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Catherine Carpizo's Business Cards with Coral Edge PaintingI’ve known Cathy Carpizo for many, many years. She has visited me in Fort Bragg many times and every time we meet, it’s always just so deep and good. We even met one night in Mexico City at a crazywild salsa night club that had metal detectors at the entrance and bottles of whiskey already on the tables when you came in. This, believe me is NOT how we usually act! But the music was amazing and the scene was out of the galaxy. I have made her business cards in the past but recently she called and wanted something new and different. We came up with this:

Coral EdgesThe palette is subtle: khaki and gray inks impressed into English watercolor paper that has a very beautiful and distinctive texture. And then, there’s this little WoW factor: coral edge painting.

Front and BackCathy does work for all kinds of busy, successful people who want to make their lives very efficient. It’s almost not like a business, it’s more personal than that, more a magic ride. It says “organizing” — but Cathy describes it as more like a sort of alchemy with her clients…what happens next is …the magic.

Her business cards have some of that in them, too. You can feel it and see it — it’s not a formula. She is spontaneous and intuitive, sensing what’s needed and wanted and getting busy making it happen. It’s work, work in the synergy that happens between her and her clients context, work that is so much more than “organizing.”

When she talks about what she does, I so get it. This is probably the thing that draws us to each other, love of the mystery of creativity, passion for mastery, being open to what is and what might be, sensing into how we can mediate between the desires of the client and the finished actual product. Just seeing her smile makes you want to get to work with her!

Lynn Winter Edge Gilded Business Cards

Studio Z Mendocino is extremely pleased to announce that we are now able to offer mirror-like foil edge gilding for our business cards. We are extraordinarily happy to show you our first job featuring this insanely over-the-top adornment.Lynn Winter's Gold-Gilded Business CardsThe amazing creative genius Lynn Winter, recently returned to the Mendocino coast from Louisville, Kentucky, had never seen anything like our super-thick, black foil-stamped business cards. She loved them so much that she would require nothing less than to have me make her a new logo and put it on a bunch of cards, to properly commemorate her new life and new home. Over a glass of wine and a very long heart-to-heart-getting-to-know-you, I doodled this name-ish thing: Lynn…ULynn…Lynniverse…

Lynn Winter's New Logo

Which she loved. First thing. That’s how Lynn does things: she KNOWS; then she ACTS. So, OK. How fun…I told her how I would like to do it up, and, next day, made up the final layout, imagining it in two gleaming, unusual foil colors: celery and coral, stamped on 2.5-inch square, black cards. Done. Yes, she loved it. Then I told her about our newest embellishment option: gold or silver foil edge gilding. Yes. Do it. Sight unseen, she said yes, must have…gold…

Soooo…we did. And here it is. And she is just gasping around. Nobody can believe them. They are so incredible that I won’t even try to be modest. They just ARE incredible. As one of her friends just said, “I will just go on home now and frame this.”

Gold Foil Edge Gilding

 Inter-generational contact forges lifelong relationships and mutual learning opportunities: everybody wins.

One measure of a community is in how it cares for its youngest and its oldest members. Two creative grassroots organizations, independently and together, link the generations in a circle of protection, care, nurturance, respect, and fun. Redwood Coast Senior Center and Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund are keys to better living through big-hearted, very effective programs. Read about their work and plans for the future. These two organizations make us proud to belong to such a caring, loving community. Pick up your copy at all the usual places: Realty offices up and down the coast, in the Anderson Valley, Fort Bragg, Mendo and Comptche post offices, Harvest Markets, Inns, B&Bs, and other lodging places all over the county. Our awesome distribution puts REMs wherever you are. Please share them too. Real Estate Magazine covers almost all the Realtors’ listings for houses, commercial properties and land on the coast, plus provides a valuable community resource and a forum for interesting topics each month. We are so proud that REM is such a loyally-read and valued publication. Thank you all for appreciating it, too!

 

REM 666 Cover_01

The October issue of Real Estate Magazine is out on newsstands, and in post offices, grocery stores, inns and motels, restaurants, and many other places around the county NOW. Pick up your copy and learn about Gloriana Theater Company’s next offering, a story about a bipolar mom and her family. The fact that it’s a pop/rock musical is intriguing. Our editorial by Lisa Norman explores mental health issues in our county today. Peruse the ads and find out what’s shakin’ around real estate this month!

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.

 

 

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