Friday, August 12, 2011

Chalk it up ...

Chalkboard art is gaining serious momentum in home decor and commercial graphics, and chalk artists are earning some well-deserved respect. Native Texan Dana Tanamachi has created a buzz in New York where she is in high demand for her vintage chalk art style.

Now residing and working in Brooklyn, Tanamachi poses in front of her Wes Anderson chalkboard sketch (left) and the finished work (right). Below, her chalk logo graphics for the New York manufacturer of Kings County Jerky.

A guestroom at New York's Ace Hotel shows its hip vibe on a chalkboard-painted accent wall decorated with Tanamachi's work. Commissions for event signage keep the artist in demand.

Tanamachi has designed numerous labels, including these below for the handcrafted Nagging Doubt wines.

As soon as wedding and event planners discovered Tanamachi's work, her talents began to grace menu boards and invitations for socialites in the Big Apple.

Hey, when Gwyneth Paltrow asked Tanamachi to design the menu board for a dinner celebrating the release of her new cookbook, it is pretty much a given than the artist is at the top of her game!

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