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Project: Banda Magda T-shirts


I’ve been sitting on this story for several months, but now I can share it with you! So there’s this amazingly talented international group of musicians called Banda Magda. I know of them through my musician brother, Gabriel, and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform live at Jefferson Center in September of 2013 and I felt like I had been transported to another place. It was such a beautiful and entertaining show.

Magda Giannikou, the band’s tireless leader (pianist, accordionist, singer, composer, orchestrator, songwriter, music producer, etc.), is constantly creating and working on new projects. Last year she and her band put out a new crowd-funded album titled Yerakina. During the crowd-funding campaign, she also released a call for illustrators who could help design T-shirts. My brother told her about me and we were soon Skyping and sending messages back and forth talking about goals and ideas. I was a little nervous about the project since I had limited experience in graphic design work, but Magda had faith in me and was very supportive.

I whipped up a couple preliminary sketches based on Magda’s vision and we discussed style, color, and other content. Magda wanted the shirts to be quite bold, but simple and also educational. We decided to create two different shirts and each would feature a different musical instrument (vibraphone and pandeiro).





Once I had the final drawings done, it was time to make them digital and add text. This was the most challenging part of the project. I used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and I was learning as I went, which is a great way to learn, but also very time-consuming. I learned how to create a vector and I played around a lot with color and placement. Many changes were made along the way, but the designs were eventually finalized and t-shirts were printed! Now many of the people who helped fund Yerakina own one of these shirts and you can also purchase them online here. The shirts have been traveling around the world as Banda Magda tours.

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Speaking of tours, Banda Magda’s last stop on their most recent tour was Jefferson Center this past Tuesday. I saw them perform again (SO GOOD!), and I also finally met Magda in person. She is so sweet and she exudes creativity and passion. I feel so lucky to have worked with her and seen her perform live. What an amazing experience!!



Banda Magda is working on their third album, Tigre, which will also be crowd-funded. Click here to check it out and consider supporting them! As always, thanks for reading. xoxo

Banda Magda Website
Banda Magda Shop
Tigre Pledge Fund Page


Hello Chicago!


So I meant to write this a lot earlier, but I’ve been so busy! I arrived in Chicago on Saturday morning and since then the days have been blending together. I’m loving the city so far, although I’m still getting used to the noisy nights and the crazy drivers. There is so much to do and see here, it’s a little overwhelming. So anyway, here’s a brief rundown of my experience so far in Chicago and The School of the Art Institute.


I’m living on campus for the six-week residency, and the dorm rooms are incredibly spacious. Each room has a kitchen and bathroom as well (they’re supposed to feel like apartments):

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I’ve also received my studio assignment, but I’ll share pictures of that in a separate post when I’m a bit more settled in.

The schedule so far has been pretty hectic. We had a long orientation on Monday where we were welcomed by the dean of the school and many other faculty members. We also toured the campus and learned about a lot of the resources that the school offers. Today I had my first class and also attended a poetry reading by Nathanaël, a well-known writer and translator.


I’ve been thinking a lot about what I hope to accomplish here, and mostly I want to produce a lot of work and get a lot of feedback. The students in this program are so awesome–we’re a very diverse group. There are people from all over the world, of all different ages, with different levels of experience and it’s been really inspiring to get to know them. I’m looking forward to getting feedback from both them and the faculty.

I’ll share more details whenever I get a chance, but I think my posts for the next few weeks will consist mostly of photos. Tomorrow I will get into the studio and start making work so I’ll share some works in progress soon. Thanks for reading :]


From the Vault: RHCP Concert Poster

Fun fact about me: Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of my all time favorite bands and I’ve seen them in concert twice. Seeing them for the first time in 10th grade during their Stadium Arcadium Tour is mostly what got me hooked. It was my first big concert and I got to go thanks to my best friend and her parents. The experience was amazing and definitely in my top ten best, most unforgettable memories.

RHCP Concert Poster

So anyway, when I was taking an art class in high school (11th grade I think?), one of our assignments was to make some sort of concert poster using a layered cut paper technique. I chose to make a poster for the concert I went to. I actually really enjoyed the process of cutting each layer of paper, although I never used the technique again. Maybe I’ll try it again sometime.

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I was really happy with my final piece. I’m thinking I need to dig it up and stick it in a frame soon… Anyway, thanks for reading :] New artwork should be up tomorrow.