March Artist of the Month: Calhan Hale

Calhan Hale’s maternal family has been rooted in Texas for over 100 years. She grew up in a family of creative, independent and individualistic female role models. Hale received her BA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and decided to stay in Texas to pursue her art after graduation.

In her most recent work, Calhan uses painting as a way of re-examining and reclaiming parts of her Texas upbringing by bringing Texas iconography into conversation with elements informed by digital experience. She is particularly interested in the ways information is gained and lost as it moves from our own experiences, to our memories, to digital interfaces and then back into a physical object. 

“Texas iconography is naturally loaded; Ideas related to tradition, geography and stereotype meet those surrounding trend, irony and self-expression. Objects, along with people and places, can be the holders of multiple, often contrasting, things at once”, and Calhan is interested in how their context and our own experiences greatly inform the ways we encounter them. 

Calhan believes, “At the intersection of time, place and identity, these works also aim to explore the simultaneous confidence and self-doubt that accompany self-awareness and the attempt to own all of who I am at once”.

“The Miller team has been exceptionally kind to me and beyond helpful with all of my printing needs. I’ve been especially lucky to work closely with Dana and Larry. Before working with Dana at Miller, I didn’t know anything about the process of having artwork professionally scanned or printed. Over the past 9 months or so, Dana has personally walked me through the entire process and has worked carefully with me to ensure that each scan and print of my paintings is as representative of the original piece as possible. And every time I come by the shop, which is often several times a week, Larry greets me with the most genuine warmth and friendliness. Dana, Larry and the Miller team make every printing experience feel like working with trusted friends, and I’m so grateful to get to share a creative community with such wonderful humans! Thank you, Miller!”

February Artist of the Month: Leticia Mosqueda

Leticia Mosqueda was born and raised in Mexico City. Since she was a child, Mosqueda showed great interest in painting and drawing, taking after her father. She spent her spare time illustrating in her notebooks and drawing objects that she saw around her. In high school, on the advice of a teacher, she entered the National Institute of Fine Arts. Mosqueda has a degree in marketing from the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey, Campus State of México.

Mosqueda worked as a purchasing manager for Alcampo in Madrid, Spain, Auchan, Comercial Mexicana, and Grupo Modelo. Later, following her passion for studying art, she entered the renowned Academy of San Carlos where she studied different techniques and materials in painting, drawing and composition I and II, and human figure. Additionally, Mosqueda holds workshops on various techniques such as fresco, charcoal, graphite, pastel, watercolor, oil, and acrylic.

She spent 3 years in Austin studying English and art at Austin Community College. Mosqueda had the opportunity to participate in exhibitions at ACC, La Peña, and Big Media. One of her paintings represented ACC in the League of Innovation Competition, and she was selected for her first solo exhibition “My People and their Traditions” at the Dougherty Art Center.

“I met Salvador Rodriguez at ACC, where I saw his fabulous prints. I had never made any reproductions of my paintings before. He recommended Miller IDS’s services to me. Since the first day that I visited your company, everybody was so nice and friendly. Larry was so helpful; he introduced me to Dana, another lovely person. Although my English is not the best, they tried to understand me and gave me excellent service. Dana was always available, and she kept in touch with me. Every scan was on time and even in some cases she helped me make emergency scans. I’m impressed with the quality of each work. On some paintings Dana worked hard to find the exact color of the original painting. I have been selling many prints because people like the quality of the images Miller produces. Unfortunately, I could not find a company in Mexico with the same quality; maybe you need to put a Miller company in my country! I have been recommending Miller’s services to my classmates, artists and friends.”

“This painting (left) was inspired by an amazing photo of a beautiful elder woman in Chihuahua México. She belongs to the Raramuris community, who are characterized by the colors in their clothes. Women have a very important role in the communities. They are the guidance, the pillar of the families, and in many cases the financial support. This woman is a clothing seller. She walks long distances carrying many pieces of clothes in her “reboso” (a big piece of cloth that the women tie in different ways to carry their babies or different things on their backs). I choose this photo because I fell in love with the woman’s expression and her colorful dress.”

Featured Graphics: Lyft

Lyft’s Musician Rideshare Program has worked with several local music venues to assure musicians can get to their gigs with their gear. Left, a large vinyl banner promotes the Musician Rideshare Program. Lyft launched the program during Austin’s infamous “Free Week.” The hemmed and grommeted banner announced the launch of this new program.

During SXSW, Miller IDS worked to advertise Lyft as it transported thousands to events, concerts, and even to the fictional town of Sweetwater from HBO’s Westworld. Though the rideshare company has been back for a little under a year, it has made a big splash by participating in Austin cultural events, festivals and everyday activities.

 

 

Lyft Pink brightens our days in the Miller IDS Graphics Department. With every project, Miller IDS strives to meet the highest quality and standards of our customers.  

 

 

Meg Jones, Lyft Austin Marketing Associate, noted that “[Lyft is] so thrilled to have found such a fantastic partner in Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions. In the past month alone, we’ve worked wit their team to print large scale banners, posters, palm cards, direct mail postcards, pull-down banners and custom fixture signage. The staff is friendly, professional, extremely knowledgeable and works tirelessly to make sure each project is top-notch.”

This spring, Miller IDS is excited to help you and your business welcome new Austinites and visitors to the Live Music Capital of the World!

Thanks for the Stars!

David Bowie Aladdin SaneOlivia Rains, an Austin-based artist, wanted to reproduce her Bowie-inspired artwork for the recent David Bowie Tribute Art Show at Jerry’s Artorama. Olivia tells us “I wanted prints that would look exactly like my paintings and wanted to find a local art reproduction business with great quality. I have tons of artist friends in town and almost all recommended Miller. I was floored and ecstatic when I picked up the prints; they were perfect and with the fastest turnaround ever and a great price for the quality. The people at Miller are very professional and very helpful, translating what I’m looking for into print terms. The first run sold out and I ordered more, plus ordered stickers. Can I give you six stars?”

Another 5-Star Review!

5-stars

Thanks for the sweet review C. Denise!

I consider the Metric Boulevard location of Miller IDS as an extension of my office these days.  I run a small architecture business out of my home, and don’t have the space for a big printer (or the IT department to keep up with one!).  I send print orders to these guys several times a week.  Service is friendly, prompt, and professional.  I can always count on them to deliver a quality product.

In a pinch, they’ve printed drawings on short notice, as I’m running out to a client meeting.  They never huffed at me for the inconvenience.

I’ve worked at large firms in the past – and feel that I get the same level of service as a “small fry” as they give to the larger outfits.

I am glad to have this team behind me to support me in my work!

C. Denise S.  C. Denise S.