Part 1A) Initial Client Description & Examples: The Thread Caravan Identity Illustrations

Caitlin, creator of Refunktion Apparel, has been such a delight to work with from the beginning. When a mutual friend connected us to design a logo for her next project The Thread Caravan (something I am so incredibly excited about and love that she's doing) we got straight to work. (I strongly encourage you to go check out more about what she's doing over at her site — it's nothing short of amazing). For now here's a short description about her new project, in her words, so we can get an idea of what I'm designing for:

The intention of the retreats is to promote the preservation of traditional art practices around the world.

"The first retreats will take place on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, where retreat-goers will work one on one with an artisan skilled in the traditional Mayan weaving process. Eventually we will offer retreats all around the world (totem pole carving with Native Americans in Alaska, tile making in Morocco, pasta making in Italy, jewelry making out of yak bones in Bhutan, sheering llamas and spinning wool in Peru, block printing with natural dyes in India, etc.).  The retreats will be about a week or week and a half long, and they will take retreat-goers through the full creation process form start to finish. In Guatemala this will include dyeing the textiles with natural plant and insect dyes, spinning the textiles, and then actually weaving with it. We will also visit the artisans' homes and meet their families, as well as have a few optional cultural excursions to other places in the country. "

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"Here are some examples of logos and branding work I like:

http://www.blockshoptextiles.com "their logo font is not so appealing to me, but i like the image and their overall branding" - Caitlin

http://www.blockshoptextiles.com "their logo font is not so appealing to me, but i like the image and their overall branding" - Caitlin

http://feathersboutiquevintage.com "like this logo font" - Caitlin

http://feathersboutiquevintage.com "like this logo font" - Caitlin

http://www.knitwitmag.net "simple and clean design"  - Caitlin

http://www.knitwitmag.net "simple and clean design"  - Caitlin

 http://ponygold.blogspot.com "love this artist's style!!" - Caitlin

 http://ponygold.blogspot.com "love this artist's style!!" - Caitlin

 http://www.arrowdivine.com "great logo" - Caitlin

 http://www.arrowdivine.com "great logo" - Caitlin

http://instagram.com/axandapple "this chick has some cool doodles" - Caitlin

http://instagram.com/axandapple "this chick has some cool doodles" - Caitlin

"I want the marketing materials to have a very clean feel, with a slight funky, bohemian flare..

I would like the font to look somewhat handwritten and organic.

I like the idea of incorporating something in nature for the image... an animal, flower, fern, mountain, tree, etc.... butttt unfortunately I don't think that is super relevant. Since the art will be so wide-ranging, a specific art tool might not work either. I think a great thing to include could be a globe, with some sort of design around it... something that looks almost mandala-like, but maybe the design isn't a typical mandala and instead has other little designs like mountains, people holding hands, little art tidbits... What do you think?"