Strawberryluna

Summer Guide Illustrations for the Pittsburgh City Paper

PGH_City_Paper_2015_SG1_strawberryluna

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!

PGH_City_Paper_2015_SG2_strawberrylunaScreen shot 2015-05-20 at 1.46.06 PM Screen shot 2015-05-20 at 1.42.45 PM

See you in Richmond at the Spring Bada-Bing!

SBBFBCoverBannerHello 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!

THE DETAILS:

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.

sbb-vendors

 

 

 

 

Join our Domtar Paper #Blueline Twitter Chat on Feb. 26!

DomtarBlueLine1_header

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!

strawberryluna-starting-your-own-agency

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

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!

 

Come out for Craftin’ Outlaws Saturday 11/15 in Columbus!

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.

The Details:

  • 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.

CraftinOutlaws_Map-01

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.

Art Star Craft Bazaar Philly Here We Come!

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 11.13.30 AM

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.

 

Details:

  • 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)
    FACEBOOK INVITE

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!

West Elm Bakery Square #WeLoveLocal Makers Event

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 10.37.02 AM

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.

Featured West Elm Bakery Square LOCAL Makers are highlighted on the West Elm blog, Front+Main.
West Elm Pittsburgh at Bakery Square

110 Bakery Square Blvd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Hope to see you there!

Yep. We’re Crafty Bastards, come see us in DC!

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 11.22.05 PM

That’s right! The time is almost here DC area folks, and we can’t wait to see you all again. Hooray!

Crafty Bastards will be held outdoors on Saturday September 27th + Sunday September 28th from 10am to 5pm (both days) at Union Market and features over 140 artists and crafters from around the country.

Now in its 11th amazing year, the incredible Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is a highly juried show of some of the very best in Handmade Makers from independent artists, presented by the Washington City Paper, and we are so honored to be a part of this fabulous show once again. Admission is $5 each day, and yes! Tickets are available in advance online here.

We will be vending both days of the Fair, with lots of new work and old favorites in tow from our hand printed hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, hand screen printed Rock Posters, hand pulled Alphabet Prints, Lunch Bags, Test Prints and more. So do come and say hello, we can’t wait to see you DC!

_________________________________________________________________________________

The Details:

Who: Over 140 hand-picked Makers, Artists and Crafters from around the USA.

What: Crafty Bastards is an exhibition + sale of handmade goods from the best  independent artists around.

When: Saturday 9/27 & Sunday 9/28 from 10am to 5pm, both days.

Where: Outside at the Union Market located at 1309 5th Street NE in Washington, D.C. Accessible via the NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Ave. station on Metro’s Red line.

Why: Because Handmade in America is the best!

10514506_10152606851447996_2322474008959009622_n

Print

Come see us at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this weekend!

Hello Windy City, we can’t wait to see you again!

Join us and over 300 other best of the best, amazing Makers from around the country (and beyond) at the always superb Renegade Craft Fair – Chicago Edition this Saturday September 6th & Sunday September 7th in Wicker Park. Renegade Craft Fair is a bona fide not-to-be-missed show, hooray! It’s free to attend, with lots of family (and dog!) friendly fun too.

We will be vending from Booth #30 on Division between Damen & Wolcott, with loads of our hand printed hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, hand screen printed Rock Posters, hand pulled Alphabet Prints, Lunch Bags, Test Prints and more. So do come and say hello!

_________________________________________________________________________________

The Details:

What: Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, one of the largest curated gatherings of indie craft makers in the US.

When: Saturday 9/6 and Sunday 9/7 from 11am – 6pm (both days).

Where: In the Wicker Park neighborhood Chicago, IL between Damen & Paulina Avenue.

Who: The best and the brightest of Handmade Makers in the US.

For more info about the hands-on workshops, food & beverage vendors (including wine & beer), and entertainment click here.

_________________________________________________________________________________

Below is a handy map of the Fair (click to enlarge) for you, and click here for a Vendor Listing as well. We’ll be hanging out at Booth 30, see you there!

CHI-SEPT-MAP-BACK-01

Come see us at 3 Rivers Arts Fest this week!

traf_itsfestivaltime_mobile

We are super excited to be returning to one of our hometown’s best events, Three Rivers Arts Fest in the Artists Market. Come see the nation’s best artists, live FREE music, tons of cultural events and lots and lots of free, fun family-friendly activities. Heck, we even see lots of dogs there every year too, hooray!

Our session starts on Wednesday June 11 and runs through Sunday June 15, 2014. So come see us at Booth #79 on Gateway Plaza every day from 12 noon – 8pm.

And, we’re thrilled to announce that we did the Festival Identity this year too, so if you like what you see, let us know! Plus we designed a special, limited edition hand screen printed poster available exclusively from the Three Rivers Arts Fest Merch Booth too this year.

Screen shot 2014-06-10 at 3.37.55 PM

 

We will have all of our hand silkscreen printed Art Prints, Rock Posters, Alphabet Prints and more, including one-of-a-kind Test Prints and recycled cotton Lunch Bags too. Below is a map of the Gateway Center Section with a handy map to our booth. Click below to see the full Artists Markets Map. Yep!

Hope to see yinz there!

What: Three Rivers Arts Fest, silly!

Where: Downtown Pittsburgh at Gateway Center + Point State Park

When: June 6-15, 2014 12pm – 8pm daily!

TRAF_BoothMap2014

Event Update – Porter Flea in Nashville, TN

h6e44

Hello Nashville! We are so looking forward to meeting you in June!

Just a quick update to announce our participation as part of a curated 76 vendor lineup for the 2014 Summer Porter Flea Modern Handmade Market in Nashville, TN June 6 & 7.

We will post again closer to the show with more specifics, but for now here are the main details for you, and you can always keep up with our Upcoming Events, Shows, and new work at our Events Page here!

The Details:

  • When: (VIP Preview Market Friday June 6th from 6pm – 9pm) / Main Market Saturday June 7th from 10am – 5pm.
  • Where: Track One Building (4th and Chestnut), 1211 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210
  • Cost: Saturday MAIN MARKET = FREE!! / Friday VIP Preview Market cost is $15.
  • Why: Because handmade & handcrafted is best!

Porter-Flea-Square_700

 

Kay Nielsen: Illustrations of Gorgeous Form & Light in “East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon”

Kay Nielsen illustration from “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”1914, via Brain Pickings.

‘And then she lay on a little green patch in the midst of the gloomy thick wood.’

As a lifelong lover of fairy tales & folk tales (quite literally, I have never grown out of my adoration for their magic and storylines ever). Like many others, I have been fascinated by the illustrations that have come to accompany theses tales in the past couple of centuries. How lucky we are in this way to have not only the tales, but books beautifully illustrated by visionary artists illuminating twists, turns, and the drama of these ancient stories.

One of my many favorites is the Danish genius of form & light, Kay Nielsen (1886 – 1957) who worked both in his native Denmark as well as the UK and the US in his career. He illustrated many books and set decorations, as well as his noted work for Disney, but today I am highlighting his unbelievably epic and lovely work in one book, “East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon”, (this version published in 1914)as it is staggering in its detail, drama and use of light and texture.

Following are some of my favorite examples from 3 pretty great sources: Brain Pickings, 50 Watts, and the Flickr feed of the National Library NZ on The Commons all of which are amazing resources and well worth your time and support.

Kay Nielsen illustration from “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”1914, via 50 Watts.

‘He too saw the image in the water; but he looked up at once, and became aware of the lovely Lassie who sat there up in the tree’.

 

Screen shot 2014-04-08 at 11.31.07 AM

Illustration by Kay Nielsen in “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914, via National Library NZ on The Commons

‘On that island stands a church; in that church is a well; in that well swims a duck.’

 

Illustration by Kay Nielsen for “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914 via Brain Pickings

‘The King went into the Castle, and at first his Queen didn’t know him, he was so wan and thin, through wandering so far and being so woeful.’

 

Kay Nielsen illustration from “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”1914, via 50 Watts.

‘So the man gave him a pair of snow-shoes.’

Illustration by Kay Nielsen in “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914, via National Library NZ on The Commons

Illustration by Kay Nielsen in “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914, via National Library NZ on The Commons

‘He took a long, long farewell of the Princess, and when he got out of the Giant’s door, there stood the Wolf waiting for him.’

Published in 1914, this version of “East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon” marks a high point in the American era known as the Golden Age Of Illustration (roughly from the 1880’s through the early 1920’s). We will we publishing more posts from some of our favorites from that time in the near future. Thanks for reading & I hope that you enjoy!

Richmond Craft Mafia Spring Bada-Bing Time!

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 8.53.37 AM

Hello Richmond! And the Richmond, VA area! We are heading your way for the first time ever and couldn’t be more excited to meet you.

We will be vending at the Richmond Craft Mafia Spring Bada-Bing show this Saturday (and this Saturday ONLY) April 5th at the lovely Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in lovely Richmond, VA. The show is a one-day-boomer and runs from 11am – 5pm, rain or shine. But we hear it’s mostly going to be shine. Hooray!

So come on out and see the handiwork of over 80 amazing vendors and makers of handmade craft. And if that’s not enough? Hello! Craft Beer. Seriously, it’s going to be a blast.

Who: The Richmond Craft Mafia

What: “Spring Bada-Bing: locally brewed crafty goodnesss” is an independent artist craft show in Richmond, Virginia

Where: The show will be held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery,

When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 11am to 5 pm

Why: Because, after 8 years, we still want to bring unique, innovative shopping to RVA – this time with beer!

Entrance Fee? – Heck no! Free, baby, free.

Say, what about parking? – There is plenty of free on-street parking all around Hardywood.

For more info head over to the Richmond Craft Mafia site here, and we’ll see you there!

400x400WebBlast-wordy

Super Friends Indie Artists Last Minute Christmas Market TOMORROW on 12/14

Well, it’s that time of year. Full of Holiday parties and Holiday Cheer.

Come join us for our very last show of the year THIS Saturday (ONLY!) for hours (ONLY) at the First Annual Super Friends Independent Artists Last Minute Christmas Market (and beer) Show! Hosted by CommonWealth Press at theCommonWealth Press Warehouse (not the retail shop!)

The basic premise is this:

  • We have some wicked talented best friends who do shows all year long all over the country.
  • You probably have a few gifts left to procure.
  • So why not have fun and find something special in a super chill, low-key fun environment in Pittsburgh and pick up some handmade, crafted right here in not only the USA, but in Pittsburgh by local and crazy talented artists.
  • Have some fun, drink a craft brew beer, and bring your friends and family.

“The last minute Christmas market is sponsored by a few local artists. Come shop for some crafts, hang w friends. drink some beer. family friendly.

Wares by strawberryluna, garbella, Nick Caruso, Alternate Histories, Sapling Press, CommonWealth Press, Mike Budai everyday balloons, Suz Pisano, redraven studios,

Maybe more, maybe less. who knows….we will keep you posted.”

Who: See above silly!

Where: At the CommonWealth Press Warehouse (not retail shop!) located at 2315 Wharton St‎. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 on the South Side.

When: Saturday December 14th, from 2pm – 6pm (ish) and ONLY!

Why: Because Friends are neato and Handmade is best.

 

Hooray! It’s Handmade Arcade Time on December 7th!

HA13_728x90Yinz guys! It’s finally time for Handmade Arcade!

On Saturday (and Saturday ONLY) December 7th, Pittsburgh’s biggest and most spectacular array of handmade makers, talent, artists and crafters arrive from all over the country for the amazing Handmade Arcade.

It’s one of our favorite shows of the entire year, and we’re so thrilled for Handmade Arcade’s special ten-year anniversary and can’t be more honored to be vending at this truly one-of-a-kind show. And trust us, we do shows all over the country! HA pulls in shoppers from the tri-state area to find lovely and well crafted handmade pieces for everyone their holiday shopping lists. Handmade Arcade is not to be missed.

We will have lots of new pieces and hand printed, and hand drawn art prints, rock posters, and more on hand, as well as a special collection of framed prints, ready to be gifted right away!

Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and is very family-friendly. For a full list of 2013 Vendors click here.

(Above photo by Joey Kennedy.)

Details:

  • What: Handmade Arcade, the region’s largest independent and handmade craft fair. now in it’s 10th year. A highly anticipated annual event, HA attracts more than 8,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craft artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network, and share their artistic practice.
  • Where:  The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. For directions and parking information click here.
  • When: Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11am to 7pm. ONE DAY ONLY!
  • Why: Because Handmade, right here in the USA is best!

HA13_600x320

Handmade Arcade features tons of super cool maker demos and fun hands-on projects to create all sorts of make-and-take items in the Hands-On-Handmade section including screenprinting demos by Artists Image Resource (AIR), (where we learned to hand pull our screenprints!) DIY collar making by ModCloth, LED accessory making by Assemble, and so much more. Click here for the full list!

(Above photo by Joey Kennedy.)
Early Birdie Passes are available for $15 each, which provide shoppers with the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public. Early Birdie shoppers will have first pick to purchase all the unique and one-of-a-kind items that crafters will be selling and be given a bag full of goodies and coupons. (Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.) Passes can be purchased online or at Wildcard at 4209 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

(Above photo by Joey Kennedy.)

This year’s Handmade Arcade will also feature welcoming live musical entertainment by Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band and pop-up performances by Continuum Dance Theater.

Throughout the day, Handmade Arcade will feature DJ sets by Pandemic, Bad Seed, Max Terasauro of Pittsburgh Record Fest and The Garment District. Lunch items, snacks and refreshments will be available for sale on site.

For more Shopper Info including directions and parking information click here! Hope to see you there!