sometimes design projects come along that involve incredibly interesting subject matter. and sometimes they involve incredibly interesting people. spectacle island comes with it the pair.
bernt kuhlmann, principal of lifestyle resort solutions [<< just click that link and check it out], has created several resort concepts that are beyond one’s everyday imagination: amangiri, dunton hot springs to name a few. he masters escape & comfort while staying in-tune with exclusive features the natural surroundings might bring. he meshes luxury with design and concept.
austria-bred, austin-based bernt owns a small island in mahone bay, nova scotia, where he and his children occasionally withdraw for a bit of family time. he has decided to open up the island to travelers who are searching for a unique and somewhat primitive place to escape. i was thrilled to handle the branding of spectacle island resort.
secondary brand or “stamp”:
business card & letterhead:
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looking forward to the design/branding of the flag, the interior textiles and marketing pieces …
and to visiting.
literally … these days are numbered. i had the honor of designing the bar bc ranch calendar again this year. last year’s was a success and, according to the bossman, this year’s “is fabulous, well done! Maybe the best yet?”
this year, i was asked to not only design the calendar and handle pre-production/production, but they wanted me to paint a series of watercolors to accompany each months “hero” photograph. the series consists of 3 insects, 3 fish, 3 trees and 3 plants. again, this was one of my most favorite jobs. i love large, intense projects that i can get lost in. this satisfied both my overly-organized self as well as the creative daydreamer in me. thanks again to mj for a great experience.
i work with a great partner on the project, which makes it that much more enjoyable (mj, you know i’m talking about you). the organizing, research, working with wyoming photographers, etc, went smoothly with the hillwood team. printing went smoothly, which is always good news. capital printing here in austin does a fantastic job of being technically on-it as well as accommodating and pleasurable to do business with (high five, mickey!). the production side of it can be a headache (and backache and eyeball ache) but they run it smoothly and kink free.
which is your favorite?me, i’m partial to jackson hole in september …
photography with the accompanying watercolor:
it’s easiest to click on the first one then scroll through them with the arrows once the image is open large.
production with capital printing co, austin.
THANK YOU to all who posted, liked, commented, shared and supported in 2013. lots of love.
i’m ready for another great year, full to the brim.
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blessed, fortunate, deserving … spoiled … whatever you want to call it, that’s how i feel. this year has been a rewarding one. after chewing through several of life’s obstacles these past few years, many prayers have been answered. not so much a simple “dream come true” but a fulfilling feeling of working hard and being rewarded. certain things play out as they’re supposed to, and we often have little control – what a relief.
in late august, my manfriend and i set out for an adventure through the west. through heaven on earth. along with the intentions of vacating, the trip included art projects, familial introductions, bonfire jigs and deeper integration of hearts. wyoming was new to me. andrew put it well, “emily, it’ll give you big eyes.” and he was right. if anyone wants to donate a ranch (a meek one would do just fine) in jackson hole, wy, please email me asap.
a huge part of visiting jackson hole, sedona, santa fe, etc, was to talk with gallery owners. i got some good feedback and will definitely be selling fishing fly illustrations at a location in jackson hole. now, if a gallery or two will just have my artwork, that would be amazing. working on that.
enjoy the photos from this journey: