Besotted with photographer Romina Ressia

Romina Ressia via besotted blog

Michelle and I were doing research today, we are planning a shoot soon (if you know of any interesting looking folks in the Seattle area that want some artful photos of themselves have them email us!), we were going through our inspiration boards and this image popped up and I said, “we need to mention Romina Ressia on Besotted !”.  And indeed we do!  We love it when people don’t take themselves too seriously and it is evident in Ressia’s work that although she obviously has a proficiency with light, texture and color she has a twinkling wit as well.  We hope you take time to visit her portfolio, it is definitely a little inspirational nugget sure to bring a smile to your face!

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Romina Ressia

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Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.

 

Besotted with The Goldfinch

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I haven’t come up for air in months and down time is pretty non-existent these days which makes the concept of picking up The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a 784 tome, almost laughable to even consider, but consider I did and then I dove in. I am going to be honest here I only decided to read it because of the cover, I know it had an ‘it book’ cache and even a Pulitzer, but what really made me decide to crack it open? The cover. Seriously, I am still in awe how the cover is so simpatico with the story. I am always in awe when this happens, which of course is the art directors doing, but still feels like some sort of happy design coincidence. This cover was the genius of Keith Hayes, a sort of book cover savant, I’ll link to an interview below, because I find the process endlessly interesting. How was the book? It was heavy, Tartt’s writing is incredibly rich with descriptives, if you like that you will be in literary bliss. It dealt heavily (in gruesome detail) with a subject that I have no stomach for but by the time I had hit that spot, I was already too deep to not keep reading, but the cover? The cover for me will stay with me, it’s truly a masterpiece, simple and intriguing.

Have you read The Goldfinch? What were your thoughts? Did you buy it for the cover too? Any good reads of late?  I am going to be in need of another book now!

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Keith Hayes Art Director Interview

Goldfinch without cover (LOVE!)

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Karla Lim for Rare Bird Font Foundry

Rare Bird Font Foundry-De-Wolfe- via besotted blog

This quote, oh, this quote makes my heart sing and has me feeling all 21 kinds of inspired, you?  We haven’t been here much because of getting all our ducks in a row (yes, we are going to go super heavy on any and all bird references from here on out) for the upcoming launch of our font foundry, but in case you aren’t on Instagram you may not have been aware that we announced another artist we have collaborated with to create a stunningly elegant font, and that is the one and only Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy! We were wowed by her lettering from the get go and to be able to turn her beautiful lettering into a font just feels so surreal. This whole project, to be honest feels a bit surreal. I honestly can not believe we are opening our very own font foundry? Can you?

I hate being one of those bloggers that apologizes for being absent from their blog, because that used to annoy the heck out of me when I saw that but I feel like not apologizing for our long absence feels kind of wrong too. Just know we are thinking of you, and we are even thinking hard on what we want this space to be for the future, how best to get you beautiful + useful information since nobody is really visiting blogs anymore, we need to figure out how this is going to work moving forward because I for one love a spot where I can share what we love and what we learned without having to go blind typing on my Iphone. So there’s that…Anyways, this is what we are up to along with our Photoshop actions and soon to launch PRESETS and oh, yeah, a photo + photo editing workshop in the near-ish future. We are busy, but never too busy for you;)

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Rare Bird Font Foundry

Rare Bird Instagram

Karla Lim | Written Word Calligraphy

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Rare Bird Font Foundry + Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

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If you are feeling like this blog is going to the Birds, you are so right!  We are once again, hot and heavy, nose to the grindstone in launch mode. It always gets quiet around here when we are getting ready to launch a project. As we mentioned last week we are launching a font foundry?! What?!  That is crazy talk! Crazy exciting!  It has been a very long and arduous process, it is so hard to articulate the excitement we are feeling (and the nerves and stress and all that other stuff that comes with launching something this big).

We just wanted to pop in today and reveal one of our first artists for Rare Bird Font Foundry. Can we tell you how difficult it has been, not to shout from the rooftops that we are working with the one and only Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls?  Maybelle is the doyenne of modern calligraphy, I had been worshiping her from afar for many years before we finally met and this, this well? It all seems so surreal.  We are all humbled and honored to have her hand in our font foundry launch line up. So, needless to say it may be quiet here again until launch, but we will be thinking of you and we hope you follow along with our little project. I have linked below to where you can sign-up to be the first to know.

P.S. We are announcing our second artist tomorrow on Insta! It’s another really, really good one!

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Rare Bird Font Foundry launch notice

Rare Bird Insta

Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

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Introducing Rare Bird Font Foundry!

rare bird font foundry announcement via besottedAs anyone who reads this blog may know, our love for typography runs deep. We have been featuring lettering artists for years and years now and are devoted to supporting these artists and helping them flourish. So it is with great excitement (understatement) that we announce our soon to launch font foundry! Originally, we started this project (3 years ago now!), because there was a need in the marketplace for beautiful hand-lettered fonts, Magpie Paper Works was the only one at the time really fulfilling this need.  Magpie’s foundry is still in my estimation the creme de la creme of fonts and I have never tired of Jess McCarty’s hand. We decided along with Jess to take on a most ambitious project, a project that feels like it has taken on epic proportions, we have come together to create the most authentic looking, most advanced, highest quality hand-lettered fonts in the industry and have tapped only the very best lettering artists (both the famed and up & coming) to develop their signature hands into fonts of the highest caliber available. These are not just fonts, but for a designer, your secret weapons. These fonts are head and shoulders above the rest and I do not say this lightly, we have spent untold hours in development, testing, perfecting and creating something that looks so beautifully handcrafted that you would be hard-pressed to find anything else of this quality on the market. We have come together to bring you the Rare Bird Font Foundry–luxury fonts for discerning designers.Read More