Richmond illustrator Eliza Childress entered our lives as a result of a contest we held to customize a label that paid tribute to one of our favorite custom labels, Boddie. Artistically, she hit it out of the park, into another park, and then out of that park.
Unfortunately, her ambitious composition was penalized for its beauty, missing the mark on Boddie’s budgetary, whatever-works aesthetic and ethos. Eliza took second runner up, making her the perfect contestant for WTNG: Solid Bronze.
As we’ve said before, WTNG pays homage to the radio station-generated talent searches of yesteryear. For inspiration, we sent Eliza a clump of our favorite facades, and she generated this colorful masterpiece, depicting the waterfront of our native Chicago. The back photo reveals the spot varnish (the glossiness engulfing the sillouetted skyline), which is also present in dashes on the cover. You’ll have to see it to believe it! This will go on-sale at select locations on April 21st as part of Record Store Day. The album contains small-pond celebrities from 11 North American markets.
But back to our homegirl, Numero completists will also recognize Eliza’s work from the digital sequel to Eccentric Beats and Breaks. There’s been talk of putting this on tape. Negotiations are currently at a standstill.
There is so much more insanity on her website, Psychedelic Voyage. Her rates are reasonable, and her output is clearly ridiculous. Bonus Track: A T-Shirt she designed for our buddies at Steady Sounds in Richmond (where fine Numero products are sold). Now this is how you design a T-shirt!
You rock Eliza! Keep up the good work!
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