CONTACT

Kestrel Communications
19545 NE Norrland Lane
Poulsbo, Washington 98370
kestrelcommunications@gmail.com

Douglas Cramer, Director
(360) 900-8705

Rebecca Cramer, Business & Creative Director
(360) 900-9300
 

The Cost of Working for Free

March 16, 2017 - Rebecca Cramer

A fellow artist once chided me for working for free as a makeup artist and production designer, believing that it devalued my work as an artist. In my mind, I believed it a good way to gain exposure as a new artist, network with others in the industry, and get practical experience. However, it is a slippery slope. It is far too easy to be taken for granted and fall into a place where one's work loses value because it was produced for free. I don't have the answers, on this topic. But it is good to read another's exposure of the issue. Jessica Hefland explores this in her article Why Are Designers Still Expected To Work For Free? in reference to Doubleday's recent announcement of an open competition for the design of the cover of Dan Brown's upcoming book. Undoubtedly this will stir up the hankering to submit for gratis. But should it? 

Cover Girl!

January 10, 2017 - Rebecca Cramer

As a big fan of the Fox hit-series Sleepy Hollow, I was ecstatic to get the chance to chat it up with Lyndie Greenwood for the January issue of Jute Fashion Magazine.

Jute was founded by fashion photographer Lynzi Judish and hair and makeup artist Kadie Murphy in 2013.  The first issue of Jute launched in September of 2013 and has been constantly growing ever since. Jute magazine celebrates the individual fashionista. It’s about fashion at all levels and finding your own style by mixing and matching. We love everything from Gucci to Guess to Goodwill. It’s not about where the clothes come from, it’s how you wear them.

Lyndie Greenwood Jute Cover

 

Deep Roots in Native Youth

December 7, 2016 - Rebecca Cramer 

My second written article in Jute Magazine! I love seeing where Jute is going, and am so utterly grateful to Lynzi Judish for including me in the blossoming of her work-of-love.

Liverpool, has always been a ship-building town, and when the industry died post-Beatles, in the mid-1980s, what was left was one of the most economically depressed areas of England. Ash Kumar’s introduction into the world of UK fashion began early with his grandmother; who, in order to help support her family, brought then drab Liverpool, a kaleidoscope of textures and fabrics in her clothing shop. Regarded as a “gifted saleswoman with a knack for bringing her customers in for the latest styles,” she surrounded herself and a young Ash, with beautiful fabrics and colors. Though Ash was born and raised in Manchester, some of his fondest memories are of the time spent with his “Gran” at her shop. Ash later found himself dreaming of fashion in college.

Information Design and Strategy

October 22, 2016 - Douglas Cramer

Since graduating from Rutgers University in 1990 with a degree in English, and a lot of classes in what was then an innovative program in "Communications", I have worked in many publishing environments and observed first-hand the arrival and adoption of the Internet as our primary means of presenting ourselves, our ideas, our institutions, and our businesses to the public.

Northwestern IDS Program

 

What is Kestrel Communications?

Kestrel Communications offers effective and elegant communications solutions that can be quickly put into practice. We excel at planning and completing projects in support of well-conceived campaigns that help organizations expand and grow, integrating today's best tools and practices for building responsive websites and social media platforms. Our core services include: Writing and Editing; Website Design; Social Media Design; Print Design; Production Design; Training; Strategic Planning; and Market Research and Analysis. Kestrel is led by Douglas and Rebecca Cramer, and its foundation is the collaboration uniting their wealth of complimentary abilities and experience.

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