December 6, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Last month I was approached by Umpqua Bank to create a promotional piece for their 60th anniversary celebration. This full page ad was published in 12 different newspapers throughout the Pacific Northwest including the Oregonian, Willamette Weekly, and Seattle Times.
The creative concept for this piece was taken from a line from their tribute video, telling the story of how Umpqua Bank was born and raised out of a small town called Canyonville. The project was a way for Umpqua to give thanks to clients and everyone that contributed to their growth and success over the years. I’d highly recommend you watch the video - it’s quite endearing.
Many thanks to Umpqua’s creative team (specifically Mark Jacobs and Kate Zimmerman) for this opportunity and for all your feedback to help capture the mightiness of the oak tree! It was truly an honor to work with such a genuine & caring company.
November 26, 2013 § 1 Comment
When one thinks of art mediums, dry erase marker rarely comes to mind. You can imagine that I was a bit thrown off when I was asked to draw an entire mural with dry erase marker as my sole tool. But when you are presented with a challenge such as this & an opportunity to work with clients like Juliet Zulu and Nike, you say ‘yes’.
17 hours of drawing, filming, erasing, pacing, body bending, and inhaling marker fumes does funny things to your body. But the final product was incredibly rewarding. For more details on this project, check out Juliet Zulu’s post about this project on their great new website here. You can also find my work on Nike Accelerator’s website here.
Special thanks to Juliet Zulu (Zak, Jayson, Leah, & Ivan for the design) and the participants of Nike Accelerator for letting me draw on your walls for 17 hours!
All images from Juliet Zulu
July 29, 2013 § 1 Comment
Sometimes you need to take time to create something that is purely for play. I’m beginning to find that ‘playing’ is a discipline that needs to be scheduled into your day. It refreshes, revitalizes, and makes you more efficient in work. I’ll admit that I’m not very good at playing. Actually, I’m horrible at it. But I’m trying to get better at it.
This little Kasutera / 카스테라 / カステラ is one of the happiest things I’ve created in a long time. It wasn’t for anyone nor anything in particular. And it felt great. I am really liking the little guy.
June 28, 2013 § 1 Comment
I have an odd obsession with the way my household products smell. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t sometimes clean just so I could smell the scents of ‘fresh.’ When I found out that the Kinfolk workshop, “Freshen Up” was going to consist of making natural household products, I was in.
While my main medium is a pen nib and a bottle of ink, I often find myself experimenting with paintbrushes. It has recently become an imperative part of my business when projects require working on larger canvases. This was one of those times. The tools for my contribution: butcher paper, paintbrush, & a small bottle of acrylic paint mixed with water. Simple, easy, and good lookin’.
The workshop was a great success. Julie Pointer (Kinfolk Features Editor + Gatherings) and Jen Vitale hosted and styled the event. To no one’s surprise, they delivered above and beyond. It was a pleasure spending the morning chatting, working, and preparing with them both.
P.S. If you’d like to take part in the next Kinfolk workshop in your area, click here.
All photos by James Fitzgerald III
June 21, 2013 § Leave a Comment
In my humble opinion, the Ace Hotel is able to take an old motel and turn it into a destination spot because of their extreme attention to detail, especially in their design and amenities. The Palm Springs location did not disappoint in this regard. If you’re wondering, I did, indeed live in that Moroccan striped robe our entire stay and enjoyed every minute of it.
Their poolside was surprisingly low key (which we were very happy about) and pretty genius. I never had to struggle with the sun/shade ratio due to the design of their chairs and umbrellas. And when I wanted to seriously lounge, I plopped myself on one of their massive green canvas pillows and had some solid nap time. When it was too hot, I napped in a yellow donut.
Joshua Tree is about an hour from the Ace Hotel and completely worth visiting. I was unfortunately quite ill when we went and could barely muster the energy to leave the car. Thus, the number of photos is few. It’s hard to describe Joshua Tree in words, but it is definitely other-worldly. There may have been references to Star Wars at some point and an imitation of the yelling Sand People. Perhaps we got carried away? Most likely.
Admitting to the fact that Jay and I both know what “sand people” are and what they sound like is probably an indication that it’s time to wrap up this post. On that note, I’ll end here. ‘Til next time.
Photo 1,2,3,4,6 by James Fitzgerald III
Photo 5 by Joy Sunyoung Fitzgerald of MADE BY SOHN
May 21, 2013 § 2 Comments
“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”
- G.K Chesterton
I can’t tell you how many times Jay and I have stopped to take photos off the side of the road. Sometimes we force ourselves to stay in the car, continue towards the destination, and make a conscious choice to keep the camera under wraps. But this evening was not one of those times. We drove past this desert scene, which sparked a conversation that went something like this:
Jay, look how beautiful it is out the window right now!
Whoa. Should we stop?
We might be late for dinner.
Hm. I’m turning around.
I’ve found that it can be totally worth changing course to experience something you weren’t necessarily planning. This can often mean letting go of your own meticulous plans, the anxieties in straying from them, and letting God guide the rest. I’m definitely not condoning a life of wandering nor neglecting responsibilities. But I do encourage taking time to see beyond your agenda, even when it might be inconvenient (something I am still learning to do). I often get so involved in my own mission that I pass on the amazing things the Lord has for me – blessing, fruit, an opportunity to serve or create a memory. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on even the smallest of blessings in any form – like marveling at the desert sunset with my husband.
Whatever this means for you in this season, I pray that you’ll be able to perhaps change your view on the next inconvenience and see it as an adventure instead.
May 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
For our honeymoon, we only had three things in mind: One – at some point, make it to Palm Springs. Two – as little planning/stress as possible so we could just enjoy being married. Three – adventure on the road.
After planning a wedding for months, our last idea of a good time was more planning. So we packed our little car full of essentials and set out with our non-existent itinerary.
One of our stops included the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs. If you’re staying at the Ace Hotel, it’s literally around the corner and definitely worth a visit. Bring a camera and water, though – you’ll need both.
Moorten Botanical Garden also happens to provide opportunities for one of my favorite situations – monochromatic tones broken up by various textures. Obviously, we had quite the field day there and these photos aren’t even the half of them. But here are some of the real winners in the lot. Side Note: I am now officially biased towards the Voigtlander Bessa III. It has consistently done well for me.
God, the Creator of the universe does very much astound me at times like these. It’s a surreal experience when you can look at sheep in grassy fields all day, and within one day’s drive be surrounded by an entire garden of massive aloe and cacti (with no sheeps in sight). If there is anything that I really appreciate about road trips, it’s the ability to see how the Lord has manifested His immeasurable beauty in every place. And in so many different ways. Amazing, always. I’m excited to show you some of the other ways we saw His face on our honeymoon. More to come.
And if you want to see some good ole iPhone snapshots, you can take a looksies on my Instagram.