type, everywhere.

Hello!

Remember that time I said I was going to blog more and share more of my creative work? And I never did?

Well this time, I’m here to keep the promise! Well, sort of. I’m at least going to give you a sneak peek into a piece I’ve been working on. It’s for a client, for work, so I cannot show you the full thing, but I thought I’d share an in progress photo of some hand-illustrated typography I was working on.

923750_316736505170413_118185915_nThis is a new thing for me, illustration type this elaborate. In fact, the only time I’ve really done hand-drawn type before was in my Life of Pi poster, which required far less accuracy.

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I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge and creativity of illustration typography, however, and it’s great practice to finally start working on my wedding invitations! (8 months to go…)

So stay posted for that…

Instructions for a Bad Day.

There’s so much negativity and so much drama and I let myself get caught up in it, mostly by being on social media too much. I think social media has some really good aspects, but then it also has some very, very bad qualities. It’s also full of very negative people.

I’m going to make some new efforts, killing two birds with one stone per say… by 1) not being on social media so much and 2) being more positive in my own life and outlook. This includes bringing more positive activities into my life. I’ve been reading a lot, which is great, but also sort of a tactic of avoiding everything else. So more art, it is! More writing! More creativity!

In true Fae fashion, I don’t have anything to show for that now – but here is a beautiful video and spoken word poem (by the fantastic Shane Koyczan) on how to handle having a bad day.

Do you ever have one of those days where you are just so annoyed by everything, for no good reason?

The hot weather is annoying me. The internet is annoying me. People are annoying me. My stomach is annoying me. My chair is annoying me. The neighbors I can see through their windows are annoying me. Everything.

I can’t even just lay down and block out the world by reading, because the book I’m reading is annoying me. Not the content of the book, just the actual physical book, in my hand, is annoying me. And that annoys me.

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What it is to be a woman.

It’s worth thinking about how much you alter your life — whether it’s by taking a different route home, going home early, changing the way you dress or walk or wear your hair — in order to feel safe. These are things that men often don’t have to think about, that men take for granted, that men simply don’t have to consider as they go about their lives. And they’re things that take up a shocking amount of time, strength, and emotional bandwidth to negotiate.

I know it’s Caturday, and it’s the 4th of July, but I’m not going to post about either of those things right now. Instead, I’m going to get heavy for a second here on this blog and just bring your attention to what every day life is like for a woman, because it’s been on my mind  a lot lately. And I came across this BuzzFeed article, of all things, that sums it all up perfectly.

So, just read it.