Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Myth of Kell Belle Studio

As a child, the kids called me names like Kellie jelly or Kellie belly as a way to antagonize me and it worked every time. My own name followed by something as unimaginative as jelly or belly was about as pleasant to hear as fingernails on a chalk board. Ouch!

Design 1

My sister and I were very close as kids, well, except for the time she leaped over the couch in a single bound and broke her arm. It was an impressive leap from where I was sitting and if that wall hadn't been in the way . . .   We had gotten into a fight and I flung her PeeChee (remember those?) across the room sending her school papers flying everywhere. She was so mad at me!

Design 2

As we grew older, she got married, had kids and we sort of drifted apart for awhile. After our mother and step father died in 2004, we began a weekly ritual of getting together on Friday nights to drink wine and watch chick flicks. We didn't have our mom to talk to anymore but we still had each other. Our Friday nights together were a way of honoring and celebrating that.

Design 3

It was during this time that my sister began to call me Kells or Kell Belle which still feels to me like a derivative of that early childhood Kellie belly taunt. This time, instead of being charged with anger and misdirected negativity, it comes from a place of love. It comes from my sister's heart and pierces through mine.

Design 4

Over the next several weeks, I'll be consolidating all of my online accounts (Blog, Twitter, Facebook etc) to reflect this new name. As I do, I'll keep you posted on where to find me. My post today is sprinkled with rough, thumbnail sketches of my new logo design one of which I'll be refining to become my final logo.

Design 5

Do you see one you like? I would love to hear your comments. In the meantime, here is a brief statement about what I am trying to convey in the look of Kell Belle Studio. I approach my ever evolving, mixed media art with the style of a graphic designer and visual artist combined. The logo should covey the clean, crisp, high end feminine quality I have become known for.

6 comments:

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Kell,

Number 3....I see a paper ruffle look at each side where you have the curved vertical bar and possibly a tiny mask or a flower or other element from one of your designs. The tiny carnival mask in place of the bow really speaks to me but I know you have so many bits and pieces of these lovely ladies to choose from...

Simple but Elegant...high end all the way.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

slommler said...

I am liking Design 1!!! It has those elements, for me, that you are talking about. Wonderful story about you and your sister.
Hugs
SueAnn

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Kell Belle,

I like number 2. It's clean and crisp like you said, but with a touch of flourish style, which you have.

Hugs,
Meri

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh I have to agree with Stephanie dearest that NUMBER 3 IS THE ONE! They are all great, but that is the "cleanest" and most elegant of all. BRAVO! Anita

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I vote for Number Three!

Keep us posted so we can find you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I like #4. It will be fun to watch you spread your wings...like a butterfly!