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double negative image 11-2 original images

I spent an evening scanning stacks of 2 1/4 negatives of family photos when I accidentally placed 2 negs on the flatbed scanner at the same time — and this etherial image appeared (shown at top). A family camping trip took on new dimension alluding to a hidden storyline — and it was simply light moving through 2 pieces of film. Old school. Without Photoshop. How cool is that?


stamp it


You know those never-ending draft approvals, sometimes stretching over months? We wanted to make the drafts more enjoyable, so we brainstormed ways to make the approval process more playful. We landed on these kitschy phrases and thought a stamp would be a good way to add or replace comments–“crazy good” for approved, and “could be worse” for edits. There’s always something satisfying and fun about stamping.


designing drama

Amy Kirkpatrick-MNOpera Brocure

Bassman inspiration_Michal Daniel MN Opera photo

Michal Daniel photo_Steve Kemmerling retouching_Amy Kirkpatrick art direction

The season brochures for Minnesota Opera have always been one of my favorite projects. I aim to capture the over-the-top emotion and drama.

This year, my inspiration started with Lillian Bassman, an amazing fashion photographer from the 1940s through the 1960s. In the darkroom she used tissues and gauzes to blur areas of a picture and applied bleach to manipulate tone.

The authentic emotions of the performance were beautifully captured by Michal Daniel for Minnesota Opera. I partnered with Steve Kemmerling who artfully retouched Michal’s photography to apply Bassman’s painterly feel. Glen Porter at Bolger Printing ensured the precision color on press. The team effort was extraordinary.

The Opera has recieved a great response to the season images, and I can’t wait to see them bigger than life at bus stops across the Twin Cities during the year.


tokyo type


We are excited to have the Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition in our own backyard! For the first time, their world tour includes a stop in the United States. They are presenting 150 of the most outstanding typography and design pieces from the 2014 competition at Concordia Art Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The show runs through October 31 and is free and open to the public. It’s worth multiple visits.



rotating bowl


circurious_rotating S2BHbowlkirkpatrick-christ-360bowl-processWe were curious about creating animation from still photography and this S2BH bowl, with it’s dramatic shadows, made a great subject. Equipped with a rotating stool, tape measure, white paper, camera, and four hands we turned and snapped 23 photos. After a little finessing in Photoshop we created this animated GIF to be incorporated into a future interactive project.