From the top of the pile of things made in-house this month.
1. L&R ad for Revue Magazine
2. Best of Creston - Thank You! "sticker"
3. The Original Back to the 90's Party (#3)
4. The Rushouse @ Best of Creston - 8.19.17
5. Logan's Alley - WMEAC Green Drinks
6. L&R - We're Closed
7. Logan's Alley - 2nd Annual Harvest Festival
8. The Original Back to the 90's Party (#4)
After the last few weeks (months?) I am now seeing the world in shades of blue. I don't want to upload the full weight of everything I've made for the Best of Creston event coming up this Saturday, but I still want to show off some of the stuff from the top of the pile. Everything about organizing this event has been an incredible learning experience, both in how much a dedicated group of people can accomplish against the odds and in a pretty short amount of time and how much I am capable of taking on, on my own, all at once. I've touted the phrase 'Do Everything' for a lot of years and, for the first time, I think I've got a grasp on just how much everything I can do. I am so proud of this event and everyone who put in the time to pull this thing together. The Creston neighborhood in Grand Rapids, MI is an incredible place with a vibrant, enticing history that is just begging to be explored, re-imagined, and preserved.
Years ago, in the midst of pulling my life back together on the other side of an illness that knocked me down for longer than I would have liked, I got a job at Graydon's Crossing. At the time, I seriously thought it was a dead end job in an unfamiliar part of town, far away from everything I had known for the last few years. What I say next, I mean with deadly sincerity: I couldn't have been more wrong. I came to Creston directionless and without ambition, wandering around wondering what I was going to do next. Cut to now, and I'm on a career path that envelops my whole heart, I've met friends that I will know for the rest of my life. I've experienced love and loss and inspiration unmatched by almost anything I have felt before, and it is all because I walked into Graydon's, resume in hand, on the right day and asked for a job.
I think everyone should take that chance. There is nothing more invigorating than not knowing what you're walking into, and that is exactly what we're offering this Saturday in my favorite neighborhood.
I am so proud to be among the Best of Creston.
I got to design a GIRL SCOUTS BADGE! Lions & Rabbits got the opportunity to create our own Art Merit Badge which will actually be earned and worn on sashes and everything. I took inspiration from some old ones I found on the internet (after getting lost a while in the “vintage scout badges” Google image search). I left out a lot of detail and leaned on simplicity wherever possible in planning for the size of the stitching on such a small patch. While I was working on it, Harper (who turns 8 next week) came up and wanted to draw what I was doing, which seemed pretty fitting for a project like this.
From the top of the pile of things made in-house this month.
01. Rushouse Day invitation
02. Best of Creston - Lions & Rabbits poster
03. AB/Cakabakery Wake Up Dance Party poster
04. Creston Brewery One Year Celebration poster
05. Graydon's Crossing facebook banner
06. National IPA Day (1/3)
07. Derby Station facebook banner
08. Fundraiser for Tami VandenBerg at Lions & Rabbits
I love this little guy. I made up this package over the last two days for an event Logan's Alley is having with Paws with a Cause and Dogfish Head brewing later this month (actually a really awesome sounding event, even to someone who doesn't drink, because dogs.) The very first things that happened in my imagination when I was going over the event info was this new best friend trotting up to my mind's eye with a weird, fishy smile on his face like it was last call at the bar. A little weird? Probably. But I love my new drunken fish-dog.
(Click my tipsy little buddy for the full package. I came up with the event title myself and I am way too proud.)
It's America day(!) and here I sit, on the porch, dreaming up different uses for red, white, and blue. I think I have seeing the cover to the Dandy Warhols' album Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia (pictured) at an impressionable age to thank for my enduring love for Americana. Before that (not to mention the album itself), I was just a 14 year old kid who thought he discovered Nirvana (by himself and ten years too late). Aesthetically speaking, I am patriotic af. On the other side of the window from Captain America's shield, I've hung a giant American flag for the last few years, which has admittedly started to feel a little weird, given the current state of things.
"What's it like to be a DJ?"
The first episode of Pod Rapids is now available from The Rushouse Radio.
The enduring and nearly ten-year-old Earthgrind logo, which I made on a whim for nothing and no one but myself back in the halcyon days of 2008, is still one of my favorite things to mess around with all because of it's simplistic versatility and other verbose descriptors. Honestly, I just love it, and even though this wasn't exactly in my mind when I made it, I look at it and think, “Life is short. Get to work.”
I made up these two beauties to promote a couple drinkin' and eatin' events happening on the same day in two different neighborhoods later this month. We are never really short on things to do in this town.
Something big is coming to the north end.
This website has been brought you by an orange notebook with a simple set of instructions.
My home away from house, Lions & Rabbits is throwing a couple parties and, as always, I'm making the invites. The nicer it gets outside, the more things keep picking up and these two days next month are going to be a great showing of who we are what and what we want to do.
The most I remember (fondly) of Rocky's from my drinkin' days is a blur of erratic colored lights and lots of spinning. Sharp colors and silhouettes, music I'd never listen to but loved more than anything for one night, and the feeling that the floor could give way at any moment.