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25 Tenns

25 Tenns – No. 22

25Tenns-Noir-PHOTO3-LOWJune 17, 2014

“What on earth are you doing in a place like this?”

Williams sets the play in the French Quarter of New Orleans with a cast of minorities and blue-collar immigrants. Blanche is horrified to see her sister — who has fallen from an ivory pillar — living in Poe-like conditions among ‘Negro women and Mexicans.’

I’ve had this concept in my head for a while now to show an element of the economic disparity between the two worlds in which the women live. Inspired by some street art I stumbled upon here in Denver, I designed the typographic poster in Photoshop with an image from my bathtub photo shoot with actress Chiara Motley, printed out a few copies, and wheat-pasted it onto the back of my house.

Thanks to my new friend Cary Wood for her motivation to keep me moving on my 25 Tenns. Three to go!

Model: Chiara Motley

Photos by Matthew Meier

25 Tenns – No. 21

September 1, 2013Streetcar21_©MatthewMeier2013

Vivien Leigh

Photo illustration: pen, pencil, ink, whiskey

After a fast-paced summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival that can only be described as “crazy-busy,” I came home to five Streetcar posters in my “to-do” list. They are the remaining five before I finish my 25Tenns Project. As a challenge, I sat down yesterday and decided — I will create No. 21 today. The deadline is 9pm. Go.

So with little-to-no prep, I created this illustration using mostly whiskey (Seagram’s 7 if you’re curious) and ink, with some pen and pencil involved as well.

Four to go!

25 Tenns – No. 20

March 7, 2013


Model: Rachel Fowler
Assistant: Jeffrey Paul
Photos by Matthew Meier

25 Tenns – No. 19

March 2, 2013


“When we first met, me and you, you thought I was common. How right you was, baby. I was common as dirt… I pulled you down off them columns and how you loved it, having them colored lights going!”

“But there are things that happen to a man and a woman in the dark—that sort of makes everything else seem—unimportant.”

Model: Rachel Fowler
Assistant: Jeffrey Paul
Photo by Matthew Meier

25 Tenns – No. 18

March 1, 2013




“What sign were you born under? […] Astrological sign. I bet you were born under Aries. Aries people are forceful and dynamic. They dote on noise! They love to bang things around.You must have had quite a lot of banging around in the army and now that you’re out, you make up for it by treating inanimate objects with such a fury.”

“Stanley was born just five minutes after Christmas.

“Capricorn—the Goat!”

“What sign were you born under?”

“Oh, my birthday is next month, the fifteenth of September, that’s under Virgo.”

“What’s Virgo?”

“Virgo is the Virgin.”

“Honey, you open the door while I look at the sky. I’m looking for Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, but these girls are not out tonight. Oh, yes, they are, there they are! God bless them! All in a bunch going home from their little bridge party.”

Making of 25 Tenns: No. 17

Making of 25 Tenns: No. 17 by Matthew Meier*

This artwork is part of a series of 25 posters designed for the same play, Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, over one year. For No. 17/25, I recorded my screen to document the creation process. What you’re seeing is about three hours worth of design time compressed into three and a half minutes. The music, released the same year as STREETCAR (1947), is “The Duel” by Dexter Gordon & Teddy Edwards.

What struck me about the final scene in STREETCAR, Act III, Scene 5, was the burst of color that enters the scene. Particularly since our main character is named Blanche. I see the color as what her world becomes after she breaks from reality and goes into her fantasy state.

*Graphic Designer:
Matthew Meier,
© 2013

25 Tenns – No. 17

No. 17 — February 17, 2013



What struck me about the final scene in STREETCAR, Act III, Scene 5, was the burst of color that enters the scene. Particularly since our main character is named Blanche. I see the color as what her world becomes after she breaks from reality and goes into her fantasy state.

I also recorded this poster’s creation process — check out the video here.

Act III, Scene 5

“And, Stella—that cool yellow silk—the boucle—see is it’s crushed. If it’s not too crushed I’ll wear it and on the lapel that silver and turquoise pin in the shape of a sea-horse. […] And, oh, Stella—try to locate that bunch of artificial—violets in that box, too, to pin with the sea-horse on the lapel of the jacket.”

“I’m green with envy.”

“Such a pretty blue jacket.”

“It’s lilac-colored.”

“One day out on the ocean I will die—with my hand in the hand of some nice-looking ship’s doctor, a very young one with a small blond mustache and a big silver watch. […] And I’ll be buried at sea sewn up in a clean white sack and dropped overboard at noon—in the blaze of summer—and into an ocean as blue as—the blue of my first lover’s eyes!”

Models: Cassandra Engber, Chiara Motley
Photos layered into this poster are from my personal photo archive and include images from New Orleans, Ohio, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ireland, Chicago, Paris, Spain and even one from an airplane.

25 Tenns – No. 16

No. 16 — February 6, 2013



“I loved someone, too, and the person I loved I lost. […] He was a boy, just a boy, when I was a very young girl. […]

“I hurt him the way you’d like to hurt me, but you can’t. I’m not young and vulnerable any more. But my young husband was, and I — never mind about that.”

Model: Cassandra Engber
Model & Assistant: David Sherman
Photo by Matthew Meier

Special thanks to Cassandra, David, Carol Finley and the Dayton Theatre Guild in Dayton, Ohio.

25 Tenns – No. 15

No. 15 — January 27, 2013

Streetcar15_©MatthewMeier2013“Soft people, soft people have got to shimmer and glow. They’ve got to put on soft colors, the colors of butterfly wings and put a paper lantern over the light. but it isn’t enough to be soft — you’ve got to be soft and attractive — and I’m fading now. I don’t know how much longer I can turn the trick.”

Model: Chiara Motley
Photo by Matthew Meier

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