SALT LAKE CITY — For seven years, Secret Abilities has been carving an indelible mark into the Salt Lake music scene with its brand of pop punk.
Secret Abilities founding member Davin Abegg played in a few bands over the years, but after playing in a group where he only played guitar, he decided to start Secret Abilities, so he could write his own music.
He found band members by reaching out to his friends on social media, and gradually he was able to find like-minded musicians who shared his desire to make fun music without any agendas.
“We didn’t have a lot of direction when we first started, we just wanted to make something honest,” Abegg said. “Overall it’s just simple pop music for people to enjoy. Nothing too deep or too political or too sappy.”
It is so exciting to see one of my designs for sale on the Minted website. Not too bad for a last minute decision to submit a design. I look forward to being more involved in the Minted design challenges and plan on submitting more designs that are a little less rushed than this one was.
Hey, if you like it so much go ahead and order some to send to all of your friends and family this year. Click the link on the right side of the blog to place your order from Minted.
We’re pleased to introduce you to Shibumi Home designer Esther Longmore from beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. Decorating and embellishing ordinary items since she was a girl, Esther has always loved making things pretty. And we’d say she’s quite talented at it!
Esther describes herself as sweet on the surface, but silly and sassy underneath. “My work tends to reflect that same personality, giving the observant viewer delightful little gems,” she says.
We love the graceful notes and colors of springtime in her pretty pattern collection. What do you love best about her designs?
October 1–22, 2014, HBLL Level 1, Special Collections
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be found all over the world and in every field, including comics, films, literature, and art. Since its inaugural convention in September 2013, the Salt Lake Comic Con has hosted thousands of artists, actors, filmmakers, and writers. This exhibit showcases the work of some of the Salt Lake Comic Con artists who are Mormon or whose art explores Mormon popular culture.
Curated by Trevor Alvord + Gerrit van Dyk
About Matt Page
Matt is a Utah native graphic designer and illustrator; his work as been included in several publications including Monsters & Mormons.
Matt’s postcards depict 20 different scenes of Mormon iconography mashed up with pop culture.
Also presented is Matt’s retro temple “Holiness to the Lord”
Doing Your Own Giclée Prints by Heather Ackley (VAD Graphic Design Alumnus)
Those of you who are focusing heavily on your art and will be doing festivals may want to consider buying your own printer rather than outsource. It’s a personal preference. There are many options out there, and even some good $300 printers. However, the Epson 3880 Stylus Pro does archival prints with archival inks, and can print up to 17×22″ or 17x___ if you get a roll. I needed extreme color accuracy and quality, so I went for the gold.
I have compiled all the info you may need to invest in this type if printer, if the time comes. I had to come to the realization that I needed to spend money to make money, and this printer has more than paid for itself in the last 9 months.
SLCC VAD Graphic Design Alumni have booths at this years comic con:
Nerd extraordinaire, Lucas co-founded the independent news site Big Shiny Robot.
“…So here I am today. I spend my days doing pet portrait commissions, geek-themed paintings and freelance graphic design.”
– Heather Ackley
Award winning artist Derek Hunter has a passion for drawing and storytelling that is matched only by his love of Slurpees. Whether it’s through comics, storybooks or as background designer on Cartoon Network’s hit show “Adventure Time”, Derek aims to fill your brain noodles with a unique brand of imagination-filled wonder and excitement!
We create low-brow art; pop culture prints, paintings, hand-painted toys and other paper products. By day, we’re cute and commercial. By night, we’re crass and counter-culture. Always fun and affordable, we’re Paper Wasp!
Film Viewing by Trina Polta
Trina Polta will have a film viewing on Saturday at 1PM.
VAD GD Alumnus Elizabeth Brown and her design department will be taking the day off to attend as will another alumnus, Courtney Colvin.