Come join us for our 1st ever appearance at the Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market in the beautiful & lovely Mt. Lebanon business district. We are excited to be a part of the action this year, at Booth 206!
About the show: The Artists Market will take place on the streets of Academy Avenue + Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon on September 26th and 27th 2015 as the two-day fine-arts fair will once again make Mt. Lebanon a focal point of the Pittsburgh art world.
As a juried arts festival, The Artists’ Market will include 80 booths featuring professional quality, original art in a variety of media. This will include 2D work, jewelry, wood, sculpture, glass, ceramics, fiber, wearables, mixed media, leather, and metal. Touchstone, a nationally recognized craft center in the Laurel Highlands, will feature demonstrations of various art media. Additionally, there will be an impressive food and entertainment component that is sure to please audience and artists alike.
Here is the List of 2015 Participating Artists. This annual contemporary fine art and fine craft festival is FREE to attend and family friendly.
Details about The Artists’ Market are below:
We will have our Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters, Art Prints, Cardinal Seasons Prints, Lunchbags and more on hand, as well as new pieces. So come on out and enjoy the day with us!
Here’s something great that you might enjoy as much as we do. In 1968 Saul Bass, the already legendary designer, created & co-wrote the short experimental film Why Man Creates with screenwriter Mayo Simon. Simon, most well-known for writing Futureworld isn’t the only Hollywood credit on this short – the young George Lucas was enlisted as a 2nd unit director as well.
Why Man Creates (posted recently on Fast Company’s site) is a wonderful snapshot of the extraordinarily playful + intensely serious thinking about Design (with a capital D) and intellectual thought so much a core foundation of Mid-Century American culture. There is no pandering to the audience, there is just fast-moving play & rhetoric mixed into one dense, small chunk of time and space planted quite firmly in a New York / East Coast vibe. We love it!
Bass’ description of the creative process that guided his career:
“Where do ideas come from? From looking at one thing, and seeing another. From fooling around, from playing with possibilities, from speculating, from changing, pushing, pulling, transforming, and if you’re lucky, you come up with something worth saving, using, and building on. That’s where the game stops and the work begins.”
Sounds just about perfectly true. We hope that you enjoy!
(Read more about the truly amazing Saul Bass here on his AIGA Medal induction page and also here on Wikipedia.)
Hello new Country Living Fair Friends, we are on the way! This September marks our 1st ever appearance at the amazing Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH, and we can’t wait! We will have our Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters, Art Prints, Cardinal Seasons Prints, Lunchbags and more on hand, as well as new pieces in the big & airy Tent 3. So come on out and enjoy the day with us!
Country Living Fair is a great big show and sale of antiques, vintage, “Made in America” crafts, art, furniture, home decor, handcrafted clothing and jewelry and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and their guests, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market, and gather ideas and inspiration.
Presented by Country Living Magazine, the event offers visitors the opportunity to fully experience the “Country Living” lifestyle and meet the editors of Country Living Magazine in a charming 19th century village setting at Ohio Village in Columbus, OH.
(Photo by Kelly Stuart)
Please note that Country Living Fair is a ticketed event. Admission is available at the door each day or, you may pre-purchase early-bird, one-day, and/or three-day passes, starting at $13 here.
Vendors: See the list of vintage, handmade, and food sellers for 2015!
Additional features include Country Living’s kitchen and main stages with cooking demos and presentations by the editors and their guests, Plus book signings and crafting and how-to demonstrations throughout the fair every day, all day.
Want to know more? Check the details below and watch a video about the Fairs here!
- Who: Over 200 vendors of handmade items as well as vintage and antique finds as well.
- What: Expect to find 200+ booths stocked with handcrafted Made In America maker goods, antiques, vintage and upcycled wares.
- When: Friday September 18th – Sunday September 20th – Open 10 to 5 each day.
- Where: The Columbus Country Living Fair is held rain or shine in tents and outdoors in the quaint, historic Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center. Get directions to and learn more about the Ohio Village
This September we’re going a little show-crazy by doing 3 major back-to-back outdoor art fairs and the historic A Fair in the Park here in Pittsburgh marks not only the first in that series, but our 1st ever appearance at this storied show!
A Fair in the Park is held in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park. An estimated 20,000 dedicated visitors enjoy the opportunity to interact with over 100 regional and national artists working in a variety of mediums including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. This annual contemporary fine art and fine craft festival is FREE to attend and family friendly.
Back by popular request of our exhibitors and patrons, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the wide variety of dining options at this year’s Fair. These options will include food trucks with diverse specialties, as well as other independent local vendors. http://www.afairinthepark.org/2015-food/
This is a free and open to the public held rain or shine.
We will have our Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters, Art Prints, Cardinal Seasons Prints, Lunchbags and more on hand, as well as new pieces in booth 93 in the lower field, under the trees. So come on out and enjoy the day with us!
One day out of the blue our good friend Terrence McClusky sent a link to an incredible little blog post and video about Herman Miller designer Steve Frykholm and his iconic “Picnic Posters”, created for the company’s annual employee & family picnics.
As young designer in 1970 (and Herman Miller’s first in-house graphic designer) Frykholm was approached to try his hand at creating a poster to announce the annual picnic that year. What blossomed from a simple side-project utilizing old school techniques that he learned in the Peace Corps is honestly so wonderful.
“It’s a sequence of events, one color at a time. And then that last one goes on and it’s better than you imagined.” – Steve Frykholm
Be still my heart.
Washing out a screen in preparation for printing.
Click any of the images above or below to watch the beautifully done short video on Frykholm’s history, process and The Picnic Posters series.
Frykholm standing in front of the MoMA‘s collection of his Picnic Posters.
Frykholm watching over the printing & drying process. Photograph of one of the many Herman Miller employee & family annual picnics. I want to travel back in time to this place and day…
Hello Baltimore! We’re heading your way this weekend for our first ever appearance at the famed Artscape!
Our booth is E12, right at the corner of Lanvale & Mt. Royal (see map below) and we’re pretty excited to be a part of this storied and giant Arts event.
Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 400,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site. Artscape’s total economic impact on Baltimore City is $25.97 million.
- Dates: Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19
- Hours: Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-8pm
- Location: Artscape takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods of Baltimore, MD.
- Admission: FREE and open to the public! Artscape is held outdoors in tents, and inside the neighborhood’s premier exhibition spaces and performing arts venues. The event is handicapped accessible & family friendly.
Around these parts? Sometimes we have big announcements, and sometimes we have BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS.
This news counts as the latter. We have been hard at work for 4 months (and counting) on a dream project that’s really hard for us to believe even now is a reality. We are beyond honored, excited, thrilled and delighted to finally be able to share that we have been working with the iconic TODAY Show this year to create posters and identities for each and every one of the TODAY Show Toyota Summer Concert Series performances, broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza all throughout the entire summer. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the TODAY Show Summer Concert Series as well. And both of us being lifelong fans and viewers of The TODAY Show, it’s an amazing honor to be an official part of the show’s history.
Below are our posters for the first 8 of more than 20 musical artists who will play on The Plaza this year, with the designs that we created for The TODAY Show being given away to fans as posters, used as VIP pass art and t-shirts for VIPs on Rockefeller Plaza during the TODAY Show Toyota Summer Concert Series shows. We will be sharing each of the posters and designs that we created for each musical artist appearing in the Summer Concert Series throughout the rest of the summer both here an on our own Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts so you can follow us there, ask questions and learn more about this super fun project. And you can follow along with The TODAY Show’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts too for behind the scenes photos and videos as well.
To see the original TODAY Show Toyota Summer Concert Series video and full lineup thus far click here.
Posters for performances in NYC at the TODAY Show Toyota Summer Concert Series 2015 on The Rockefeller Center Plaza by:
Meghan Trainor, Pitbull (in Orlando), Charli XCX, and Fall Out Boy. Click the artists names links to see their live performances.
Posters for performances in NYC at the TODAY Show Toyota Summer Concert Series 2015 on The Rockefeller Center Plaza by:
James Taylor, Nate Ruess, Imagine Dragons and Culture Club. Click the artists names links to see their live performances.
We will be sharing more work for the TODAY Summer Concert Series, so stay tuned!
Hooray! It’s June in Pittsburgh and that means it’s Three Rivers Arts Festival time!
We will be vending in the 1st Session A this year, from Friday June 5th to Tuesday June 9th (only!) at Booth #28, on Gateway Plaza between the Wyndham Grand Hotel & Gateway Three. Come on dahntahn!
The Three Rivers Arts Festival is a 10 day celebration of Arts, Music, Performance and more that is always family friendly and totally FREE to attend. For the full schedule of events and musical performance line up as well as activities CLICK HERE
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public!
The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District.
For more about Three Rivers Arts Fest, here’s a great short video that captures the magic.
And! Here’s a handy map of the Gateway Plaza Artists’ Market, with our Booth #28 highlighted, click to enlarge & see all of the Artists Market Maps:
For the entire Three Rivers Arts Fest Artists Market Maps click HERE and to see the entire 10-day list of rotating artists click HERE.
See you there Pittsburgh!
Hooray! Summer is finally coming! After a very long and very cold Winter here in Pittsburgh, PA we were thrilled to have the chance to work on 2 warm weather illustrations for the Pittsburgh City Paper’s annual and invaluable Summer Guide. Above is the cover illustration and below is the pull-out section cover.
If you want to know what is going on in the 412 thiis Summer? Click any of the images here for the online Pittsburgh City Paper Summer Guide.
Popsicles UP. Winter hats DOWN yinz. We had a fun time working on these & we hope that you enjoy your Summer!
Hello fair Richmond, VA! We’re coming to visit you this weekend for the Richmond Craft Mafia’s lively and fun Spring Bada-Bing Craft Show at the lovely Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Spring, American crafts made by hand, American craft brewed beer…What’s not to love?
Sprig Bada-Bing features 45 amazing makers for ONE DAY ONLY. Yep! This Saturday, April 11th from 11am – 5pm will be your one big chance for this Spring to find great handmade art and craft pieces made by American makers, combined with delicious Hardywood beer selections too. It’s super fun and it’s the perfect antidote to a long, long winter.
We will be there with all of our Rock Posters, Alphabet Prints, Art Prints, Lunch Bags and more. So come on out and share the fun enjoy the day Richmond!
What: Richmond Craft Mafia’s Spring Bada-Bing Craft Show
Where: Hardywood Park Brewery, 2408-2410 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA, 23220
– See map
When: Saturday April 11, 2015 from 11am – 5pm
Why: Because American made handcrafted is best!
Below are just a few participating vendors, click the image or here for the full list.
We’re excited to announce a Domtar Blueline Blog Twitter Chat that we’d love for anyone out there to be a part of on Thursday, February 26 at 12:00pm (EST) to 1pm (EST) in partnership with @DomtarPaper‘s monthly #BluelineChat conversations! Make your lunch break count, jump in on the conversation about starting your own creative agency & studio.
So we invite you to join us on Twitter on Thursday, February 26 at 12:00 Eastern for the February Twitter #BluelineChat on the topic of starting your own agency! Drop by Twitter and your host will be Allison, answering questions about starting your own agency & studio. We will also be chatting with other established and up & coming independent entrepreneur creatives who will be joining in the Twitter Chat with @DomtarPaper for this February edition of their #BluelineChat. Got questions for strawberryluna, @DomtarPaper, or other creatives? Ask away! The bigger the conversation the more that we all learn and grow. Follow along by using the Twitter hashtag #BluelineChat
Domtar Paper produces the paper that we love best, Cougar. If you have seen, know or own any of our silkscreen art prints and rock posters on white paper (see below), it’s always on Cougar Smooth White 100lb Cover stock. It takes ink like a champ!
Blueline is a vast design community and paper resource by Domtar Paper. It’s a lot of things. It’s a place where you can learn about the wide variety of Domtar’s papers & applications and commitments to responsible forestry, find great promotions, see what other designers are making and which papers they are using, as well as submit your own work created with Domtar family paper. There’s a big gallery here, a cool selection of promotional paper booklets here, and a solid info & tips packed blog here.
New to Twitter chats? Be sure to read this post for helpful hints. See you there!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It’s been a crazy year for us, and we are so thankful for so many of our amazing friends and families.
This year we are hosting a big Friendsgiving dinning, and as always, Charles Schulz portrays this best.
We hope that you have a lovely time with family and friends eating just a wee bit too much and enjoying the warmth. And click the image above (or right here) to watch the Charles Schulz’s classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” ❤
From us to you, all the best & brightest!
Whoo hoo! We’ll be heading to the fellow Rust Belt gem Columbus this weekend for one day only, as vendors at the fun Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair for our 2nd participating year. Craftin’ Outlaws is Columbus Ohio’s best craft & arts show – and this is the Holiday edition!
We will be bringing our selections of Art Print, Greeting Cards, Rock Posters, Lunch Bags, Test Prints and more. The full list of Craftin’ Outlaws Vendors is here.
In addition to handmade goods by American Makers for sale you can embrace the spirit of DIY by participating in a few make and take stations. Participate in Raffles – All proceeds from games and raffles will go to benefit a local non-profit organization. Grab a cocktail or enjoy a beer while you shop and get into the Holiday spirit. A cash bar will be available in the lobby from 11am-5pm. And get your dance on with vinyl being spun by our in house DJ from Wholly Craft.
- What: Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair
- When: Saturday November 15, 2014 (only!) from 11am – 5pm.
- Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Downtown Columbus, in Ballrooms 1 & 2 & 3.
- Why: Because Handmade, by American Makers is the best for the Holidays.
Doors open at 11am – 5pm This show features FREE ADMISSION, so come on out and shop Handmade for the holidays! For more info, location and details click here.
Yay! We are heading to Allison’s hometown of Philadelphia this weekend for our first vendor participation in Art Star Craft Bazaar! The show features over 60 of the very best independent makers from Philadelphia and beyond have been chosen to set up shop and sell their wares.
The Fall Art Star Craft Bazaar is a retail art/craft show that is organized and juried by Philadelphia’s premier craft shop, Art Star Gallery & Boutique.
- ASCB takes place at the 23rd Street Armory on Saturday, November 8th + Sunday, November 9th, 11-7pm
- @ The 23rd Street Armory
22 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
$2 Admission from 12-6pm, each day
(Free to enter from 11am-12pm and 6pm-7pm, each day)
Shoppers can expect high quality handmade goods that reflect Art Star’s unique and quirky aesthetic. Erin Waxman + Megan Brewster of Art Star have hand selected a diverse collection of artists that create anything + everything, including housewares, paper goods, dolls, prints, ceramics, clothing, accessories, paintings/drawings, sculpture, and many other one-of-a-kind curiosities. The Art Star Craft Bazaar aims to offer something for everyone (women, men, kids, moms, babies, teens, etc) at a range of prices to accommodate all budgets.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out a variety of crafting techniques and take home something special that they made with their own two hands! A selection of local artists and art organizations / non-profits will be providing family friendly art/craft demonstrations and “Make + Takes”. ASCB will also host a selection of local food trucks, which will be parked alongside the venue and will include Seoul Food, Pie Stand, Foolish Waffles (Sun only), Poi Dog, and Delicias and Samosa Deb. Sweetbox Cupcakes and Yards Beer will be set up inside.
So come on out for this two day celebration of all things handmade and get a jump start on your holiday shopping!
Earlier this fall we were very excited to announce a new strawberryluna + West Elm partnership as a part of the opening selection of Local, Pittsburgh & PA Makers in their #WeLoveLocal program. West Elm Pittsburgh at Bakery Square is proud to support Pennsylvania artisans + artisan-made products and we are just as proud to be a part of the West Elm family!
To that end, Pittsburgh friends – come hang out with us tomorrow evening November, 6, 2014 from 6pm – 9pm at the new West Elm store at Bakery Square. Join us as well as many of the other PA & Pittsburgh Local Makers for a fun interactive evening to meet the makers of our LOCAL collection.