Strawberryluna

Summer Guide Illustrations for the Pittsburgh City Paper

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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!

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Dreaming of Cougar Paper & Domtar with strawberryluna

Detail of Domtar & Cougar Paper's new campaign "Dream" featuring strawberryluna!

Detail of Domtar & Cougar Paper’s new campaign “Dream” featuring strawberryluna!

Introducing part of a project that we’ve been dying to share! Lil ol’ strawberryluna was selected by Domtar, the makers of our beloved workhorse Cougar Paper which we use almost exclusively for our silkscreen prints & posters, to be featured in a year-long ad campaign for Cougar throughout 2013.

"Dream" promotion of Cougar Paper by Domtar, featuring strawberryluna.

“Dream” promotion of Cougar Paper by Domtar, featuring strawberryluna.

The ads will be featured in design magazines like HOW Design, Communications Arts, Print, Applied Arts, Graphic Design USA, Printing Impressions, Design Edge, CANVAS and more in 2013. We’re beyond bowled over and thrilled to be partnered with our favorite paper, Cougar this year.

We’ve been using Cougar Paper and talking about this paper’s virtues for years, both in our silkscreen printmaking work and in more commercial printing projects. Domtar and Cougar are internationally recognized for their commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices. And Cougar specifically is an acid-free, archival and certified ecologically responsible paper. So what’s not to love? That’s what we think.

To that end, here’s an interview we did recently with the new Cougar Paper Community site.

Photo courtesy of Joey Kennedy.

Photo courtesy of Joey Kennedy.

The new Cougar Paper Community site is a new space where designers and artists join the community to interact and submit example pieces utilizing Cougar Paper, request samples, take part in promos and more.

Yay for Cougar making our prints and posters bright!

Our Iron & Wine poster in Ready Made, home decor by Bee Things.

Some of the gorgeous walls chez Bee Things, including my Iron & Wine poster from 2005.

While spring cleaning away this past Saturday, I’d left a small pile of fun mail as yet un-opened and un-perused. So, when I took a little sit-down break and read a tweet from my friend Beth from Hero Design that she saw our Iron & Wine poster (sold out, sorry!) in a spread the new April/May issue of Ready Made magazine, I kinda freaked out. Funny enough, my own issue had just arrived the day before but I hadn’t had a chance to open it and read it yet.

So, of course I tore in immediately :)

The feature is on the absolutely amazing and beautiful home of Texas design and screenprinting, husband & wife duo studio, Bee Things, (Jeff Barfoot & Shay Ometz) whose work I have admired from afar for a while now. So, seeing their superbly decorated home, so fantastically well curated and without being fussy or overly intentionally showy (you know what I mean!) featured prominently in a 10 page spread was a complete inspiration and a big blushing moment. I think it’s fantstic how you can see their love of printmaking in all forms by the incredible collection of prints that they have hanging everywhere in their home.

A room full of awesome. The Been Things livingroom and book collection.

Bee Things run a screenprinting studio from their home, from design to printmaking, which we of course relate to and love. And the sunlight that they get in their East Dallas space is completely lovely. They also did a great little tutorial on the screenprinting process for Ready Made that you can see in the April/May issue, and it’s also available online here as well at ReadyMade.com. I love the quote from Note the great IKEA flat file ALEX (the while drawer file in the lower left), a screenprinter’s pal. We have one too in our office! It’s a great way to store films, paper, and ink jet printer inks, among other tools of the trade. Good show Bee Things 😉

Bee Things studio.

We’re just beyond flattered and tickled to the gills to have a design & screenprinting couple, like us, like our work enough to hang it in their home and among their other quite formidable print treasures. And, just so you can see more awesome, this is the entire last page of the feature on Bee Things adorable home below.

Full page scan view.