Featured Graphics: Bright Spot in the Pandemic! “Heroes’ Exit” Mural at Dell Children’s Hospital

Dell Children’s Medical Center has a new addition – a Heroes’ Exit! Ready for a great story? You may have heard of Owen Coulter, a 5 year old boy who went to Dell Children’s Medical in December of 2019 and had a miraculous journey that included a life-saving experience by staff upon his arrival. Owen’s father is a firefighter in Austin. As Owen left the hospital after a 56 day stay, there was a “superhero” departure celebration with dozens of firefighters, police officers, 18 fire trucks, balloons, t-shirts, and even a few costumed super-heroes. The experience was wonderful for everyone there, but especially the hero being celebrated, Owen.

Days later a Dell Medical Children’s Medical Center Foundation board member dropped by the office of Susan Hewlitt (executive director of the foundation). The board member, Marcella Maxwell (who also works at Dell Children’s) said that she couldn’t stop thinking about the wonderful exit Owen had. “How can we have every child feel like a hero when they leave?” she thought out loud. They quickly began brainstorming and walking the hospital for ideas.

At the entryway of the hospital is the HEB Auditorium, which happens to be a perfect passageway and private exit for the kids. Susan immediately went to this spot and an idea came to her for a “hero’s exit” – what if they had a mural here and kids could take pictures as they were released to go home? The idea was positively received by the foundation board, and Susan could not have been more pleased with their unanimous agreement to support the project. The next question was who the artist would be – Susan knew that Becca Borrelli would be perfect!

Becca had designed a coloring book for the kids at Dell Children’s. Becca is an illustrator and has a background in teaching. For Becca this was the perfect project- it combined her love of children with her passion for design. Becca began to weave a compilation of happy imagery from areas in the hospital, making the final memories in the hospital a way to remember Dell Children’s in a positive way.

The final product is a brightly colored mural printed on DreamScape wallpaper. Images include a StarFlight helicopter, the stone water wall from the courtyard, a replication of the donor butterfly wall, and spotlights on art found in the hospital such as the art by Graciela Boulanger gracing the bridge in the lobby as well as the blue dog featured in a George Rodrigue piece found in the hospital.

Becca contacted Miller after having printed with us before. The experience was pleasant for Becca and it was easy to communicate with Destenie (Customer Sales and Service Rep) from the beginning. Becca had been contracted to paint the mural on the wall, but had worked with DreamScape in another hospital setting and knew that it holds up to cleaning and is long-lasting. “DreamScape was the perfect solution we didn’t know we needed, especially with how clean we have to keep it,” said Susan Hewitt.

As the final joyful touch to this fulfilling project, note that it was accomplished during COVID! Installing the piece during this difficult time made it an even happier win!

October Artist of the Month: Pama Monfries

After graduating from University of Texas at Arlington with an art degree, Pama worked as a graphic designer then creative director for 25 years. After that, she worked for 8 years painting portraits and murals full time. Pama was able to make a very good living being a professional artist. 

During that time, she taught adults and children at the art center in her town. She also took ceramics, life drawing and glass fusing classes. Every year she does many commissions of pets and people as well as special memories from clients’ photos.

Pama moved to the Austin area (Point Venture) from Dallas 10 years ago and loves it. Since moving here, she has made several bronzes, lots of jewelry and numerous mobiles. She still makes fused glass and has started incorporating fused pieces in her paintings.

“I come from a long line of strong, creative women who have always inspired me. Creativity was a part of their lives and so it has become a part of mine. We always encouraged our children to explore their creativity. Two of them are art teachers in AISD and one is an actor.” It is important to Pama to always be experimenting with many kinds of art, as it helps keep the creative juices flowing.

Although Pama loves painting, her passion is gardening. She started pressing petals, leaves, feathers and insect wings onto her canvas with paint about 3 years ago. She says she is “gardening” and painting at the same time. “It is very interesting how the petals and leaves change color when dried and pressed. I love to bring them back to life with paint.”

Featured Graphics: Patika Coffee & Superthing Coffee

We are thrilled that we were called on to print signage for Patika coffee on South Lamar.  We produced their safety guidelines and temporary outdoor menu on coroplast and aluminum which make for a durable duo. The folks over at Patika cleverly hung their signage with removable hangers, making sure the signs were secure and weatherproof.

Located at 2159 South Lamar, Patika is open for online and in-person orders. They have plenty of parking at the back of the building and space to wait for your order while maintaining distance from employees and other customers.

We also helped Patika’s sister company, Superthing Coffee, develop contour cut coffee stickers as well as business cards, which created a distinct look for their coffee bags and branding. Superthing is roasted locally and served at Patika as well as Mañana, Brew and Brew, Olamaie, Creature Coffee and a few other places. It is also available online for single purchase and subscriptions at superthingcoffee.com

As you can see, Miller’s takes pride in working with local businesses. Let us help when the time comes to open your business or office. We’d appreciate your support! 

 

 

 

April Artist of the Month: Kelsey Archbold

Kelsey Archbold spent her childhood growing up in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2008 she studied interdisciplinary art and ecology at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. In 2009 she graduated with honors from Kansas City Art Institute, with a B.F.A. in painting and fine arts.

She has been featured at the Austin Art Garage, the Art Post, the Knit Show, and has her work installed at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kelsey currently lives and works in Austin, Texas with her son and two cats.

Featured Graphics: Hemlock & Heather

Our friends over at Hemlock & Heather are great to work with. Our relationship began when Chase Ryan (@chaseryanfurniture on Instagram) introduced Hemlock & Heather owners and founders Kris and Kelley Denby to us.

They were having a hard time keeping up with their supply and demand but didn’t want to compromise on quality. We sat down with Kris and Kelley to discuss their current workflow process and how we could bring some of their handmade pieces in-house to expedite their production.

Once we made a game plan, we direct-printed the chosen color pattern on 1/2-inch MDO board with our flatbed printer, then took it over to our iEcho router to cut custom shapes of all 50 states. The first job we ever did with them was for their stock at Magnolia Market in Waco, one of the places their products are sold. We are so happy to continue working with their wonderful team. Be sure to check out their website and Instagram!

Featured Graphics: Cushman Wakefield

 Cushman Wakefield was moving into their new space, and with that in mind, they wanted to do some creative and inspiring interior signage. Jordan Newman, Senior Graphic Designer, reached out to us for help.

We installed some awesome wall wraps, one being in the main kitchen area that made a bold statement. We also wrapped a dividing wall that was half glass and half drywall in an image of the Austin skyline. They had one wall that was office space and was divided into 3 parts which we wrapped with a city street map graphic.

Throughout the office space we installed several small wall decals with just graphic text that brought the space together. We used laminated adhesives for the wall coverings. The overall look is very sharp and cohesive, and it was a very fun project to be a part of.

 

Contact one of our sales associates for more details at CSSR@MillerIDS.com.

 

Featured Graphics: Frosted Glass and Window

Frosted glass is gaining in popularity for open offices. This recent project for Structure Tone Southwest is a perfect example of the use of window frost. Pictured is one pattern designed by the tenant, cut and applied by our staff. If you have open areas and wish to “obstruct the view” to others without blocking light or the open office feel, reach out to us for similar creative ideas!

We can also add your logo in a frosted panel on a glass conference room. Not only is this subtle branding but also a way to add depth to a door, optimizing the visibility of the transparent door.

We thank Structure Tone for the opportunity to work with them on this nice project! Interesting tidbit: The installation was actually moved forward due to folks on the job site running into the glass. It really does happen!

Ask one of our sales associates for more details at CSSR@MillerIDS.com.

Featured Graphics: Wallpaper and Wall-Adhesive Products

 
Miller IDS is now carrying a line of professional, and do it yourself wallpaper and wall adhesive products, perfect for livening up your home or office space. A decorator and general contractor favorite; PhotoTex provides a beautiful matte look with its unique fabric finish.The ideal product for highly lit areas, PhotoTex features a no-glare wall finish that displays saturated colors comparable to a common wall decal. If you don’t have an installer on your side, we have you covered with our in-house installation team!
 
The newest product in our wallpaper and mural line is the HP PVC-Free “Do It Yourself” wallpaper. This is a simple wet apply wallpaper, perfect for apartment and dorm living, when you can’t use a permanent wall finish to jazz up your space! Visit our 7th Street location to view both of these products in person! Ask one of our sales associates for more details at CSSR@MillerIDS.com

January Artists of the Month: Hanna McGinnis, Margaret Hoover & Anna Miller

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.

Anna Buchanan Miller, wife of Robert Miller, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1946 from the Plan II program. While not directly employed in the business, she supported Robert and all Miller Blueprint ventures for decades. In her youth, Anna studied art with Frank Reaugh, a renowned western painter. Anna considered herself fortunate to be chosen to assist Mr. Reaugh and his students on his West Texas summer sketch trips, allowing her to study art and travel during the Depression. 

Featured Graphics: Austin PBS & ACL Hall of Fame Induction

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!