North Shore Chorus

O Fortuna!

My latest piece for the North Shore Chorus promoted their end-of-season concert featuring selections from that quintessentially epic composition, Carmina Burana.  Carmina is a delightful anachronism, being a 20th century composition set to a collection of poems from the 11th to 13th centuries.  For me, it is less about re-creating something authentic from the past, than seeking to present its truth by using the immediacy of contemporary terms.   That being said, there is also a tradition of images associated with it, and I decided to go with the ever popular wheel of fortune, an adaptation from the original 1936 score – and the original Codex Burana manuscript in turn.  I decided to play around with some texture as well, to enhance the aged feel, as well as a rich red to play off the visceral sensuality (plus, there’s a play on words with “carmina” [songs] and “carmine” [red] somewhere in there).

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Album Realization

I am so excited to have finished my very first jewel case design! I’ve been doing layout of printed booklets for a while, but it’s definitely a thrill branching out into a slightly different format – one I can pick up, open and put in my CD player! A big thank-you to the North Shore Chorus for bringing me on to this project!

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Poster Time

So I made another thing! This is poster number three for the North Shore Chorus, a local community choir.  Their program featured a celestial theme, so I recreated a night sky.

Normally, I do a lot of text-based work – using fonts as a graphic element in combination with photos. Part of my day job is to do layout, so it’s a natural step for me. This time, however, I got to bust out my Wacom digital drawing tablet and make some original art. Doing the detail of the moon and the reflection was super fun. Can’t wait for more!

Shining Night Poster