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REM August 2014 Cover

“Art and performance transcend the concept of entertainment. They offer another way to address ideas. In my opinion, the weakest use of the art form is self-expression. The best use is seeing theater as a platform to discuss and navigate ideas beyond self-interest—to put us in front of issues we can’t reconcile. When kids sing through an idea, they get to places and develop a skill set beyond what’s taught in the industry. SPACE’s techniques create critical thinkers. They push issues but leave room for people to think for themselves.” Andrew Kircher, teacher at SPACE (School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education)

That quote just knocks me out. It is perspicacious, sagacious, and as zippy as the school it’s written about! The article in this month’s issue of Real Estate Magazine takes us “over the hill” to our county seat, Ukiah, where two far-seeing women founded a performing arts school many years ago, which has become a remarkable institution that supports hundreds of kids in their creativity, fearlessness, and critical thinking skills. It’s such an inspiring article and I feel really proud to have it in our pages this month.

Pick up your copy of Real Estate Magazine at all the usual places all over the county.

Find out what’s on the market, what’s in escrow, and what looks enticing while you learn little-known facts about the incredible, illustrious place we live. Mendocino County really is so great, don’t you think? We live here in Paradise with the most interesting, brilliant, creative people. How lucky we are!

 

Thanks for the kudos, BestBusiness Card.net ! They chose only seventeen business cards for interior designers out of the vast selection all over the internet, and one of those was my design for Louisiana designer Stacy Naquin’s black and silver foil ones. Printed at Studio Z several years ago on Cranes 600 gsm Lettra by Rhea Rynearson, they are an unusual example of letterpress printing. Stacy just landed a national TV show and we have a new design coming along soon… Meanwhile, these are still turning heads.

http://www.bestbusinesscard.net/17-elegant-examples-of-interior-designer-business-cards

Resilient Villages Cover Story for June issue of REM

Resilient Villages Cover Story for June issue of REM

There’s still time for you to grab your June issue of Real Estate Magazine. In addition to all the properties for sale on the coast, there is a wonderful story by Michael Potts that describes mighty little Caspar’s process for creating a lasting, healthy, sustaiable community. It’s so inspiring to know that human beings, with all their passions and disagreements, can come together with understanding, integrity, and flexibility for the sake of the greater whole. I know you will enjoy reading it. If you can’t find a copy at all the usual spots (Post Offices, Harvest, all Realty offices up and down the coast, in lots of lodging places and stores, at the Caspar Community Center, and more), you can read it on our website: http://www.realestatemendocino.com. Click the current and past issues button and read away.

 

 

Kingsbury Garden Designs Digital Business Card with AkuaFoil

Dorrit Kingsbury (adore her name) of Kingsbury Garden Designs emailed me one night a few months ago with the most arresting message: she had been studying my blog and website. She said she knew every single thing on them. And she just knew I was the one who was supposed to design her new logo and make letterpress business cards. It was another one of those things: I could tell, just from talking to her that first day, that we were destined to do something really wonderful together.

The process was one of discovery at first. Thinking about what she loved, what she did not, what she wanted her logo to express. Ideas she had about her name, avoiding a stuffy effect because of that rather formal name, Kingsbury Garden Designs, things like that. We talked a lot and then of course, after a while, it was time.

I went into my trusty creative trance and something started “coming through.” I don’t really understand or know about how this thing happens, but suddenly, there was this mark, which I dubbed “The Leafy K.” It was green, it was leafy, and I was trying not to get too attached to how much I loved it because it was NOTHING like what we had talked about and I was not sure Dorrit would feel equally crazy about it. Here it is:

Kingsbury Garden Designs Letterpress Card

But guess what: she was. There was a good deal of fiddling around with colors, shape and size of the cards, typeface (the marvelous and lively Koch Antiqua, in the end) and then Dorrit had this iconoclastic idea to make The Leafy K pink. But of course! I did it, and it was perfect. We decided on a leafy green for the edge painting on the letterpress ones. That is what you see above: Pink Leafy K with gold foil outlining and gold foil lettering.

The digital version has a pink foil effect on The Leafy K, with a sort of blackberry-deep-purple lettering and of course no edge painting, and it’s on glossy paper. The two, shown side by side below, are the same, but very, very different.

Kingsbury Letterpress and Digital Cards, side by side

Each has its uses and Dorrit says, “WeeHoo! My beautiful letterpress cards … are lovely, elegant, delicate and regal!!! …

“The letterpress ones are more subtle than the digital cards.— Here’s a surprise… I love the gold!!  It is what makes the design delicate and regal at the same time. It really Works!

“And… It’s interesting that, now, I really love the foil in the digital cards (call me crazy) and miss the richness of it in the letterpress leafy K.  WHO KNEW?” Yes, Dorrit is really happy with them — both of them — and says people comment on her logo and cards all the time. (Are we very surprised?)

So, we will have to work on getting everything into one card when we reprint them after she runs out… much of this work is hunt-and-peck, guessing and hoping, because you can’t always tell exactly how a certain technique will work on the paper, or whatever, and sometimes you have to treat it as a very exciting experiment.It will be beautiful to try the pink foil on The Leafy K next time we do the letterpress ones, and see if it’s possible to love it even more than we do now.

It was such a treat to work with Dorrit on this brand design and business cards. We got to know each other through this process, as happens so often. I feel I have a very talented, wonderful new friend.

She has new lawn signs and a new sign for her truck, too. If you go to her website you will see how her work is so lush and textured, and how it relates to this leafy K two-dimensional symbol of it: http://kingsburygardendesigns.com.

Kingsbury Leafy K Business Cards

Her website describes her work as: “Modernist Design with classical sculptural influences for garden and outdoor living spaces. Serving Atherton, Palo Alto and the Peninsula.” It is really Dorrit’s incredibly gorgeous personal vision, her own art form, and it is a wonder. This job was a true collaboration and a true pleasure…with a truly amazing result.

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Design: Zida Borcich; Letterpress Printing and Foil Stamping: Rhea Rynearson.

HH Jazz Festival Rack Card_Page_1

Ira and I are excited to be part of the esteemed Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival this year. This is the first year the Festival has ventured north of Elk in all its eleven year history, and the gorgeous, newly-reopened Heritage House Resort is a fabulous venue for our “Torch Jazz Supper Club.” There will be two seatings, at 6 and 8 p.m., and the menu for the prix fixe menu sounds amazing. I hope you will come see (and hear) us on May 10th.

Here is the menu:

HH Jazz Festival Rack Card_Page_2

You can find the entire itinerary for the Jazz Festival in the pages of Real Estate Magazine or on the Festival website: whaleandjazzfestival.com. Make your reservations early at 707 202 9000.

Bella Viva Business Card

Bella Viva Business Card — Seafoam green ink with gold foil stamping

Interior designer Deanne England recently contacted Studio Z Mendocino because she wanted a new look for her branding of her business, Bella Viva Interior Design, and a new business card. She found us online, and we were both surprised that we live and work only an hour-and-a-half from each other. From the first minute we talked, we knew there was a special spark in the quality of our communications. We “got” each other in the special way that makes you know things are going to be really exciting if you get to work together.

Deanne wanted something elegant that also showed her slightly quirky side too. We talked about the myriad possibilities, the infinity of choices doing any design project … and then I set to work over the weekend.

Right off the bat, I drew this little conundrum of a mark…a flower, maybe?…but if you look closely, you will see the initials “bV” for Bella Viva hidden in the leaves. She loved the mark, even before she saw the initials; then she loved the game of having to look and find the little mystery. She also was very clear that a “seafoam green” be included somehow. The card you see above is the result of our very flowing, mutual creativity.

If you have ever worked with interior designers, you know that there is no detail too small to suffer over until it’s perfect, and that is how we are about printing too. We got along like peas in a pod. Her meticulous attention to keeping things clear guided the project to its happy conclusion.

Ms. England works with clients in both northern & southern California on full scale remodeling & building projects, as well as design consultations in property investment evaluation, home staging analysis, professional organizing solutions, and even event design. Deanne is available by appointment only and welcomes all inquiries regarding her work, design philosophy, and design process. She can be contacted at 626 722 7809.

Deanne was immediately in love with the feel and look of Cranes 600 gram, super-thick Lettra, which takes the “bite” of letterpress techniques like nothing else, and feels wonderfully substantial in the hand.

Bella Viva Business Card Back

The backs of the cards had to be as pretty as the fronts, and they are.

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Two stories to add to your “Who Knew Department” file cabinet…Jim Tarbell writes about the long and very GREEN history and future of our county’s public transportation system. Since 1976, the MTA has quietly been providing inexpensive alternatives to driving around in your own buggy. Now, with a fleet of forty-nine vehicles, serving over 311,000 riders, and traveling over 745,000 miles last year, the MTA is geared to fulfill their mission “To provide safe, courteous, reliable, affordable and carbon-neutral transportation services.” The tall order is bolstered by having received a five million dollar grant to build a zero-net-energy maintenance building. Read all about it in REM today! 

On a totally unrelated subject, the south coast, for the last eleven years, has hosted a wonderful, weeks-long music festival with the totally coastal name of the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Whale and Jazz Festival. This year, the festival migrates north all the way to Little River, the first time it’s ventured north of Elk. The musical lineup looks scintillating, and it’s all here for you to discover in this month’s issue of REM.

Of course, it’s called “Real Estate Magazine” and guess what the main event is: yep…REAL ESTATE! Find out what’s moving for April. Maybe your dream house will show up.

Pick up your copy soon, or you can read it here…And thank you for appreciating Real Estate Magazine! It’s a local community resource like no other!

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