Saturday, 13 May 2017

New logo / branding

About this time last year I posted this new logo / branding. Yet here I am again with another logo variation. Every now and then I experiment with different options in an attempt to land on the keeper... hopefully this is it. I like this one as it is much more relaxed and organic with the handwritten name and Australian native plant motifs.

The reason I started mucking around again with this is because I am in the process of setting up another little creative outlet, which needed branding, and as the overall aim is to 'create' I wanted to keep the branding consistent across the board. I will still have two main creative outlets: 'Gabriella Tagliapietra' and 'Pinch River', the latter of which has a very specific focus, whereas 'Gabriella Tagliapietra' allows me to play and experiment - creating designs that can work independently or sit alongside the 'Pinch River' label.

My intention is to be back soon to share more creative goodness - always hoping to gather momentum and keep forging ahead... but as you can see with the long silent pause between blog posts that is not always the case. One can only hope...

seek :: a textiles exhibition and curated retail event by Gabriella Tagliapietra

New directions - blending my studio practice and production wares to create these artworks that celebrate all I love about nature. I feel this is the beginning of the process, the experimentation as I am already developing new ideas on how to execute these artworks differently.

In February this year I had my first solo exhibition. Held at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, responding to their 2017 exhibition theme of 'animals'.

Exhibition Statement:

It was from interactions with nature from a young age that the great outdoors became a central part of my life. I am constantly seeking out places of unspoilt beauty to immerse myself in... I find great comfort in the solitude and majesty of such places and see an endless source of artistic inspiration in our native flora and fauna. 

A passionate animal rights advocate, the subject matter of animal rights and ethics is limitless as it crosses over to domestic animal welfare, factory farming, animal testing, live export, racing, hunting and generally the exploitation, harm and mistreatment of animals in any way, shape or form. My work aims to depict the peace and tranquility of animals fortunate enough to exist in their natural environment - even if these are within urban backyards - referencing my belief that all animals deserve the right to exist without experiencing exploitation, harm or cruelty from humans. To see all the images from the exhibition visit my flickr photostream.


attempt to find

When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable, and to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter the swamp as a sacred place – a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow of Nature.
- Henry David Thoreau -
desire to obtain
The wooing of the Earth thus implies much more than converting the wilderness into humanised environments. It means also preserving natural environments in which to experience mysteries transcending daily life and from which to recapture, in a Proustian kind of remembrance, the awareness of the cosmic forces that have shaped humankind.
- Rene Dubos -
to go to
Up in this high air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands, you woke up in the morning and thought: “Here I am, where I ought to be.”
- Isak Dinesen -

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Exhibition flyer - 'Songbird'

I created this exhibition flyer for one of my good friends for a solo exhibition she held in 2015.

I am sharing it here now as I want to start building up a portfolio of graphic design work.

Exhibition Flyer - 'Great Southern Land'

I created this exhibition flyer for a collaborative exhibition I did with one of my good friends back in October 2014. Even though I shared images of my work from the exhibition at the time I never shared the flyer.

I'm doing so now as I want to start building up a portfolio of graphic design work.

Logo Design - 'DG - life through the lens'

Logo design.

I created this logo for a private Tumblr blog for two friends who live on opposite sides of the world to be able to share their love of photography as a way of keeping touch when no words are needed.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

New logo / branding

I can't believe my last post here was on 4/10/2014. I really don't know where the time has gone, except to say I have been working on something rather basic, tedious and drawn-out but necessary. I feel like I can finally get back to my creative projects which have all been utterly neglected and on the back-burner for way longer than I care to acknowledge... (except, there is one more hurdle to face... but I'm hoping it won't disrupt things too much and from here on in and I can start to chip away at all the catching up I have to do).

My creative projects are many and varied.

The first one I will talk about is this blog and associated Facebook page... the longest neglected of all my creative projects. I knew I wanted to re-brand as I wasn't ever really happy with the few attempts at logos / banners, etc I started out with. After playing around yesterday afternoon with about 12 different variations on the above theme, I settled on this design for my logo and branding. This blog and Facebook page are for the overall creative projects I undertake as an individual - kind of like the umbrella for all my creative ventures. The plan is to also create an online portfolio as I want to start gravitating toward freelance graphic design work in the future... and I want a place to showcase my surface pattern design, graphic design, illustration and art.

Then there is Pinch River - my main passion and focus - with a re-vamped website underway, an Etsy shop I try and keep stocked, the Facebook page, Pinterest, Flickr, Issuu, LinkedIn and now on Instagram too (but no pics posted yet)... so plenty to keep me busy there while I start on the journey to inject some fresh products and eventually fresh designs in to this project... keeping on top of the social media and not leaving it as dormant as it has been.

There is also a new little venture called Pennefather {Vintage} Wares on Etsy where I am selling beautiful second-hand wares (and also on eBay under Pennefather Wares - so as not to restrict me to vintage on that site).

There have been some collaborations but I intend on ramping this up more... and there are at least two more online projects and one or more community-based projects on the back-burner that I want to move forward with this year, as time permits.

I have done a couple of other logo designs lately that I will share here shortly. I really enjoy this creative process and would love to do this sort of work on a freelance basis.

I'm feeling really excited and so happy to be back to my happy place... my little creative world where everything is good and life's challenges cannot get a foot in the door.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Great Southern Land exhibition

It's been quite some time since I've posted on this blog but the plan is to be here more often from here on in as I have decided I want to focus on developing this side of my creative outlet.

It was always my intention to have two sides to my work - 1) the production ware, i.e. Pinch River and 2) my studio work... sometimes the lines may blur as I am constantly developing my style and will experiment with it in both directions. I am getting closer all the time to a vision I have had in my mind's eye and am enjoying the journey of discovery.

The work for this Great Southern Land exhibition was the result of cutting up larger panels that I had created for the first Interwoven show I did in Sydney in 2013. Happy with the work at the time I later saw the potential to improve on it, or change it to push forward and get closer to that vision that has been waiting patiently my imagination for me to have the time to play.

The framed textile pieces in the last image are something I've also wanted to do for a while and am really happy with these and they will work really well on the production ware side of things too. The plan is to open up another Etsy (and possibly Madeit) shop in my name to sell the studio works in an effort to keep the production ware of Pinch River separate. This will also allow me to get back to illustration which is something I love and be able to sell those as artworks... along with my photography. I'm really excited about this step and can't wait to get started!

So I'll be here more often even though that may not start until January, a quieter month, as I have a grueling market schedule for Pinch River till the end of the year and will be pouring all my energy into that and my online shops (website, Etsy and Madeit) for the upcoming holiday trade.

I also want to start by changing the banner / logo for this blog (and its associated Facebook page) and will have fun playing around with that too. I started with a change of banner on the Facebook page but it's not resolved (and may change completely)... but I just haven't had the time to dedicate to it.

NB: The exhibition runs for the month of October 2014 at Eden Gardens Gallery, North Ryde. It's a beautiful centre and well worth a visit with a beautiful retail space, Dragonfly cafe serving up delicious food, the Gallery (of course) and fabulous gardens to walk around and get inspiration from.
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