meet was truly something to behold. Jam-packed with skill, craftsmanship, creativity and
personality! I was awestruck.
From the portfolio table to the gallery, a work of art with every turn of the head. Better not blink . you might just miss something! No one could walk away from such an event unchanged or unmotivated. The drive and exuberance exhibited on the panel floor was phenomenal . purely symphonic.
This was my very first Letterhead Meet!
Among the many emotions I experienced during this past weekend were overwhelming excitement and humbling intimidation. The thing I will cherish most were the moments in even fleeting conversations with the people I have admired and respected for years. I took an immediate liking to Raymond Chapman, Billy Pickett, David Butler, Larry Whan, Doug Bernhardt and James Mitchell. After having become acquainted with Mike Jackson and admiring his glass pieces on his website for the past year, I was glad to finally meet him in person and to see a couple of his pieces up close. Very fine work indeed.
My roommates were Denise Carson and Mike Lavallee. These two rocked on the panel floor, cranking out eye-catching works non-stop for hours. Keep your eyes peeled for these two names folks, they will be some of the futures big names in the magazine circuit. Sheeeesh . will we ever get Mike back on the ground?
What impact did this meet have on me personally? Well, earlier I mentioned feeling intimidation. I view even this as a positive for I am now driven even harder to become better tomorrow than I am today. After all, isnt that what its all about anyway?
Furthermore, I am inspired to back away a bit from my computer and take the time to pursue more things by hand. The spontaneity and personality of the hand written word is something I find unparalleled, and I realize that in my hustle to make a living I have become quite reliant on technology. Although this is not necessarily a bad thing, for myself I have seen it go from a tool to a crutch, and sadly my hand lettering skills have suffered for it. Specifically, laying out by hand without the aid of a computer generated pattern. Since these were skills that were not fully developed when the computer entered my life, I feel that I have let a very important part of my potential trade skills go by the wayside. I envy those who attended sign lettering school instead of trying to fend for themselves and wish I had pursued that path earlier. So, for myself, I believe its time to do some backtracking in order to excel farther in the long run.
What advice would I give to other first timers? Pack light with clothing, and leave room for the goodies you will be carrying home from the meet. Prepare to be blasted with talent and bring along some ideas for you will most assuredly leave with far more! Get plenty of rest and if you bring a panel along, make sure you start it in good time before the meet. I made a last minute decision to attend this meet so I was doing quite a bit of scrambling to pull it off. Sure glad I did!
Here are some of my personal highlights and observations:
Well . I could go on! I wish I could have taken everything in but there was so much to absorb.
I think what I was most impressed with were the ideas behind the work. Refreshing design concepts executed with impeccable detail combining a diverse array of mediums. The pictures on this page say it far better than I can attempt to, but being there was king! Dont miss the next one!
In closing, I would like to say that I wish I had found Gary Anderson before leaving the event, skipped the handshake and gone right for a hug to thank him personally for such a successful endeavor. His heart, along with many others, went into that meet and it showed! It shined! My first time at a Letterhead Meet was one that will stay with me for many years to come. Many thanks to everyone there for a very enriching experience.
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