Free-lancing for Alexis Kirk

by Alden Cole on June 2, 2014 · 0 comments

Slow-Motion Memoir: An Illustrated History, installment #36

2MailersWPI first connected with Alexis Kirk (1936-2010), jewelry designer (who also attended RISD) in 1971. Wikipedia recently revealed to me that Alexis died 4 years ago; as well it provided fascinating information on a life that I touched so peripherally, never learning of his interesting history before we met, until now. Check it out:

M&WR2.2.72WPIf you had chanced to pick up a copy of the February 2, 1972 issue of Millenary and Wig Research, a weekly rag devoted to accessories, you might have seen the illustration at left. The drawings were picked up from a mailing piece I had done for Alexis in early ’72. Between ’71 & ’73 I created several b&w illustrations of his unique costume jewelry, usually reproduced as mailing pieces sent out to buyers throughout the country (as in the examples at the top). At the time, it was still an illustrator’s market; photography was a much more rarely used medium in both fashion and product advertising than it has become. The use of the illustrations, originally created for an Alexis Kirk mailing piece, ultimately led to doing free-lance work for Millenary and Wig Research later that spring.

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