Layout Design & Information Heirarchy


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I love getting a chance to redesign resumes. I think it’s a really exciting time in people’s lives and generally, a boost to the resume is a boost to their self esteem, which can only be positive for the job search ahead. This week I helped two friends with their cv’s and I had fun creating a look that represented their industry and personality, while also making it easy to read for the interviewer.

For Alex, I designed several options - one simplified high level (title and company) version with room for a into and a list of skills. I like to let my resume read easily and then have my website or LinkedIn profile fill in. But that doesn’t work for everyone so it was fun to think about ways to organize and simplify a lot of copy.

Cool in Ceramics | Angel Oloshove

I recently discovered the work of Angel Oloshove, a Texas based ceramics artist working with beautiful glazing techniques and sculpture. My personal ceramics journey began traditionally with throwing pots, plates and cups but as I started learning how the medium behaved and could be manipulated (and I let go of predefined outcomes), I started experimenting with form more and more, resulting in several series of somewhat functional sculptures. I'm inspired to experiment more with glazing techniques now that I've been introduced to Angel's fun work - check her out and read this great interview by Uprise Art!

MoMA & Me

I'm excited to announce that I've accepted a digital design role at MoMA for the next few months. I'm honored and grateful to be part of such a renowned art institute and can't wait to launch the new MoMA Design Store website in the next few months. In the meantime, stalk me on Instagram to see what I'm up to :-)

Cheers!

Monday Update | Groovy new series

Super groovy. I've been using a metal comb to make tight lines on a series of cups, bowls and vases. I really enjoy the texture in hand and the color contrasting. There's an element of Wabi Sabi, too, which I've been inspired by since I began in ceramics last September. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese view that appreciates the beauty of transience and imperfections in all objects. This is a great read for anyone interested in learning more about the basic understandings of Wabi Sabi.

Custom Orders | The client vision vs The artist vision

I was recently commissioned to create a Mario mug for a good friend and as a good friend, obliged, though I knew it would be a departure from my current aesthetic. I decided it could also be a learning experience in applying my voice while still keep the customer happy. There's always something to learn and I'm all about progressing, so here are some progress photos. Stay tuned for the glazing, which I'm planning to apply in a nonconventional way.

- sarah

Monday Update | Vessels, Utensils and Snakes, Oh my!

This past week I've worked out a few ideas in clay that I'm really excited about. I've been thinking about vessels - for food, for plants, etc. that have a non-traditional or modern spin so I used the Extruder to create thick coils which I wrapped around rectangular and oval containers. Also this week, working with hand built utensils, coffee mugs and filters, bowls, and a new pet snake which I painted with colored slip. I wanted the snake to look as though it were hiding beneath a flowering plant :) So happy with the results!

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GF & DF Rosemary Foccacia Bread

I've made this bread for several potlucks lately, pairing it with an olive and balsamic tapenade, and it's been a hit. Definitely satisfies the craving for bread. Make sure to use a good olive oil and coarse sea salt - enjoy :)

Gluten and Dairy Free Focaccia Bread

 

Dry Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups gf flour

1/4 cup buckwheat flour

1 tsp xanthum gum

1/4 cup dry milk powder, dairy or non-dairy OR almond meal

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

 

Wet Ingredients:

2 large eggs

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp honey

1 3/4 cup room temperature club soda

1 tbsp rapid rise or bread machine yeast

 

Toppings:

1-2 tbsp chopped, fresh rosemary

1 tbsp coarse sea salt

 

Method:

1.     Preheat oven to 200 – turn off once temp is reached.

2.     Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3.     In a large mixing bowl, mix wet ingredients (except yeast)

4.     Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet using a mixer. Once incorporated, add the yeast granules and beat well for 2 more minutes.

5.     Line a baking pan with a sheet of oiled parchment paper.

6.     Spread dough onto prepared pan. Smooth to edges evenly with a rubber spatula, sprinkle with toppings, then cover with another sheet of oiled parchment.

7.     Place the pan into the preheated oven and allow to rise for 30 min.

8.     Remove the parchment from the raised dough and press into the focaccia every 2 inches or so with your knuckle, to make dimples.

9.     Preheat oven to 350.

10.  Brush the top of the dough generously with olive oil.

11.  Bake for 23 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the focaccia should come out clean and it should be starting to lightly brown.

12.  Remove to a cooling rack for 15 min then slice as desired.

 

 

Monday Update | Pre holiday work and moving into 2017

Before the holidays I started working on hand building (with the exception of the carafe) some ideas I had from past and present sketches. Tons of ideas and a lot of concentrated hours in the studio, so I feel really accomplished moving into 2017. Today I glazed the bisqued pieces so they're in the final stages - christmas comes soon :-) 

From top to bottom --

  • braided spoons
  • incense burner
  • plates w/ illustration (katzeye)
  • primary shapes/colors serving set
  • sake carafe and cups
  • oval tray (for a friend!)
  • earrings
  • LRC dice game (two sets)

This week I'm making hollowed out vases from some sketches I did on christmas eve - psyched!

- Sarah

Pinterest | Patterns emerging

I use Pinterest regularly to create mood boards for the various projects I'm working on and lately I've noticed that I've been attracted to warm, natural hues and deep cool blues. This photograph, of a 50's inspired lounge, has me swooning. I'm a sucker for midcentury furniture but I also love this color palette. What do you think? Do you also use Pinterest to visualize?

To see more of my inspirations, check out my Pinterest page.

Cheers,

- sarah

Ceramic Wall Sculpture

I've been taking a few ceramics classes at Artshack and using the additional studio time to experiment and explore ideas. This is one that I'm planning to turn into a ceramic wall sculpture. I was inspired by a drawing from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens that I did earlier this Fall and wanted to turn it into something physical. I changed the scale, the material, and the orientation. I'm pretty excited about it...still unsure if I want to use metal or a natural fiber to hang the pieces. Check back to see what it looks like finished!

- sarah

Leaf Art | Post Election Day 2016 Distraction

It's a really somber, grey day in Brooklyn. People are withdrawn and I'm feeling the mood, so instead of diving into a hole of fascinated horrors of the next 4 years, I made art with leaves I gathered from my neighborhood. Yes, I was that weird girl, alone, with headphones, dancing and picking up leaves.

I don't like to discuss politics much, but I will say that this election doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't continue carefully and beautifully crafting the world you live in. Trump may not uphold your values, beliefs and goals and he will shape and impact our life in broader terms, possibly negatively, but on a day to day basis, we're creating the small world we live and love in so let's focus on what's around us and just keep making shit fucking beautiful.

Create art. Build community. Love your life.

- sarah