August Artist of the Month: Susannah Blanton

             Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions is proud to present the August 2018 Artist of the Month, Susannah Blanton and her piece The Beginning of the Beginning. Originally from Fort Worth, Blanton was heavily influenced by the creative spirits of her parents who exposed her to all forms of art. Blanton’s work also has great influence from the LA Artist community social commentary during the early 2000s.  In her work, Susannah Blanton views painting as a medium to illustrate a message and tell a story. Specifically, in her collection, The Beginning of the Beginning, Blanton highlights the fragility of human life and is the expression of Blanton’s own grief.

“The Beginning of the Beginning”

               The collection and our chosen piece uses several symbolic elements to describe Blanton’s grief and coping of the loss of both her mother and brother-in-law. The use and power of water, horses, and vintage advertisements aid Blanton in describing the loss of control one feels throughout life. Spilled water is an incredibly powerful image, as to Blanton water “[is] a symbol for death and/or the voyage into the afterlife.” Within the piece, she attributes “the vulnerability depicted in the falling horse [as a reminder of] how fragile life can be.” To Blanton the “piece establishes the symbolism for most of [her] subsequent work, where water came to represent the afterlife and horses represent us in the physical body.” The chosen piece, featured right, explores much more than the literal but the fragility of the human experience and the lack of control humans have throughout life.

An example Blanton’s work exhibiting the influence of an vintage advertisement.

Additionally, the influence of vintage advertisements taken out of their original contexts throughout her collection, give her work a deeper, more complicated meaning that there is the “possibility that under the obvious is something less perfect that demands to be heard.”

Come by either of Miller’s locations to see a reprint of Susannah Blanton’s The Beginning of the Beginning now. 

View more of Blanton’s work here or contact her at blantondesign@me.com.

Featured Graphics: The Guthrie

Miller IDS loves that our 7th Street is in Austin’s culturally vibrant east side, surrounded by so many great restaurants and shops. We anxiously await trying delicious new eateries, from barbeque to Asian-fusion, while watching stylish new apartments and condominiums go up. Being a trusted, Austin-grown business, Miller IDS loves to watch the Austin community grow and flourish. This is no exception as Cypress Real Estate Advisors (CREA) opens its newest apartment complex, The Guthrie, further east at 7th and Gonzalez later this year.

This new residential space focuses on community and east side living with a convenient locale to downtown Austin. The 322 unit community offers everything from rooftop common space, fitness center, a sparkling pool, along with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Local neighbors include HEB, Hope Farmer’s Market, La Barbecue, Zilker Brewing Company, Sa-Ten, and Launderette as well as the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail and our friends at Austin Bouldering Project. Miller IDS is thankful to work with CREA after wrapping their elevator doors at their East 5th apartments, Corazon. We have printed a variety of outdoor signage for the site including full-color mesh and vinyl banners and directional signage on aluminum and coroplast.  We look forward to the opening of the apartment complex later this year and the new residents that continue to make Austin the place we’ve called home for almost 100 years.

 

Kenzie Shepperd, Brand Manager for CREA, was generous to give us a rave testimonial from our work with them: “Everything was done quickly and executed well. I wanted something unique and eye catching, but a quick get in the environment. Ryan and Chase made it happen! Within a matter of days I had the first round of proofs to review. Any edits I had were addressed within the day. Overall smooth process, and everyone is happy with the result. Coincidentally the sign got tagged over the weekend, and I texted Ryan a picture and he responded immediately with solutions. I appreciated the quick response and effort to rectify the situation.” Thank you to Kenzie and CREA! We look forward to working with you in the future!

Featured Graphics: Saltillo

Miller IDS is excited for the Saltillo mixed-use development going up just four blocks from our 7th Street location.  Saltillo is a six block, 10-acre transit-oriented development located just east of I-35 between 4th and 5th Streets in Austin’s lively Eastside.  Currently under construction, Saltillo will feature office, retail, and residential with a community-focused approach integrating into Austin’s historic Eastside. Developed by Endeavor Real Estate Group, Saltillo is anchored by Whole Foods Market 365 located on 5th Street and the I-35 access road. In addition, Saltillo will offer 800 on-site residential units, 115,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space, and 150,000 sq ft of class A creative office space situated next to the Plaza Saltillo Station on Austin’s MetroRail line.

Not only located close to us, the area is adjacent to some of our Eastside favorites including Texas Coffee Traders, El Chilito, Easy Tiger, and both the Historic Scoot Inn and The White Horse. Miller IDS is thrilled to work with Endeavor Real Estate again (past projects include Domain NORTHSIDE) by custom printing over 6,000 sq ft of mesh banner that currently covers a majority of the construction fencing. Not only is the material weather-proof and helps to lower construction site dust and noise, but displays high-quality, full-color graphics showcasing amenities and marketing information.

“It was a pleasure working with the Miller team on this project. This was a huge design undertaking, and they executed the printing and installation beautifully. We are thrilled with the final product.” – Michelle Alonso, Marketing Director with Endeavor Real state Group

June/July Artist of the Month: Angela Diehl

Diehl’s “Rotterdam”

Angela Diehl earns a living as a medical illustrator but has always had a fascination with maps and a love of fabric and quilting. Diehl pursued a biology degree, but her work never lingered far from incorporating her interest together.

For the piece chosen, ‘Rotterdam,’ Diehl draws form the meditative process of cutting geometric shapes from fabric in a mixed media. She considers such work as a welcome break from technical drawing. “I always liked incorporating different types of materials in my paintings…I dug up the fabric collection and whatever other materials I thought I might want to work with.” Her inspiration for the collection drew from her desire to preserve a collection of maps she had inherited from her uncle.   Specifically, in her process she begins her process by focusing on physical objects rather than specific story or message she might have in mind.  Diehl’s ‘Rotterdam’ exemplifies the “highly organized visual interpretations of our physical environment. The foundation of her art is organic and always changing, but the structure from the geometric patterns and shapes in her work represents structure, order, and control. Maps, as Diehl notes, are comforting because they “create the illusion of having some level of control over our surroundings.”

Her background in traditional painting and biology gives her a unique view of the world and power within her work.  She specializes in traditional art and digital multimedia with a specialty in scientific, medical and biological subject matter and has worked on a wide variety of educational materials.   Her illustrations and multimedia have been provided for peer reviewed articles, grant applications, teaching materials, and websites.

Diehl has honored Miller IDS and our Fine Art Specialist, Dana Burton, with an incredible recommendation: “Last year I decided to make prints of my work to sell at EAST [East Austin Studio Tour].  Someone recommended Miller… The quality of their work is excellent – Dana has an incredible eye for color and detail and was very persistent in getting the digital versions as close to the original paintings as possible, and I was pleasantly surprised by her results.  I will use their services in the future and always recommend them to fellow artists.  More importantly, however, every person I interacted with during my 6, 7, or 8 trips to their office was friendly, thorough, attentive, and very busy but patient – which I really appreciate these days.  They are a great group of people to do business with.”

Check out Diehls work here or email her at diehlang@gmail.com.

Featured Graphics: Anthem

This summer, Austin-native and Nebraska-based restaurateur Anthony Hitchcock (co-owner of Flagship Restaurant Group) returns to his hometown to open a new challenger in the Austin food scene. FRG’s new concept, Anthem, will serve up American style pub food with an Asian and Latin twist. Located in The Millennium on Rainey Street, Anthem will provide a causal atmosphere with an homage to the “weird” Austin Hitchcock grew up in during the 80s and 90s.

We worked closely with Flagship Restaurant Group to print and install these perforated window coverings that announce the restaurant on Rainey Street. These removable window perfs (that also block out a percentage of UV rays) are incredibly popular and perfect for marketing incredible new restaurants and retail openings in the Austin area. 

We are excited to try Anthem’s Yummy Fries (fries with sesame fuikake, yuzu, and parmesan peppercorn aioli and sriacha ketchup), East Meets West Umami Burger, Hong Kong Waffle (green tea bubble waffle with ice cream, crushed candy, and cookie crumble), as well as their vegan dishes!

With more than 40 beers on tap and 8 wines by the glass, Anthem will provide a laid-back atmosphere reflecting Austin’s multicultural offerings and craving for delicious and exotic food. As more delicious and new restaurants come onto the Austin food scene, Miller IDS is the go-to printer for an emerging restaurant’s needs with guaranteed quality and trusted customer service for business cards, menus, vinyl wall graphics, and perforated window graphics. To learn more about Anthem, click here.

Featured Graphics: Acai Hut

As the demand for delicious but heathy offerings continues to grow in Austin, the Mueller district will soon be adding Acai Hut to the ever-growing neighborhood. The Brazilian family owned venture, which currently operates a trailer at The Picnic food park on Barton Springs Rd., will open its first brick and mortar in Mueller later this year.  

The restaurant serves delicious, healthy and authentic acai bowls with the acai hand-crafted specifically for Acai Hut from Brazil. Regarded as a superfood, acai is building a large following in the United States for its refreshing taste as well as its many health benefits.

 

 

Owner Rodrigo Cid, a native of Brazil, owns the store with his wife and sister. The current menu starts with a base of acai and guarana (a naturally caffeinated Brazilian plant) and can be made light (topped with fruit and granola), “powerful” (blended with protein powder and avocado), or indulgent (topped with Nutella-yum). Cid says the Mueller restaurant will have new bowls, smoothies and other offerings beyond the popular Barton Springs location.

Miller IDS has printed many different types of fliers and menu boards for Acai Hut and looks forward to printing and installing more for the restaurant as they open their Mueller location. Menu boards, site signage, and event announcements are printed directly onto substrates now with our new UV printer saving you time on all your sign needs. Materials include: SINTRA (Acai Hut’s choice), MDO board, or the standard gator and foam boards

Acai Hut’s South Austin trailer will continue to operate in addition to the brick and mortar at Mueller. Per Cid, the new space will have “some landscape from Brazil mixed with Austin culture and a sense of ‘paradise’ feeling.” A proponent of the health benefits of the berry, he hopes this will be the first of many new locations. To see more or place an online order for their trailer, go to Acaihut.com

Featured Graphics: Favor Delivery

Modern conveniences and mobile phone-based technology have changed the way Austinites live and do business. Last spring Miller IDS began printing marketing and promotional materials for Texas-based Favor Delivery. The app-based company began in Austin in 2013 and focuses on delivering to you in under an hour. From your favorite enchiladas from Chuy’s to a flash drive from Best Buy you can call in a “favor” on their app and a “runner” will get it to you.   

We have printed several internal and external marketing and branding materials that promote building the relationship between the Favor customer, runner, and merchant. Favor’s teams use these brochures to educate businesses on their unique system and help Texas businesses grow. Favor has set themselves apart through their ability to get things to people fast. On the right, see both the table tent announcements for restaurants as well as signage for their Dallas Runner Clubhouse.

Favor is a favorite for Miller IDS, both as one of our customers and as an app we frequently use. We love supporting Austin and Texas based restaurants and companies that build and strengthen communities (and feed our stomachs with delicious foods). With Austin’s food scene continuing to grow, Miller IDS is prepared to help restaurants with menus, business cards, and customized interior and exterior banners and wall and floor graphics from design to production and finally, installation.

Miller IDS’s own Graphics Accounts Manager, Ryan Bruce, works directly with Favor to provide high quality products that are used across Texas. Chris Rogge, Art Director at Favor, gives this glowing recommendation about his experience with Miller IDS: “The team at Miller is always excited to jump on our projects and always willing to jump on the phone and talk about how they can make it happen. They work in such a timely manner and are giving updates along the way, and always produce high quality products and have great attention to detail. We know Miller will be an integral part of Favor’s growth and expansion and we look forward to each and every project with them!” Thank you Favor for these great words of recommendation!

 

May Artist of the Month: Chelsea Phillips

Chelsea Phillip’s “Meditation Tree”

Miller IDS is proud to announce our May 2018 Artist of the Month: Chelsea M. Phillips with her piece “Mediation Tree.” As the child of parents in the military, Chelsea feels strongly about calling Austin home. She has formed deep-roots in the heart of the lone star state and has established herself as an artist, a mother, and an entrepreneur of her own business, Tiny Tails to You!.  A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in political science, Chelsea honed her skills as an artist through classes at Austin Community College.

“Meditation Tree” is the result of Chelsea’s greater inspirations: the people, animals, and plants that surround her. She notes that in her images, she seeks to combine people and nature to express a deeper connection to the world around us. Chelsea notes that “Frequently, my own emotions and experiences are expressed in my art, which I use as a form of meditation.”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Miller IDS is proud to highlight a piece focusing on the practice of mediation. With this piece and through her other pieces, Chelsea emphasizes the practice using her art as a form of meditation.  She states that making art helps her deal with periods of anxiety and stress, “the slow, creative process of painting and drawing allows me to become present and in touch with my emotions.”

Chelsea Phillip’s “Whale Favorites.”

Art is an expression that allows Chelsea to feel both more grounded and fulfilled. Chelsea’s piece as well as a small biography will be hung in both Miller IDS locations until early June.

We love hearing positive feedback from the artists who trust Miller IDS with scanning, archiving, and reproducing their pieces. Thank you to Chelsea for this glowing recommendation of our Fine Art Expert, Dana Burton: “Dana and Miller IDS have been amazing to work with. Dana’s ability to match the colors in my original art on the prints people order is spot-on. Dana always works with me to meet my deadlines and is so kind and easy to work with. It makes my day every time I visit or pick something up from Miller IDS, their entire staff is so helpful and fun to talk to. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for print work!”

 

You can find more of Chelsea’s work at her website and on her Instagram at @C.Philly.

Featured Graphics: WHS Girls Soccer

Creating Powerful Graphics for a High School Soccer Team was the Goal!

This past spring, Miller IDS partnered with the Westlake High School Girls Soccer program to assist in a total graphic identity rebrand.  

We worked closely with their parent’s sports association to coordinate and produce this fully-integrated campaign. 

To begin, we helped design large, permanent wall graphics for their Varsity and JV locker rooms. After printing the designs in-house, the Miller IDS team, powered by a large supply of breakfast tacos, installed them on-site.  

 

Additionally, we printed two large, weather-resistant team banners, which were hung in the stadium and also proudly transported to playoff games. Efforts included printing individual player banners, plus printing team posters that the players autographed and hung throughout their community and sponsor’s businesses.

 

The Chaps team, coaches and parents were grateful to be so well represented. As more school programs, sports and otherwise, are embracing the power of eye-catching graphics campaigns, Miller IDS is fully capable of assisting your team from start to the final whistle.  

#supporthighschoolsports           

Miller IDS Celebrates Lee Bothe

This month we celebrate one of the Miller IDS/Blueprint greats, Lee Bothe. Lee has worked at MILLER for almost four decades and continues to come in every day with a smile on his face and a story locked and loaded to share with his co-workers. As he retires this Friday, April 20th 2018, we want to extend a great thank you to him for 38 years of service to the company. MILLER is so appreciative for his work, experience, and dedication to both the company and the Miller IDS/ Blueprint family. 

Lee Bothe at our 7th Street Location.

Around MILLER, Lee is known as a kind, reliable individual and a great storyteller. While recounting his favorite times at MILLER, he remembers when now-owner Luci Miller hosted a Halloween costume contest. He retells the story through laughter as he reveals the “workaround costumes” that his department put together. Having a t-shirt press at the time, they made t-shirts that hosted a picture of the Creature from the Black Lagoon on it and the slogan “Official Costume”. Lee laughs that “of course the department ended up winning the contest”. More recently, Lee describes one of his proud moments that came during SXSW, when a customer gave him a genuine thank you, and he saw pictures of his work being admired by others. 

Luci and Bob presented Lee with a certificate for his service!

Lee says that he is excited to retire but will miss the routine of coming to MILLER every day. “I’ve been doing it for 38 years! It is going to be weird to not get up in the morning and come to MILLER.”  Lee says he is going to miss the companionship and comradery that comes with working at MILLER.

Lee expressed, “when I came here, I didn’t think I would last four to five years! I never expected I would be the oldest, longest tenured employee at Miller IDS!” Lee, however, is excited to have the opportunity to move into the Texas Hill Country and travel with his wife, dog, and to visit his children along the way.

Miller IDS is losing a good one. Lee is an institution here and we are sad that it’s already time for him to retire. We are, however, excited for him to enjoy life more fully with his loved ones. Thank you so much Lee for 38 years of service with MILLER, it’s truly been a pleasure!