Christmas Gifts as Nested Riddles

Riddle Boxes
The past few Christmases I've working with a wrapping concept that had been in my head for quite a while. This year I came up with my Christmas gift wrapping idea less than a month before Christmas. My goal was to make the actual wrapping process simple as this has been a difficult year and I wanted to go easy on myself. I failed. The Concept My idea was to create five layers of nested gifts. My nieces and nephews would each be given a gift to start out, but would immediately be told that Read More

Christmas Gifts Wrapped in Ice

Christmas Gifts Wrapped in Ice
Last year I had the idea of wrapping gifts in ice and decided this was the year to try it out. The concept is simple enough. I just wasn't sure how straightforward the execution would be. The Kinks I tried to work out as many kinks as possible during the planning stage. And one thing I knew I wanted was clear ice. My research revealed there are many factors that come into play in creating clear ice. There are tons of articles out there about how to go about this, so I won't go into detail here. Read More

Stained Glass Window Gift Wrapping

This is my tenth anniversary of using creative themes for wrapping family gifts. It started out as something I did for everyone in the family—but as the family grew, I limited these creations to just my nephews and nieces. As this was a special year, I decided to do something a bit more involved. It's a concept I've wanted to do for the past few years but didn't have the time. This year God has blessed us with a second child who will be arriving very soon, so we finished up our Christmas Read More

Beyond the Gallery: Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson
There has to be something to color and smell and texture that matters." This is a quote by Stephen Watson, as heard in the documentary about his recent show at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. And it gets to the heart of why I've come to admire this man. Stephen Watson is an Assistant Professor at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. And while not limited to installations, that is the work of his that I'm most familiar with. I forget how I first encountered his work, but I Read More

Logo Battle 50

Super Bowl 50
This is my second time officiating a logo battle for the big game. In 2015 we had a pretty clear victor when the logo of the Seattle Seahawks took on the logo of the New England Patriots. This year it was the Denver Broncos versus the Carolina Panthers. The logos for both teams are rather solid and very modern. Take a look at the two logos below and decide which one you think is best before continuing with your read. Carolina Panthers Logo With a relatively brief history, the Carolina Read More

Beyond Significance

When beauty and significance are not enough
It happened again last week. I created a design that I fell in love with. Throughout the next couple days I would pull it up on my computer to bask in its greatness. Then I received the reaction from my client. It's not what he wanted. How could that be? Why doesn't he realize how good this is? I asked myself, "Why does it seem the designs I love the most are rejected?" It's hard to gauge the quality of my own work in a fair way. I know the story behind the design. I know where it's been. I know Read More

Hanging Small Art on Track Systems

How to hang small artwork on a track system
Over the years I've assisted my wife in hanging her artwork in quite a few spaces—everywhere from galleries to coffeeshops to offices. Last week we tackled hanging artwork in the hallway of a retirement community, and the hallway made use of the ubiquitous track system. The track system is very convenient, especially for spaces that rotate featured artists on a regular basis. It requires little upkeep between shows and no nails disfigure the walls. For that reason they are very popular. Read More

Star Wars Gift Wrapping

It's been a busy Christmas season as usual. And this year there were a couple traditions we just didn't make time for in the Horst household. But the one tradition I was sure to make time for was fun Christmas gift wrapping for my nieces and nephews. This year I decided to embrace pop culture, embrace current trends, and embrace my own childhood. That's right—we're talking about Star Wars. As a child this was one of my loves. My older brother collected all the good guy characters and spacecrafts, Read More

Juggler Kara

Joculare poster design of juggler Kara
About Kara Kara of Germany (real name Michael Steiner) began juggling as a child. Early on he adopted the props of what would become known as the gentleman juggler. He juggled top hats, canes, and cigars at first, then moved on to everyday objects such as napkins, coins, umbrellas, eggs, candles, and more. About the Design Kara is the second oldest juggler in my Innovative Jugglers series, so I wanted to give this poster an older feel. The colors are darker and muted, and I added a series Read More

Juggler Jenny Jaeger

Joculare poster design of juggler Jenny Jaeger
About Jenny Jaeger Jenny Jaeger was born into a circus family in Russia, and she wasted little time in honing her craft, performing up to ten balls by the age of fifteen. But beyond standard toss juggling she was well known for her feats of balance, sitting on a stool while using toes, head, and hands to balance various items. About the Design This design focuses on Jaeger's balancing. The letters of her last name take the place of the objects she would typically balance. Those objects Read More