. we're on the cusp of being able to communicate easily!!! i cannot wait to speak french with her!!!!!! aaaahhh!!!! anyway.
i have so many ideas for new things i want to paint, so many card designs i didn't finish in time for NSS, music i want to compose, music i want to learn to play... i'm excited to start spending some of silence's naps doing that instead of exclusively spending that time painting for the stationery show.
good morning! it's 5:41am if you check the oven clock here, or 6:41am if your phone sprung forward and is telling you true mountain time, or 8:41am if your computer is still on eastern. i've been in colorado skiing with my mom, brother, cousin, husband and babydarlin' for the past week and it has been sublime. this morning we head back to the east coast and lose all kinds of hours... but i couldn't be happier! i've gotten to SHRED SOME BLACK DIAMONDS, play card games with my family, explore the world's cutest (and most expensive, yikes) mountain town, and even paint some for the stationery show! best of all, some time away from my typical settings gave me some inspiration for new products to try out this year. hopefully by NSS.
i freakin' love skiing... it's like flying and ice ballet had a sweet little downhill baby. i think at this point i've been 5-6 times, but i can't remember. my first time was kinda bad. i lost control and slid into some dude at the bottom of the lift. tangle of skis. people yelling at me. lost confidence. the trip after that, i think thanks to my family's encouragement and strength and flexibility gained from ballet, i was back on track. by my second or third trip i was definitely in control and craving speed, and most importantly having a fucking great time!
traveling with our daughter (1 year old next week, wow!) has been a little difficult. so much gear is required, even though i swear we did a great job paring it down and packing light. worse than that, she's been more cranky on this trip than i can recall her ever being for this long... but she's teething, and we have had her mostly trapped in a condo because it's freeeeezing outside and her little cheeks get so chapped in the cold wind, and her nose is dry because humidity is not a thing here, and she caught a little cold from touching. every. thing. from. north carolina. to. here. but seeing her take her first steps in telluride will be a beautiful memory to share with her for the rest of days! watching her look at and try to understand a chunk of snow in papa's hand will also be a fun memory... and her first gondola ride... and getting to be an expert at backing a stroller out of a moving gondola... these are all great accomplishments worth the trouble of leaving our house, haha! i'm excited to continue to make our vacations more complicated and joyous by bringing her along. every day, i've appreciated how incredibly fortunate we are to have the opportunity to come here and do this at all.
has anyone else been feeling helpless/afraid/anxious/nauseous/frustrated/baffled/pissed since november? oh, right, like >50% of voters? has anyone else been having as hard a time figuring out what to do with that energy? i've made calls to senators, i've written letters to senators and representatives, and most recently i made a baby onesie/toddler shirt design for cotton bureau and they actually liked and accepted and are going to print! my design is for mini resisters. our open-hearted, curious, loving kids who we are going to have to explain all this shit to one day. you can get a toddler shirt or onesie in lavender, lime, and white, and i'm donating 50% of my profits to the ACLU.
shop the design here : https://cottonbureau.com/kids/products/woke-bae
yesterday my friend kinsey and i went to a really cute boutique in downtown raleigh and attended a little afternoon cross-stitching/mimosa fest. it was freakin' awesome. i was so glad kinsey agreed to go with me. i'm bad at interacting with strangers, but i love doing art stuff and i desperately want to make friends with other crafty people. (lol did i actually talk to anyone and try to make friends with them? no! of course not! way too shy! but i was THERE. baby steps.) so! my darling husband agreed to watch our daughter for a few hours while i went out and did something frivolous, creative, and just for myself. it ruled.
the store and group hosting the gathering had four cute designs to choose from, plus blank cloths for you to design your own thing. guess which one i chose, ha! so now, as a treat for reading my dumb blog, you get to be in on a little design secret i've been keeping... i'm obsessed with lightning font. i'm working on a series of lightning font cards for NSS... they're badass. i can't wait to share them with you.
had my second and third rolls of 120mm (for 2017) developed while on a road trip with my mom over the past two weeks. these rolls were actually a little discouraging... i liked a higher percentage of shots from the first roll. i've gotten out of bed a few times to snap a picture at the end of the day, just because i set this picture every day expectation for myself. and some of those snaps were total crap. i felt it on the current roll, which i haven't even seen yet (oh god), and i felt it more when i saw the results from the rolls i got developed! so... anyway... learning things! at this point i've missed two days. i'm not sure right now if i want to continue trying to take a photo every day as forced practice, or try to be a little more selective about it. while i make up my mind i'll keep taking a photo every day. it will be easier now that our road trip is over and i have access to all my stuff at all times!
here are some of the photos from the colour roll that i liked. i'll update the running log page over the weekend and include shots from the my b&w snow day walk! hope you like these as much as i do.
i'm an early riser... or i have trouble sleeping... or i have trouble falling back asleep after i wake up at ridiculous hours like 4am... my dad is also an insanely early riser. he naps a lot to compensate. me? i can't nap. i hate naps. naps make me feel like death. so i just drink lots of strong coffee and fight that shit like a whiny 10 month old baby (*cough* silence *cough*). for years, since high school i think... i can't remember when it really started... when i would wake up crazy early like that, i'd go downstairs or upstairs or whatever depending on our location, and meet my father in the kitchen for some coffee. he'd already be up, usually fully dressed, working on an oil painting, watching the news, smoking a cigar, and drinking coffee... sometimes he'd be packing one of his many camera bags with a plan to go out and shoot as the sun came up. on those days, i'd tag along and shoot with him. we continued this tradition all through college and to this day, but it's not quite as easy to get away for an excursion these days with a baby, and trying to see as many friends and family as possible during our short visits at home.
i think my serious love for photography started in high school. back then i used to ebay and buy old polaroids and i accumulated a handful of fun lomo cameras at that time. my favourite camera has always been my mom's old yashica manual 35mm. even after receiving multiple less janky 35mms to play with, this crazy old thing with an insane light leak is the most comfortable camera for me to use. i just love it.
over our trip home to alabama for christmas, my dad lent me his mamiya 645 120mm! i've used it before, to shoot one or two rolls, but for whatever reason right now i feel a really strong urge to explore my creativity with photography more. i want to capture better quality photos of silence as she grows up, and i want something to hurt my brain the way photo composition and tinkering with exposure settings can. so! from photography to photolithography and back again!
here are a couple of shots from the rolls i just had developed. i've been exploring double exposures a bit. hope you enjoy! if you're really into it, i made a page for the photos i've been taking with the medium format camera... follow along! http://www.tylre.com/film-2017
mamiya 645, 120mm
WELL. i made an incredibly difficult, exciting, terrifying, awesome decision this fall to quit my (really good, sigh!) engineering job and stay home with silence for the next few years. i never thought i'd be a stay at home mom. like, never ever. my parents both worked full time, i respected them so much for doing that for our family. i assumed i'd want to do the same. and i do. but i also found myself feeling stretched so thin with my job... wanting to give it more of my time, but more urgently (more importantly) needing to be home to see my daughter for the 1-2h a day we were both awake in the house together. over the months it really drained me and broke my heart to be separated from her all day every day. at my job, i was disappointed in myself for not working as hard as i knew i could if the timing had been different. so my husband and i crunched some numbers and decided to go for it. my beloved coworkers threw me the most amazing farewell gathering and i stayed out waaay past my bedtime drunkenly, lovingly soaking in every minute they were willing to spend with me at that silly sports bar close to the office. if you are one of those people and have found yourself reading this...hi! i like you way too much! i miss you every day!
anyway. it's not like i can magically replace the 10+h a day i used to devote to manufacturing LED's with making art, because, hello... babies need attention! but! silence, like many babies, takes naps! and when she naps, i can art. i've been hard at work painting for NSS! i've already paid my deposit for a booth and everything...it's happening. i'm so excited to do this again, but with a little more experience and focus this time. and with less stress and anxiety over taking time off from work to make it all happen. little by little.
it's been almost four months to the day since i went back to work after having silence. no surprise, it's been crazy intense attempting to remain badass at functioning as tyler case silence's mom and tyler case the photolithography sustaining engineering team lead and tyler case the person, the hyper sensitive introverted artist and musician who loves cats. if anything has slipped lately, it's definitely been tyler case the person. i know all new moms must struggle with this.
before the debate last night, we had matthew's computer plugged into the tv and were streaming some beck music videos (WOW!!!!, like right now!!!) and wound up on our old youtube channels. memories of days of more time to be creative came flooding back... my past self inspired me... made me realize i'm not gone, just currently on a new path trying to find a way to do it all again.
here are a couple of such videos... i composed the music in each:
i recently had the privilege of designing a wedding invitation for another dear friend! my husband matt's long time BFFAELYLASWTFBBQ, zach, moved to LA a while back. he's been pursuing a career in film and has since fallen in love with an astrophysicist named abby (um, hello?! how badass!). they're both super into their cats and floated a "cats in space" themed wedding invite... YAAAASSS!! the cats are based on zach & abby's cats, and one is showing off a pulsar flag on its space suit. i swear, i wikipedia'd pretty hard and i still don't understand what it means, but i'll try to take comfort in the fact that i'm good at other stuff. the most crappy thing about this is that silence got her first fever/virus the weekend of the wedding and matt had to change his plans to go at literally the very last minute. i wish we all could've been there to celebrate with them.
anyway... i had so much fun designing and painting this! i hope you enjoy it! just thinking back to those sunny april afternoons stealing an hour or so to paint while someone else watched the baby! mmmh! more like that, please! i have this amaaaazing idea that when silence starts sleeping more through the night i'll actually start to be able to get more creative things done again. i hope that's true.
a couple of people from uncommon goods found my booth at the national stationery show in may and asked if i'd be interested in licensing some of my work to them. we spent a couple of months discussing which designs to license and what type of products they could see making with them. i was really excited to find yesterday that the final products are live for the constellation font i designed! i love that everything is made in the USA by artists like meeee. click the images to link to the products!
thanks so much tiffany for all of your help making this come together, and for working with me in spite of my crazy busy work schedule!! this is so cool!
today was matthew's 30th birthday. his company gives him a lot of PTO (grr, jealous), so he planned to take day off and go to record stores, rock climbing, see the new james bond... so for about a month i've been secretly scheduled to work tuesday through saturday this week to be able to spend the day with him today and this morning over breakfast i let him know! this was after pretending to be all bummed about having to go to work, of course. we had such a fun day checking out instruments at sam ash, perusing records at sorry state downtown raleigh, and enjoying a matinée showing of spectre. now i'm going to practice harp and head out for my weekly lesson, matthew's going rock climbing, and we'll reconvene at home later to bake a chocolate cake and probably watch x files!
i did my first pop up market last saturday at my favourite local coffee shop, sola. it was pretty fun & about 10,000 times less stressful than NSS! i reeeally need some kind of display shelves for such markets, but that's going to have to be a project for another time. there's another pop up market today at the same coffee shop and i'll be in attendance with the same display. wish me luck!