The current Crozet poster has an image of the old train Depot on a sleeting, snowing raining day - this is it’s complement, sunny and childlike in its joyful colorfulness
As I am reading a very engaging book about the WPA and the New Deal, a visit to one of its crowning achievements was extra fulfilling. I bow to the ancestors, those who came before us and had the foresight to provide for future generations a gem along the spine of the mountains of Virginia.
Frances Perkins (born Fannie Coralie Perkins; April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) was an American sociologist and workers-rights advocate who served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition. She and Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes were the only original members of the Roosevelt cabinet to remain in office for his entire presidency.
During her term as Secretary of Labor, Perkins executed many aspects of the New Deal, including the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Public Works Administration and its successor the Federal Works Agency, and the labor portion of the National Industrial Recovery Act. With the Social Security Act she established unemployment benefits, pensionsfor the many uncovered elderly Americans, and welfare for the poorest Americans. She pushed to reduce workplace accidents and helped craft laws against child labor. Through the Fair Labor Standards Act, she established the first minimum wage and overtime laws for American workers, and defined the standard forty-hour work week. She formed governmental policy for working with labor unions and helped to alleviate strikes by way of the United States Conciliation Service. Perkins dealt with many labor questions during World War II, when skilled labor was vital and women were moving into formerly male jobs.
More History reading, this time Teddy Roosevelt - and Taft? who? TR being SO colorful how can the meek Taft not be overshadowed. Think what I really want to be reading is ‘No Ordinary Time’ (same author) about FDR but this is what the library had available.
Proceeding with WPA posters, updated and completely repurposed and redone, retaining a similar message yet not at all - current for 2019, issues everlasting, since the 1935 - 1943 WPA period. Headlines are often the challenge.
The poster’s visual antecedent
Fascinated by the artwork of the 1910’2 - 1940s, especially the WPA and am digging deep into research now. Look for new work to come.
The Depot is a sweet gallery of arts and crafts and gifts in the lovely town of Crozet, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I call it Virginia’s Switzerland, with the mountains towering over nearby.
Ima brag - recently finished the 900 page biography of him by David Blight, listened to it as I worked in the studio - 35+ hours. Had to really parcel out the early years of his life, as an enslaved child in Maryland. It was all fascinating and distressing as so many issues he contended with are still roiling our country.
A really great view from this overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway, not far from Charlottesville. We have enjoyed the valley it overlooks many times on the way to Sherando Lake in the George Washington Forest.
Do you see ‘Joey’ in this one?
Do you see ‘Sarah’ in this one?
Quite literally, made of money
My style, using shapes, letterforms, colors. It is a garden palette, if not silhouettes.
It also says … can you read it?
Color consulting is part of what I do - people are often terrified of color which it’s totally understandable - a mistake can be costly as well as annoying to have to live with. Color is what I do, all day every day. I’m glad to consult. Sometimes the result is a bit more confidence in the colors you have chosen. Sometimes there is an exploration process, in which mockups of rooms in Photoshop simulate a color plan.
Wanted to share the posters I adjusted the color for a client who had a definite idea - she wanted them to coordinate with the pillows she had already chosen. Wish I could find the photos but it turned out great! Here are the posters; use your imagination about how the room looked with these warm, rich color accents -
as old as cave paintings? Silhouettes seem to resonate with how we perceive figures - our brains are finely attuned to the figure in the distance, can read in the gestures much information, such as intention - - -
These are some recent (well, a century old) silhouette pieces. They show a clear lineage from the Art Nouveau era that immediately preceded and the concurrent Art Deco.
More recent, though overlapping with the above time period is Alex Katz (b 1927) - still with us age 92)