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Archive for October, 2018

Kara Gardens (Lawrence, KS) – Branding Strategy & Logo Design

Tallgrass Studios worked with representatives of Kara Gardens to create a flexible branding strategy to market their flowers and crops, and promote the connection of the earth with the community. Their new identity encompasses imagery that emulates the beauty, personality, culture, and connection that a garden brings to life. The work included a new symbol, logotype, tagline, color scheme, fonts, and a graphic standards document.

Kara being a Celtic word for connection, the spirals in the icon are influenced by traditional Celtic knotwork and imagery. The soft spring color palette and stylized floral elements were influenced by the client’s embroidered wedding memento that included a flowering vine. An approachable, handwritten typeface complements the icon and reinforces the welcoming nature of Kara Gardens.

An Army of Women

Sculptures by Retta H. Backus

Opening Reception October 26, 2018 5:30 – 9 pm
at Tallgrass Studios

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Music Lineup

5:30 – 7:00 pm
“Lila””, Deborah Pine, Janette Michaels & Clark Jamison reunion

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Robert Baker (word slinger & saxophone) Roger Holden (electric guitar) & Clark Jamison

Lauretta Hendricks Backus sculpts from her studio in the country outside of Lawrence, KS. Retta, an artist and retired art teacher known for her drawings and paintings, has only recently strayed from working in two dimensions. Meeting and working with other ceramicists, she discovered a passion for sculpting the human form. Retta’s obsession in particular is with “traditionally built women”.

This show’s focus is political in that Retta’s images of human female beauty do not subscribe to the marketed, mass produced or commercialized ideal of women. Retta’s women are strong, natural and comfortable in their skin. These porcelain sculptures show skin, muscle, flesh and gravity, celebrating the beauty of real women.

Sculpture by Retta H. Backus