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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
- 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!