The Brand Market DC

This weekend I was privileged to experience The Brand Market’s workshop in Washington, DC.  On my goodness.  I met some amazing women entrepreneurs and learned a lot about what I’m doing right (and what I need to work on) for my small business.

The Brand Market DC giveaway with items from Rifle Paper Co., Sapling Press, and Dotted Design!

We each received an amazing swag bag with gifts from Rifle Paper Co., Sapling Press, Design Dotted and more!

The Brand Market in Washington, DC.  Rebecca from A Daily Something talking about social media and branding.

And learned tips on social media, branding, photo styling from Rebecca at A Daily Something.  (How amazing is the studio space at Sweet Root Village?!)

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.  By coco and mingo.

Inspiring words by coco and mingo.


Mark Twain 2013 Program Book

On Sunday, October 20, 2013 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts taped the sixteenth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor celebrating Carol Burnett.  The show will air on November 24, 2013 on PBS stations.

Along with the taping of the show, the Kennedy Center hosts a Gala afterwards, as one of it’s largest fundraisers of the year.  I’ve been honored to design the event pieces for the last few years and it’s easily my most favorite event to work on!  Below is a peak at our sparkly program book for the Gala guests.  It went fabulously with the 60’s decor!


Arts on the Horizon

One of the things I love about being a designer, is being able to help young art’s organizations with their design and marketing.  So today I wanted to tell you a bit about Arts on the Horizon.

AOTH_Logo-01I have been working with Arts on the Horizon for since 2011, when they wanted to come up with a new logo.  They specialize in theatre for children ages 0-6 years old in the Northern Virginia and DC area.  When they first told me what they did, I though “Theater for infants?!  No way…”  But, with shorter performance times, morning hours on weekdays AND weekends,  shows specifically recommended for different age ranges and the option for kiddo’s to sit right on mom or dad’s lap during shows – it’s a really great concept!  It is theater for truly young audiences.  Now that I have a 4 month old myself, I am SO excited for us to attend our first performance together this weekend.

Under the Capony Postcard v3

Under the Capony Postcard v32

Under the Canopy will be having a special summer preview this weekend (August 9, 10, & 11) in Alexandria, VA at The Athenaeum.  It’s a 20 minute, interactive show with music, sound effects and plenty of things to touch and look at.  And with $3.00 tickets, it’s a great deal!

Don’t forget to check out Artomatic!

If you’re in the DC metro area, I encourage you to check out this years Artomatic!  I spent a little time there this week and there is so much to see (and did I mention yet that it’s FREE?!).  There are 1,000+ artists doing what they do best.  It’s a lot to take in, but there are plenty of bars and a Busboy’s and Poets cafe in the lobby, so you can make a day of it if you want.

While you’re there, head up to the 7th floor near the Cherry Smash Stage and take a peek at my exhibit.  And if you’re in that neck of the woods on Saturday, June 2 between 7-9pm – come by and say hello in person!  It’s meet the artist night and a great time to hit the exhibits and chat with their creators.

I also have notecards of the work displayed on sale at my Etsy shop.

A bit of unbuilt DC…

:::  The unbuilt John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts  :::

A few weeks ago I was searching online for Kennedy Center drawings and sketches to use as inspiration for an upcoming project.  While doing so, I found quite a few renderings and drawings of never-seen additions and renovations for the building.  Take a peak…

This is what the view of the Kennedy Center from the Potomac River looks like today, Heidi Ruesswick

This is one option for what the “National Cultural Center” (later named Kennedy Center) would look like, Edward Durell Stone, 1959 (University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville)

A 1987 rendering of what the access from the River Terrace to the Potomac River could look like, Arthur Cotton Moore via FoggyBottomAssociation

This photo from 1964 shows an architects model of a proposed segment of the outdoor Roof Terrace.  How fun would it be to have a merry-go-round on the room of a performing arts building!  Detroit News photo archieve

This rendering depicts an expansion option for the Center, which would have included a 1200 foot long structure to house offices, rehearsal spaces and parking.  It also would have allowed for an outdoor festival space.  Arch-EtAl

This drawing provides us with a vision of a Plaza which would better connect the Center to the National Mall and subsequently, the other monumnets and memorials.  This plan would make the small stretch of I-66 an underground tunnel and add access routes for pedestrians from the River Terrae down to the Potomac waterfront.  EE&K

1962 sketch of a proposed version of the Kennedy Center.  I love that the River Plaza extends over Rock Creek Parkway and out to the actual river.  I also  thuroughly enjoy the open air atrium in the center of the room level.  Detroit News photo archieve