Sunday, March 9, 2014

Featured Artist Party - Opening Saturday

I'm pleased to announce my work will be show cased this month at Paper Hat in South Minneapolis! The opening will be Saturday, March 15th from 5pm - 9pm.  Click here to see the facebook invite.

What: Featured Artist Party
When: 3/15 5pm - 9pm
Where: Paper Hat - 2309 West 50th Street, Mpls

Here's a little preview. Hope to see you there! 



"Thinking of Home"
11 x 14"
Acrylic and graphite on wood
copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2014


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Beer Flights

I've been working loads lately (which helps explain why my posts have been so few and far between...) But I do have something I can share. Last month I had the fun task of coming up with a flight card and poster for the Pub.

 This is the poster:


Front and back of the flight card: 



And here are a few photos of the finished product..






I'm really happy with how they turned out. And it goes without saying, the flight is delicious..

Until next time,
-KO

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Style Me Pretty's Favorites of 2013 List

I'm very pleased to announce that the wedding invites I designed for my dear friend's Mike and McKenzie we featured on Style Me Pretty's Favorites of 2013 list. 

It was such an honor to work on the project and I couldn't be happier to have been apart of their big day!

If you're interested in having custom invites done for your wedding, don't hesitate to send me a message! I'd be more than happy to work with you.


























See my original post about McKenzie's invites : HERE

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Print - You So Fresh to Death

This beauty will be up in my shop just in time for the holidays.


copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holiday Cards Fo Sale!

I have two new delicious cards in my shop for you to devour and send to all the loves in your life this holiday season. You can also swing by i like you in NE Mpls and pick them up in person - along with lots of other locally made goodies.

I plan to make more before the holidays are over, so stay tuned! And Happy whatever you celebrate!






copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bluzy's Roadside: Logo and Menu Design

There are a lot of pro's to being a freelancer, one of which is having the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. The downside is keeping quiet until the project is over...

So it gives me great pleasure to finally be able to share one of the amazing projects I spent months working on! I was contacted to come up with the identity for a new restaurant that just opened in Blaine, MN: Bluzy's Roadside.

The owner of Bluzy's owns several other restaurants, and wanted this one to be different. A pared down menu (only 26 items) that are all served in baskets on trays, like an old school diner.  The restaurant itself was going to be in a converted gas station, so he wanted to have a very rustic / retro feel to not only the interior, but to the logo and menu as well.

There were many rounds of revisions on the logo design (as I'm sure you can imagine.) We came up with 2 final versions - one of which is an homage to the 40ft sign outside on the road.





The menu was fun to design, and actually didn't take too long to come up with something he loved. The revisions that we needed really came from changing prices / names of the items, etc., not on the design itself. 


 



We also had the idea of including a pin-up character to be a kind of 'mascot' for Bluzy's. The character was never finished, but here are some of the sketches that I came up with for the idea. 






 

Now that the project is done and the restaurant is open, I got to enjoy the best part of my job; eating the food for the menu I designed! :D I had the Ahi tuna ceviche tacos, and Ryan had the tuna melt. Both were TO DIE FOR. (Drool!) Just thinking about it makes my mouth water for more. 


I'll leave you with more photos of Bluzy's. If you ever find yourself in Blaine, I highly recommend you make your way over - you wont be disappointed! 








Wednesday, November 6, 2013

OH! A Wedding Celebration

For the 7 of you who actually read this blog, I'm sure you already know by now that I recently got married to my oh-so-wonderful, "monster-loving fiance" that I always refer to in my artist bio. I never really wanted to post anything about the wedding planning process on here because the internet is already inundated with wedding sites, I figured there are far better resources if you're looking for advice. (One of my favorite's is Off Beat Bride)

However, I would like to post some of the things I designed for our big day - and maybe I'll throw a photo in or two from our AMAZING photographer, Kate Sommers

Our wedding was fantastic and very D.I.Y. (Great for saving that sweet cash money, but not so good for one's stress level.) All I can say is thank the gods for our wonderful family and friends for all of their help!

Ryan and I collaborated to design our 'Save the Date,'  which turned out exactly like we wanted and helped set the theme of the black and white chalkboard / banners that we used throughout the wedding.






For many reasons, I've decided to keep my last name. (I'm Karen O, what can I say?) Since we knew that going into our wedding, I came up with an identity of sorts for all of our design collateral.





After our ceremony, we left to go to a near by park to take photos before we lost all of the light. I knew that we were going to be gone at least an hour, so we planned to have things to do for our guests. Obviously, eating and drinking are a must at any party - but we didn't have the budget for a traditional catered dinner service. So instead, we decided to have a food truck. We booked World Street Kitchen for the big day and everyone loved it! I had a lot of people coming up to tell me they thought having a food truck was a brilliant idea.




We also came up with a mingling "BingOH!" game for our guests to play, and as a way for both sides of the family to break the ice. I got the idea from Off Beat Bride, and just designed the cards to fit with our theme.



I had 10 different cards with categories like: Is over 6 feet tall (All of the Hanson family are giants!) Went to high school with the groom, is wearing blue shoes, is a freelancer.. stuff that I knew pertained to our guests. I think people really enjoyed playing - and having a free drink as incentive really helped.

Well, there you have it. Those are just a few of the things we put together ourselves. We also made all of our flower arrangements - thank you Minneapolis Farmer's Market and Trader Joe's.. had friends bake desserts for us, my unbelievably talented mother made my dress, and we set up the wedding space with the help of our amazing bridal party.

I know I said I didn't want to post about wedding planning, but I will leave you with one piece of advice. A wedding isn't just about the bride (Gasp!) It's about two people bringing all of their loved ones together in celebration of the love they have for each other. It's about community. And if I learned anything from trying to do my wedding on my own, is that it takes a community to pull it off!


Photo by KNG Sommers