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The theme of last weeks conference was PIVOT. Everyone had there use of the word and explained possible ways to pivot, but my favorite definition of the word was to “extend your reach.” Yes, we think of pivoting as a basketball maneuver sometimes and many think of it as a way to move a new direction, but it is also a way to extend yourself from one location. I love the idea of the saying and the encouragement we were given to find ways to reach out in new ways. The conference was full of thoughts on how to change your way of thinking, finding new solutions and thinking of design in a new light. All great things. However, my one take a way is apply those ideas of change and new directions, but also to never forget who you are and who you want to become. It doesn’t matter where you live… maybe its a island, maybe a big city or on a mountain… learn how to extend your reach from where you want to be!

There is no place like home! I am finally back. I spent last Wednesday – Sunday in hot hot hot Phoenix, Arizona attending the AIGA National Conference: PIVOT. It was fabulous, great fun and including lots of learning. There was lots of socializing in there too. I was so happy I went and I encourage any designer to attend the conference in the future, but I am so glad to be home in mountains.

Today is the last Guest Artist!

I am sad to see the Guest Artist postcards come to a close, but it ends with one of my favorites! I might have a slightly a biased opinion, but I had a big smile on my face when I got Varick Rosete’s addition to the project. Throughout the whole project everyone’s postcards have surprised me, but I think my boyfriend was the most surprised when he got the mail and found this. He called me immediately to aske if I have met Varick in person. I responded no and then was asked, “How does he know what you look like?!?!” I could only laugh and couldn’t wait to get home to see the card.

It is true I haven’t met Varick. The lovely Thy Doan hooked me up with him (another AIGA connection and hopefully new friend) when I had told her about the project. I am so glad that like Thy, Varick was up for drawing a postcard. I have no confirmation that the illustration really is me, but if you check out my twitter picture and compare…. seems pretty similar to me! Thanks so much Varick and I hope to run into you next week at AIGA’s PIVOT in Phoenix, AZ.

Guest Artist: Varick Rosete
Designed and Mailed from: Atlantic Beach, FL
Website: varickrosete.com
Follow: @varick

Just a few more guest artists left! Only three acutally including today’s. I will be back, drawing up a storm starting Thursday to round out the week.

Kicking of the week is Katie Sinclair from Memphis. I was super excited to have Katie draw a postcard. Like some of the other artists, I have never met Katie in person. We found each other via Twitter after both of us applied for AIGA’s Command X competition. Sadly, neither of us made the cut (BOOOO), but we found each other and maybe cross paths someday. Check out Katie’s postcard below, the mail man beat it up a bit in the top corner, but her hand painted postcard survived the mail system beautifully!

Guest Artist: Katie Sinclair
Designed and Mailed from: Memphis, TN
Website: katiesinclair.com
Blog: katiesinclair.com/?page=blog
Follow: @sinclairkate

Words from Katie:

The quote is, “Reach for the stars because stars don’t have arms and they can’t reach for you.” I first heard this while Zach Galifianakis was hosting SNL. It’s a funny saying but there’s a lot of truth in it too. I try to remember that if I want something to happen, it’s up to me to make it happen.

The type on the back of the card reinforces that idea. The image side of the postcard is hand painted with watercolor and acrylic.

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
Portfolio: portfolios.aiga.org/thydoan
Blog: penandpalates.com
Follow: @thy_doan

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