Archive for September, 2011

Brianna is rounding out the week! Her and I became friends via her twin sister Brittany. (Sorry girls I outed you on the same last name thing.) I have loved getting to know Brianna over the years through our long distance relationship. We keep in touch and say hello when I am in my hometown, but rarely are we in the same place. First it was her being all smart and going to grad school in London or traveling after that. Now it’s me living 3 hours away, but some how we always make sure to say hello. Sometimes over a trip to the brow bar. Back to the present though, she mentioned to be the other day about wishing she had some background in graphic design which is why she was put up to this challenge. Her perspective is super fun and one that I have only managed to capture once. Enjoy her close up!

Guest Artist: Brianna Hanson
Designed and Mailed from: Santa Rosa, CA
Follow: @briannahanson

Words from Brianna:

My husband and I currently live in a gorgeous one-bedroom cottage on his family property. There’s 30-ish acres and his mother’s full-time job has been making it look beautiful – and boy has she succeeded! This post card is inspired by the late summer blooms I see from every window and door of our little house. Every inch of this property is covered in gorgeous flowers and plush greens, as well as a veggie garden and an avocado tree. This is a temporary landing point for the two of us – my husband is in the air force and through his training I will stay here while I apply to PhD programs – and even though I can often get restless from living at my in-laws and the state of impermanence my life is, this wandering poste is to remind me to literally stop and smell the roses. We may never live somewhere so beautiful again, and I should enjoy every second of it while I can.

So… technically I am back! However there are still a few guest artist’s, because I had so much interest and I am still working on turing all my european inspiration into some fabulous postcards. 

Meet Matt! Matt and I met when he and others interviewed me for my current job at Tahoe Donner. I guess you could say it all went well, because I got the job and now I work with Matt, slash we are friends! He and I have always discussed working on side projects, freelance work, slashing the pow you name it. Of those we have always encouraged each other for going after what we want down the road.

Guest Artist: Matt Chappell
Designed and Mailed from: Truckee, CA
Follow: @chappawitz

Words from Matt:

Around every corner lies an opportunity even though the road ahead may not be as smooth as you hope. It’s said that the journey you lead, the lessons you learn, and the relationships you create on your way matter most. The saying “El camino es dificil pero no imposible” simply says that the road ahead is difficult, but not impossible. There are signs scattering paths to some of the highest peaks in South America that say just this and to me imply that it can be done – whatever it is…

When executing this simple phrase I fought off the sharp edge of the pen and the pixel and tried to execute something textural, weathered, rough and experienced as if it existed out in the elements of nature with only water colors.

Greetings from San Diego via Halleh Abedi! Halleh and I actually go way back. We discovered during our design education, that we had crossed paths in high school. Pretty crazy since our schools were about four hours apart! We had played an epic game of soccer in during NCS playoffs our freshman year. It was great fun to chat about the game and we seemed to have an instant bond. We are both now very far from each other, Halleh in sunny San Diego and myself in the mountains of Tahoe, but we tend to say hello here and there. I was delighted to have her draw a postcard and even more so when I got her whimsical illustration. See below!


Guest Artist: Halleh Abedi
Designed and Mailed from: Cardiff by the Sea (San Diego), CA
Follow: @sunshineNdesign

Words from Halleh:

When I was asked to be a guest artist for Wandering Poste I was extremely flattered and very excited. What a fun opportunity to connect with other designers, artists, and people of our industry. Miss Wallace has done an incredible job with this project and including guest artists adds a whole new dimension of fun and surprise.

Despite my excitement, picking a subject to illustrate wasn’t easy. When the possibilities are endless, where do you start? After trashing several ideas, moving past the obvious and back around again, I found my pen gravitating towards the paper and just simply wandering. After minutes of spacing out in my drawing trance, i stepped back from my paper and realized that not only i had a great start to something fun, conceptually it fit. What better way to celebrate a Wandering Poste than the illustration that captured my wandering mind? So, enjoying my quiet Saturday morning, my cinnamon coffee, and my wandering thoughts, I continued to allow my mind, pen, and watercolors do their thing, in the traveling nature of the cards themselves.


Thy rocked it out with her postcard. Maybe you can figure out what I mean once you take a look. Thy and I met back in the days of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She and a few others got me interested in being a part of AIGA. We worked together there, but the time was short because Thy went on to graduate and move on. I hadn’t seen her since then, but last year I tracked her down in Salt Lake City while on a ski adventure. There was no epic pow pow, only some awesome rain, but Thy and SLC treated well. We got to catch up, drink some beer and I have been following her daily doodles ever since! I highly recommend you check out her work, she has done some awesome illustration/type work for Whole Foods, SLC Bites, and Bordobello.

Guest Artist: Thy Doan
Designed and Mailed from: Salt Lake City, UT
Follow: @thy_doan

Did you recognize the lyrics Thy illustrated? The words are from The Beatles song, The End.


Kelly Wallis, not to be confused with Wallace, which is my last name is a new designer/friend from Reno. Quick funny story, I was talking about Kelly one day to a fellow AIGA member and couldn’t remember her last name… ummmm hello, not sure how I forgot! We have the same last name just spelled differently. Just silly. Anyways, I met Kelly after getting involved with the AIGA Reno | Tahoe chapter. We have become great friends and hopefully we will bust out all the fabulous projects we have planned when I return. Watch out for the Wallace and Wallis duo at the AIGA National Conference!

Guest Artist: Kelly Wallis
Designed and Mailed from: Reno, NV
Follow: @iamkellyw

The day before the mailing due date for the guest artist postcards I had seen Kelly and she promised she was touching it up and dropping it in the mail. A day later I got a postcard from Kelly from Stumptown Coffee with a sad note saying her cat had knocked over things and her original postcard had been submerged in a puddle of water. (I never got to see the first card.) Due to what happened, Kelly explained she took the safe route. However, I don’t think so at all. She said, “I found it to be extremely therapeutic and relaxing, separating the color and each line put me to peace!” Not a bad thing for a postcard. Sometimes the simple things are he best for you.