Monday, February 18, 2008

Art Deco and The Rock Star

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When I was seventeen my ten best friends and I (all of whom I am still in close contact with, strangely enough) saw Tori Amos on her Little Earthquakes tour. She was so beautiful. An ethereal red-headed song fairy with a punch not easily missed.

Fifteen years later, Tori is still touring. Now with four other personae to accompany her (I chose the blonde 1920s Art Deco jazz-singer beauty, "Santa" to portray in this concert poster), she has matured--no longer so tortured, no longer as angry.

When asked to execute the illustration for this concert poster at the fancy-pants Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon, I put an enormous amount of pressure on the design of this poster: my expectations too high, my thoughts too grand. I wanted to recreate the excitement I felt as a seventeen year old girl, to encapsulate my adolescent tragic sense of self, yet make for an eye-catching poster.

I must say, I no longer listen to Tori, except for a few songs (Leather, Silent All These Years, Cornflake Girl) that take me back to another era entirely.

The fonts are hand-wrought and of my own design and the illustration based on Tori herself (but not as herself).

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4 comments:

Allison said...

Wow - I love what you came up with. (I love Tori Amos, too)

Luky said...

Love it!!very good miss!

High Desert Diva said...

Ohhh...a job for the Schnitz! Good going!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

How lucky you are to have the job you have! I love the poster and Tori.

I was wondering if I might put a link to your blog on my "blogs I enjoy" list at hadleygetscrafty.