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Aesthetic & other virtual musings from River City Northside Gal, Meena Khalili of Lot 15 Studio.

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// recent student work
course: typography II
20x30” posters

My students at Virginia State University Art & Design recently completed posters for the upcoming VMFA exhibit Posing Beauty in African American CultureSee the exhibit beginning April 26th and running through July 27th.

7 months ago

New piece!

This little sugar skull—3 x 3 inches to be exact—will be on sale with a slew of beautiful artworks at artspace gallery in Richmond for Think Small 7 beginning Friday, October 25th. It features a couple of words from my favorite of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Sonnet 14. 

This pen and ink illustration on screen printed paper rests on a handmade cherry wood panel and is finished with a protective varnish.

Show runs 10/25 - 12/22 at artspace gallery, Zero East 4th St, Richmond, VA 23224.

1 year ago - 1

Seven Hills Scooter Skull on Skull-A-Day!

So stoked and thankful that the kind people at the Skull-A-Day blog have featured my recent Vespa P200 artwork on their blog! This is THE blog for EVERYTHING skull-related. I’m humbled and honored! Thanks Noah and the gang!

1 year ago - 1
New work! 

Seven Hills Scooter Club of Richmond, VA holds a city rally every November called Indian Summer. The theme for this year’s rally is Day of the Dead. The powers that be in the 7HSC got the great idea to have custom artwork created for the Vespa P200 they’ll be raffling off to one lucky winner. This artwork is created with their chosen Dia de los Muertos theme in mind. Above you can see my process from start to finish. 

Medium: Vespa P200 metal glove box door, screen printed paper, gesso, FW brand acrylic inks, Micron pens, clearcoat spray (to seal and weatherproof artwork).

Who will be the lucky ride to take this baby (and its surrounding Vespa) home? Maybe it’ll be you! Come on out to the rally November 8 - 10th and try for a chance! More details here at the 7HSC site. And yes you read right: there will be a Day of the Dead scooter prom.

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1 year ago - 2

New work for the VCU Kinetic Imaging MFA Program!

I am calling these kinetic posters both for their namesake (the incredible Kinetic Imaging MFA Program at VCU) and for their fun, transformative nature.

These double-sided posters were printed on Finch Opaque 80# text by the FEARLESS Carter Printing in Richmond, VA and display a kinetic feature for this deserving client. These 20x30” posters fold down into a booklet and then pop back up into a poster with the flick of a wrist!

The design was inspired by movement, light and shadows, and the notion of a “synergetic creative process.” A stencil was made of the KI logotype, brought outside and photographed as the sun shone through it. Hand-drawn instructions and geometric shapes add a level of thought and creativity. Photos and stencil by Meena Khalili of Lot 15 Studio (unless otherwise noted).

See how the poster and booklet come to life here!

all work and imagery copyright meena khalili 2013. pretty cool, huh?

1 year ago

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods. Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.

The Way through the Woods
Rudyard Kipling


These cards were designed for a fellow scooterist and dear friend who is picking up his life and backpacking across the globe. 

Small and efficient for packing and handing out, these cards are both informative and fun: Each card bears an image on the back that is part of a much larger image. There are 8 large images in all and each image was taken by the traveler himself.

Frank Guertler’s Travels Without Pants blog can be found here. You can also follow his true life stories on Twitter: @TravelsNoPants as well as Facebook: /TravelsWithoutPants

His adventure begins September 18th.

1 year ago - 1


I was incredibly fortunate to work with Julie Wolfe this month (a wonderful, brand new client) on a delicate project. Julie was seeking a memorial card to commemorate the one year anniversary of her daughter’s birth/passing.

The abstract illustration on the front is a monotype and ink expression. The back of the card is a photographed texture with quotes and words picked by the family themselves. The project was printed in my studio on Reeves BFK cotton rag paper. 

This project was exceptional in many ways and I am forever thankful for having met Julie and having created this for her, her husband, and especially for Tate.

1 year ago - 3

Newest work from my students in Graphic Design II, a sophomore course at Virginia State University’s Art & Design program.

Pictured top: Snippets project. A 13-week project that was a typographic/image-driven response to anything overheard the week prior.

Pictured below: The Device Project. Students were asked to admit their greatest weakness and develop, make and wear a device that would protect them against it. Each poster shows the student wearing their device and details what their device does.

1 year ago - 1

VSU Graphic Design II students had a photoshoot with me today. Had to take a class photo and enjoy a moment for outtakes. 

1 year ago - 2

Select student works from today’s #pub_des Autobiographical Artist Books exhibition.

1 year ago - 5
Making stickers for our students that promote our faculty and staff members. Lots of love here at VSU A&D!

Making stickers for our students that promote our faculty and staff members. Lots of love here at VSU A&D!

Hipster Words.
On Behance: 

1 year ago