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November 15th  /  Corps Cocktails ~ Gabriella Marks & Bill Stengel Studios

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, 5:30pm—8:30pm
121 Sandoval St. (Above Alpine Sports), Santa Fe

November’s Corps Cocktails is being hosted by Gabriella Marks and Bill Stengel at their photography studios on Sandoval Street.

Please note that parking is limited prior to 6pm. We recommend parking in the city lot across the street if you arrive before 6pm, and do not park in reserved, or in Alpine Sports, parking spots. 

About Gabriella:
Gabriella is a San Francisco native happily replanted and thriving for nearly ten years in Santa Fe. Gabriella is known regionally for her coverage of and commitment to good food, locally sourced, sustainably raised, beautifully plated.

In addition to photographing Santa Fe’s bustling food scene for local media, she has also photographed two cookbooks. Beyond farm to table photography,Gabriella produces vibrant lifestyle and product photography for Santa Fe based businesses.

She’s driven to discover in every single shot an opportunity to frame moments and light in harmonious and striking detail. Perhaps the most single most powerful thing she has learned is how essential good listening – to the client, to the subject, to the environment – is crucial to creating and capturing the right image.

Visit gabriellamarksphotography.com.

About Bill:
I made the decision to embrace the lemming march of still photographers into video/motion during the winter of 2011/12 and it’s been a sprint ever since. I thrive on the steepest part of the learning curve. Shortly after getting some footing on the workings of video production, I learned it was a good fit – multiple layers of systems to manage, exponentially more gears to keep turning, crafting a story with the input of several other collaborators, and on and on. The thing that struck me most, coming from still photography, is how much I enjoy working with a team of creatives focused on the common goal of making the best work possible.

Capabilities run the gamut from one-man-band to full-blown production. I can work with nearly any size budget.

Local collaborators/teammates include producers, directors, DP’s, editors/colorists, motion graphics artists, graphic designers, gaffers/grips, hair/makeup.

Visit www.billstengel.com.

This is one of our many collaborations with ASMP NM. Please check out their website for many great events.

October 11th  /  Corps Cocktails ~ Artisan Minds

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 5:30pm—8:30pm
505 Cerrillos Rd., Ste. 103a, Santa Fe

October’s Corps Cocktails is being held at Nicole Rassmuson‘s Artisan Minds!

About Nicole:
Nicole is an internationally known designer and art director with significant experience in London, New York, Hong Kong, Stockholm and Santa Fe. Nicole is well-known for breakthrough work created for national and international clients including: the Victoria and Albert Museum, Stockholm University, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Academic Excellence Foundation and the Rockwell Group.

Though her primary discipline is visual communications, Nicole is a strategic thinker specializing in branding that combines the design creativity with entrepreneurial best practice for the past 23 years. Rassmuson creates corporate identities, marketing and sales materials and advertising programs for a range of commercial and non-profit organizations where she has managed multi-disciplinary marketing teams. In the last nine years in Santa Fe, she has worked with Mix Santa Fe, The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, Current Media Festival and New Mexico Tourism to institutions like Santa Fe Site Santa Fe, Performance Santa Fe and IAIA.

September 20th  /  Corps Cocktails ~ Bella Forte Designs

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 5:30pm—8:30pm
42 San Sebastion Rd., Santa Fe

September’s Corps Cocktails is being held at Bridget Morris’ Bella Forte Designs, she is a new member to DC and we are very excited to be hosting this event at her studio.

Bridget will be setting up a card design on one of her presses for attendees to print their own set of 4 bar cards! Come and meet Bridget and check out the unique bookbinding, box making, and printing services she has to offer.

About Bridget:
Trained in Italy, Bridget Morris is an entrepreneur whose passion for her art form is like a force of nature. Her success has been won through tireless work in building trust with her clients in meeting their discriminating needs. Passionate expertise, professionalism and creative ingenuity are just some of the reasons why Bella Forte Designs products are sought after and are in the hands and collections of The White House, The Vatican, and world-renowned photographers.

Growing up in central Pennsylvania with three siblings, Bridget was always a bit of a rebel, athletic and fiercely independent. Her father taught the qualities of discipline, responsibility and the art of having fun. Although bucolic and forming her connection with nature, this provincial environment stifled her creative passions and as a teenager she would often venture alone to New York City soaking in its energy and culture.

August 16th  /  Corps Cocktails ~ Loka Creative

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, 5:30pm—8:30pm
1708 Lena Street #201, Santa Fe
(above La Lecheria)

August’s Corps Cocktails is being hosted by Julie Ruth of Loka Creative. We had a blast at our July event, and this one is sure to be just as engaging!

About Julie Ruth/Loka Creative:
A strategic communications professional with an art and design background with more than 17 years experience, I’m a former marketing/public relations director and a serial entrepreneur.

After buying, growing and selling a graphics agency in Vermont, I relocated to Santa Fe where I launched Loka Creative in 2012 — a communications firm providing public relations, content marketing, social media strategies and design solutions. Loka Creative develops communications strategies primarily for economic development and tourism clients that range from large government and municipal entities to small businesses and non-profit organizations.

I’m passionate about strategy and finding ways to maximize my clients’ budgets and approach with integrative PR and social media solutions. I’m also passionate about traveling, building sustainable businesses for women in developing countries, mountain biking, dogs and craft beer (not necessarily in that order).

Visit lokacreative.com!

July 12th  /  Corps Cocktails ~ MM Studio & THE Magazine

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, 5:30pm—8:30pm
320 Aztec St, Santa Fe
(second floor—look for the door next to Double Take)


Design Corps Member and Advisor, Michael Motley of MM Studio, and Design Corps Ambassador Lauren Tresp, Publisher and Editor of The Magazine Santa Fe, will be hosting our July Corps Cocktails!

Michael Motley is a longtime resident of Santa Fe and an accomplished designer and artist. Here is what Michael has to say about design: Intelligent design is not only smart, but strategic, exploring diverse solutions from multiple perspectives. While there is often a simple solution, the process is not simplistic. Concepts, imaging, language, and other pertinent elements are discussed, developed and refined through various iterations for relevance, elegance and impact to create design that works conceptually and aesthetically, across media.
To learn more about Michael and his work, visit michaelmotley.com.

About THE Magazine:

THE Magazine is the ambassador for contemporary arts and culture in Santa Fe and New Mexico.

Since 1992, THE has been the voice of creative work in New Mexico. It is our mission to continue to lead as a hub that brings creatives together with culture consumers, elevating the Southwest’s contemporary arts and culture market with an emphasis on critical perspectives and informed dialogue. The new THE Magazine website will be launching soon! themagsantafe.com

All are welcome! Whether you are someone who is looking to meet creative professionals, someone who is interested in becoming a Design Corps Member, or if you simply want to hang out with some great people, please join us for this monthly event. As usual beer and wine will be served along with some tasty treats!

If you are interested in hosting an upcoming Corps Cocktails, please drop us a note at sayhi@design-corps.org.

This event has sold out.

June 9th & 10th
Handmade: Type & Poster Design and Printing with Pete McCracken

Friday and Saturday, June 9th & 10th, 2017, 10:00am—4:00pm
Warehouse 21
1614 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe

Design professionals: design and print your own type-inspired poster with renowned brand type designer and printmaker Pete McCracken of Crack Press (Portland, Oregon)!

Take a day off work and away from the computer to use your hands creating type-based posters in this two day Friday/Saturday workshop with Pete McCracken. Pete has been designing, making type, and creating posters for over 25 years, including work for REI, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Wieden+Kennedy, and serigraph print editions for artists.

Day 1: Pete will share his expertise in type creation as participants create their own camera-ready poster art 100% by hand.
Day 2: Pete will show how printing by hand can introduce unexpected solutions, as participants screen print their posters. Play with fluorescent inks, metallics, handpainting, and other techniques you can’t replicate in the digital printing realm.

What You’ll Learn:
– Participants will work with materials to design a poster and typography using only handmade art
– Basic silkscreen setup and the process of creating a screen
– Different printing processes and ways to make silkscreen printing unqiue
– How to setup a silkscreen print run for multiple color printing
– Tricks and trade secrets in the print studio
– How to create a simple DIY screen print setup

What You’ll Do:
– Meet and work with Pete McCracken!
– Share the studio with other New Mexico design professionals
– Learn to make successful print designs by hand
– Print your own posters
– Walk to food, drinks, galleries, and markets in the Railyard or downtown during lunch breaks and following the workshop

This hands-on, handmade workshop is limited to a small group to provide an optimal experience with Pete for each designer. Sign up early to save your spot! Cost: $150 for members/$175 for non-members. Supplies provided; optional to bring your own additional supplies, and screen purchase $38 if desired.

For more information and to register, please visit the AIGA NM event page.

June 8th  / 44 Last Suppers by the Numbers: Deconstructing a Masterpiece

Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 6:00—8:00pm
Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Dr., Santa Fe

Join us for an amazing lecture with renowned brand type designer and printmaker Pete McCracken (Portland, Ore.) in Santa Fe Thursday, June 8th, from 6-8pm at Santa Fe Art Institute! Pete recalls the blood, sweat and tears behind a three year long silkscreen project. Imagine color-registering and running each print through the press 44 times! Pete has worked with clients including Columbia Sportswear, REI, Adidas, Starbucks, Nike, and many more, and been featured in top print design publications, at SF MoMA, and in numerous galleries. He also pioneered the establishment of the Elizabeth Hawthorne Hunt Printmaking Scholarship at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. We are thrilled to be co-hosting this awesome event with AIGA New Mexico, free and open to the public with artist reception to follow.

For more information, please visit the AIGA NM event page.

May 17th  /  Corps Cocktails ~ Artisan Minds —This event has been canceled

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 5:30pm—8:30pm
Artisan Minds
505 Cerrillos Rd. Ste 103A, Santa Fe

Corps Cocktails has a new twist! Design Corps Members will now be hosting this event at their studio or a location of their choice.

To kick things off, Member Nicole Rassmuson of Artisan Minds and her partner Suzanne O’Leary, will be hosting this month’s event at their studio at Luna.
Here is a little bit of info about our hosts:
Artisan Minds is a Santa Fe based brand and communication design agency with a passion for creating, rejuvenating and propelling brands. We have over 50 years experience in over 50 countries working with the world’s most prominent agencies and brands. We are selective about our work because we hand-craft every project ourselves. Our branding process defines your organization’s strategic backbone, personality and heart. It sets the stage for your narrative and design, voice and look and feel to drive permanent differentiation. But most importantly, it creates strategic alignment with key stakeholders from the onset. All content and design flows from this platform.

All are welcome! Whether you are someone who is looking to meet creative professionals, someone who is interested in becoming a Design Corps Member, or if you simply want to hang out with some great people, please join us for this monthly event. As usual beer and wine will be served along with some tasty treats!

If you are interested in hosting an upcoming Corps Cocktails, please drop us a note at sayhi@design-corps.org.

March 8th  /  Corps Coffee ~ An Introduction to Litter Nation

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 9am—10:30am
Meow Wolf’s Chimera Workshop
1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe

After a brief hiatus Design Corps is back with its first Corps Coffee of 2017.

Join us at Meow Wolf on Wednesday, March 8th at 9am for an introduction to litternation.org. The litter mapping, design impact, community challenge.

Introducing Litter Nation — designed as a tool to create and spark change—a means of mapping the extent of litter around Santa Fe, the state, and across the country. What’s the full impact and the extent of the debris that litters our landscape? How can we facilitate cleanups, better recycling programs, and greatly reduce litter?

We’ll introduce the concept of Litter Nation, how to register, and how to effectively use the website.

With your help in collecting thousands of pieces of litter and mapping them, we can then stimulate constructive conversations, promote clean up and recycling in heavily impacted areas, and advocate for progressive policy and program changes based on the results we’re seeing.

We need your debris-collecting, data-driven, geotagging, volunteering selves. We invite you to be a Litter Nation user.

A $20 donation to this project gets you a Litter Nation carrier bag. Whether you are hiking, biking, or just walking around town, this bag leaves you hands-free for photographing and it has the capacity needed for debris-collecting.

November 9th  /  Design is Not Art

Wednesday, November 9th, 9am—10:30am
Location TBA

For our next Corps Coffee we were inspired by a recent interview with Milton Glaser “Design has nothing to do with art.” Design legend Milton Glaser dispels a universal misunderstanding.” Milton states “Design is the process of going from an existing condition to a preferred one, observe that there’s no relationship to art.” Let’s have the conversation, see you then!

November 16th  /  Adobe Creative Jam

Wednesday, November 16th, 6pm—9:30pm
Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail

Please join us on Nov. 16th for Adobe Creative Jam, an inspiring three-part design and photography experience that demonstrates and celebrates creativity. This event is hosted by the Design Corps of Santa Fe, ASMP New Mexico, and AIGA New Mexico.

SIGN UP FOR BEHANCE PORTFOLIO REVIEW. Local creative leaders will be on site and would love to see your work.
For pre-registration email your Behance portfolio link to: communityteam@adobe.com.

After the Portfolio Reviews the Adobe Creative Cloud team will host the Creative Jam presentations. This one-hour design showcase highlights the work of 3 local creative leaders.

At the same time, in the next room, designers & photographers will be competing in the Creative Jam tournament, a 3-hour design charrette showdown.

This event will have two categories: Visual Design and Photography. Once the Creative Jam presentations wrap, tournament participants will take the stage to share their creations with you. As part of the audience, you’ll vote on each submission and select the People’s Choice winner. There will also be Grand Prize winners decided by a group of Judges!

Visit https://nvite.com/CreativeJam/santa.

October 12th  /  Immigration Impact

Wednesday, October 12th, 5:30pm—8:30pm
Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michaels Drive

This month for Corps Cocktails, we will be convening at the Santa Fe Art Institute for light fare and cocktails to engage you in our Immigration Impact Design Project.

In August, we began a partnership with SFAI and the Santa Fe Dreamers to create a design impact project that addresses immigration reform in New Mexico. We are continuing to work on this project and would like to take this opportunity to get your valuable input. Join us to contribute and post your thoughts and ideas on this collaborative effort!

Take a moment and let us know if you can make it by sending an email to sayhi@design-corps.org. Thank you!

September 14th  /  Tour THE FENCE

Wednesday, September 14th, 9am—11am
The Santa Fe Railyard Park, Community Room
(across the parking lot from Warehouse 21, 1914 Paseo de Peralta)

Join Gabriella Marks, Santa Fe based photographer, Design Corps Member, and President of the New Mexico chapter of ASMP and Linda Shafer, Executive Director of the Railyard Park Conservancy, in a conversation about bringing THE FENCE photography project to the Railyard Park.

We’ll talk about some of the challenges involved and resources available when producing public art projects on this scale, and the potential for public art to promote professional communities.

In July, 2016, ASMP, in partnership with the Railyard Conservancy, the Railyard Park Art Committee and United Photo Industries brought the largest outdoor exhibit of photography in New Mexico to Santa Fe. Featuring 56 photographers in nearly 600 feet of photography, the goal of this unique exhibition is to present exceptional work that is innovative and accessible to all people.

To learn more about the THE FENCE, please visit thefencenm.org.

August 15th & 16th  /  The Center for Urban Pedagogy at SFAI

Monday, August 15th, 7pm & Tuesday, August 16th, 9am—4pm
Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michaels Drive

The Design Corps of Santa Fe is thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, in partnership with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP is an award winning non-profit based in New York City that uses collaborative design processes with grassroots organizations and talented designers and artists to create popular education materials on critical social justice issues.
For the launch of SFAI’s Immigration Project Year, SFAI is initiating this collaboration to highlight the power of design and art for the purpose of civic engagement. This is a pilot project for CUP as they look to disseminate their methodologies in other communities outside of New York City — like Santa Fe!

We invite Design Corps’ Members, Ambassadors, and Colleagues to attend this one-time opportunity to learn these methodologies from an organization that knows how to get it done!

We also want to invite you to participate in our collaboration with SFAI, CUP, and the Santa Fe Dreamers Project. If you are interested, please email Renee Innis at sayhi@design-corps.org for more details.

To RSVP for this event, please visit sfai.org.

August 10th  /  Corps Cocktails ~ Hitting the Hops!

Wednesday, August 10th, 5:30-8:30pm
Fire & Hops, 222 N. Guadalupe Stree

It’s that time again, Corps Cocktails will be at the Fire & Hops patio on Wednesday, August 10th! Don’t miss out on Fire & Hops’ fantastic menu, their spectacular beer, and of course some delightful company!

$5 suggested donation to help support the Design Corps of Santa Fe’s programs