Hall Of Breakfast

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Last month, I went to Hall Of Breakfast, an interactive pop-up art experience that celebrates the most important meal of the day. I have some friends who were involved with the project and created murals for the rooms inside. I was excited to visit and see their work, as well as experience the fun exhibit. The different rooms inside each pay tribute to a popular breakfast food and there are a few food samples to try! I loved seeing all of the hard work that went into this. Even though the exhibit is kind of on the small side, Geof and I ended up staying for over forty minutes.

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The exhibit runs through July 31st in Salt Lake City. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Get them here (general admission: $20 / children: $15).

Experticity Murals

Earlier this year, I was commissioned to create a set of murals for Experticity, a local business that was expanding their space and wanted some artwork done for their new floor. Experticity helps brands and retailers improve retail conversations through education, product seeding and by offering first-hand product experience to retail sales associates and category-specific experts. 

Each mural measures approximately 9' tall by 7' wide with a large conference room set in between them. Mural one is all about their company. Experticity has an impressive roster of clients and this mural shows the wide variety of categories their clients work in, ranging from the outdoors, fitness, footwear, biking, apparel, beauty, snow sports, fishing, tools, sports, kitchenware, pets—and the list goes on. Their tagline is front and center and the Boston Building, where they're located, plays a big part in the design.

The second mural is based around Utah. Experticity is very culture driven and a lot of that is due to being located in Utah. This side shows iconic symbols and elements of Utah, including Delicate Arch, bees, bison, the state bird (gull) and state flower (sego lily). Utah is known for its visual landscape and that's shown throughout both murals with mountains, trees and plant life.

The two murals are brought together through some recurring themes—color, style and bolts, which are a trademark of the company. The whole physical process of getting the murals up on the walls took six hours of tracing and over thirty-five hours of painting. It was longer than I anticipated but all of the late nights and hours spent working on it was so worth it.

I'm super excited and happy about how these turned out. They were my first murals ever and I've caught the bug. While painting these, I kept thinking about how rewarding it was. Murals are definitely something I'd love to do more of. It's such an amazing experience to design and work on something from start to finish and see it out to fruition.

Taste Buds

Happy holidays! In the spirit of being with family and friends this season, I wanted to share an illustration series that I love that expresses a similar feeling. Taste Buds focuses on perfect pairings and was created by Philip Tseng, a designer and illustrator located in San Diego. I actually bought one of these prints for Geof and I's anniversary back in November. I thought it was so appropriate for us—we love chips and salsa more than anyone and it perfectly represents us. There are a bunch of other fun food pairings in the series. See more of them below.