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Friday, October 31, 2014

Holiday Penguin Card - Make Art that Sells

I must be glutton for punishment because with everything going on; re-branding our Etsy store, gearing up for holiday sales and several projects underway with A Fresh Bunch, I'm participating in Lilla Rogers' Make Art that Sells class again!

I just LOVE designing to her briefs, I love the artist interaction and community that her classes foster among the most brilliant and talented people from all over the world. It really has been the best and most creative connections I've made.... probably ever.

Anyway, her first assignment was Penguin Holiday cards. I could only squeeze a few hours into this assignment so I had to keep it sweet and simple - but I did enjoy playing with the possibility of black felt and red foil stamping for texture on the card.

Maybe someday I"ll get to tell you that this card is available with all the trimmings... someday! :)

~ B

All designs, illustrations and intellectual concepts are © 2014 - Brooke Witt Art & Design, LLC

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Photo Shoot Day : We are so excited about our new look!

A new look is coming to the Near & Dear Designs Etsy shop...and we’re super excited! 

With the photographic prowess of Sarah Bokone of Boko Photo behind the lens, we’ve put together some really cool new displays of our work. Both our classic gifts and a bit of new work will be highlighted.

It’s a lot of work to stage, style, shoot and swap out good product photography, but our photo shoot day was a near-perfect overcast (but DRY!) Ohio October day….ideal for 100% natural light outdoor shooting….and our efforts have definitely paid off!

The guts of our house are wonderful photo props. My husband Gavin and I make habit of collecting objects that catch our eye….no specific type or style is the rule, but we try to surround ourselves in generally interesting, usually vintage, objects of all kinds. It was a morning’s worth of work to run around, collect, and stage things in the small field behind our barn (from record albums and books to vintage office equipment and Pyrex from the kitchen, we’re talking quite a bit of stuff...all of which you couldn’t use in a single photo shoot, but our collection set the mood for styling shots throughout the day.) ...and it was the evening’s work to bring everything back in….it’s still not all put away.

Our classic designs looked great in situ and our new wood panel illustrations and gift wrapping options are fantastic! We will be posting again in the next week with info and photos as those two new options become available on Etsy.


All designs, photos, illustrations and intellectual concepts are © 2014 - Brooke Witt Art & Design, LLC unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Family Vacation

September brought us quite a bit of family time this year. Gavin, Olivia and I took a short, but wonderfully sweet, trip to Colorado to visit my family for my littlest sister's wedding. A family vacation came right in time, because I think after such a busy summer and the F*Sho just two weeks back, we needed to recharge our batteries!

Here's a quick little photo roll of our trip.....

We spent the day out and about exploring the area. Neither Olivia nor Gavin had ever been to Colorado (at least not that Olivia can remember) so the mountainous views and native landscape was new to them. We went to Morrison, Co on Saturday afternoon, had lunch and the Red Rocks Grill, and the spent the rest of our time in Red Rocks Park. 

We then spent the evening at my littlest sister's wedding at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden, Co. Here she is during her ceremony on the beautiful deck of the Aspen Room overlooking miles and miles of mountains and city. The Aspen were just beautiful this time of year.

Photo by: PhotoChic Imagery & Design

The day after the wedding, we spent with my dad and family, which included a private tour of Beacon Printing, my father's print shop in Denver. I probably never told ya I was a printer's daughter, eh?

I have to say, it was so nostalgic to be back in my dad's shop. The smell of the ink and paper... and oil brought me back to being a kid again.

I'm also proud to say that Beacon Printing has a hand in all those super cool Conscious Alliance posters I've been eyeing up (and collecting!) for years. I love music poster art and Conscious Alliance has always brought the best posters, with the best cause, to the industry through ongoing, grassroots food collection and hunger awareness programs, primarily by organizing food drives at concerts and music events.The donations they collect benefit local food pantries nationwide and economically isolated Native American reservations.

We also stopped into Stockton's Plum Creek Stables which is owned and operated by family as well. Plum Creek Stables provides horseback riding lessons, trail rides on horseback, horse boarding, Picnics and Parties in their western town picnic area, hayrides through Chatfield State park, Native American field trips, Girl Scout and boy Scout activities and lots more.

Yes, this actually happened while we were there!

That's my Uncle Tim driving the hay ride.

And then home and moving on to next month.... We are filled with new ideas and plan to finish out the last half of this year with a bang!

All designs, illustrations and intellectual concepts are © 2014 - Brooke Witt Art & Design, LLC

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 Cleveland F*Sho

I am SO proud of my husband, Gavin, and his colleagues from Deep in Design! Here are a few pieces that were displayed last night at the Cleveland F*Sho. The Cleveland  F*Sho is an independent furniture design event started by Jason Radcliffe, owner of 44Steel. This event began in 2008 and it continues to grow each and every year with approximately 2,200 people attending the event. 

It was an awesome show!! Plenty of food, drink, design, art and of course community. Thank you Cleveland for bringing it strong last night!!!

The 2014 show was held Sept 12, 5:00 to 10:00, St. John's Episcopal in Ohio City. It is the oldest standing church in Cuyahoga County. Free admission, food and drink. 


All work by Deep in Design Toldeo in collaboration with Gavin Lehman of Designer Wrought Iron


All designs, illustrations and intellectual concepts are © 2014 - Brooke Witt Art & Design, LLC

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search submission

Wow! Such amazing talent!

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search first round results were announced today and although I didn't make the Top 50, I'm still quite pleased with my design. In looking through the final gallery of all 999 submissions, the talent skill and vision of so many artists take on the same theme is pretty incredible.

But no worries! Life goes on! I'm busy busy over here in the studio with the Near & Dear series and A Fresh Bunch and generally feeling on top of the world!

Good luck to everyone in the Top 50! I'll be watching.... :)

All designs, illustrations and intellectual concepts are © 2014 - Brooke Witt Art & Design, LLC
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