Monthly Archives: November 2009

WYEP’s Holiday Shoppe this Sunday

 

Pittsburgh’s independent music station WYEP FM is hosting a great little independent holiday shopping experience hosted at their Community Broadacast Center and featuring the work of local handmade artisans:

Barker’s Herbs & Heirlooms (Steampunk, altered art, vintage image, & upcycled items.)
By Suz (Accessories including handbags, wraps, scarves, and hats.)
Carol H Designs (Personally designed & hand-made jewlery featuring sterling silver & Swarovski crystal beads.)
Charmed By Nature (Handcrafted jewelry with a sense of humor.)
Extra Impressions (Custom gift wrapping featuring handmade, decorative, imported, and recycled papers.)
JOPA (Handcrafted, imported, recycled.)
Lenny Pang Designs (Handmade, one-of-a-kind notecards, itty-bitty books, wisdom magnets and Fancy Shmancy bookmarks.)
On the Rocks Designs (Original, handcrafted jewelry.)
Robyn’s Nest Pottery (Handmade pottery.)
Silent Lotus (Specializing in jewelry and art inspired by the designs of nature and the beauty of simplicity.)
Spooky Kelly (Reconstructed tees, original handmade clothing, patches, bags, and other accessories.)
Strawberry Luna (Hand screenprinted art prints and gig posters.)
Whimsical Wonders (One of a kind windchimes and jewelry made from silverware.)
Wren & Rita (Handmade bags and accessories, and pouches using recycled sweaters.)

And more! (Part of all profits go to support WYEP.)

And, no holiday shoppe is complete without baked goods – good thing The Goodie Truck will be parked in front of the station, selling their delicious desserts!

There is no admission fee, stop by and get a start on your holiday shopping at WYEP this November 29.

The details:

Holiday Shoppe at WYEP
November 29, 2009
10am-2pm
The WYEP Community Broadcast Center

WYEP Community Broadcast Studio is located on Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood at 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

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Book Light for Book nerds

Super cool hanging Book Light by Studio MS. (Click for more info.)

Ooooh neato. I love these very cool and yes, clever Book Lights designed by UK design outfit Studio MS. Am I a nerd? Yes, for design and for bookish things, so naturally these lovely lights are right up my alley.

Neat desk or end table Book Light by Studio MS. (click for more info.)

Constructed of leather (just like an old classic hard-bound classic), paper, PVC and cotton, these lights are really appealing and give off a very warm and soft light. There is something very sweet about these lights that feels like curling up with tea and settling in for a good long read. I love it.

So pretty! Book Lights by Studio MS. (click for more info.)

Visit the UK-based Studio MS for ordering and more information. Happy reading!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did I post this same completely perfect and lovely Charles Schulz cel illustration last year for Thanksgiving? Yes. Suck it up, because it’s the best.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving in all of it’s meanings for you.

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New print released: Winter 2009

Hand screenprinted, 3-color art print 'Winter 2009', part of my seasons series and available now. Click for more info!

Yay for cold weather, hot cocoas, snow and bar branches! Yes, that’s right, I mean it. I am a true Northerner because I love Winter. And my newest print is a love letter to an under-rated season.

I just love that absolute quietness that falls with snow in a forest. We have Cardinals here in the winter, and their brilliant red always darts out from the winter pattern of color behind them like a signal, reinforcing the magic of a winter’s day.

Hey hey! So you looking at my Winter 2009 art print, a part of my new Seasons series. This is the fifth print in series of seasonal, limited edition prints that I’ll be releasing. Ready? Here’s the mind-blowing part = there will be 4 per year.

Winter 2009 is my 3-color, all hand screenprinted art print with icy blue, bark brown and scarlet red hand mixed and non-toxic water based inks. Edition of 119. Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: acid free & archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

As always, here are a few photos of the print in progress, and you can see more at my Flickr page here too.

3rd & final color ink, ready to go!

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Signed & Sold out Spoon poster up for grabs at Rock For Kids auction!

So, here is a cool thing that you might not know about. It’s called Rock For Kids, headquartered in Chicago, IL. They are a really wonderful organization that I work with by donating posters throughout the year, and they in turn have the bands sign them and put them up for fund-raising auctions to help fund their incredible year-round musical education programming. A little more about them from their website:

Rock For Kids is a non-profit organization that provides support, hope, inspiration and assistance to underserved children and teens. Realizing that music can be a positive motivator in a young person’s life, Rock For Kids provides free year-round music education for children in need. Rock For Kids positively impacts and celebrates young lives by offering access to safe and constructive learning experiences through which children may challenge themselves, build self-esteem and explore their own creative potential. Rock For Kids provides programs that cause children to feel encouraged, supported and valued. We believe that all children should have access to music education and be given the chance to explore their own creative potential in a safe environment. We feel no child’s future should be compromised academically, socially or emotionally simply because of economic disparity. Rock For Kids believes it is critical that all children experience kindness, security, compassion, personal success and individual creativity, as the smallest of these may inspire the course of a life.

OK! Hey now!  So, Rock For Kids is  having their 21st Annual Rock’n’Roll Auction on 12/4/09 in Chicago, IL at 7pm (VIP reception at 6pm) and there are tons of great items up for auction.

“Oh really, like what?” you may ask. Well, for starters this lovely signed-by-the-band copy, totally sold out copy of my 3rd Spoon poster is up for auction at the Rock For Kids website to help raise funds for their awesome work.

If you are interested, please bid! If you know someone who is a fan and would dig this, please pass it on. Help kids and save music too.

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Design For Obama, featuring my Vote! print

Design For Obama book, edited by Spike Lee & Aaron Perry-Zucker w/ an essay by Steven Heller. Click to purchase or for more information.

Hey! Remember the 2008 Presidential Election? The intensity, the rabble-rousing, the way that people were so directly affected to work for their chosen candidates? Well, color me included in that wave. Twice, if you will.

A poster that I designed and printed (my Vote! poster, below, or page 64 in your books!) to help get the word out about Barack Obama in the fall of 2008 was included in a fantastic new book called Design For Obama, published this November by the swell Taschen Books, edited & curated by Spike Lee & Aaron Perry-Zucker with an essay by design steward, Steven Heller.

2-color hand screenprinted poster, Vote! Click for more information or to purchase.

The book is culled from a collection of posters from around the world  that were submitted to and featured on the Design For Obama website before the election of the United States 44th President. Designers interested in the election and wanting to express their take on the entire Obama campaign’s story sent in an amazing series of work. When I became aware of the site, I sent in my own poster, which had already been printed, and in turn I was blown away by the work of hundreds of others who had also been feeling similarly. But don’t take my word for it, here are some of the editors words about their book:

Design/ers for Obama was created when Design Observer essentially asked the question, “how can graphic designers best support Barack Obama?” Our answer ended up extending the question to cover visual communicators at all levels. In addition to supporting Obama for America we jumped at the opportunity to bring the spirit of grassroots style organizing and collaboration to poster design which, to us, meant not only forming communal bonds but sharing the fruits of our efforts equally and in such a way that anyone can enjoy and benefit from (because most of us do not own our own printing presses).

Design for Obama was created by Aaron Perry-Zucker, a senior studying graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, and was built by Adam Meyer, a senior studying industrial design at said school. This website was inspired and is supported by Design Observer.

Design for Obama book key info for you:

If you are at all interested in design, art, the intersection of politics, propaganda and the previous, well…I don’t know what you are waiting for, this book is rad. I’m sure that it would make a great gift for the design and political wonks in your life too. Thanks very much to Spike Lee, Aaron Perry-Zucker & Steven Heller for including my poster in your kickass book. Cheers!

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New poster released: The Spinto Band tour poster!

Hand screenprinted, 4-color tour poster for The Spinto Band,. Click here for more information!

Hey hey! Brand new poster finally released and out there for you! It’s my fall 2009 tour poster for The Spinto Band, with Generationals & Pepi Ginsberg‘s Park The Van “Family Values” fall super tour.

Hooooraay! I love ’em. Bright, fun, hard workin’ and rad. 3 super sounds in one show poster.

This poster is my all hand screenprinted tour poster for some super bands (check them out and see if I’m lying.)

What you see here is a 4-color poster with magenta, sunny orange and black inks. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Edition of 145, though I have only 30 for sale and the rest were sold on tour with the band. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

Now available for purchase at my website HERE!

Here’s a couple photos of the print being built:

1st color down

2nd color, transparent magenta, lets the orange under layer show through and it makes a nice ruby red where they overlap.

And, some more good old fashioned hand printing process photos are here on my Flickr page too.

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