Studio//Perspectives

Perspectives is an expansion of the Studio//Shift arts collaborative and initiative created to encourage the pursuit of creative growth beyond the office. Whether it be a trip to the MCA, visiting a new gallery exhibition or documenting fun sketchbook illustrations, the everyday encounters with art in our short and sweet posts are sure to delight and inspire.

Open Studio: Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

Open Studio: Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

The process of creating art involves technical skill, inspiration, and lots of hard work. I participated in the Open Studio on December 18, where people could visit and see the creative process in action with members of the inaugural Chicago cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab. I worked on two paintings in progress and other artists demonstrated weaving, woodblock printing, and other art forms. It was one of the coldest days of the year but we still had a group of loyal art enthusiasts show up!

Having Fun with a Modular Display at Holiday Showcase

Having Fun with a Modular Display at Holiday Showcase

For the Association Forum Holiday Showcase conference we brought a custom-made display that was as fun to put together as it looks. Each of the squares has vibrantly printed images or words on both sides and are slotted to fit together just like the original Charles and Ray Eames “House of Cards” from the 1950s.

Making Marks

Making Marks

Today we are refreshing our mark-making skills in the last bespoke books session of the year. It's a great time to remember the techniques we learned years ago and utilize them in our sketchbooks for the sketchbook project! This is a detail from Carol's book that was brought to life through stippling.

Holiday (Coloring) Cards!

Holiday (Coloring) Cards!

This year's holiday cards were especially fun to design. Inspired by my trip to visit Iggesund this fall, I knew it would have to be a pop up! We hope everyone takes the chance to relax and spend some time coloring this holiday season.

Bespoke Books

Bespoke Books

Bespoke Books is a series of creative sessions which evolved from our journeys through The Sketchbook Project. The sessions are meant to help keep the team creatively refreshed and inspired throughout the year. For our November session, the Neiger team created block prints together to serve as designs for our sketchbook covers and they turned out amazing!

US Premiere of 'dirty butterfly'

US Premiere of 'dirty butterfly'

John visited the US Premiere of 'dirty butterfly', at Halcyon Theater.

Neiger Visits the Adler Planetarium

Neiger Visits the Adler Planetarium

Part of this year's annual Summer Fun Day was visiting the Adler Planetarium. We were struck by the beauty of Henry Moore's sundial sculpture "Man Enters the Cosmos" against the city skyline. It was a beautiful day full of insight and inspiration.