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Check out these homemade toddler costumes.

Cinderella and Prince Charming have never looked better. Check out these totally cute toddler costumes I designed using found, and created items. All made by hand.

HOLIDAY COLLABORATION IDEAS FOR YOUR HANDMADE BUSINESS

Let's talk about a few ways that you can collaborate with other artisans this holiday season.

HOLIDAY PROMO IDEAS FOR YOUR HANDMADE AWESOMENESS

Are your holiday promotions ready to hit the market? No dawdling, seriously, let's kick 2017's butt, and jump right into a merry and bright 2018. Here is a list of ideas, now get started.

7 WAYS TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR HANDMADE BRAND THIS FALL

It is that time of year again! FALL! With craft fairs and fall celebrations, wine festivals and harvest fests just around the corner, you will soon be overwhelmed by work and the holidays. Dont miss this seasons opportunities to grow your handmade business.

Mind's Eye Journals - A Client and Friend

Mind's Eye Journals creates the most beautiful handmade leather journals...and I had the privilege to work with Teresa and oggle her work....read about the project.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: PROJECTS FROM MY PAST

 

I have been going through some old hard drives the last few days and thought I should share some projects that i have created in the past. some of them are random illustrations, client work and even a few from college projects. It is so fun to look back and see how much you have learned, changed and evolved as a designer. It gives you a great perspective.

 

 

ED Hardy Inspired Illustration.

When I worked at OneUpWeb I was asked to create an Ed Hardy inspired illustration that incorporated elements you might find in Traverse City, Michigan. Salmon, birds, cherry blossoms and water were elements we wanted to represent the beautiful location where we worked. This illustration was used on coffee mugs, tshirts and other online marketing campaigns. I definitly have changed since illustrating this. 

 

Tshirt and Campaign Illustration 

 

A doodle for my stepdaughter.

My stepdaughter was in her sophomore year of high school and she loved to draw on her clothes so I decided I should design something more fitting for her. I designed a doodled pair of shoes for her to flaunt at school and she loved them. I believe she wore them out. She got multiple inquiries on where she got them and I got a number of calls from her friends. 

 

Custom Shoe Illustration

 

Network Traverse City Logos
I created some logo options for a small networking company based in Traverse City, Michigan that helped local small businesses with their social media and connect them with other small businesses. I focused on the many areas of interest in the area and drew a lot of inspiration from the food, culture, and atmosphere of the region. 

 

 Network Traverse City Logos

 

 

Unconventional Calendar - Tea For Everyday
Oh college, those were the days...days I could sleep in (if I didn't have class or a lunch date). Days when I didn't have a million things to do or kids to drop off or lunches to pack...or boogers to wipe. I miss college. I miss working on projects just for the fun of it! I should probably get back to doing that. This project was given to us to create a design on our own. We were told to take a font to showcase and create an unconventional calendar. We had to showcase the different type styles and create a unique calendar. Some of my classmates created wall hangings, lamp shades, and other fun ideas but for some reason, I wanted to try a package design...so I created the calendar using a different flavor and type style for each month. The font I was given was Helvetica Neue. I had a great time picking out the flavors based on the connotation of the different type styles and weights. What a fun college project this was. I think I may go have a cup of tea...

 

Helvetica Neue Unconventional Calendar 

 

 

Frederick Meijer Gardens Brochure

Here is another throwback to college. We were given the task of marketing an event at the Frederick Meijer Gardens. My event was a showing of the plant Arborvitae...and If I think back far enough I think it was mostly used for shelter-belts and for shielding farms and driveways from unwanted wind or neighbors gazes. This was a made up project but it sure was fun. I think If I were to do it now I would photograph the actual leaves and plants instead of using a hand illustrated approach. I would do some different image making techniques to show the intricate patterns on the leaves. I still think this was one of my favorite college projects. 

 

Frederick Meijer Gardens Brochure

  

 

 

 

Family Reunion Invitation

Another college goodie! This is possibly my favorite college project. We were tasked with creating a family reunion invitation to showcase our family traditions and style. My family just so happened to be called the HAZARD family. Yes, you read it right, the Hazards. We love outdoors sports and if there was snow at Christmas time we were outside sledding or snowmobiling or skiing...or blasting someone with a snowball. We lived up to our name and I thought I should showcase our love for the outdoors and our love for the snow. I created this invite to resemble a Geschmossel which is a german ski race...anyway so I could imagine 77 of us (we have a bigger family now) all tangled up in a mad dash to the bottom of the mountain. It really sounds like a Hazard to me! 

 

Family Reunion Invitation

 

 

 

 

 

It is so weird looking back at these old projects. I can't believe I have been a designer for almost 17 years (including my education in vocational school in high school. Thanks, Mr. Jensen!) I am beginning to feel a little old. That's ok, along with getting old you learn, and that's most definitely what I have been doing. I am so blessed to have spent the last 17 years doing what I love to do.

 

© 2015 Heather Bunker

 

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