Creative Tidbits: Art is where you find it

by Fred Showker
Creative Tidbits in 60-Second Windows I realized there were several designing women who did not make it into the March and April newsletters, so I'll share them with you here -- Lisa Congdon, Kathy Erteman; along with : * Designers are rebelling against technology * Seeing Things: Handmade for Japan * Diana draws in ceramics

Designers are rebelling against technology

Graphic disturbance
Design has become so ubiquitous in our world that it's impossible not to notice it. We are bombarded 24/7 by typefaces and logos, layout and images, composition and visual language, print and broadcast and brand identities.
      Keeping design fresh and on track with the latest technologies has become increasingly challenging for graphic designers.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Andrea Nagel -

Seeing Things: Handmade for Japan

Japanese designer in fashion
      If you love design, you probably have a favorite Japanese designer in fashion, architecture, graphic design or ceramics. Japan is a country that has always nurtured design, from handcraft to industrially produced goods
READ THIS REPORT Full story : New York Times

Designing Women : Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon
San Francisco illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her.
      That love is now expressed most intensely through her paintings and drawings. Aside from four painting classes, Lisa is entirely self-taught. Three years ago, she left a career as a leader in the education nonprofit world to pursue a full-time creative life.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Lisa Congdon's Portfolio

Designing Women : Kathy Erteman

Kathy Erteman
Kathy Erteman a New York based ceramic artist and designer makes vessels and architectural wall pieces in her Manhattan studio.

Quoting  begins There are many ways to approach art making with clay. For me the choices are very conscious and tested. I follow various schools and cultural traditions in making vessels and works for the wall. When I design for companies like Tiffany, Dansk or Crate & Barrel I employ the same creative process I use when I make my one-of-a-kind pieces. Rather than have a technician interpret a sketch, I model by hand from stoneware, porcelain or terra cotta in true scale and with actual glazes so that my final studio samples closely resemble factory proto-types. Quoting  ends


Diana draws in ceramics

Diana draws in ceramics
Moving to S.F. in the early nineties, Diana made her way as a server in restaurants while cultivating her artistic vision. It is in one of the restaurants she worked in where she met businesswoman Maggie Nugent of Synergy Designs, a ceramics wholesale outfit.
      Diana began designing for Synergy shortly thereafter. Her tenure with Synergy sent her back to Hungary, a factory in Hodmezovasarhely (Beavertown) where the Diana Fayt collection was produced.

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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