When everything mixes just right, there’s something quite remarkable about collaboration. The intermingling of skills and experiences, though at times messy, gives shape to novel forms and ideas. This year Project Passion, an annual exhibition showcasing designers’ self-initiated work, is seeking such collaborations. With this show we aim to highlight how creatives are working together to pursue mutual obsessions/fascinations—outside of client support and feedback. Designers from around the world are invited to submit their work and our jurors, made up of three exceptional collaborative teams, will select the projects to be included in the show.
Carpenter Collective is a design and branding studio run by husband and wife team, Jessica and Tad Carpenter. Their focus is to bring powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O'Brien, Adobe, Boulevard Brewing Co. and MTV among many others. Carpenter Collective has worked with numerous bands on poster campaigns and tours for over 10 years, as well as writing and illustrating over twenty children's books in our marketplace today. Tad also teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas.
Eight Hour Day is the studio of Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg, a husband-and-wife design team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most often found at the studio, the dog park or an antique shop, EHD is always in the mood to scheme, collaborate and create. With a love of illustration, branding, and iconography they have worked with such clients as Target, Google, Facebook, Real Simple Magazine, Chronicle Books, Williams Sonoma, Old Navy, and the Walker Art Center, among others.
Cast Iron Design is an environmentally responsible design studio located in Boulder, Colorado, operated by co-founders Richard Roche and Jonathan Black. The studio’s mission is to pair good design with positive impact by creating memorable brands, implementing environmentally responsible practices, and helping the design community do the same.
To help open the Project Passion exhibition, Jonathan Black and Richard Roche of Cast Iron Design will give a free and public lecture. Following the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to see all 31 projects that were selected by the jury teams.
The exhibition runs from September 18 to October 10, 2017. Gallery hours are typically 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment (507-389-2728). Please call ahead to ensure gallery is open.