Strawberryluna

Renegade Holiday Craft Fair in Chicago!

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Ok, first off? We’re super stoked to be heading back to Chicago to participate in one of our favorite shows, the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale this coming weekend. And secondly? Hello? How adorable and rad is the illustration by Kate Sutton for the sale this year? I just love it, totally wintery and cozy all at once.

Anyhoo! We really are just thrilled Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in Chicago again this year. We’ll be there vending with tons of new things and taking in the amazing talent of over 150 artists & crafters. So come on in out of the cold and say hello!

For more info, check the Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Holiday Sale <— page here. With over 150 of today’s finest indie-craft talents setting up shop,  holiday shoppers are sure to find something for everyone at this FREE TO ATTEND craft, art, design + DIY spectacular!

And below are a couple of maps for you too. We’ll be vending from booth #96 in Gym #1 (naturally!), rocking right next to our super-friend Beth from RagTrader Vintage.

So please come and introduce yourself and share the holiday cheer, shop handmade and have a blast while being surrounded by fun, food, and creativity :)

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The Major Details:

When: December 4 + 5, 2010, from 11am – 7pm

Where: At the beautiful Pulaski Park Fieldhouse at 1419 W. Blackhawk, in Wicker Park.

Cost: Totally FREE!

What: Over 150 indie crafters & artists, all showing and selling their handmade work. PLUS DJs to keep your booty shaking, and amazing food + treats from local favorite restaurants including Flying SaucerMANA Food BarTipsyCake and Treat Restaurant! If you’re seeking Wintertime libations, our bar will be selling beer, wine and warm mulled-wine! And de sure to commemorate your trip to the Fair by getting your photo-snapped in the free-to-use photobooth provided by Magnolia Photobooth Co.!

Don’t forget to visit our special Renegade ornament-making workshop or our Welcome Station, where we’ll feature a free-to-enter raffle (prizes furnished by Chronicle BooksPaper Source +Uppercase), free issues of TimeOut Chicago + an extra-special Renegade Holiday photo-op!

We hope you’ll join us by hopping on the free-to-ride Renegade Holiday Trolley (click for more details) or by taking public transportation to the Fair! If driving, you’ll need to find street-parking in the surrounding neighborhoods as the venue does not have a lot of their own. Please see our FAQ for details, directions + lots more info!

See you there!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did I post this same completely perfect and lovely Charles Schulz cel illustration for the last two years for Thanksgiving? Yes. Why? Because it’s the best silly.

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

 

“Good Old Dog”: Helping Your ‘Good Old Dog’ Navigate Aging, Dr. Nicholas Dodman on Fresh Air

Click to read or listen to the interview at NPR's Fresh Air.

Driving and doing a post office run yesterday, (with our pup Sprite! in the car, of course) I heard this fantastic interview with Veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman on NPR‘s awesome Fresh Air.

Dr. Dodman is the head of the Animal Behavior department at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine who was being interviewed about his work and his newly published collaborative book: Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Healthy, Happy and Comfortable.

If you know us? You know that we’re dog people to the max. Seriously. All of our dogs (a good 7 and counting) have been rescues as strays or from local shelters and it was really great to hear Dr. Dodman be such a vocal proponent of adopting not only shelter dogs, but older dogs who are so desperately in need of a new chance and a new home and the love they deserve.

The interview with Dr. Dodman, and the book both cover the adult lifespan of human’s best friends, from our 4-legged BFFs from diet and exercise to behavior and table scraps. Basically, everything we humans love and think about for our beloved furry loves. If you love pups like we do, and have all the way to their last days with us, then I can’t say enough about this interview, and the book (which is of course, now on my Wishlist!) Especially the considerable attention paid to doggie Alzheimer’s, which as many of you who read our blog regularly, our dog Jettson suffered from until we had to make the hard decision to let him go last September 2009. Above all, Dr. Dodman’s love of dogs and committment to their security, health and happiness through all stages of their lives with us is so evident that it’s the tops.

Check out the interview on Fresh Air at this link here, and to read more about the book click here.

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New poster released: The National, in Copenhagen Denmark

New 3 color, all hand silkscreened poster for The National, in Copenhagen Denmark. (Click for more info or to purchase.)

I wish that I could make that super awesome jazzy “heist” drums sound effect music to go with this poster, you know the one right? Ahhh well!

We loooove The National and are so excited to be working with them again on a 3rd poster. This poster is a part of the official European Tour Poster series for The National, arranged by The Richard Goodall Gallery in the UK.

Designed and hand screenprinted for our pals, the super duper band The National’s show with Phosphorescent on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

This poster is my all hand screenprinted show poster for The National, with scarlet-red, sparkling metallic silver, and midnight black hand-mixed acrylic silkscreen inks. Edition: 150. 60 copies were sold on tour with the band, 15 copies will be available through the Goodall Gallery in Manchester in Britain and the remaining copies will be available here. All are signed & numbered (by me, strawberryluna) so I will have a limited few available for sale. Size: 16×22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This poster was sold at the show in Copenhagen and I have just a portion of the run available for sale here, so they will go quick! Now available for purchase here at my website, or in my Etsy shop here.

Process photos are forthcoming & will be added soon :) Cheers!

Marimekko Love: Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Show

 

Click to watch the marimekko Spring/Summer collection for 2011.

 

Being a pattern, design and not-so-secret textile nerd it’s no small wonder that I have a special place in my heart for the Finnish powerhouse of design, Marimekko.

For close to 60 years this design house has been busy playing and creating some of the most stunningly beautiful, bold and lovely prints and designs. I can spot a Marimekko piece a mile away be is a pillowcase, a wall hanging or a dish, just ask Craig. It’s almost as uncanny as my ability to see groundhogs on the side of a highway at 85mph.

Recently I came across this video of Marimekko’s Spring/ Summer 2011 collection was breath taken. The nontraditional set up of the runway in an X  against a wall of hundreds of green plants and a floor adorned with thousands of live flowers, allowing the models to turn and criss-cross rather than simply do the usual runway thing. I can only imagine how wonderful that runway & transformed warehouse smelled.

You might think that such a riot of color could be seen as distracting, and a lesser design house would probably stay with more muted & neutral backgrounds to show off their work, but the genius of Marimekko lies in their designers’ ability to understand and see the harmony of pattern, color, texture, and light in vibrant & expressive combinations. It’s an exaltation of nature as well as hard work. And, with a lovely spot of music by Matti Pentikäinen.

I love you Marimekko!

 

Click to watch the marimekko Spring/Summer collection for 2011.