Thursday, January 27, 2011

Design Camps At Alt Summit Design Conference

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Alt Summit Design conference here in Salt Lake City. First of all, it was an excellent conference and I met a ton of great people, many of whom I read their blogs daily. Second, the conference also hosted these awesome design camps during regular sessions. I probably should have been attending the lectures, because there were some awesome speakers, but I couldn't turn down free art classes. I took Calligraphy from the very talented Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You as well as a Screen Printing Workshop taught by Andy Kane of Sparka Screenprinting.

I've been into calligraphy for a long time, but have never found the time or patience to sit down actually try my hand at it for any length of time. Melissa's calligraphy is beautiful, inspiring, and has just the right touch of naturalness that makes me feel like I could achieve her results if only I just put some time into it. In reality, I also found it very relaxing, almost meditative and since last week I've found myself a couple times with pen and ink in hand scribbling away.

Andy Kane was a show all to himself. Not only was his workshop highly informative, but I laughed through the whole thing. Andy has this awesome DIY mentality when it comes to everything and he showed us from the very beginning how to make the frames, stretch them, expose the frames and finally print. I only wish we had more time. We all got to print a tote bag with this cute graphic of an antique typewriter.

But if you ever have a chance to take a class with either of them, I highly recommend it. I also recommend heading to Alt Design Summit next year. Well worth your time and way fun.

Images ©Bridgette Meinhold