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UVC founders' apartment featured

Ultravirgo founders, Patrick and Katherine Durgin-Bruce, recently had their apartment featured in the "Beautiful Spaces" section of Bellissima Kids. Founded by our friend Jeanne, Bellissima Kids is an international blog dedicated to stylish kid-friendly ideas, and we're honored to be included.
See the feature >
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A Wedding in the Woods

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We just got our invitation in the mail to the wedding of Katie's brother, which we had the pleasure of designing. With non-traditional weddings - like this one in the woods outside Ithaca, NY - comes the opportunity to design a suitably non-traditional invitation. With a friend at a digital printing company willing to donate the printing, we had the challenge and opportunity of designing the invite to print digitally. Which we took advantage of by designing the invitation as a large full-color poster with full-bleed lush forest imagery to communicate the unique environment of the ceremony itself. The back includes a detailed map with color-coded directions from the key areas guests will be coming from, and direct latitude/longitude coordinates of the ceremony site for those with GPS navigation.

White Rabbit

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Heading up to Nova Scotia, Canada tomorrow for the first White Rabbit Installation Arts Festival. A week long artist residency on a 70 acre property by the Bay of Fundy. I'll be working on a multimedia outdoor installation and collaborating with 13 other artists-in-residence, culminating in a 24-hour public exhibit with live music and performances!

Birthday Announcement

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Just for fun: the birthday announcement for my daughter's 5th birthday party. Got to combine my loves for photography, design, and Evie.

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth day from Ultra Virgo! While we're firm believers in practicing sustainability year round, it's always nice to celebrate our mother. Check out some of the green events around town here, here and here  or take the opportunity to join Repower America

Patois

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I just returned from the Patois, the 2009 New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival. It was an incredible line up of Films - a few highlights were Nerakhoon (The Betrayal), Disturbing the Universe, and keep an eye out for the release of the House that Herman Built.
Watch the trailer I created for the fest here.

Product Packaging and Audience

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I bought Happy Baby green puffs. Noticed on the bottom of the container that it says Method, the cleaning company. So, I googled to discover that Method had thousands of containers it was never going to use after a packaging redesign. So Happy Baby bought them, to package their puffs in non-toxic, recyclable, non-Bisphenol A containers. Interesting packaging choice. I'm still not sure if it's brilliant or anxiety inducing. 

Brooklyn History: Counter/Culture

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Paid a visit to the Brooklyn Historical Society this weekend to see their show, "Counter/Culture: The Disappearing Face of the Brooklyn Storefront" it was interesting to see photos of the blocks I know in a constant state of flux. Also learned that the world's first teddy bear was created at a little mom and pop store in Williamsberg, the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

Art in the Big Easy

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I've just returned freshly inspired from a visit to New Orleans, where the city is beginning to buzz with preparations for the Prospect 1 Biennial opening in 1 month. I was down there working on the open air project, sponsered by the Arts Council of New Orleans and opening concurrently. A friend's gallery/experiment was just written up in the style section of the NY times. KK Projects has taken over a block of hurricane destroyed houses and given a new life and a little magic to the area.

Happy Fall!

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Happy fall!
We're all back from our various vacations in the woods (Katie and Patrick were here) and it's full speed ahead.