I wish I could go back in time and give my 29-year-old artistic self some advice. For one, I would say, try not to be too “judgy”. I believe, as artists we strive to do our best, but at times, form a habit of judging ourselves too harshly. Do your best and the rest will fall into place, is the advise I would give to newly graduated art students.
Spray bottle artwork and photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark.
This is a design for a spray bottle I created while working at Kmart World Headquarters in 1992. It’s interesting to look back and observe how some pattern trends are still popular. Trends have their place, which brings to mind Authenticity. It is important to love what you do, and in the process of experimenting —find what inspires you to “be you”— be authentic and the desire to create from your own ideas will come easier.
What advice would you wish to give to new grads?
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Designing is always a serious process for me — whether it’s for an invitation, jewelry design, or photo vignette — I am drawn to certain colors and themes. However, sometimes it is more about giving back. Currently, I am creating artwork as part of a year-long design competition through Minted’s Every Mother Counts Birth Announcements Challenge. Through the challenge they provide skilled and compassionate care to Haitian mothers throughout their pregnancies.
Baby shower invitation and photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark
This Baby Shower Invitation is inspired by the owl drawings in my sketchbook. A modern baby shower invite that provides artwork for the expecting Mom WHO uses her artsy inspirations to guide her. A playful owl design that can be used for a gender reveal party theme. Perfect for all seasons. Offers a portrait orientation for an A-7 envelope. Prominently features Mom’s name. An artistic feel with original artwork, a current design style, and typefaces.
I’ll be posting more artwork from this challenge and my serious inspirations.
Your feedback is welcomed!
To learn more about my special event graphic design, projects and process, please visit my Special Events Design page.
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2016 was a very busy year for us. I worked at my day job, and attended classes for Event Planning, Design and Decor in the evenings. It was a fabulous experience. One evening, a guest speaker demonstrated her positive energy with a Powerpoint presentation, and shared this: Create an imagine/inspiration board to help achieve your goals. My take-away was, I need to get very organized in order to use my new skills in combination with graphic design.
This year I’ve photographed and posted my favorite subjects: boats and sunset reflections on the water, especially mirror images. My book of passwords has grown with more photos to post, and design competitions to enter. I find myself writing, yet another updated profile or an artist statement about my digital artwork, and what inspires me.
In 2017, I would like to build my portfolio with new digital art and experiment more with painting. My goal is to impart a consistent body of work. My focus will be to create graphics for special events, and design inspiring motifs/patterns for home goods, stationery, wall art and more.
So back to that revised profile.
About Tresa Meyer-Clark
Having a family who encourages my artistic abilities is a blessing. Growing up in Michigan and working as a graphic designer will always have the most influence on my artwork. I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in graphic design and ceramics. I am a student of life, and the nature around me is my muse. I also love turtle sundaes with raspberry sauce!
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Starting out in the world as a first-grader can be frightening, but not in Germany. Parents help their children make the transition from kindergarten to primary school more enticing. They give them a “schultuete” or school cone. The large cone is decorated and filled with candy and gifts.
Ceramics and Photo Styling of the Schultuete by Tresa Meyer Clark
A Little History
My Oma (Grandma in German) gave me a photograph of my Dad on his first day of primary school, holding his schultuete, in Hamburg, Germany in the 1940’s.
The expression on his face is priceless. That photo inspired me to create a collage, and a ceramic piece, as pictured above in a shadow box display. Spending creative time to stylize all the German items my Grandparents saved over the years is one of my favorite ways to decorate. As a graphic artist, combining old hand-written letters from Europe and postcard memorabilia helps me to connect the past to the present in a collage.
A way to capture the light, or bring the old stuff up from the basement storage and make it meaningful again.
Just for giggles, here is my first-grade portrait. I took the time today to retouch it for spots and crinkles. Obviously my parents had great sense of style. ( :
August 20, 2015
It rained on our anniversary this year, but the rainbow was a gift. –We docked at Traverse City, Michigan – Clinch Marina in Grand Traverse Bay.
It takes time away from the every day work schedules to reflect. Time to think about how I’m leading my life and how I would like to feel like this, relaxed on vacation, and thinking about what I can do better. How can I be a better wife, be as creative as I can during the work week. I create more beaded jewelry on vacations than I do during a regular work week! My husband is very understanding and has valuable input to quality control. He also has a creative eye. If only we had more hours in the day to enjoy the fun stuff. Our fourth wedding anniversary has arrived today, and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us!
August 2015 on our way to Traverse City
Dad can do what he wants, after all it’s his boat!
August 20, 2011 – Wedding Reception
Our cake cutting picture with the lighthouse cake I designed.
Poster design I did for our guests to sign at our reception.
A piece from my summer 2015 collection with turquoise, gold filled stardust beads, pearls and agate.