Design Studio: Membership Brochure

28 02 2010

Client: Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Specs:
8-panel brochure, flat size: 9×16 folds to 4×9; 4-color
Photos
© Cindy Dyer
Status:
Off to print!

From the brochure…
• 36 million people, approximately 17 percent of adults in the United States, have a hearing loss.
• 60 percent of people with hearing loss are between the ages of 21 and 65.
• More than 20 million Americans have hearing loss from noise.
• More than 59,000 military are on disability status for hearing loss from current conflicts.

If you have a hearing loss or know someone who does, consider joining the HLAA. Individual memberships are just $35 per year for the U.S.; $45 for Canada and Mexico. As a member, you’ll receive the informative bimonthly magazine that I design and produce! Click here to learn more.

Want to be featured in Hearing Loss Magazine? If you have a story to tell about yourself or someone else with hearing loss, we’d love to hear from you! Check out the author guidelines on the link here.

HLAA prints articles and information pieces that discuss anything related to hearing loss. Our goal is to educate readers in all aspects of hearing loss, so that they, in turn, can make choices about how they will live their lives as hard of hearing persons. Feature editorial in each issue covers technology, cochlear implants, legislation, HLAA issues (including but not limited to, board of trustees issues, state organizations and chapters, fundraising), medical, psychosocial topics and personal stories.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.






Design Studio: Annual Report

28 02 2010

Client: Private non-profit agency
Specs:
8 pages self-cover, 8 x 10 size, 2-color (PMS 476 + PMS 471)
Photos
© Matthew Barrick/Caring Photography; inside back cover small photos © Cindy Dyer
Hot off the Press!
Just got my samples from Tammy @ Beacon Printing in Waldorf, Maryland—beautiful job!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Friday’s eye candy

26 02 2010

I just finished working on an article for the website, flowershopnetwork.com. The posting will be titled, “A Passion for Purple,” and is all about how to incorporate the color in your garden’s palette. While going through my archives for purple flowers to illustrate the posting, I came across this image of a Delphinium that Gina grew in her garden a few years ago. I just love the variegated colors in this flower and thought I’d re-share the photo since it cheered me up on this blustery winter day in Virginia!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.






Embrace Life

23 02 2010

Wow…what an original approach to this subject!





I need a nap.

22 02 2010

Today I’ve been finishing up the layout of a newsletter for a mathematically-based professional association. As usual, when I’m laying out pages, I always scan the text—for a variety of reasons, including a general interest in just about everything (excluding math, unfortunately—it is my Achilles heel, as defined by Wikipedia, “…a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, that can actually or potentially lead to downfall). I came across this excerpt:

Inverse spectral problems ask how much information about an object is encoded in spectral data. For example, Mark Kac’s question “Can you hear the shape of a drum?” asks whether a plane domain, viewed as a vibrating membrane, is determined by the Dirichlet eigenvalue spectrum of the associated Laplacian, equivalently, by the characteristic frequencies of vibration.

Remind me to tell you about one sad day after a basic math test in college. It involves my progression, in the span of just 24 hours, from “ah, so that’s how you do it” to utter defeat—plus a whole lot of tears.

I need a nap.





Charles Wildbank, artist

20 02 2010

I met artist Charles Wildbank through my friend Mike Royer, who is a member of HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America). I design and produce the Hearing Loss Magazine for HLAA and photographed Mike, Alicia and my friend Sue for the cover of the March/April 2008 issue (see that cover in this posting here). I’ve also photographed the Royer family in my studio and had the honor of photographing their third child, Ashley Jocelyn, coming into the world. You can see those photos in my postings: Meet the Royers; And baby girl makes five…; Annie & Joshua; Welcome to the world, Ashley Jocelyn;  and Introducing Ashley Jocelyn.

Mike knows we’re always on the lookout for interesting people who have hearing loss, so he recommended Charles for a future feature article. Charles wears hearing aids and received a cochlear implant in late 2009. I’m happy to report that Charles and I are online friends now and chat often through Facebook, discussing art techniques and materials, photography, camera gear, Photoshop, marketing our work, and life in general. I plan to drive up to North Fork, Long Island, to interview and photograph Charles for the magazine sometime this year. (Above: Charles works on a painting from his Hado series)

A prolific painter, Charles averages one or two large paintings a month and works in oil and acrylic. He does a lot of sketching on his computer with an electronic tablet, and paints with his laptop next to the easel for reference. He uses paintbrushes, applicators, squeeze bottles, detailing pens, rollers, soaking rags and drip techniques. His paintings range from 36″ minimum up to 20 feet—“the bigger the better for me—for my best expression,” he says.

Charles is currently working on a demonstration painting “performance” video that will be posted on youtube.com and vimeo.com. View a video he recently created about his painting, Luvin’ Wave, here. Check out his website at www.wildbank.com. He has been interviewed by many publications, including Fine Art Magazine, Dan’s Papers, Southampton Press, the Los Angeles Times, and others. You can read those interviews on his website here. To download his 41-page e-book, click here: WildbankEbookprint.

Some of my favorite Wildbanks paintings are from his still life series. In an interview with Dan’s Papers, he said, “Although I create large-scale subjects for my murals and commissions, I wind up interspersing my still life series with vignettes of the simple pleasures in life, such as the cup of capuccino.”

Excerpted from www.deafnotes.com:
Charles, a Long Island native, is the eldest of nine children and congenitally profoundly deaf. He was fitted with a hearing aid at age two and has a brother who is deaf and another who is hard of hearing. When he was nine years old, with the support and nurturing of his parents and grandmother, he began painting. He later attended Yale, Pratt and Columbia, graduating with honors. In 1979, Wildbank’s first exhibit at Bonwit Teller created a sensation on Fifth Avenue, with a giant sparkling rendering of the famed Cartier diamond. He had just left his position after seven years of teaching the deaf. Deciding to continue painting, he discovered that other artists were exhibiting their art in the store windows of Fifth Avenue, thought he would give it a try, and was quite successful. Soon after, he walked into a neighboring Cartier store and inquired about their windows. Three years later they gave him an entire salon upstairs, where he painted the seven foot tall painting of the Cartier diamond.

Excerpted from www.wildbank.com:

Born and raised on Long Island, Charles Bourke Wildbank drew and painted since age 4 as his prime means of communication, as he was born deaf. In an interview with Hamptons.com, Charles said, “When I was younger, drawing took the place of speaking when I couldn’t find the words. Painting or drawing was something I developed because I remember admiring the graffiti in the neighborhood. I loved to draw and found myself drawing my other hand. It developed into drawing a hand holding a ball, earth, or a pencil, sort of like the artist Escher. Art was never a means to escape; it was either a communication or even a dance, showing my skill.”

He took art classes on Saturdays with the encouragement of his family and found himself earning scholarships to Pratt Institute and Yale University where he majored in Fine Art and Photography. He delved into photorealism while at Pratt Institute, created a sensation on Fifth Avenue with a giant sparkling rendering of the famed Cartier diamond, and has painted portraits of David Hockney and the late Luciano Pavarotti. In his Hamptons.com interview, he said, “Growing up, I despaired over being able to sing and yet not hear the notes enough to discern the pitches. I can only get the melody and nuances of music with my hearing aid. I deeply love music but have transcended that with my love for color and light.” He is well known for his versatility of a wide range of figurative themes including florals, still life, portraits and seascapes. Read the full Hamptons.com interview here. (Left: Charles with his painting, Sedona)

His latest achievements include two 18-foot-high murals commissioned by the Cunard Line for the new luxury ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2. The murals depict cliffs and coastal scenes of England and America. Though the murals were applied with paint, Wildbank made extensive use of digital and photographic technology in his sketch preparations.

Wildbank is listed with some of his works in the book, Deaf Artists in America: Colonial to Contemporary, by Deborah Sonnenstrahl. He conducted workshops in Poppi, Italy during fall of 2002, and in Giverny, France during spring of 2006. View his art chronology here.

Up to present day, observable form and vivid color have long been attributed to Wildbank’s art. His recent works appear to flirt with the abstract and the surreal christened as his HADO series. His studio in Jamesport is now open to the public by appointment.

ideafnews.com recently interviewed Charles at his home in North Fork. You can view that captioned video below.





Happy birthday, WapWap!

18 02 2010

Happy birthday little sister! Dad nicknamed her “WapWap” because when she wanted an apple, she asked for a “wap.” I think he still calls her that. Kelley, you share your birthday with Cybil Sheppard, John Travolta, Matt Dillon, Vanna White, Toni Morrison, Molly Ringwald, Yoko Ono, Jack Palance and Jessica Simpson’s father, Joe. And on this day, Iceland is celebrating “National Bun Day.” Good to know. Hope you had a great one!