Archive for May, 2013

Welcome to our newly-designed website!

by Sue Dawson

THIS HAS BEEN a labor of love. As some of you know, I’m an art director, and have been doing our marketing and identity design for years. When it came to redesigning our website, though, I wanted to work with an expert in web design – someone who would feel comfortable working with Alison and me as a team. I know from experience that it’s really hard to design for other artists. REALLY hard. They (we) usually have an idea of what they want, and it can be exasperating trying to create what only they can see, in their mind’s eye. So it was crucial to find someone we clicked with, someone who’d get what we’re doing. I went to a seminar on website marketing led by a local designer, Kathleen Forsythe, and programmer, Heather Goff. Bingo.

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Building a whaleboat

by Alison Shaw

I’M CLOSE TO COMPLETING a new project chronicling the construction of a whaleboat for the Charles W. Morgan, America’s last surviving wooden whaleship, at Gannon and Benjamin Boat Yard in Vineyard Haven. This past December I happened to wander into the boatshed on the harbor, and casually asked what they were working on. When Nat Benjamin said “a whaleboat,” I could hardly believe my ears. A whaleboat?

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