Strawberryluna

New release: Inara George silkscreened gig poster!

Inara George silkscreen poster: 2 color, all hand printed. Click for more info or to purchase.

Brand new releases are always exciting around here. Sure. But I’m *superduperextra* excited this month to share one of the new pieces that we’ve produced for Inara George, of the amazing band The Bird & The Bee, just one of a few new things we’re working on in collaboration with one of our favorite bands around this Fall.

This poster is a two-fer print, in a number of ways. First, this hand silkscreen printed poster covers 2  LA shows for Inara George this Fall on September 23rd at Bootleg Theater in and also at the Getty Center on November 5th with Van Dyke Parks. Second, we’ve used tricky overprints to get 3 bold colors from 2 screens. That’s our way! That’s what we love. We hope that you do too.

Simple, sweet but not always straightforward and deceptively complex. Hand silkscreened poster for 2 shows for the incomparable Inara George of The Bird & The Bee.

Mid-century throwback style always seems fresh, just like the lady herself. This is our all hand silkscreen printed poster for Inara George with hand mixed scarlet red and transparent cyan water-based acrylic screenprinting inks. Edition: 50, each of these limited edition posters are signed & numbered (by me, strawberryluna) Size: 16×22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This poster will also be available on tour and at shows with Inara George throughout this fall, and especially her show at The Getty Center on November 5th, as well as also from my website here and also in my Etsy shop here.

Like to know more about the hand silkscreen printing process? Boom! Photos below for you taken while hand pulling these posters in September of 2011. Even more process photos are over in my Flickr account too:

1st color ready to print for our Inara George poster. Click for more details & process photos.

1st color printed, screen flooded for more! Click for more details & process photos.

2nd color ready to rock. Click for more details & process photos.

All done! Fresh off the press and still glistening, our Inara George hand silkscreen printed poster. Click for more details & process photos.

New release: We 3 Owls Goodmorning & Goodnight, Giclee art prints Part 2!

New "We 3 Owls" giclee art print set. Click here for more info or to purchase one or both prints.

Whoooooooo loves a happy family?? We do! And so should you.

Sometimes in working on sketches for clients, we get to try out new things, and new styles that wouldn’t always be a great fit for the super labor intensive, one-color-at-a-time method of hand screenprinting as we do with our rock posters and many art prints. Sometimes those sketches move forward, sometimes they don’t. Until now that is. Rather than just let some designs die a slow, sad death in a file somewhere even though we really like the art work, we’ve been mulling over the chance to create a new line of art prints in the form of giclees.

Introducing new little family and giclee art print set, our new “We 3 Owls Good Morning” and “We 3 Owls Goodnight” diptych giclee art prints. 3 is a magic number. Yes it is. It’s a magic number. And whoooo better to represent a tight knit little family, no matter how you make it, than 3 sweet Owls?

And, in a multi-part series of blog posts, we’re announcing their release into the world. Hooray! Both prints are now available either individually or as a set now at my website here and also in my Etsy shop here. We’re flexible! These 2 prints were designed to go perfectly together, but also are fully able to stand alone as well. Hence, we are offering them for sale either individually for $20 a piece, or as a true diptych set for $35. A nice little deal!

* Extra bonus: Use the coupon code STRAWBERRYLUNABLOG10 during checkout in my Etsy shop and receive 10% off your entire order! *

New "We 3 Owls Good Morning" giclee art print. Click for more info or to purchase.

“We 3 Owls Good Morning” – What a bunch of happy Owls waking up to a fresh new day and ready to take on the world. This print is designed to look great all by itself or also in tandem with the companion print We 3 Owls Goodnight, making a diptych set.

Do you remember how when you were little, and it was nighttime, the whole world seemed like a magical, mysterious place and you couldn’t, try as you might, just fall asleep like the grown ups said? This little baby fellow below knows that feeling too.

New "We 3 Owls Goodnight" giclee art print. Click for more info or to purchase.

Our giclee prints are all printed in-house with individual care per print, using high quality, no-acid, archival Epson Premium Matte art paper and high quality Epson archival pigment inks which are guaranteed fade resistant (for at least 100 years).

Size: Printed on 11″ x 14″ paper, image area measures 6.5″ x 9.5″. Sized to be flexible so that you can use either frame the print as is with a nice wide border, with an 11×14 sized frame, or you easily trim down the border area so that it can fit or 8.5 x 11 or 8×10 sized standard frame quite easily. If you would like, I can also do this for you!

Both prints are now available either individually for $20 or as a perfect set for $35 at my website here and also in my Etsy shop here. Hope that you enjoy!

New release: Giclee art prints Part 1: Ghost Ship By Day & Ghost Ship by Night

2 new giclee prints, Ghost Ship By Day & Ghost Ship By Night, both sold either separately or as a diptych set. Click for info or to purchase prints.

As designers and illustrators for hire, we’ve been getting more into more really fun and cool non-silkscreen printed work this year. Sometimes in working on sketches for clients, we get to try out new things, and new styles that wouldn’t always be a great fit for the super labor intensive, one-color-at-a-time method of hand screenprinting as we do with our rock posters and many art prints. Sometimes those sketches move forward, sometimes they don’t. Until now that is. Rather than just let some designs die a slow, sad death in a file somewhere even though we really like the art work, we’ve been mulling over the chance to create a new line of art prints in the form of giclees.

And, in a multi-part series of blog posts, we’re announcing their release into the world. Hooray!

Part 1, Ghost Ship By Day and Ghost Ship By Night, a 2-print diptych set. These 2 prints were designed to go perfectly together, but also are fully able to stand alone as well. Hence, we are offering them for sale either individually for $20 a piece, or as a true diptych set for $35. A nice little deal!

* Extra bonus: Use the coupon code STRAWBERRYLUNABLOG10 during checkout in my Etsy shop and receive 10% off your entire order! *

New giclee art print, "Ghost Ship By Day". Click for more info or to purchase a print.

I have a thing for Ghost Ships, especially the spooky ones. From reading stories about the famous Marie Celeste as child to The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, ships adrift without a crew, carried on the whims of the sea and the winds have long fascinated me.

In this original illustration “Ghost Ship By Day”, there’s the nice bright, Daylight aspect of a journey. Setting out, high hopes and sun fill this illustration.

Below is “Ghost Ship By Night”, the second of a 2-part image showing the Night time aspect of an ocean voyage. Shrouded in moonlight and mystery, this Ghost Ship print moves ever on alone.

Many Ghost Ships roamed the seas alone for months or even years, seeing many suns rise and set in their solitary journeys without a living crew.

Both prints are available individually or as a set now at my website here and also in my Etsy shop here.

New giclee art print, "Ghost Ship By NIGHT". Click for more info or to purchase a print.

New poster released: Sara Bareilles Tour poster & merch suite!

3-color silkscreen Tour poster for Sara Bareilles, click for more info or to purchase.

Oh yeah! We’ve got another set of new designs to share today, and this is a fun one for sure.

Back in the late spring one day I received a convo in my Etsy shop from the lovely Sara Bareilles about doing some new merch pieces for her upcoming tours. Holy smokes! What a sweetpea. After a few backs and forth talks with the team she has, and having the pleasure of seeing her play live as well as have a meeting in person with her in Pittsburgh we were able to get to work on a suite of designs for this amazing artist.

Huzaah! We worked to create a series of pieces, including a new Tour Poster, tote bag and tank top for Sara Bareilles’s lively merch table.

The Tour Poster (above) is available with Sara on tour as well as in her web store here, and we have a very limited number on our site for sale as well here.

The tote bag and tank top are both available exclusively from Sara’s merch tables on tour and in her web store here, so go on over and get your bad self outfitted!

Sara Bareilles is on a major tour this summer and playing near you, check out the dates HERE.

Click for more info or to purchase this tank top!

Detail of our tank top design for Sara Bareilles. Click for more info or to purchase exclusively from her web store.

Go green & go pretty. Tote bag designed for Sara Bareilles. Click for more info or to purchase from her web store.

Exclusive new Designer Desktops set for Design Milk: “Light As A Bird” released!

Click to download a free, full-sized version of our Designer Desktop for July from Design Milk! Formatted for your computer, iPad and iPhone.

Hello there! We’re really excited to finally share a new bit of design work with everyone. We were approached by the powerhouse design blog Design Milk
(huge shout out thanks to lovely Kelly at Design Crush for the recommendation) in May to be a part of their ongoing curated Designer Desktops series. Of course, being a fan of Design Milk for quite sometime I said yes right away.

Jaime, the founder of Design Milk, asked us to choose a design related quote and then work from there to create a suitable exclusive illustration for desktop backgrounds and Apple wallpapers. Preferably something which would also relate to design, naturally. When I came across this gem by Coco Chanel:

“I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.”

I fell in love instantly and we went with it. Read more about the inspiration for these designs here at Design Milk 

Our Designer Desktops are FREE and available for download in multiple formats exclusively at Design Milk here for the entire month of July. There are 4 sizes to choose from for standard computer monitors as well as an iPad & an iPhone version too. All especially formatted for perfection, of course! Click below to download any and all of these sizes:

1024×768

1280×1024

1680×1050

1900×1200

iPhone

iPad

So drop on by Design Milk and get your free, light as a bird new desktops and wallpapers and spiff up!

Click to download this free iPhone wallpaper, or snag any of the 5 other formats of our design for Design Milk's July Desktops

New release! Bright Eyes silkscreen poster

New! Our 4-color, hand silkscreen printed poster for Bright Eyes, Click to purchase or for more info!

 

Brand spanking new and fresh off the press, it’s our new poster for Bright Eyes for his show at Stage AE in Pittsburgh,

The music of Connor Oberst and Bright Eyes is like a beacon of individuality, sweetness, anger, and passion, at least that’s the way I hear it. When I first began printing at the community studio Artists Image Resource (AIR) in Pittsburgh, Bright Eyes was on heavy rotation during Open Studio nights and his voice still reminds me of that awesome time toiling away in that funny early stage of learning printmaking where you learn to love mistakes as much as you do successes.

In homage to all things organic, wise and bright this fella is our all hand silkscreen printed poster for the singular sound of Bright Eyes with hand mixed midnight black, teal, acrylic screenprinting inks. Edition: 150, each of these limited edition posters are signed & numbered (by me, strawberryluna) Size: 16×22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

Now available at my website here or also in my Etsy shop here.

Dig screenprinting? Have no clue what the hand printing process is like? Below are some process shots that I took while silkcreening this poster in my Flickr account:

1st color ink in the screen for our hand printed poster for Bright Eyes. (Click for more info & photos.)

t 2nd color printed for our hand printed poster for Bright Eyes. (Click for more info & photos.)

3rd color ready to go for our hand printed poster for Bright Eyes. (Click for more info & photos.)

3rd color printed for our hand printed poster for Bright Eyes. (Click for more info & photos.)

All done! 4th color printed for our hand printed poster for Bright Eyes. (Click for more info & photos.)

 

Death Cab For Cutie: New poster released!

Fresh off the press! Death Cab For Cutie, 3-color, limited edition hand silkscreen printed poster for their Sasquatch Festival show. Click to purchase or for more info.

The newest of the new? Our new poster for the superfantastiche and always dang great, Death Cab For Cutie. All hand silkscreen printed, limited edition and a part of the legendary Sasquatch! Music Festival poster series, commissioned each year by Sasquatch! and representing the top poster artists working today. We’re thrilled to have been asked to participate for the 5th year in a row in this series.

What can we say? Bright & dark, sharp and open, all at the same time. Death Cab For Cutie is one of those bands that perennially seems to be at the top of their game, record after record, song after song.

This is our all hand silkscreen printed poster for the sonic & lyrical perfection the one & only Death Cab For Cutie with hand mixed midnight black, magenta, and metallic gold acrylic screenprinting inks. Edition: 150, each of these limited edition posters are signed & numbered (by me, strawberryluna) Size: 16×22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

Freshly available now in my webstore here, and also in my Etsy shop here.

Below you’ll find a few selection of process photographs taken during the hand silkscreen printing process, click any of the below for more info and more photos in my Flickr account.

1st color ink on screen & ready to go. Click for more photos & more info.

1st color registering. Click for more photos & more info.

1st color printed. Click for more photos & more info.

2nd color, (gold!) printed. Click for more photos & more info.

 

All done! Death Cab For Cutie 3-color all hand silkscreen printed poster. Click for more info or to purchase.

 

New poster release! Paramore, 2011 Tour “Hands Up” poster

Click to purchase or for more info.


We’re mega excited about this one around here! Introducing our all hand silkscreen printed, limited edition poster for Paramore for their 2011 Tour.

The darker side of Spring exposed for the band Paramore here in our poster for them. We’re so stoked working with these guys on a Spring 2011 poster.
All things grow in Spring, but all things may not always be what you expect. Dark, sweet, and sharp. That’s the allure of Paramore.

Available for sale at my website here and also in my Etsy shop here, this my all hand screenprinted poster for Paramore with bright blue, midnight black and scarlet red hand-mixed acrylic silkscreen inks. Edition: 300 to the band (look for them on tour and from their website!) and an Artist’s Edition of only 50 posters is available for sale here. All 350 limited edition posters are signed & numbered (by me, strawberryluna) Size: 16×22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

Are you a Paramore Superfan? They you will love what they’ve done that’s all rad and high tech with their copies of our poster. Oh yeah! The future is here. Only at the Paramore webstore, each poster includes a QR code on the back that will take you to a website with three options for mobile wallpapers that feature three unreleased photos of the band. The QR code can only be scanned by those who have a camera phone with a barcode reader and internet connection on their phone.

And for you printmaking nerds (and I hope that you are, like me!) check out some process photos in my Flickr account too!

Mixing ink for our hand silkscreen printed Paramore poster. Click for more info.

Printing red skull flowers for our Paramore poster. Click for more photos of the hand silkscreen printing process.

Paramore hand silkscreen printed Tour poster, 2nd color. Click for more info & more process photos.

Detail show of our hand silkscreen printed Paramore Tour poster. Click for more process photos and details.

All done! 350 prints later, this is our all hand silkcreen printed Paramore tour poster. Click for more info and process shots.

New art print release: Rose Red!

Rose Red, my new 2-color hand pulled silkscreen print.

Rose Red, Dark, sweet, and full of secrets. Rose Red is the 2nd in print in my fairy tale inspired print series, (my now sold out print, The Lady & The Wolf was the first). I’ve been fascinated by, OK possibly addicted to, fairy tales and fables since I was very young. Their allure has yet to lose it’s magic, especially the older versions of fairy tales with darker themes and symbols.

These days, many people know these stories best as tales for children, however many of our most loved fairy tales have much more brutal original tellings than you might imagine something fit for little kids. I read folk & fairy tales obsessively, the darker the roots of the tale, the more I love it. It’s super interesting how the same stories appear in similar versions and places for both children and (especially originally) for adults as well.

Rose Red is my 2-color, all hand silkscreen printed art print using scarlet red and velvety black hand-mixed and non-toxic water based silkscreen inks. And yes! Edition of 200. Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: no acid, archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight. $25

Fresh off my press, hand printed and now available for purchase here at my website and also here in my Etsy shop.

Neato extra! This design is also available as a free iPhone & iPod Touch wallpaper at the super cool Poolga.com right here.

Are you a print nerd too? Check out some process photos from my Flickr account below.

 

Getting all set up to print Rose Red.

 

1st color of my hand silkscreen printed art print, Rose Red.

 

2nd and final color of my silkscreen printed Rose Red art print.

 

 

 

 

New print release: Going To See My Baby Yellow!

New, all hand screenprinted 6-color silkscreen art print Going To See My Baby Yellow available now! (Click for more info or to purchase.)

Spring is finally here! And to match the growing warmth and springy feel, here is a new silkscreen art print release! Going To See My Baby Yellow, a brand new colorway of my super popular art print about bicycles, love and that special glee. You know the feeling.

This hand-pulled & hand screenprinted happy day is a brand new colorway of a very popular print that I did in 2007, but in a super small edition for the Screens’n’Spokes fundraiser, now returned in fresh spring lemony yellow and soft sky-blue, just for you.

Going To See My Baby Yellow is my 6-color, all hand screen printed art print with fresh lemon yellow, bright bike red, dark grey, black and soft transparent sky-baby-blue hand-mixed and non-toxic water based silkscreen inks. And yes! The sky-baby-blue cloud breaks the margin/border just like a good cloud should, and it’s partially transparent over the white margin. Tweet! Edition of 200. Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: no acid, archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

For more information about this print, or to purchase, visit my website here or check out my Etsy shop here.

Some of the previous colorways like Baby Blue, Orange, Lavender, and Sage are now all sold out, enabling us to donate to a cause we really have close to our hearts, The National MS Society. And, a portion of the sale of each of these prints is donated to The National MS Society as well .

Flatstock 29, SXSW Festival & Austin, TX here we come!

All of the Flatstock 29 identity designed by exclusively us at strawberryluna this year!

Around these parts? Mid-March means the opening of carnie season when we start our new year of shows. And it’s super exciting to always get to break out of the evergrey of a long long  Pittsburgh winter (ummm, it snowed this past weekend. I mean, come on!) with our first trip and show of the year to sunny, warm and awesome Austin, TX.

Don’t mess with it.

We are super honored and really proud this year to have been asked to design all of the Flatstock 29 official and exclusive identity work, from banners, badges, posters, handbills and more. We also hand silkscreen printed a limited edition of the Flatstock 29 poster that we will have for sale at our booth in Austin, and then also on our website here too. If you are down at Flatstock and see these pieces, right on! We did our job well 🙂

We’ll also have a HUGE slew of Test Prints that I’ve been working on for a top-secret project (but details will be coming soon) for early next year. In the meantime, hopefully some of your will enjoy the current crop of them. ‘Cause Cousin? We got a bunch for ya.

What is Flatstock? It’s over 75-100 currently working poster artists coming to show their talents, display and sell their work and talk with new people about what we do and why. And yep, hire us! And yes, Flatstock Austin is FREE to attend and open to the public!

The details for you:

The very first Flatstock Poster Convention of the year will once again be held in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Festival. This is our 29th Flatstock to date, and the Austin Flatstock is always FREE  to attend & definitely wide open to the public. We are in a new room this year, so check below for a convenient map to help you find over 75 poster artists from around the world displaying & selling their rock posters. Hope to see you there!

Dates:

  • Wednesday March 16th – Saturday March 19, 2011

Hours:

  • Wednesday 3/16 – 2pm – 6pm  (note this is the ONLY half day)
  • Thursday 3/17 – 11am – 6pm
  • Friday 3/18 – 11am – 6pm
  • Saturday 3/19 – 11am – 6pm

Location:

  • Austin Convention Center – Level 1, Ballrooms A, B, C at 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701 (see map below)

You DO NOT need to have badges to be able to attend Flatstock 29. It’s FREE & open to the public! For more info on Flatstock 29 & the SXSW Festival click here.

“The FLATSTOCK poster show series is presented by the American Poster Institute (API). It is an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring the work of many of the most popular concert poster artists working today.

The API is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving poster artists and promoting the art form. Both the API and its FLATSTOCK series were organized in 2002 as a result of conversations between interested artists and supporters frequenting the popular website GigPosters.com. The best concert posters have always captured both the essence of the music they promoted and the spirit of the time in which they were produced. This is as true today as it was in San Francisco during the Sixties.

The FLATSTOCK shows provide the general public with an ongoing series of opportunities to see fine poster art in person and to meet the artists who’ve created it — they provide the API with a way to present the poster artists collectively while showcasing the breadth of individual styles they represent.”

Click to see a larger map.

Click to see a larger map.

THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING FLATSTOCK 29 ARTISTS (subject to change):

Adam Pobiak

Animal Rummy

Anville

BadMoon Studios

Billy Perkins

The Bird Machine Inc

Boss Construction

BRIANEWING.com

The Bungaloo

Burlesque of North America

Carlos Hernandez

Clintprints

Cricket Press

Crosshair

Dan Grzeca/Ground-Up

Dan Stiles

Daniel Danger

Decoder Ring Design Concern

Delicious Design League

DKNG

Douze Studio Dresden

Empire Press

f2design

Furturtle Show Prints

Ghost-Town Studios

GIGART

Gigposters.com

guyburwell

Hero Design Studio

Hosco Press

Idiot or Genius?

Industry Print Services

Insurgent Arts

James Flames

Jason Munn

John Howard / Monkeyink

Kevin Tong Illustration

Kollective Fusion

La-La Land Posters

Landland

Lil Tuffy

Lure Design

MadPixel

Magnificent Beard

Mercerrock

Methane Studios, Inc

Micah Smith

Mig Kokinda

Mike Budai

Mike King/Crash Design

Nakatomi

Nevada Hill

OchoLocoPress

Pedal Printing

Powerhouse Factories

Powerslide Design Co

Rural Rooster

Sandusky Bay Poster Works

Shawn Knight

The Silent Giants

South Austin Popular Culture Cen…

Squeegeeville.com

STANDARD DELUXE

strawberryluna

Subject Matter Studio

Tara McPherson – Cotton Candy Ma…

Todd Slater

Two Arms Inc

UKPA

Uncle Charlie

Under Pressure Screen Printing

Vahalla Studios

VGKids

Voodoo Catbox

Vrooooom Press

Young Monster


 

Wisconsin Bullies Poster

Click to download 11x17 PDF of this rabid badger.

We’re wicked pissed like rabid badgers over what’s happening, and frankly, only just starting in Wisconsin with the eradication of employee rights.

And here is a fully downloadable, printable, and spread-around-able 11×17 sized poster about some of those thoughts.

Pass it on, download and print.

PDF version HERE.

JPG version: HERE.

New poster released: Ingrid Michaelson at The Fillmore, San Francisco

 

Poster for Ingrid Michaelson at The Fillmore in San Francisco, by strawberryluna. (Click for more info or to purchase.)

 

Hey smartie-sweetie-cuties, what’s up?

Here is a “new” poster release! I say “new” in “quotes” as the show date was from way back in November of 2010 (that’s like a lifetime ago!), but I didn’t receive my copies of the poster until just a few weeks ago, and somehow posting this little baby up slipped from my to-do list. Apologies!

Onward & upward: We were commissioned by the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco to do a special show poster for Ingrid Michaelson’s show there on 11/1/10 with The Guggenheim Grotto. In the classic Fillmore tradition, they print and give 1,000 copies of the posters created for their shows away at the end of the night to the fans as a big thanks. And this is that poster for Ingrid Michaelson’s show.

And it’s now available for purchase from my website here and also from my Etsy shop here.

More about this poster:

The Fillmore hosted the multi-talented musician, signer / songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, and as their tradition, which dates back to the 1960s, they handed out copies of this poster to the audience at the end of the show. We’re so proud to be a part of this incredible legacy and are tickled to do this poster for The Fillmore & Ingrid Michaelson.

This poster is an offset print, not screenprinted, it was printed by The Fillmore for the show. It’s a 3-color, design with an edition of 1,000. Of that 1,000 given to the fans at the show and to the bands’ members. Artists’ Edition of just 75 posters, each one hand signed & numbered by me, strawberryluna. Size: 13w x 19h inches (33 cm x 48.3 cm). Paper: thick and heavy white stock.

This poster was given away at the show in San Francisco and I have just a portion of the run available (less than 70!) for sale here, so they will go quick!

3 New prints released for Poetic. Aesthetic. at The University Of Maryland Art Gallery!

Hello hello. It’s been a few weeks! And we’ve been hard hard at work on a bunch of projects, hence the radio silences, as it were.

One of the new news is our inclusion in the very cool and brilliant gallery show Poetic. AestheticAn Exploration of Creativity in Poetry and Visual Art at The Art Gallery at The University of Maryland, curated by John Shipman. For this show, visual artists were paired up with poets and asked to interpret 3 poems via their visual medium. In our case, we worked with the poems of 2-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Dave Smith to produce 3 limited edition silkscreen prints for the show.

The exhibition opens on Friday January 28, 2011 with an Opening Reception from 5:00 -7:00 pm, and will be on exhibit through March 5, 2011. Works will be available for purchase at the show as well!

Poetic. Aesthetic. explores the relationship between the lyricism of poetry and the aesthetic force of the visual. By probing this relationship, Poetic. Aesthetic. also seeks to foster creative collaboration across artistic disciplines. Working with the University of Maryland Creative Writing faculty, The Art Gallery has partnered Maryland poets with national and international artists to collaborate on visual works for Poetic Aesthetic. Each visual artist will create three new works of art based on, and incorporating, the poems of one poet. Poetic. Aesthetic. exhibits works in various media, including paintings, sculptures, videos, drawings, screen-printed posters, and installations.

We chose the 3 poems of Dave Smith’s that spoke to us visually the most, and they are as follows: Goose Blind, June Bug and Come-Along:

3-color hand printed silkscreen "Goose Blind", poem by Dave Smith. Click for more info or to purchase.

5-color hand printed silkscreen print "June Bug" (poem by Dave Smith). Click for more info or to purchase.

2-color hand printed silkscreen print "Come-Along" (poem by Dave Smith). Click for more info or to purchase.

Dave Smithis the author of more than a dozen books of poems, including The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2007 (Louisiana State University Press, 2000), which was chosen as the Dictionary of Literary Biography’s Book of the Year in Poetry, and Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992-2004 (Louisiana State University Press, 2005). He is also a novelist, critic, and editor. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is the Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry at Johns Hopkins University, where he is also Department Chair of The Writing Seminars.

The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland presents the exhibition Poetic Aesthetic: An Exploration of Creativity in Poetry and Visual Art. The exhibition opens on Friday January 28, 2011 with an Opening Reception from 5:00 -7:00 pm, and will be on exhibit through March 5, 2011. The multimedia exhibition brings together visual art with contemporary poetry in original, interdisciplinary works. Text from poets Elizabeth Arnold, R. Dwayne Betts, Lucille Clifton, Michael Collier, Jehanne Dubrow, Michael Glaser, Joseph Harrison, Ethan Huang, Linda Pastan, Stanley Plumly, Dave Smith, Saul Sosnowski, Elizabeth Spires, and Joshua Weiner will be featured in works from artists Kris Chau, Audra Buck-Coleman, Bill Dunlap, John Foster, Tim Gough, Dan Grzeca, Hero Design, David Hughes, Mirta Kupferminc, Ruth Lozner, Jefferson Pinder, Strawberryluna, Julianna Swaney, and James Thorpe.

If you are in the College Park / University of Maryland area, please stop by and check out this amazing exhibit, running from  Friday January 28, 2011 with an Opening Reception from 5:00 -7:00 pm, and will be on exhibit through March 5, 2011.

New poster released: Belle & Sebastian, UK Tour poster!

 

New Belle & Sebastian UK Tour poster, 2-color & all hand screenprinted. (Click for more info or to purchase.)

Huge big yay! So excited yet again, we just can’t help it. Belle & Sebastian are pretty much my favoritest favorite band, and have been for well close to 15 years. So, we’re beyond-all-reason-honored and thrilled to have been able to design and hand screenprint their limited edition 2010 United Kingdom Tour promotional show poster (our 4th poster for the lovelies from Glasgow).

 

Write About Love, love.

Simply put? They’re the bestest.

This time we did a blue companion poster to our North American Tour Poster (See it HERE) and the start of a love letter is my all hand screenprinted poster for the fantastic Belle & Sebastian with peacock blue and midnight black hand-mixed acrylic silkscreen inks. An Artist’s Edition of 100 is available here, and are signed & numbered (by me, strawberryluna) so I will have a limited few available for sale. Size: 16×22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This poster will be available at shows on the UK tour dates, and here as I have just a portion of the run available for sale here, so they will go quick!

Now onsale & available for purchase from my website & webstore here and also available at my Etsy shop here.

And lo! A few process photos are below, taken while hand screenprinting this poster. Click on any of the below images to see larger versions and more at my Flickr account.

 

Films waiting to be burned to make screens so I can get to printin' Belle & Sebastian's new UK Tour poster. We started bright & early! (Click to see more photos or a larger version.)

 

Getting ready to do the very first pull on Belle & Sebastian's UK Tour poster. (Click to see more photos or a larger version.)

 

1st color& 1st print for Belle & Sebastian's UK 2010 tour poster. (Click to see more photos or a larger version.)

 

All done & on the rack! Note the darkness, it's a long day printing 600 posters by hand 🙂 (Click to see more photos or a larger version.)