For the past 5+ years, we have been working closely with the Arrive team to develop a visual identity for their East Austin location. During an initial brand process, we developed a mood-board that inspired ELD founder, Sarah Presson, to develop a full series of collage pieces.
The collages in this collection are inspired by Texas’s unique physical landscapes (its piney curtains, arid deserts, and endless skies), and the psychic landscapes they engender (open, reflective spaces for cosmic contemplation). An added dash of Tex-Mex flavor and retro Americana elements borrow from a color palette dually inspired by Austin’s seasonal wildflower explosion and those year-round visitors, our bright green monk parakeets!
The team selected 3 pieces for each room and commissioned the ELD team to develop a design for the room dinettes, room keys and a ‘How to East Austin’ guidebook.
The Arrive team chose an arrowhead collage to be printed on the formica tables. With a skull centered in the design, the arrows surrounding were hand cut from various magazines and land satellite images.
The room keys carried by guests are mini art pieces with a text number for the hotel concierge service on the back side.
Our field guide is informational yet stylish with several custom illustrations and snippets of collage art. It provides hotel guests a pocket reference for exploring Austin’s East side with options for food, drink, and entertainment within walking distance and slightly beyond.
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As Corner Vet expanded in Austin, a dark cloud named Corner Vet in Houston also grew – as another business, with another owner and another way of providing care. In order to remain true to our ethos, we decided to re-name and evolve from Corner Vet to not be associated with the other Texas clinics.
As concepts developed, Paz (meaning ‘peace’) became a much better fit for this practice.
Since emanating peaceful vibes is what this practice aims to share with both animal and human clientele, we adopted St. Francis as our patron Saint and symbol and coined ‘Peace to All’ as our new tagline.
Look for the new Paz signs on Cesar Chavez and South 1st in Austin, and take a moment to check out the incredible interiors as well. There is a beautiful painting by Mississippi artist Ginger Williams-Cook in the new S. 1st lobby, and there are are fine art prints throughout the building.
Erika Wennerstrom came by the studio in November and selected a piece of art as an inspiration for her solo tour poster. The tour, Sweet Unknown, begins in December 2016 and will continue through early 2018.
The piece this poster was derived from can be viewed in Sarah Presson’s fine art portfolio, sarahpresson.com. It was part of a diptych titled ‘The Desert in Bloom’.
Screenprinting by Nakatomi Inc
2016 kicked off with a bang in our studio – we’ve had some outstanding opportunities to create with Austin’s finest this year… Keep it coming!
This was the opener created by Arts + Labor with our poster art. Music by the lovely and talented Adrian Quesada – from his new Echocentrics album Echo Hotel. Hitting the scene in May 2016.
Two of Sarah’s collage works have just been accepted in the People’s Gallery 2016 Exhibition. Look for these on the walls of City Hall in 2016!
Both of these works were born from a collaboration with Nick Schnitzer – part of a series they created after a trip to India in 2014.
Commissioned for Bob and Michaela Hachtel – this 6ft. piece was started in March of this year and began as a watercolor and ink wash. It slowly evolved into a mixed media piece. As I looked for clarity in foreground plants, I moved from detailed ink drawing to collage then added pressed grasses and leaves.