Hanna C. McGinnis is the great grand daughter of John D. Miller who founded Miller Blue Print in 1920; she is the daughter of Cate Miller and Mike McGinnis. Hanna graduated from St. Stephen’s High School in 2011 and completed her undergraduate degree in Medieval Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Hanna then went on to study food design and translation in Italy, working for three years as a translator and content editor in Milan. She then received her Masters in Medieval History from the University of Oxford.
She is currently a first-year student at Stanford Law School. Hanna has a longtime love for ceramics, mosaics, and sculpture, and her art studies include the Art Institute of Chicago summer program, mosaic studies in Italy, and many summer classes at Laguna Gloria, where she also volunteered as a teacher’s aide.
Margaret Hoover is also the great-granddaughter of John D. Miller, and daughter of Ida Miller and Nick Hoover. Margaret studied art at Katherine Anne Porter School in Wimberley and graduated from San Marcos High School. Margaret now attends California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she is studying illustration.
Our graphics feature this month has a different spin … not an installation we printed and installed, but a project we helped with behind the scenes. This month’s featured artist, Emily Eisenhart, came to Dana Burton, our fine art specialist, with a unique request. Madewell, a popular women’s clothing company, had commissioned Eisenhart to design a wall mural announcing one of their stores in Brooklyn. The sign painters at Colossal Media, who were mixing the paint and matching colors by eye, needed color-perfect to-scale print proofs. Dana was tasked with finding the printed colors to match the digital colors.
Dana’s good eye for color, along with concentration and patience, allowed her to get a perfect match for each color – and there were more than 20! The resulting printed piece netted a color proof that the painters could use to mix the right colors for the mural spanning 145’ long by 25’ tall!
Next time you want to go big with your art, but perhaps using non-damaging and easily removed adhesives, contact Miller IDS to print and install your work. This is a great way to personalize or brand your office or home.
Emily Eisenhart is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of an artist and anthropologist, she grew up with a paintbrush in one hand and a field book in the other. She is constantly exploring, and her work is heavily inspired by the textures, patterns, shapes, and natural colors around her.
While painting and illustration are her forte, she often experiments with new styles and media. She has painted on all scales, from tiny portraits to 150-foot murals, and has designed everything from tour trucks to animated videos. Operating at the intersection of the design and art worlds, her work is simultaneously strategic and spontaneous. With a background in Anthropology, she approaches many of her projects as an ethnographer, diving deep into the culture of a place to create dynamic, story-driven artwork.
Prior to opening her own studio, she cut her teeth at the world-class design firm IDEO where she worked with clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an independent artist, she has collaborated with wide-ranging brands the likes of Starbucks, Keds, Madewell, Facebook, Outdoor Voices, and W Hotels, in addition to a diverse array of small and large clients around the country and in her home base of Austin.
“Working with the team at Miller IDS has been fantastic. As an artist whose projects are wildly diverse, they are a go-to shop for many of my print needs. They’ve helped me on everything from digital prints to hi-res image scanning to custom postcards to color print proofs for large murals. I can trust that they will do an excellent job regardless of what I send their way. The team is dynamic, friendly, helpful (shout out to Dana and her color matching skills!), and professional. They’ve felt very much like a creative partner to me and I’m glad to be able to print locally.”
Austin PBS and Austin City Limits celebrated another successful Hall of Fame inductee event, and the taping will air on December 27th and again on December 31st. Inductees are honored musicians who have played an important role in the ACL tapings’ history.
The performances this year were absolutely stellar! Lyle Lovett with his Large Band performed and Lyle was introduced by none other than his good friend, Sean Penn. Buddy Guy was fantastic and showed his true blues roots as he practically shimmied while he played his guitar. And how can you beat the history and voice of Shawn Colvin? Well, you add Robert Earl Keene as the MC, and put him on the stage with the gang for the finale.
What does Miller have to do with such a fine event? Each year the goal of the Austin PBS Team is to bring a unique and special feel to Moody Theatre for the Hall of Fame Awards night. We were lucky enough to help provide graphic sparks to complement the wonder of the evening. From the outdoor vinyl banners greeting attendees as they arrived, to directional signage to parking and to the main events, we did it all Directional signage was everything from plastic A-Frame signs with corrugated plastic sign inserts, to foam core event signage on easels. Once inside the venue, guests were greeted with various creative touches from personalized printed tablecloths to vinyl pole wraps celebrating each inductee as well as providing a listing for all hall of fame inductees. Magnetic table toppers graced high bar tables for the event.
What other branded elements were there? The Hall of Fame logo was highlighted on custom pillows and table covers for the VIP lounge areas while cut vinyl decals clearly communicated the event on a multitude of glass doors and windows. Retractable banner stands represented each inductee visually on the mezzanine floor.
Colorful, clean, beautiful graphics are designed by the team at Austin PBS, each year sporting a new twist to their continued brand for Hall of Fame.
We love our friends at Austin PBS, and we love Austin City Limits for all it represents for the music industry. Here’s to a long future for the longest running live music show in the US. And thanks for letting us be a part of the festivities!
Karen Alexander was raised in San Antonio and in her own words “escaped” as soon as possible to Austin in 1973, to attend UT. She started as an art major but got her degree in Anthropology because of her interest in Primitive Arts. Alexander comes from a long line of women who devoted much of their spare time in what was traditionally called “Women’s Crafts”.
She says she had no choice but to learn needlework, yarn work and quilting at a young age. Much of this craft is based on a grid system and her current artwork is her modern interpretation of these principles. Alexander said that because there were no real jobs for people with Anthropology degrees, with a concentration in the Primitive Arts in the 1970’s, she took some drafting courses and became an Architectural Draftsman. Alexander shared that this was before CAD, when everything was hand drawn and this type of work relied heavily on the grid system, so her early training in that concept was reinforced.
The piece we have hanging in our stores this month is called “Bryce Canyon”. Alexander’s daughter, who is also an artist, took a trip to the parks in Utah and came back with some beautiful photographs. Alexander has always been interested in the natural world and most of her work is botanical. It is all about color, light and value for her. Lately, she has been drawn to the larger landscape and her daughter’s photos inspired her to dive into that larger world and made her want to explore the colors of the canyons.
“I spent a lot of time at Miller Blueprint, when it was downtown, during the ’80’s! It has been wonderful to reconnect to Miller IDS and Dana does a fantastic job (she is a color guru) with the digital scans of my originals.”
Yesdrik Diaz was born in Puente de Ixtla, a small town in Mexico, and moved to Austin in 1998. Since he has spent most of his life in Austin, he considers himself an Austin native. He loves Austin and thinks of it as a strange yet beautiful bubble that he is fortunate to live in.
As a kid, Diaz loved art and feels lucky that he was able to keep that curiosity and artistic drive alive. He believes that everyone is born with the curiosity to create, and that along the way of life’s trials and with time passing, most forget about their artistic drive. Diaz likes to create things that he thinks are cool. He creates for himself and if others like it, that’s just a bonus! He practices a variety of mediums including pen, ink, graphite, oil, digital, markers and spray paint. Art is a therapeutic activity for him, and once he taps into the flow of his art, he says that time stops, the world stops, and it’s just him and the canvas.
The piece that has been in our office this month, Katsuo, was the first installment in a series which tells the evolving story of Katsuo, a wanderer, who comes across a bottle in a swamp which contains a map to a shrine. The rest of Katsuo’s journey plays out in the remaining pieces of the miniseries.
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Join us for our 2nd annual Technology Forum! Presented by ABC Central Texas, Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions and The Blue Book Network, this is a hands-on event focused on the latest technology to propel your business to the forefront of the market. Innovative solutions will be presented that are designed to have an immediate and positive impact on your business.
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Austin-based artist Tanya Christie grew up in rural, black-land farming communities of Red River County in northeast Texas. By the time Christie graduated from high school, her parents joked that they’d “spent as much on art supplies, as food” for her. Christie earned an Associate Degree of Fine Art from Paris Junior College, and a bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University in Design Communication, with an emphasis on Illustration. Her mediums of choice are watercolor, acrylic, and collage – often a combination of all three.
Always seeking to know more, Christie has had the opportunity to study with master artists right here in Austin, as well as in San Antonio, San Francisco and France. Christie loves color and strives to infuse each piece of art with the hues she loves. She is also fascinated with the often-overlooked whimsy and charm of things we encounter in our everyday life. Christie weaves together her love of color, mastery of fine art techniques and her foundation of design communication to give voice to every subject she paints. In 2014, Christie’s painting, 26 Rue du Four, was selected as a Finalist of the Texas Watercolor Society annual exhibit.
An exciting and varied creative career led Christie across the nation and back. While she began at an advertising firm in the Dallas area, Christie found her way to a printed gift & greeting card company in Portland, Oregon, freelance jobs in Spokane, Washington and finally right back here to her home state. Thrilled to be back in Texas, Christie operates Wildly Inspired Artworks with her sister, fellow artist Tamara Ingram. Wildly Inspired Artworks creates a wide range of artwork, all of which tells a story. Some works are custom suited to meet the vision cast by a specific client, and some is inspired by the sisters’ shared love of all things Southern.
Christie’s artwork is for sale at small boutiques across Texas and twice a year at the curated show Funky Finds, in Fort Worth, where Wildly Inspired is honored to be an anchor each spring and fall. In addition to creating artwork from the heart and custom artwork, Wildly Inspired Artworks offers group classes and team building through art. Her most recent project has been the design and painting of a dynamic space within Zilker Lodge, the home of Austin Sunshine Camps. Additionally, as an instructor for Young Rembrandts, the after school art program, Christie enjoys encouraging elementary kids to begin telling their art story.
“I am appreciative to Miller IDS for all of their scanning and printing support. The amazing artistic eye and color-correcting gifts of Dana Burton make it difficult to tell printed items from the original artwork. Thank you, to everyone at Miller IDS, for the gift you are to artists in Austin!”
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