Rachael & Virgil Wedding Suite

Conceptualized and created for my own wedding, this wild, holographic, starry suite project included hand-lettering, illustration, and an enamel pin design.

Printing by Mama's Sauce.

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Hand-lettering / Invitation Design / Prepress / Print Design / Enamel Pin Design

Client — Self

Year — 2017


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The save the date was accompanied by an enamel pin that I designed using my hand and my husband's hand, framing the constellation Pegasus, the winged horse. ee cummings' poem was a theme throughout our wedding, starting with the save the date's use of the poem, incorporating the pin into the prose. I wanted to give our guests something they could keep that didn't have our names or date plastered all over it. 


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Inspired by a holographic envelope, I chose to use holographic foil on French Paper Night Shift double thick cover.


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Tröegs Independent Brewing

As the sole in-house designer at Tröegs Independent Brewing, a craft brewery based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, I wore many hats — illustrator, letterer, sign painter, kinetic-sculpture-maker, label designer, packaging designer, interior designer, art curator, campaign conceptualizer, content maker, beer aficionado, and so much more. Below is a sampling of work from my time at Tröegs.

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Role — In-house Designer

Client — Tröegs Independent Brewing

Years — 2015 to 2017


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Jeffrey Miller Consulting, LLC

Jeffrey Miller Consulting is an experienced authority on security. This brand exudes the knowledge and confidence that clients will feel working with Jeff. It is simple, yet dignified. Approachable, but serious. I designed Jeff a monogram logo and wordmark, as well as stationery and a full website.

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Branding / Logo Design / Stationery Design / Website Design

Client — Jeffrey Miller Consulting, LLC

Year — 2017

Website — jeffreymillerconsulting.com


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I designed a monogram and a wordmark that can be used together or separately. I added a serif to the J to balance the mark and make it visually stronger. I also created a simple pattern with the monogram, to be used as a textural element. 


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A Squarespace website was the final piece. It reflects the brand in its simplicity and clarity.


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Muertos Bailando Wine

Concept for Muertos Bailando, or Dancing Dead, a line of gusty Spanish red wines. Inspired by the name of the line and Hispanic cultural influence, the illustration features a couple dancing at a festival, forming a skull in the negative space.

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Illustration / Branding / Packaging Design

Client — Concept

Year — 2014


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The skull illustration lends itself to being screened onto the bottles, in varying colors for different styles of wine.


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Stay Apparel Co.

Stay Apparel Co is a curated merchandise brand that focused on USA-made goods that pay tribute to the cities and towns of Pennsylvania, the owner and founder's home state. I helped develop the message and designed the brand, along with a few merchandise items, the ecommerce website, and product photography.

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Branding / Logo Design / Stationery Design / Website Design / Merchandise Design

Client — Stay Apparel Co.

Year — 2017

Website — stayapparel.com


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The brand has a punchy, modern feel with a vintage nod, which pairs well with the quality-over-quantity, USA-made concept, while remembering Pennsylvania's historic roots.


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Aside from logo tees and merchandise, I designed a handful of hand-lettered tees for the local PA cities of Hershey and Lancaster, as well as a general Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful tee.


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The Squarespace website translates the brand into the digital space. It is ecommerce focused and mobile-friendly.


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Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen

Located on New York's Upper West Side, Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen specializes in radical French toast, breads, and pastries. While interning at Mucca, I had the opportunity to be a part of the design team executing this Kirsh collateral. Photos by Mucca.

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Brand Collateral / Neon Sign Design / Menu Design

Client — Kirsh NYC

Year — 2015

Art Direction — Matteo Bologna, Erica Heitman-Ford


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The neon signs were a highlight of this project for me. I wrote the Mmmmm lettering by hand, and Noble Signs translated it into a work of glowing art.


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Pretend Beer Co.

Conceptualized as a desire to dream up craft beers and design cans to go with them, I created the Pretend Beer Co. It's a little passion project to keep my mind busy and to focus on packaging design.

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Packaging Design / Naming / Illustration / Lettering / Can Design

Client — Concept

Year — 2018


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1972 Airstream Renovation

In March of 2017, Virgil & I took a plunge and purchased a 1972 Airstream Overlander (27 feet long) to gut, renovate, and travel across the country in. We finished in November of 2017. This is the end result — a petite, charming home on wheels with a bright, airy, minimal-boho vibe. We sold in February and she now lives in Malibu!

Featured on Apartment Therapy.

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Interior Design / Woodworking / Upholstery / Material Sourcing / Spacial Design

Client — Self

Year — 2018


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We took the tiny home route for reasons most do — to live more simply and efficiently. Since I have a creative eye for spaces, and Virgil is a handy and talented craftsman, we always knew we'd get into renovating things together


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The kilim pillow and shibori throw are both vintage finds. The tea towels on our oven we dyed ourselves — they were favors at our wedding.


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We put the most priority on our kitchen/dining space — where we knew we'd be spending the majority of our time. We both come from Italian families and love to cook together. For an Airstream, we have a massive amount of counter space, along with a full-size sink, two burner electric cooktop, 5.6 cubic foot, energy-efficient refrigerator, and a 24" convection oven that we LOVE. It's really functional and spacious enough for us to both be working in there at the same time — just what we wanted! We also have a floor-to-ceiling pantry for dry goods and three huge drawers for the rest of our dishes, kitchen appliances, and drinkware. We also have tons of storage under our bed. For our dinette, we built a walnut table to bring some beautiful warmth to the space, and filled in the u-shaped dinette with plush gray cushions. It's such a cozy space now, perfect for sharing wine and a meal with a few friends. The table telescopes down to create a large couch/spare bed.


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Not ones to spend hours in the bathroom (and wanting a sleeping alcove tucked away in the back of the Airstream) we decided to move our bathroom from the rear to the side, and gave it a precious 3'x4' footprint. That tiny bathroom houses a sink, our shower, a medicine cabinet for storage, and our composting toilet! Our bed nook fits a queen size mattress perfectly, and we love how nestled away it is back there.


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When you design a space this small and open, it has to be designed as a whole — too much going on in here would be really overwhelming, and we wanted to create a sense of calm that flowed easily from one area to the next by keeping things consistent and harmonious.


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The advice I've lived by is to fill your home with items that speak to you, ones that make you feel something. Having such a small space, we don't have the room to fill it with senseless STUFF. I've appreciated this William Morris quote on a whole new level since living tiny, and I plan to hold onto this methodology in all of our homes to come — "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."


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Read the full story of our design and renovation on Apartment Therapy.

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Gibilterra Wedding

In addition to the stationery, I conceptualized, designed, and styled our entire wedding. I had a killer time creating this event.

Details

Hand-lettering / Invitation Design / Event Design & Styling / Wedding Design

Client — Self

Year — 2017


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Photography: Emily & Jake Nicolella / Venue: Reading Art Works / Donuts: Federal Donuts / Dress: BHLDN / Bride's rings: Heidi Gibson / Groom's ring: Bario Neal / Hair comb: Emma Katzka Bridal / Stationery printing: Mama's Sauce

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Lettering Exploration

An exploratory project to improve my vector lettering skills.

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Hand-lettering / Vector Lettering

Client — Self

Year — 2015


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Inspired by the incredible Louise Fili, I studied lettering through all of the resources the internet would give me and practiced what I learned in my spare time.


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Flora Magazine

A conceptual publication featuring an interview with a florist, a rose cocktail recipe, and various other articles about how to infuse floral beauty into daily life.

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Magazine Concept / Editorial Design / Photography / Styling / Typography & Layout Design

Client — Concept

Year — 2014


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This was my final senior project. The premise was to create a magazine centered on a topic of our choosing, and to conceptualize and design various article on that subject, plus beautiful visuals. My first article was a fictional interview with a florist about her business and life.


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Another article was about vintage floral postage stamps from all over the world.


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I styled and photographed all shoots myself, on top of designed the whole magazine.


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