Type and Design at the Golden Belt Artist Studios

As part of Durham’s monthly Third Friday event, I stopped by to check out the open studio event at the Golden Belt artist studios. Once a textile factory that produced fabric pouches for Bull Durham tobacco, Building 3 of the Golden Belt Campus is a dynamic creative site with over 35 artists who work in their individual artist spaces.

During the Third Friday event, most of the artists were present and had their studios open. Navigating around the spaces is a unique experience itself. The artist studios wrap around a central gallery space, and red signage guides you in the space as well as around the larger Golden Belt Campus.

There was a variety of work that used type and used design that included Hello Tenfold design and the artwork of artists Anna Norman, Chieko Murasugi, Heather Gorden, and Dan Wilson.













Anna Normans

Chieko Murasugi

Heather Gordon

Ellie Snow – Hello Tenfold

Dan Wilson


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 About the Author

Kristen Baumlier is an artist and designer and is currently developing a interactive project called Food Font. Baumlier’s work was a finalist in the Where Do You Give? design contest, and a prototype of her interactive game design has been exhibiting across the U.S. since 2012. Baumlier taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art for over 12 years in the areas of interactive design and integrated media, and recently moved to the Triangle area.


By Kristen Baumlier
Published November 14, 2013