GRAPHICS, T-SHIRTS, INTERIOR DECOR, GREETING CARDS, & LOGOS
Examples of the variety of art specialties over the decades by Jamie which include logos, a line of t-shirts, interior decor, greeting cards etc. Now her focus is more fine art paintings and prints
Jamie also designed the 3 karate studios she had with her husband-- from the ground up build out, to the paint colors, logo, building signage, brochures, advertising including writing and producing television commercials, designing websites, YouTube Channel, t-shirts etc.
Below are just a few examples.
All designs copywrited
THIS WAS A LOGO I DESIGNED FOR "DUPREE DANCE ACADEMY" IN HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE LETTERS ARE MADE OF DANCERS. THIS WAS REPRODUCED ON T-SHIRTS. When I designed this I drew it all by hand, it was before photoshop and home computers were around!
The Dance Acadamy also had me make posters, which I had to do by hand, back then you couldn't just make it in photoshop and e-mail it to Kinkos (now Fed Ex office) to print.

 

This is the logo I designed for our Karate & Kickboxing studio. I took a photograph of my husband kicking, then traced the photo to use as the image, then designed the letters and shapes to form the circular border around the image of my husband, this was also done by hand before photoshop. But as technology changed, designing for our martial arts company (or for anyone) became so much easier.

I designed t-shirts, business cards, building signs and banners, brochures, print ads, wrote and produced a television commercial, anything and everything needed for our business using our logo for corporate identity.
Above shows a 10 foot banner I designed using all the logos and images I designed for our business. I made it completely in photoshop on my computer, and sent it to be printed. Gone are the days when I had to draw posters by hand!

Below is the front of our business card, the back has more contact information, but I wanted the front to be dramatic and simple.
I designed a lighted sign for the building as well for a former location of our martial arts studio.

 

 

An example of creative decor.
Below is a Medallion and harlequin tile pattern I designed and painted on a concrete patio to look as if I had inlaid stone or marble. I used regular water base house paint, and then sealed it with a tile and stone sealer.

Lighting is another example of creative decor.

As shown below, I got six inexpensive colored uplights ($12 each), but when I got them they didn't have a stand to stay pointed up. I ended up dropping the lights into the opening of a rectangle kleenex box, painted the box black, poked a hole in the box to pull the plug out, put black cardboard around the kleenex box, and now all the uplights are stable pointing up, hidden in a sleek black box, placed around the floor or on the piano to shine up on the wall and cast beautiful colored glow. (The lights came with a remote control so that you can change colors)


I also got a 20 foot strand of drape white lights ($19) that I fished through the stairwell above and dropped down, then put a few nails so I could pull sections of the strands of lights to the side to look like drapes.

This effect is very dramatic, low cost, and photographs beautifully.

 


BELOW IS A LINE OF SILKSCREENS I DESIGNED THAT WERE PRINTED ON T-SHIRTS AND SOLD TO MAJOR DEPARTMENT STORES AND BOUTIQUES. EACH DESIGN WAS TITLED ALONG WITH MY SIGNATURE, WHICH WAS ALSO SILKSCREENED ON THE SHIRT.

I first drew each design by hand (pre photoshop and home computer age) My "Golden Armor" design took many hours to draw by hand, "mosaic" and "tusk" were also very detailed and each color had to be drawn on a different layer of paper to separate the colors for the screener to print!

This is an example of the hang tags I made for our businesses when I sold my clothing designs. I liked using a dye cut, when the printer made them in the shape of my logo, in this case diamond shape, so it would really stand apart. Even the tag had to look good!

To be one color but look like two, I often used a gradient (a lighter shade of the original color) so the "J" in the white diamond tag could overlay the darker green, but the printer still charged me for one color instead of two! Then later I changed my diamond tag to a splatter paint more edgy design.

These diamond tags hung on the clothes I sold to stores for Designs by Jamie, The "Z wear is everywhere" tag, for our Martial Arts studio, I just Xeroxed a few at a time and cut them out since I didn't need large quantities of those, rather than have the expense of going to a printer.

 

 

It was cool to see some of my Greco Series paintings that I put on t-shirts in the windows of stores!

 

 


The next series of greeting cards & invitations below, are a few examples of cards that I designed many years ago without a computer (imagine that!)
They were all hand designed and drawn, color separated by hand on different layers, and then sent to the printer.
For more recent cards using photoshop on the computer, see the "computer whimsey" page.
As you can see, the cards designed and shown below, are all very different to suit the individual needs of the client.

This is an example of a card I custom designed for a young lady's bat mitzvah . She wanted a painterly look, yet I had to come up with a way to make it look like it was a four color project when it was only two color project to keep the printing costs down. By using a screen for two existing colors (purple and aqua), the printer could use a lower percentage of these same two colors, giving the appearance two additional lighter colors, while only paying for a two color process. The final card was printed on a white textured card stock with a deckel edge, to give it a frayed natural look. (7.5" x 5")

I have always made designs for the envelopes as well. It makes the card more distinct, and since the client ususally pays for printing the address on the envelope, at no additonal cost, I could make a design for the envelope as well.

The following three Holiday cards I custom designed for a Corporate aeronautical firm. These were all simple and modern in design, and all of the designs had embossed and foil stamped accents (which doesn't show well in these photos).

In the first card shown (6.5" x 4"), the series of balls were gold foil to mirror Christmas ball.
The second card with the winter tree design (7.5" x 4"), had some random leafs foil stamped.
The final card shown (5.5" x 9"), all the airplanes were foil stamped and embossed.

With a larger budget for printing, costly foil and embossing was possible, as well as having envelopes made to custom size.
This is an invitation (right) to an "art to wear" show by the Los Angeles Arts Councel. The design was carried over to the front of the envelope as well (top) as shown. (9" x 5.5")
This was a very graphic modern card design I created years ago. As is my style, I always incorporate my designs on the envelope as well, but in a smaller version of the design that is on the card.

 


For custom cards and invites, I also like to print on very unusual papers. Wanting something extrordinary for my wedding invitation, rather than the more typical ecru card stock, I found this very rugged and textured hand made paper made in Napal. A letter press had to be used in order to print from above on a paper with so much texture, since the paper wouldn't go through the traditional printing press. The letters and design were thermal engraved to give an embossed look. But then I mounted these natural cards on a metallic gold card stock. The contrast of the earthy paper, with the shiny card made for a very unique invitation. (see the response cards from our invitation below which I made in the same way as the invitation)

I am particularly fond of contrasts, not fitting in a mold, doing the unexpected (kind of like me!) Such as hanging an ornate dressy gold framed painting on an old brick wall, etc.
When producing and designing custom cards, with so many paper choices, the possiblities are endless!



To see many more cards and invites, made on the computer, visit "computer whimseys" page.
All of the above cards and t-shirt designs on this page were made prior to home computers, if you can believe there was a time before computers! Hey, maybe that what "B.C." really means!

I was asked to design the logo, brochures, mailers, and badges for the 1988 Democratic Party.
Keep in mind, this was before Photoshop. home computers. and photo color copiers existed. Everything had to be done by hand. Just to make a mock up to show how it would look before printing was very time consuming. Clear plastic overlays to show how it would look with the color over the text inside the brochure shown below was a big project. Cutting and pasting photos. Since life drawing (of realistc people) is not my strong suit, to make the drawings showing a diversity of people, I used a combination of drawing and tracing images of people from clothing catalogs, I was pleased with the end result. I also had to prepare the art work for the printer, all layers in black and white art work, rub down transfer lettering for the logo.
It was quite a kick to see my work in the newspaper with a photo of the Democratic convention!

Back in the day, as an artist with no connections, I could send my work to big department stores and get a meeting!

Turned out this meeting with Saks Fifth Avenue never materialized, but I did end up selling my t-shirt desgins to Nordstroms, a clothing chain called Judy's, and other smaller boutiques. As I was trying to sell my designs, the industry changed, and all the buying would be done out of New York, rather than locally in Los Angeles, which made it harder to sell my designs.

I also would hear stories how big department stores would place a large order with a small company, the small company would produce all the items at their expense, then the big department store would cancel the order because they could if they wanted to, and the small company was stuck with the merchandise, and the cost of producing it, but now with out a buyer! It never happened to me, but realized there was a lot of risk involved to continue this on my own.

It was also difficult to be the artist/designer, manufacture my designs, and represent my work to buyers! I really wanted to just focus on the designing aspect, but it was just too expensive to pay someone to represent me to buyers.

I was re-inventing the wheel trying to do it all by myself in an industry I didn't know much about. I think today it would help to intern at a company, make connections, and learn the ropes before starting a business. But I learned alot, and ended up designing and making t-shirts for our martial arts company.

I also made the change from producing an art to wear clothing line, to making fine art paintings and prints, but it was cool to get this letter from Saks!

This was a hang tag I designed for a line of food products, (pre-photoshop days) and I actually wrote the inside of the tag by hand with a calligraphy pen!
I designed a logo for a modeling agency, and they wanted a drawing of a girl on the card. Since life drawing was not my specialty, I traced an old modeling photo of myself. (I may have given myself a little higher cheekbones in the process! ) The envelope also had my design on it, and it's funny to see a 29 cent stamp!
This nail salon in Beverly Hills wanted me to create a feminine simple elegant design in mauve colors. You can see the fine line border that goes all around (printers loved that, no room for error in order to print straight!) The border was also on the letterhead. I never missed an opportunity to make the envelope stand out as well.

Companies needed a set of letterhead business cards, and to be worth the set up cost to print, you had to print at least a thousand, now you can just print them up as needed from your computer in full color!

 

For this client, I went for a more grey tech look, printing two colors in those days was much more costly.

In all these older letterheads and business cards, they really just have the address and phone numbers listed in addition to the business name and logo. There were no e-mail, websites, twitter, addresses etc, they didn't exist, so it does look a.little empty compared to cards we see now.
But the good designs, even when drawn by hand, are strong and still hold up today over time.
Now a days, many times I'll design two sided business cards in order to put all the contact info we have today, and save the front of the card for a simpler dramatic design. If you have too much written on a card, it's hard to see anything.

I was actually a client of 'Actors Casting' in my 5 minutes as an actress, then they needed a logo and letterhead, so instead of an acting job, I got an art job from them instead!
I used transfer rub down letters in those days to create the logo. To save them money in printing costs, we just used one color. I always want to make logos easy to read, if you're a business, you don't want people trying to figure out what it says.
This logo for a small movie production company, I drew the letters for "J Magic" by hand, including the fine line text of "Productions" underneath. I just used a rule and pen to draw the logo after I came up with the design.

 

Some additonal logos done the old fashioned way years ago, drawn by hand, and rub down transfer letters.

 

For Contrast, our more recent business cards I made using current technology.

Our own business cards are also a perfect example on how to handle when there is a lot of info you want to put on a small card, make it double sided.
I make one side simple and dramatic to get your attention, and I make the other side with all the additional contact info.

It's very inexpensive and easy now to make full color business cards, you can tell the difference compared to the cards I designed many years ago shown above with out the new technology available today. But you still have to have a good eye for design, and be artistic, a computer program can't do that for you!