“Posters Rock” Art Exhibit in Rome

So the time-lapse video of Clint and I collaborating on the Coldplay poster is going to be projected at the “Posters Rock” art exhibit in Rome, Italy on October 13, 2012. Exciting times! Wish I could go, but I didn’t know it got into the show until quite recently, and airplane tickets are a bit on the side of pricey. I’ll just have to hope that people attending take oodles of pictures!

“House of Architecture”. Architect’s Guild HQ.

What is really nice is the building the show is taking place in is the Headquarters for the Architect’s Guild, previously known as the Roman Aquarium, pictured above.

For those of you who speak/read Italian here is the show’s Facebook page. Click here for a sweet process video of Fabio making the poster for the “Posters Rock” Show.

Here’s the poster for the show:

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Coldplay Collaborative Poster Project

Here is another collaborative gig poster I did with Austin artist, Clint Wilson. This time we did a promo poster for a Coldplay performance in Houston at the Toyota Center, complete with free tickets to the show. It was amazing! They filmed the show for an upcoming movie. Everyone got bracelets that lit up with LED lights turning the amphitheater into a concave disco ball with the audience becoming part of the performance.

Glass tile prior to firing. Clint Wilson & Tessa Morrison. 2012.

For this project the idea was for Clint and I to combine two different art techniques to create the resulting poster. So we made a fused glass piece together, took a photo, turned it into half-tone color separations, and then printed a silk-screened poster.

Finished poster design. Clint Wilson & Tessa Morrison. 2012.

Below is a link to video of the whole process:

Coldplay Poster Time-Lapse

This was my first foray with half-tone color separations, I’ve mainly done single color screen printing, and Clint had never worked with fused glass before, so it was definitely a learning experience on both ends. So overall a successful collaboration.

Clint Prints Logo Fused-Glass Piece

Here is a fused glass piece I made from “float” glass, a.k.a., your standard window glass. The technique used to create the squid involves kiln carving and glass glazes. It is the logo for local gig poster artist, Clint Wilson. I nicknamed the mascot “Squidly”, inspired I know. Unfortunately this adorable cephalopod broke clear in half, but I was able to fix it with some serious UV glue. You can still see the crack, but its still a fun piece regardless. The dimensions are roughly 13X15″.

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Poster for sale on Nakatomi Inc.!

The Cirque du Soleil “Dralion” poster is for sale on Nakatomiinc.com’s website! This is a collaboration print I did with gig poster artist Clint Wilson. There is also a beautiful rare variant of this in red/gold that should be up there soon.

“Bad Dads II” Exhibit/ San Fran Trip Recap

Clint Wilson and I went to San Francisco to attend the “Bad Dads II Exhibit”, which is the Wes Anderson themed art show put on by Spoke Art.

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Spoke Art had a double opening on Saturday and Sunday of Halloween weekend at their location on Sutter Street. Wes Anderson related costumes were encouraged (and rewarded with a free poster), but not mandatory. The gallery was floor to ceiling artwork with a constant flow of people coming in and out wearing various costumes-Wes Anderson themed and otherwise. There were adorable Fantastic Mr. Foxes, poorly and well done Margots aplenty, a couple dressed as characters from Darjeeling Limited, and even a guy dressed as the yellow submarine from The Life Aquatic.

As you can see from the pictures, a large portion of the artwork was two-dimensional, about three others and myself were the only ones doing three-dimensional work. My favorite three-dimensional piece is the wearable pair of Team Zissou shoes from the Life Aquatic. Those are some sweet kicks. Some of the featured artists in the show: Tim Doyle, Kevin Tong, Rhys Cooper, Audrey Pongracz, Isaac Bidwell, Sandi Calistro, Dave MacDowell, Rich Pellegrino,  and Joshua Budich, who designed the flyer for the show.

While we were in San Francisco Clint and I got to go to Japantown (which was basically a giant Sanrio store), Little China, the De Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum (soo many Buddhas!), and the Golden Gate Bridge. We wanted to check out Muir Woods A.K.A. Ewok Village, but we ran out of time. We had dinner a with the curators Ken and Sarah, and artists Gene Guynn and Ashleigh Tucker. One evening we ate at an underground sushi place that kept playing hits by M.J. and another we went to a great bar/restaurant called Jasper’s, which is well known for its awesome service, french fries, and a burger that made me want to weep it was soo good.

The hostel we stayed at was in the heart of Little Saigon, between Japantown and Little China. It was very nice, they had an computer room equipped with Skypeing capabilities, a theater, a kitchen with free breakfast, a room to lock up bikes, and they organized evening group activities…there may have also been a bowling alley there for all I know. It was quite clean and well organized, the Greenbriar of hostels, if you will, minus all the brocade and clashing furniture and curtains.

The only downside was, we stayed at a hostel during Halloween weekend, I got zero sleep. Every night the tenants of the hostel were drunkenly yelling/singing?/chanting monosyllabically- alcohol apparently is the Rosetta Stone people. Every night was like a new rendition of “We Are the World” and no one knew the words or the same language. So that might explain my somewhat exasperated appearance in the group photo. Zero-three hours of sleep a night and walking up and downhill eight hours a day…I was a tired creature at the end, still had a blast though.

Between work and two marionettes to finish for the show, I didn’t have enough time to finish my costume, nor was there room in my suitcase to bring one. It was my first Halloween with no costume! I felt soo adult, and most of you are thinking, “Well Hell’s bells Tessa just buy a pair of fox ears or pop on a red beanie”, but I couldn’t bring myself to have a slapped together costume.

Overall my experience in San Francisco was great! We saw fantastic artwork and made new friends. Before I left Austin everyone told me that I wouldn’t want to come back, but I had to, the rent was too high.

Click below to check out the photography of Shaun Roberts: http://www.shaunroberts.net/project/artist-portraits/

Collaboration Poster with Gig Poster Artist Clint Wilson

This past weekend I went to see Cirque du Soleil’s show entitled “Dralion” in Houston at the Toyota Center. I have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show live, I’ve only seen clips on the Discovery Channel or TLC. It was fairly impressive.

For the show Clint Wilson, an Austin-based gig poster artist (who recently got published in the Random House book “GigPosters vol. 2”), and I designed a promotional art print. We screen printed 125 posters and also did a run of 10 in a red/gold variant. These guys will be for sale on Nakatomiinc.com after the show is finished running.

They liked this poster soo much they want us to work with them on more shows! : D

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Clint Wilson’s site: http://clintprints.wordpress.com/

The GigPoster book: http://gigposters.com/book/

Nakatomi’ site: http://www.nakatomiinc.com/home/

E.A.S.T. (East Austin Studio Tour) at D & J Blueline

This is the first year that my new place of employment, D & J Blueline, is going to be a venue/event in the East Austin Studio Tour! This is my third year being a part of E.A.S.T., I’d taken part in E.A.S.T. 2009 and 2010. For those of you who do not know, D & J Blueline is a print shop on 1000 E. 7th St.,  Austin, TX, that specializes in printing bluelines and blacklines for architects, vellums for silkscreen artists, and high quality reproduction giclee’ prints for artists. We will feature several artists selling their work; Pat Taylor, Chris Chappell, Darren Minke, Teresa Avini, Rebecca Byrd Bretz, L. Marie Rockey, Clint Wilson, Jonathan Hubbell, and myself. Henry Gonzales from the South Austin Popular Culture Center will be hanging out telling his crazy stories (dude was there when Stevie Ray Vaughan died) and working on a mural he’s been doing for us. Chris Chappell and a friend of his will be setting up easels out front and painting live.

For those of you unfamiliar with E.A.S.T., here is a link to their site: http://www.eastaustinstudiotour.com/

We are going to be site E12 and our ad in the catalog is on page 357. They used one of my prints for the picture for our site! huzzah! I’m published. Its my print with the snail, entitled “Nomadic Intent” (Crispin Glover owns an original print of it!).

E.A.S.T. has gotten huge here in Austin, when it first started it only had 35 artist studios and now it includes well over 200 artists and 150 studios and galleries.

We will be showcasing artwork and doing demonstrations the weekends of Nov. 12th and Nov. 19th. Our address again is 1000 East 7th Street, Austin, TX. We will be open 11am-6pm both weekends.  We hope to see you there!