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Come Join Us at American Artisan Festival in Nashville!

Hi Nashville! We’re excited to see you again! This coming Father’s Day Weekend the wonderful American Artisan Festival returns to historic Centennial Park  in Nashville, TN for a long weekend of Fine Craft & Fine Art this Friday June 15th – Sunday June 17th, 2018. We are thrilled to be returning to Music City and participating in the revival of the historic American Artisan Festival as this show of American fine hand craft showcases 150 artists from over 30 states and it truly a one of a kind show.

We will be in Booth #2, (see Map below – so we’re easy to find!) and will have lots of our hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, our popular screenprinted Alphabet Prints, our silkscreen printed Rock Posters, and lots of new goodies along with us so come on out and enjoy the day celebrating handcraft and art by working American artisans.

  • What: American Artisan Festival, now in it’s 44th year.
  • Where: Historic Centennial Park, in Nashville, TN located at 2500 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
  • When: Friday, June 15 – Sunday June 17, 2018, with hours as follows:
  • Hours: Friday – 12PM – 8PM  / Saturday – 10AM – 7PM / Sunday – 10AM – 5PM
  • Who: Over 150 juried Fine Craft & Fine Artisans from around the U.S.

A Father’s Day Tradition

The city continues to hold a special place in its heart for this great festival and the Father’s Day tradition that is all about enjoying fine art and family fun. Always free to the public, fair goers enjoy live music all day by some of Nashville’s most talented musicians, FREE children’s art activities including ceramics and craft making, and more than fifteen artisanal food and drink vendors including craft cocktails, beer and wine.

For the complete list of of the artists & booth numbers & musical performers click HERE and for overall info about American Artisan Festival for more info CLICK HERE.

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3 Rivers Arts Fest Time!

Dear Pittsburgh, it’s Arts Fest Time! Come join us at Three Rivers Arts Festival where we will be showing and vending along with hundreds other nationally recognized artists and craftspeople for the amazing Artists Market. Find us at Booth #76 on Gateway Plaza – but note that we’ll ONLY be in the Artists Market from Friday June 1st – Tuesday night June 5th (and then a whole new set of artists will be in the Market for the next week) each day from 12 noon – 8pm.

For the full music line up, click here. Here’s a map of the Gateway Center Artists Market, and the full map is just a bit farther down for you.

Three Rivers Arts Fest – This year the Festival runs from Friday June 1 – Sunday 10, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. Yay! We love Three Rivers Arts Fest!  *BUT PLEASE NOTE* we will ONLY be in the first 5-day session on Gateway Plaza at Booth #76 from Friday June 1st to Tuesday June 5th – ONLY.

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. For more info CLICK HERE.

Full 3 Rivers Arts Fest Market Map Below, with just Gateway Center (where our booth is!) below that.

DATES: June 1 – 10, 2018

ARTIST MARKET HOURS: 12-8pm each day.

LOCATION: Downtown Pittsburgh, PA in and around Gateway Center & Point State Park.

ARTIST EXHIBITORS: There will be literally hundreds of fine art and contemporary craft artists from around the country representing the highest quality work including painting, photography, mixed media, garden sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, furniture, metal, jewelry, wearables and so much more. The Artists Market has multiple sections and changes many times throughout the Festival so do check out the Artists List here with dates and Booth locations.

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Designer Discard this Saturday!

DESIGNER DISCARD IS BACK!! This year Designer Discard is at Spirit Lodge from 11am – 4pm on Saturday April 28th, 2018.

Designer Discard is a one of a kind experience. Sort of like if all of your favorite local designers and makers had like, a giant yard sale, but way better. Because that’s EXACTLY what Designer Discard is. We only ask designers and artists to sell their handmade designer seconds, vintage items, & second hand goods. Be sure to come hungry for Spirit’s family-friendly brunch or treat yourself to an option from the bar.

What are we bringing? We will have a slew of our misprints and goofups for sale at extremely great awesome low prices. Come sift through minorly scuffed, dented, and ink splotched hand silkscreen printed pieces. Things that look great framed! But we can’t sell them online due to the individual nature of each piece. Exhibits below. ONE DAY ONLY!

Designer Discard is a FULLTIME Festival Event – FULLTIME is proudly presented by our friends at Monmade

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The National Aviary “Wings & Wildlife Show” & Maker Challenge Artists

The Wings & Wildlife Art Show is the The National Aviary’s annual juried show highlighting Wildlife Artists from across the region. We are happy to announce our first ever participation in this show as one of the 18 Makers selected for the National Aviary Maker Challenge, a collaborative effort with Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator and MONMADE. Some of the products, such a prints, tea towels, greeting cards and tote bags that we designed exclusively for The National Aviary as a part of The Maker Challenge are below!Approximately 40 artists will be selected to include their work in the show in November and will be set up throughout the lovely National Aviary’s spaces.

Wings & Wildlife Art Show dates and times for 2018 are:

  • November 2, 2018  6:00pm-10:00pm  Opening Soiree & Benefit Auction (ticketed fundraiser for National Aviary)
  • November 3, 2018  10:00am-5:00pm  Wings & Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary
  • November 4, 2018  10:00am-5:00pm  Wings & Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary

The National Aviary’s call to be a part of Wings & Wildlife Art Show is open until April 30, 2018 and if you are interested in participating you can apply here. 

For more info check out this article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review about the 2018 Wings & Wildlife Show or visit The National Aviary’s Wings & Wildlife Call for Artists Here.

 

Richmond Spring Bada Bing!

The Richmond Craft Mafia’s 13th annual Spring Bada-Bing Indie Craft Show is happening on April 21st at The Hardywood Craft Brewery and we can’t wait to be there again! This is such a fun show and our first show of the year.

This year all of the artists and vendors will be together under the big tents outside of Hardywood’s Brewery. Come shop the best spring craft show in town, filled with the best indie makers, crafters, artists, and designers!

We will have lots of our hand printed silkscreen rock posters, art prints and nursery art, and greeting cards as well as some new fun items too!

The Details:

  • When: April 21st, 2018 from 11am- 6pm.
  • Where: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, located at 2408 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220
  • Who: 40+ Handmade and Handcraft artisans from around the country.

So come join us in celebrating the return of Spring with a lovely, highly curated selection of 40+ vendors of handmade & handcrafted wares. Sip a craft beer and shop  the vendors, featuring wide variety of work in categories such as clothing, accessories, plush toys, jewelry, pottery, bath and body products, 2-D art, food gifts and much more!

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As always Spring Bada-Bing is FREE to attend and a family friendly event. Join the movement and buy handmade!

 

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National Aviary Maker Challenge – Roseate Spoonbill

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in right here in Pittsburgh, on the historic North Side, The National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

On July 1, 2017 The Aviary announced The Maker Challenge, a partnership with the Monmade, which is trade group for creative, maker-based entrepreneurs that we are a part of here in Pittsburgh and we were honored to be among the 18 chosen local makers for The Maker Challenge.

The Maker Challenge features one local craft business, maker enterprise, or entrepreneurial artist each month who have been hand selected to create new and exclusive products for their gift shop. Each Maker was assigned a particular bird and month in the Aviary to highlight the conservation struggles and efforts worldwide for that particular species.

Our month is March 2018 and our special bird is The Roseate Spoonbill, a wading bird of the ibis family with distinctive white, buff-yellowand pink feathers. Once common, the Roseate Spoonbill was avidly hunted for its plumagein the US to near-extinction in Mid-to-Late 1800s. Now returning and found in the coastal Gulf regions of the Southern US, as well as in the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Shown here (and the last photo below) are some of the illustrations and designs that we created exclusively for The National Aviary to carry in their gift shop, and available there through the summer of 2019. Our suite of products include prints of all 3 of the above illustrations in 2 standard sizes (8×10 and 114×14 inches), as well as greeting cards, tea towels and canvas tote bags too.

As a part of our Maker Challenge Month, Allison did a silkscreen print demo at the The National Aviary onto blank greeting cards of our new Peace Dove design that also double as a coloring page that both the little ones and grown ups can color, (or leave as is in striking black & white) to frame or to send to friends and family. If you are heading to The National Aviary in March, definitely drop by the front entrance gift shop and check out our Roseate Spoonbill exclusive pieces, as well as the items from some of the previous artists in The Maker Challenge!

LOVE Art Print Donation Project

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(Above: Our LOVE Art Print in the 11×14 size, hangings above our inks in the studio. Color, love, happiness, and kindness make the world go ’round.)

Look, it’s been rough lately. Let’s get real. Now more than ever, we all need love in our daily lives.LOVE is literally all there is. Nothing else matters and everything good, worthwhile and productive follows from a life lead with love. ❤️

All through the month of August 2017 we will donate 25% of all sales proceeds from our LOVE Typography Print to a different charity each week. This print comes in 3 standard frame sizes (as shown below). Or don’t frame it & just hang with clips )as shown above). Easy!

The 1st organization up is the American Friends Service Committee, an amazing organization with a worldwide commitment to peace and social justice. Click their name to check them out. Help your world, help your community. Feel ultra free to tell a friend and share our donation project all month long! We’d be so grateful for the help to be able to help others and we’ll keep you updated on our progress!

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(Above: Our LOVE Print comes in 3, easy to frame standard sizes. Small – image size is 6.5 x 9.5 / Medium – image size is 9 x 12 / Large – Image size is 11 x 17.)

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Come see us in Rhinebeck, NY at Artrider this weekend!

Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 4.21.56 PMWe’re heading north and we couldn’t be happier to be on our way to the lovely Rhinebeck Crafts Festival in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Come join us with over 200 artisans and handmade makers from all around the United States in the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY.

It’s our first time at this storied show and we’re very much looking forward to getting some time to explore Rhinebeck & the Hudson Valley a little wee bit too! We’ll have lots of our hand silkscreen printed Art Prints, Greeting Cards, Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters and more along for the trip too (some examples below), so do come say hello!

View the full Exhibitor list here, and find you favorite artists ahead of time. Or, just wander through the beautiful Fairgrounds. Even better, click here to receive a Discount Admission Coupon to use too! Admission is good for both days, unlimited in and out visits!

Fun for the whole family with great activities including interactive puppet theater with Middle Earth Studios, kids accessories and toys, face painting, stilt walkers, balloon animals, hands-on demos, tasty treats and much more!

Exciting demonstrations of everything from blacksmithing and wheel-thrown pottery to canoe building and leatherworking.

Tantalizing gourmet foods foods and beverages such as truffle-infused condiments, Hudson Valley wines and bourbon, horseradish, ginger elixers and many more!

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Hello Nashville! American Artisan Festival is this weekend!

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Hello Nashville! We can’t wait to see you and your lovely city again! We are thrilled to be participating in the revival of the historic American Artisan Festival in Nashville, TN this weekend, Friday – Saturday June 16 – 18. This show of American fine hand craft showcases 150 artists from over 35 states and it truly a one of a kind show. Come say hi and see us at Booth 86, near the corner of 27th & West End Ave.

American Artisan Festival has been a fixture in Nashville for over 40 years and is part of the fabric of the city and the annual arts calendar. The show has always been able to draw high-end customers by being the highest quality art show in the city. Presenting the highest quality contemporary craft and fine art, the 43rd Annual American Artisan Festival returns to the front lawn of Centennial Park.

DATES: June 16 – 18, 2017

HOURS: Friday 4PM – 8PM, Saturday 10AM – 7PM, Sunday 10 – 5PM

LOCATION: The Cockrill Springs section of Centennial Park. The show will fan out around the front lawn and scallop around the perimeter with the music stage, food, beer, and sweet treats set up under the magnolia trees in the center of the park.

ARTIST EXHIBITORS: There will be 150 fine art and contemporary craft artists from around the country representing the highest quality work including painting, photography, mixed media, garden sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, furniture, metal, jewelry, wearables and so much more.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: We are developing our own special artisanal food partnership with local food purveyors which will will highlight the best in local cuisine, local beer and our own curated mix of wine and craft cocktails.

FREE KIDS ART ACTIVITIES: On the hill under the shade of the trees, we plan to have Parnassus’s Pegasus team hosting story and craft hours, The Clay Lady will be working with kids on ceramic creations, and Watkins College Community Arts Program creating crafts with kids of all ages. We will also have a few misting tents to make sure all the kids are cool and happy as well.

LIVE MUSIC ALL WEEKEND: We will be producing a three-day musical lineup that features the best in Nashville singer songwriters as well as Americana, Blues, Gospel and more.

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION – GROW LOVE: We will be bringing a first-ever site-specific community based public art project to the great lawn in front of the Parthenon which is entitled GROW LOVE. As a physical bridge between the Parthenon and the Festival, it is intended to be a celebration of the rebuild of the festival and the park, as well as an homage to its founder Nancy Saturn. The work, created by Tracy Ginsberg and Theodore Lillie of Forest Alchemy, will be a 80 foot labyrinth designed in the shape of a Magnolia flower which visitors can physically walk through and leave a written message inside. The installation will show us a new way to experience the park, the Parthenon and the Festival. The installation is hosted in partnership with Metro Parks as well as through a THRIVE grant given to the artists by the Metro Arts Commission of Nashville.

American Artisan Festival has been a fixture in Nashville for over 40 years and is part of the fabric of the city and the annual arts calendar. The show has always been able to draw high-end customers by being the highest quality art show in the city.

The schedule of events each day can be found right here.

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Here is the Festival Map below, click on the image to see a larger version. We will be Booth 86 near the corner of 27th & West End Ave., see you there, rain or shine!

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Come see us at 3 Rivers Arts Fest!

TRAF_2017_BannerIt’s Arts Fest time Pittsburgh! Come on out and celebrate the arts, in all of their mediums this year at the 58th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. 10 days of FREE music & art!

Forget your preconception of a typical music or arts festival. This is anything but ordinary. Here are just a few reasons why you need to mark your calendar for the 58th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 2-11, 2017, an iconic celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

IT’S FREE. Yes, free, as in no tickets are required. As one of the largest and most-celebrated FREE arts festivals in the world, we welcome you for 10 days of free music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a visual artist market, creative activities, food, and more. How is this possible? The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, non-profit producer of the event, is supported by a growing community of individuals, foundations, and corporations who believe in the arts and this iconic Pittsburgh celebration.

We will be in the celebrated Artists Market for the 1st 5-day session (only!) from Friday June 2nd – Tuesday June 6th, every day from 11am – 8pm on Gateway Plaza at BOOTH 68 Between One & Two Gateway Center . (See maps below.) We will have lots of new art prints in tow, as well as rock posters and more. The Artists Market features a very rigorously juried selection of 300+ artisans selling handmade, fine art and fine crafts from literally, all over the country. Artists change throughout the Three Rivers Festival as well so don’t miss out as every artist participates for a varying number of days so, beyond what you find on opening day, you can discover the work of new artists on Saturday, 6/3; Wednesday, 6/7; Friday, 6/9; and Saturday, 6/10.

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Three Rivers Arts Festival features live musical performances by national and local recording artists, (full music lineup here) as well as theater and dance performances, public art installations, gallery show exhibitions, fun creative activities for all ages, literary events, and interactive tech, and more.

Three Rivers Arts Festival is FREE and family friendly. Come enjoy the spring weather in your City all of us!

For more information, maps, music, art and performance line ups, and more visit Three Rivers Arts Festival here!

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Come See Us At Craftin’ Outlaws!

craftinoutlaws_main2016Come join in the fun this Saturday December 10th – We’ll be heading to the fellow Rust Belt gem Columbus this weekend for one day only, as vendors at the fun Craftin’ Outlaws Holiday Show for our 3rd participating year.

Craftin’ Outlaws is back this Saturday for our 11th annual CRAFT FAIR! 100 of the best HANDMADE vendors are ready to invade the Greater Columbus Convention Center on December from Noon – 5pm with FREE ADMISSION! Swag bags will go to the first 100 guests at the door or for your die hard DIYers we still have Early Bird shopping options, which comes with a handmade gift and early access from 11am-12pm

productsIn addition to handmade goods by American Makers  you can embrace the spirit of DIY at fun make and take stations. 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.

We will be bringing our selections of Art Prints, Greeting Cards, Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters, Lunch Bags, and more. The full list of Craftin’ Outlaws Vendors is here. And here is a wonderful round up & preview of some of the vendors by our screenprinting buds Alison Rose!

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GIVE BACK with the Columbus Diaper Coalition who’s hosting another DIAPER DRIVE with us. Bring in a new box of diapers and win your way into handmade raffles. Diapers of all sizes are accepted but larger sizes are desperately needed!

The Details:

  • What: Craftin’ Outlaws Holiday Show
  • When: Saturday December 10, 2016 (only!) from 12pm – 5pm.
  • Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Downtown Columbus, in the Grand Ballroom.
  • Why: Because Handmade, by American Makers is the best for the Holidays.

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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.

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Hooray Handmade Arcade!

Yay! It’s here! It’s here! It’s Handmade Arcade Time! Come join us + over 150 other amazing Handmade Makers from around the country this Saturday, December 3, 2015 (one day only!) for the best of the best in every way. Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and very family friendly with lots of maker-activies for everyone.

Handmade Arcade is highly anticipated event that attracts more than 9,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craftspeople and 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. Handmade Arcade, founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair. Now in its twelfth year, HA brings young, innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 5, 2015 to sell, their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares at a bustling marketplace.

Come join in one of the best, biggest, and brightest Holiday Shopping and Maker events in the US this Saturday and share good times with friends & family while finding incredible, Made In The US handcrafted goods.

HA_2015_shoppersHere is a list of the 2016 Vendors and for more info about Handmade Arcade visit their About Page here.

And as always Early Birdie Shopping Passes are available for stress-free first looks before the crowds roll in.

With past Handmade Arcade Photos and Videos here. It’s a super fun time, and we can’t wait to see you all this year!

  • The Details:

  • Who: Over 150 Maker Artists and Handmade Crafters from around the USA.

  • What: Handmade Arcade, founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair.

  • When: Saturday December 3, 2015 from 11am – 7pm – ONE DAY ONLY!

  • Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh – 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • Why: Because Handmade is best yinz!

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Small Business Weekend Deals!

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Hello! A quick and heartfelt word from us on this Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday holiday gift buying weekend. We are just a two-person studio and every single purchase is incredibly meaningful to us. Each & every single one. We’ve met many thousands of lovely people in person at shows and those encounters are warm and wonderful. (We love to nerd out about art!) But it’s not always as simple to have that same connection with an online transaction. We know, we get it. So we just wanted to take a moment to say how much it means to us that with every purchase, someone is living with our work in their homes, offices, or even school rooms.

As a big thanks, we love to do some Holiday Sales & Deals, so here you go friends! Feel free to use any of these coupon codes on our Bigcartel Shop here or in our Etsy Shop here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

This year, like every year, we wish one and all a wonderful day of Thanksgiving, no matter who, or where you are.

And like every year, the best way I know to recapture that ultimate Thanksgiving feeling is via this perfect and lovely Charles Schulz cel illustration. Why? Because it’s the best there is.

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

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Hello Louisville & St. James Court Art Show!

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 12.42.31 PMWell hello hello Louisville! We are awfully excited to get to know you this weekend at the historic, 60th Annual St. James Court Art Show! This is our 1st participation in this amazing show, so come find us and say hello at Booth 909, South 3rd Street Section (3S). We’ll have our Art Prints, Rock Posters, Lunch Bags, Alphabet Nursery Prints and one-of-a-kind Test Prints along.

The St. James Court Art Show is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show that hosts an impressive 750 artists from North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes, the St. James Court Art Show® has for over five decades provided our neighborhood, city and state with a rich cultural and artistic legacy.

A huge event for the Louisville area, St. James Court Art Show is FREE and open to the public. There is parking in the area (check here for more info), and there are 2 Shuttle Services to choose from. Parking Shuttle Service directions 2016.

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  • What: St. James Court Art Show, now in its 60th consecutive year with over 750 participating artists from around the country.
  • Where: Old Historic Louisville, KY –  For GPS location use this address: 1402 St James Court, Louisville, KY 40208. For more info click here.
  • When: September 29th – October 2nd 2016. Hours: Friday 10am – 6pm / Saturday 10am – 6pm / Sunday 10am – 5pm

Below is a Map of the show for you, so come on out!

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