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Tori Raup at Alabaster

March 11, 2012
By BETHANY WIEGAND ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

For the month of March, Alabaster Coffee Roaster and Tea Co., 410 Pine St., will be showing local artist, Tori Raup's artwork.

After a fateful meeting with a friend at the coffee shop, owner Karl Fisher saw Raup's portfolio and decided to feature her work for the month.

"I was in there showing a friend my portfolio and Karl saw it and asked me if I would want to be featured there," Raup said.

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Raup's work is a reflection of her graphic design background; she went to Edinboro University and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in art history.

The work featured at Alabaster is a mix of some of her school projects and personal projects, as well. And although Raup works in other mediums, her true love in art is graphic design.

"The work features a lot of color and the use of playful words. I love working with color and I'm very passionate about letter form design," Raup said. "I like my work to have character and this does. It's outgoing and fun."

A resident of Turbotville, Raup also works as a graphic designer at Affiniton in Williamsport.

"I love how my job has been a creative outlet for me as well. I enjoy working in a team environment," she said.

Raup also has an ultimate goal of going back to school to receive her masters in graphic design. "I'd love to teach graphic design; I love sharing things that I'm very passionate about," she said.

Raup's creative process mixes the use of computers and pencil. "I like going back and forth between the computer and pencil. I almost always start with pencil and go from there. With letter form, I try to streamline the letters to make them look cleaner and fit together better," she said.

She also researches extensively, looking through old textbooks sometimes. "I might look through an art history textbook, or research on the Internet. I do that to get my brain in a creative mode," she said.

Raup finds inspiration in other graphic designers that she admires.

One of her inspirations, Hannah Hoch, one of the first female graphic designers, inspired her piece, "Theatre" that is included among her work that is hanging at Alabaster.

Another one of Raup's inspirations, Saul Bass, has had a major impact on her work, as well.

"I became interested in him after someone compared my work to his. He once said, 'I want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares,' and I've held on to that quote as inspiration."

Bass is a graphic designer and worked on movie intros and classic horror films such as "Psycho."

"I'm very greatful to Alabaster for this opportunity," Raup said. "I'm also excited to be a part of the Williamsport art scene, as well. There are a lot of awesome things going on and I'm glad to be here for it."

Raup's work will be at the Alabaster Coffee Roaster and Tea Co. for the month of March.



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