This month, we are especially proud to highlight the work of Don Collins, whose beautiful artwork has graced our annual calendar for each of the past 38 years! This decades-long process of calendar design began over coffee when Robert Lambie Miller expressed dissatisfaction with the commercial calendars then available, and suggested that Don do something on a more local level. The result was well received, hence the 38-year tradition. You may recognize the featured work “Noah Cox House, Roma, Texas” from the cover of our 2016 calendar.
Don has traveled the back roads and long-deserted main streets of Texas for years, searching for unique images reflecting a Texas that existed in the past. His inspired drawings and paintings breathe life back into the old homes, courthouses, shanties and industrial sites he finds.
Raised in rural Parker County, Don attended NTAC and Texas Tech before army service during the Korean conflict, completing his final year at UT Austin. Settling in Austin, Don was an active commercial/easel artist for 52 years, serving a broad array of clients, including architects, builders, NASA contractors, publishers, state agencies, and many others. As a painter, he participated in scores of venues throughout the Southwest, initially depicting wildlife, and later broadening into character studies, landscapes, and historic/vernacular architecture. Still active at a somewhat more relaxed pace, he welcomes commission work, and is at the board daily, doing art for the sheer pleasure of it. Don has also co-authored the popular book, Traces of Forgotten Places: An Artist’s Thirty-Year Exploration and Celebration of Texas as It Was. Don has produced more than 300 works for our calendars, allowing us to share his passion for our state with our customers. Additional work and contact information are available on his website.
Austin appears to be losing traction in growth of its creative industries to other U.S. metros, according to the latest report by renowned researcher Richard Florida.
In “The Winners and Losers of the U.S. Creative Class” article released Monday in The Atlantic CityLab blog, Florida notes that the percentage of workers employed in the creative industries dropped slightly in Austin in 2014 as a share of total workforce compared to 2000.
Places such as Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City and Baltimore saw the most rapid growth in the creative sector during that time perios, even if that percentage is still small relatively speaking.
In 2000, Austin rated No. 5 among largest metro areas for creative industry employees — 35 percent of the total economy. That number dropped to 34.1 percent in 2014 — a small amount but a large contrast to other places, even in the Rust Belt, which are attracting creative workforce with greater velocity.
Austin Business Journal previously wrote about the exodus of the creative class from Austin’s urban core— due in large part to the lack of affordable housing.
In Florida’s study, Austin now ranks No. 10 for creative industry employment. Raleigh, North Carolina, also has experienced a loss of creative class momentum in the past 14 years — down 4.3 percent compared to Austin’s 2.8 percent loss.
Texas overall did not fare well in the study. Houston, Dallas and San Antonio joined Austin for slowest growth in the creative work sector. Other also rans were Birmingham, Alabama; Orlando, Florida; New York; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
We’re very excited to announce that Miller IDS is an authorized servicing reseller for Oki-Data small format products and Colortrac portable scanners!
Miller IDS is now selling and servicing Oki-Data small format color printers and multifunction systems. The Oki MC873dn series offers all the MFP productivity features you want, in a compact, environmentally friendly device. The Oki C941e is a five color LED device that prints with CMYK plus White or Clear toner. The C941e is an affordable printing device with breathtaking output, stunning detail and production speed up to 50 ppm in Color.
We are also offering the world’s first truly portable wide format scanner! The SmartLF Scan by Colortrac works like a digital camera, enabling you to scan to internal memory, USB, PC, network or cloud. Portable and self-contained; just plug it in and scan, then download the images back at the office. Perfect for construction, engineering and architectural site work!
As Miller IDS produces print and fine art reproduction work for many local artists, we are proud to support both Big Medium’s 2015 East Austin Studio Tour and the associated Due East fundraiser, as well as last season’s West Austin Studio Tour. Austin has so many talented artists and artisans creating fine work and we are happy to help them showcase their art.
This year’s East Tour is happening over two weekends, November 14/15 and 21/22, so you have plenty of opportunities to participate. It’s a free, self-guided event and you can pick up a catalog and map at any Austin Public Library starting November 9th.
Our Featured Artist of the month, Flip Solomon, will be showing her work at the Canopy creative work space and studio on the tour – we hope you stop by to see her!
This month, we are focusing on Flip Solomon, an Austin artist of many dimensions. Classically trained in graphite, she now works in pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, batik process, jewelry and embroidery.
Flip was raised in New England, and received early artistic training at Hartford Art School and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, before finishing her degree at the University of Texas. Her interests in anthropology and travel are apparent in her art, as much of her work focuses on other cultures and both human and animal anatomy.
Flip currently works and shows in Canopy, an East Austin creative space. Her work, as well as that of the other artists sharing the space, will be a part of the East Austin Studio Tour.
Dreams are Flip’s primary inspiration for her art. Afflicted with narcolepsy, she has frequent REM cycles both day and night, which allow her to dream more than most people. She has trained herself to draw in dream states, which not only helps to ground her, but produces beautiful and deeply personal art. The “Fennec Foxes” featured here was inspired by her late mother, for whom fennec (desert) foxes served as a spirit animal.
You can view and purchase more of Flip’s creativity on her website, but we encourage you to visit Canopy on the East Austin Studio Tour and to drop by either Miller IDS location to see the ‘Fennec Foxes” print.
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Think of your favorite sports team’s jerseys, your company’s logo, and the packaging of any product you enjoy. What do they all have in common? If they’re done well, they all feature bold, distinctive colors. Color is powerful – it makes key items stand out, it subconsciously makes an item more memorable, and it enhances brand recognition. Continue reading →