OK-I am so freaking excited about this I just had to share. A friend who just so happens to be an amazing artist is working on a new logo for me.
I had a Bellingham artist friend create one some years ago, a raised fist holding a ball of yarn, sort of a resistance thing. Unfortunately, it looked scary. Like “We’ll kidnap and kill anyone who dares to desecrate this yarn” kind of scary. Cool…but way too edgy for retirees who might want a nice skein of handspun for a baby hat. I could certainly have asked her to revise it, but I just didn’t for a variety of reasons. Thing is, I liked the raised fist thing but I sort of realized that there wasn’t any way to design it with less intensity. A raised fist SHOULD be an intense message. That’s the whole point of it. I needed to find another idea.
I thought about it over time, and considered that the letter A in the anarchy symbol would fit nicely into a wheel and played around with a few sketches. Interestingly, later that same day I mentioned to my sweetie that I’d been thinking about a new logo and before I could describe my idea he said he’d been thinking about it recently as well and basically described what I’d come up with earlier in the day. We chuckled as I showed him the images…not the first time in 23 years we’d found ourselves in a telepathic link.
Eventually I contacted a friend who is a great artist but also particularly good at graphics/graphic design. I told my friend that I was imagining a spinner seated at a wheel with the letter A making up the spokes of the wheel. Sort of a proper looking woman, old fashioned and subversive. Like those photos of the suffragette movement–all of these modest looking ladies doing radical work. Because I am not this kind of artist, I was limited by my own perception of what is possible and was imagining a side view, flat, thick black lines. Instead she created an amazing new logo that I can’t wait to print on a t-shirt or tote bag! She just sent the first draft for my feedback, so I don’t have the final image…but here’s the draft! She is amazing!!!! I want her to illustrate everything! Perhaps I will come to be exceedingly wealthy and become a patron of the arts, paying her an outrageous sum to spend each day drawing, memorializing my life as a graphic novel.
Her name is Shannon Knox, and some of her work may be seen here: http://www.wix.com/glmt_no1/skknox