the lovely tammie, a good friend, asked me to design a poster for her new business music & movement for munchkins. "sure" is what i said. "holy shit! why did i say yes? i'm no graphic designer. what the hell am i gonna come up with??" is what i actually thought. oh the negative self talk that goes around in my head sometimes. but push on i did and i tell you who i have to thank for that.. beci orpin. yep, i went along to the cwc talk with beci orpin a couple of weeks ago & here is what i took home from that: it's good to be busy. say yes. you'll do your best work when you're busy. living & working in chaos is good if it makes for a creative, productive life. so, instead of making sure the studio desk was tidied up and perfectly ready for a new project, i just whipped out my faithful pantone markers, some paper, magic tape and scissors and made all kinds of mess on my dining table. having an indestructible ex-airforce trestle table as a dining table has turned out more useful than i ever imagined. the husband & kiddyliwinks had to eat at one end of the table for a couple of days because the other half was covered in crap. but, if a messy, creative, no-separation-between-work-and-home life is good enough for one of melbourne's top creatives, then it's good enough for me. lucky for me, the good old, handmade poster style is kind of in at the moment. lucky, because there is no adobe illustrator here. here, no adobe illustrator. instead, this was my process: print words, cut words, arrange words, magic tape words. try out a few different paper-cut & typewriter style fonts. try out a few different colours. repeat. photocopy. accept where you can see the not-so-magic, magic tape, as part of the charm.. and to finish: add drops of pantone marker ink. and as it turns out, i'm quite surprised how much i like the finished poster.. but like it, i do. even better was the fact that the lovely tammie liked it. if you have a little person, live around footscray/yarraville & are free on wednesday mornings, then please sign up for a music & movement for munchkins class. i know tammie & i know how fantastic it will be.