Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Cat House On The Kings: kitty sanctuary from heaven

Absolute kitty-cat heaven exists!

And it’s called “The Cat House On The Kings” , located in Parlier, California, the  amazing Cat House On The Kings is a no-kill, and (more amazingly) no cage, fully free-roam cat rescue, shelter, sanctuary, and adoption facility.

Think that it sounds incredible? Check out this lovely short video below about the place and its owner Lynea Lattanzio made by Jack Perez. Since 1997, twelve acres of beautiful indoor and outdoor space has housed over 18,000 cats and over 5,00o dogs while helping to find as many of them forever homes as possible. For animals that cannot be placed, The Cat House On The Kings will become their permanent homes.

The Cat House On The Kings on donations of money and supplies, sponsors, and volunteers, and they are always looking for new ways to help raise the funds needed to keep this special and successful animal shelter, in the truest sense of the word, going strong. Spread the word!

To learn more about The Cat House On The Kings and to make a donation or contribution visit them here.

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New poster released: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Hand screenprinted, 3-color poster for The Pains Of Being Pure At Hearts show in Wallingford, CT.

Hand screenprinted, 3-color poster for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's show in Wallingford, CT.

So sweet they could wilt a flower. And on tour now, so check them out.

New poster out today! This is my all hand screenprinted, 3-color poster for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart‘s show on April Friday 24, 2009 with Stephen Brodsky and The Inclined Plane at The Wallingford American Legion, Wallingford, CT.

This poster is a 3-color fella with warm orange, bright red and black inks. Edition of just 88 with 25 going to the venue & the band. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight. Now freshly available on my website here. As always, there are a few process photos in my Flickr account here for you.

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New art print released: Spring 2009, happy Arbor Day!

Spring 2009, hand screenprinted, 2-color limited edition art print

Spring 2009, hand screenprinted, 2-color limited edition art print

Ahhhhhh Spring. It’s here! And just in time for Arbor Day (US observed).

Arbor Day was one of my favorite elementary school days. I swear we went outside in the fresh spring air in the morning, watched a new tree planting and dedication, had some cupcakes back inside the school room and then (!) Smokey The Bear would come visit and talk to us in the afternoons. Maybe I’m mashing a few special school days all into one, but I don’t care. That’s how I remember Arbor Day. So, I wanted to release this new limited edition art print on Arbor Day!

From a few designs I was playing with a few weeks ago, (see my previous blog post here and more designs here on my Flickr page here) I chose this one to be my Spring 2009 art print. I just love the simplicity and the surprising way that magenta and this tender, light green interact and work together.

This is the second print in a series of seasonal, limited edition prints that I’ll be releasing. Ready? Here’s the mind-blowing part – there will be 4 prints per year. Crazy! I know!

This springy dance is a 2-color, hand printed screenprint, with bright new green and transparent magenta inks. Magenta overprints green in parts to make a ruby red. Edition of only 50. Size: 16.5w x 22h inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100lb White, cover weight. Now available for sale on my website here.  There are a few process photos that I took while printing this on my Flickr page here as well.

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Arts & Crap Fair @ Univ. Of Pittsburgh

Yeah, that’s right. You heard me!

Schenley Quad on Pitts campus, home of the Art & Crap Fair.

Schenley Quad on Pitt's campus, home of the Arts & Crap Fair.

Big ol’ 1-dayer craft fair on Friday, April 17th on The University of Pittsburgh’s campus (my alma mater) called the Arts & Crap Fair. The Fair is in it’s 3rd year and promises to be the biggest one yet.

There will be a great mix of vendors from students to small local businesses selling things from crafts , vintage clothes, baked yummies like cupcakes and vegan rolls to handmade art work. I’ll be there with art prints, posters, tshirts, test prints and more, so stop by on your way to the Pitt bookstore, lunch, or the Student Union to check it all out and say hello! You didn’t really want to be studying anyway, right?

Rumor has it, WPTS will be kicking out the jams too. The Arts & Crap Fair is sponsored by The Original, a free arts & culture magazine fresh out of Pittsburgh since 2006.

The details: The Arts & Crap Fair will be in the Schenley Quad from 12pm – 5pm Friday, April 17, 2009

Be there or be square!

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Doodle Time: Ginko edition

Sketch of upright green & yellow Ginko leaves and some unnaturally colored berries.

Sketch of upright green & yellow Ginko leaves and some unnaturally colored berries.

I’ve been obsessed with the shapes of Ginko leaves for about as long as I can remember, having grown up around them. The tree species was one of a great handful introduced to the United States via my hometown of Philadelphia by avid botanist and horticulturist named William Hamilton in 1784. Other than the admittedly terrible smell of the berries dropped by the female trees, they are simply incredible and beautiful.

Falling Ginko leaves and berries gathering on the ground.

Falling Ginko leaves and berries gathering on the ground.

Last week I started sketching and doodling with some variations on Ginko leaves, berries and textures. Here are a few of those doodles, designs, sketches, what have you, and I also put them all up on both my Flickr account and over in my Spoonflower portfolio as well. Feel free to comment and let me know which you like best, or, conversely, if you think they stink like a Ginko berry.

The further I went, the more it not only felt nice to be sketching, but it felt as though I was working on a textile pattern, perhaps bedding. Which, is extra nice. Sleeping is nice, and I’ve always been very interested in textiles, fabric, bed inens and their design. Odd, maybe. But true nonetheless. Still, it’s clear that I need to learn a good deal more about how to make repeating patterns. Even so, I figured sharing the designs might be fun.

Sort of a free-for-all in color, texture, and overprinty-ness.

Sort of a free-for-all in color, texture, and overprinty-ness.

The Ginko is an incredibily ancient species, with fossils dating back to the Permian period, some 270 million years ago. Amazingly, the Ginko’s loveliness  almost died out, only to persist in such small numbers that the species is listed as a living fossil. There is something very comforting and assuring to me about the lovely fact that something so beautiful could last for so long and throughout so many massive changes.

Yes, I am corny like that.

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New poster released: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin! (yay!)

Hand screenprinted poster for the neato Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Hand screenprinted spring tour poster for the neato Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Good grief, we loved Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin‘s music before they ever played Pittsburgh. And now, we like ’em even more. Smart sweethearts, every one of ’em. They might be the best band that not enough people have heard. For realsies, so go listen. Don’t fret, they will be out on tour again soon.

This hand screenprinted and emotional poster is my 2-color fella with sad blue and black inks. Edition of 150, with 100 copies going to the band. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight. Available at my website here, and soon, at the SSLYBY’s Super Store, once they’re home from tour and it’s back up & running. And, as per my usual dweebyness, here are some process photos I took while printing their poster at AIR here for you on my Flickr page.

And here’s a photo of 2 SSLYBYs and 2 Drew Danburrys in the King’s Monroeville parking lot on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Horsing around.

Horsing around.

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Fresh Del The Funky Homosapien & Sigur Ros coolness

Two cool and fresh things musically that you should be aware of this week:

Sigur Ros, performing in the small Parisian restuarant, la Closerie des Lilas

Sigur Ros, performing in the small Parisian restuarant, la Closerie des Lilas

1. The hauntingly excellent Sigur Ros‘ appearance on the Paris-based fantastic music + performance blog La Blogotheque‘s super dupes Les Concerts A Emporter, aka in English Takeaway Shows. If you are not familiar with the Takeaway Shows, well, here is your chance to get cozy with one of the most fun, creative and intimate things going on with current music. Filmmaker Vincent Moon shoots bands performing acoustically in an ever-changing array of impromptu and unexpected places from small Parisian alleys (Of Montreal vs Axe Riverboy), to hotel rooms (Tom Jones), to an abandoned turn-of-the-century exhibition hall (The Fleet Foxes) and in this case Sigur Ros sitting in booths and playing at the very small, very old, and exceptionally traditional Paris restaurant la Closerie des Lilas. Check out Sigur Ros’ Takeaway Show here.

Del The Funky Homosapiens stimulus package, Funk Man

Del The Funky Homosapien's stimulus package, Funk Man

2. Hell yes! Del The Funky Homosapien is making his new bag of tricks, Funk Man available for a free download. I’m listening to it now, and it is awesome. Click download, enter your email address and zippy little link for you to get your own free copy of funky stimulus is yours. Thanks Del! Get your Funk Man on here.

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New poster released: The Fillmore presents Brett Dennen w/ Angus & Julia Stone!

And it’s my first Fillmore poster!

Poster for Brett Dennens 2 shows in San Franciscos legendary Fillmore Theater.

Poster for Brett Dennen's 2 shows in San Francisco's legendary Fillmore Auditorium.

Yes! THAT Fillmore. Indeed. And Mr. Brett Dennen and the siblings Angus & Julia Stone played there for a very special 2-night, back to back engagement on Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, 2009 at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

Happy happy little fellow freed himself from the bonds that held him.

The Fillmore is where it all started for rock poster art. Since 1966, Bill Graham and The Fillmore have been commissioning posters from artists all over the world to hand out at shows as a thank you for fans. Within that tradition grew the seeds of the modern rock poster movement. As you can imagine then, I’m so excited and honored to be working with the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, and this was a fun poster to work on as my inauguration into that incredibly rich history of rock posters.

Being that this is a tradition Fillmore poster, it is an offset print, NOT screenprinted, and printed by The Fillmore for this show. It’s a 4-color, desgin with an edition of 1,000. Of that 1,000 given to the fans at the show and to the bands’ members, I have just 50 posters. Size: 13w x 19h inches. Paper: thick and heavy white stock.

For more infomation or to purchase a poster, please visit my website here.

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Huge letterpress wood type collection for sale

I adore, love, and go weak at the knees for letterpress prints. It’s just a lovely printmaking process and produces gorgeous results. This massive set of wood type for sale caught my eye. This is an outstanding collection of antique and modern letterpress wood type, and to the best of my knowledge, still available. The below is copied and reposted from Steven Heller’s blog The Daily Heller.

Malcolm Dean spent many years assembling his incredible wood type collection, and it’s still a work in progress–or it can be, for some appreciative soul or institution.  “What I learned is that a collection, like any work of art, is alive, and grows and changes according to the attention you give it,” he says. “If I had the time, I’d cull some sections of the collection, and build others up, especially the strong simple faces I like best–the antiques, the gothics, the early Page fonts, and especially those of Vanderburgh & Wells. I’d gradually move the collection toward the goal I once had in mind: a thousand fonts that represent the designs I most love.” But he no longer has the time. Now, he’d like to find a good home for the collection with someone “who will appreciate it, and care for it, and carry it forward.”

He is looking for a buyer.

The collection as it stands now is about one third historic and fancy fonts, one third modern 20th century fonts, and one third gothics. It fills eleven cabinets, including three large Hamilton wood type cabinets, seven regular Hamilton cabinets, and one roll-top cabinet. Also included are two smaller collections, one of borders, catchwords, and ornaments, and one of sorts, as well as several wood type catalogs and books and a 36-inch wood type composing stick from the old print shop at St. Meinrad’s Abbey Press.

To obtain a PDF prospectus offering of his massive and impressive holdings contact Mr. Dean at malcolmdean@mac.com

Some friends  and cool places whose contemporary letterpress work & contributions that we adore here at strawberryluna:

Dirk Fowler

Anne Benjamin

Hatch Show Print

Hamilton Wood Type Printing Museum

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New poster released: A.C. Newman & The Broken West!

Hand screenprinted 4-color poster for A.C. Newman & The Broken Wests show  in Pittsburgh. PA.

Hand screenprinted 4-color poster for A.C. Newman & The Broken West's show in Pittsburgh. PA.

Yeps! It was a great show, and sold out, did you go? The show was in the film theater of the Andy Warhol Museum, there was room for maybe about 150 people, so maybe you did and maybe you didn’t.  If you’re the latter, too bad. it was an awesome show, replete with jokes about dickery and private dressing rooms in one’s mind.

The above is my poster for the show, proudly a part of the A.C. Newman spring tour 2009 poster series for their show with The Broken West (they were lovely) on Saturday March 28th 2009 at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Getting to do a hand screenprinted poster for any show at the Warhol Museum is a thrill in an “extension of a legacy” sort of way. If you feel me.

Come closer, that’s it, just a step more…let me take your photo…

This swirling hypnotic psychedelia is my 4-color, all hand screenprinted poster with black, magenta & cyan inks. Overprint magic makes a pretty luscious violet. Edition of 150 Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

This poster was available on tour with the bands at the show and is now also available from my website here. And, if you enjoy geeking out as I do, there are some process photos of this poster on my Flickr page of this poster being printed.

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