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Come On Out For 3 Rivers Arts Fest

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It’s time Pittsburgh! The Three Rivers Arts Festival is here!

Three Rivers Arts Fest is the biggest summer event every year in Pittsburgh, so we are honored to be participating once again in the amazing Artists Market. This year we are at Booth #61 from Friday June 3rd to Tuesday June 7th (only!) – right on Gateway Plaza and Penn Avenue Extension and we can’t wait for the adventures this show always brings.

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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

Founded in 1960 by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Three Rivers Arts Festival has presented, during its vast and varied history, more than 10,000 visual and performing artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors. Such notable and memorable stage performances have included Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Phillip Glass, Steven Reich, Smokey Robinson as well as literary legends Allen Ginsberg and Spalding Gray. Contemporary dance artists Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Lar Lubovitch, Pucci:Sport and many others have performed, and within recent past, concerts have featured Norah Jones, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Sonic Youth, The Wailers and the Black Keys.

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.

Click here for this year’s musical line-up!

And here is a handy map for you to find your way around the Artists Market and music stages too. See you there Pittsburgh!

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West Elm Bakery Square #WeLoveLocal Makers Event

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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!

Handmade Arcade This Saturday!

Hooray! It’s the super rad and awesome Handmade Arcade For The Holidays time!

We love love LOVE this incredible Pittsburgh craft show and are looking forward to this Saturday when it all gets awesome! Handmade Arcade For The Holidays is chock full of handmade work by tons of local and national working artists. Handmade Is Best!

We’ll have lots of new goodies like new prints, posters, Alphabet Prints and t-shirts (expertly hand printed by our BFFs at Commonwealth Press) and more. So come say hi! We’re booth #18 (see map below!) just on the left when you enter the show :)

Hope to see you there Pittsburgh!

Fun times at HA in April 2011

The Details: 

HANDMADE ARCADE
FOR THE HOLIDAYS

SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2011
11 AM – 7 PM

EARLY BIRDIE ENTRANCE AT 10 AM

Handmade Arcade returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown with Handmade Arcade for the Holidays. Shoppers can expect even more great handcrafted, indie merchandise, plus:
• Free admission
• Over 150 vendors, local and from out-of-state
• Easy to get to: close to many bus lines and the T; on-site garage
parking; also accessible by foot, bike or even watercraft
• More space than ever: wide aisles, extra vendor room
• Early Birdie passes
• Refreshments on-site
• Hands-on Handmade activities

Handmade Arcade is Pittsburgh’s largest indie craft fair, now in its seventh year. The annual Handmade Arcade was created to give grassroots, independent crafters an opportunity to show and sell their wares, and to provide an alternative to traditional craft and art fairs.

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Substrates – ONE Night Only Gallery Show @ UNSMOKE Art Space 7/30/11

Click for more info about this ONE NIGHT ONLY (!) art show.

Hey gang! We’re in a very unique and fun gallery show that’s a ONE NIGHT ONLY gig at the iconic and very rad UNSMOKE Art Space in Braddock, PA. Yep! Pretty special. Ever wonder what that area that you see while screaming your head off on The Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood is? BOOM. It’s Braddock.

We’ll be showing art prints and brand new, one of a kind Monoprints / Test Prints, all of which making their debut at the show.

Substrates: A Group Show will show the work of 5 contemporary Pittsburgh area artist for one rockin’ night only on Saturday, July 30th. There will be a kickass outdoor pizza oven serving up fresh deliciousness and a free event poster for the first 50 guests. Come on now!

Here are the details all nice and neat for you:

WHAT: Substrates: A Group Show Free event / 21+ to drink and / or byob

WHEN: July 30th, 2011 starting at 6pm – Midnight

WHERE: UnSmoke Systems Gallery, 1137 Braddock Ave. Braddock, PA 15104

WHO: Featured Artists:

Featured Performers:

  • Paul Dang – 720 records
  • Tom Cox – infinitestatemachine.com
  • C-Town – Rocking Horse Gallery
  • Low Space – soundcloud.com/lowspace
  • Hooley – Pittsburgh’s premier Traditional Irish Music band, brings alive the ancient and contemporary tunes and songs of Ireland, with flute, whistle, concertina, banjo, guitar and percussion. And a little poetry thrown in for good luck. Get ready to dance, or just kick back and enjoy. 7 til 8pm

Additional Fun Stuff:

  • Pizza Oven – 6 til 7pm
  • Free event poster for the first 50 guests
  • Visual installation by C-Town
  • 720 Records booth

Hope to see you there for this ONE NIGHT ONLY art event!

UNSMOKE Art Space, before the show. Click for more info & directions.


Don’t forget :) Handmade Arcade is this Saturday 4/16!

Just a quick reminder that we’ll be attending, vending, talking, and showing our wares at the one & only & spectactular Handmade Arcade craft fair in Pittsburgh this Saturday (ONLY, it’s a 1-day boomer).

Handmade Arcade is totally FREE to attend and with over 100 of the best artists and crafters setting up shop, it’s going to be pretty great. We’ve got bunches of new stuff in tow and are so excited to get t do a show right here at home for a change. See yinz there!

Handmade Arcade is on Saturday April 16th, 2011 (just ONE day!) from 11am – 7pm at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. And best of all? Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend!

The  Important Details:

  • When: Saturday, April 16th from 11am – 7pm
  • Where: The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown at Penn Avenue & 10 Streets.
  • Free admission
  • Over 100 vendors, local and far-flung.
  • Easy to get to: close to many bus lines and the T; on-site garage parking; also accessible by foot, bike or even watercraft!
  • More space than ever: wide aisles, extra larger vendor room.
  • Early Birdie passes (as always) See below for more info.
  • Refreshments on-site.
  • Hands-on activities for the whole family.
Our booth in 2009 next to Mike Budai with the awesome crowds  at the Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh PA.
Our booth in 2009 next to Mike Budai with the awesome crowds  at the Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh PA.

We are thrilled to be a part of this awesome return! We’ll be there working our booth and talking with folks, selling our prints, posters, alphabet prints, test prints, t-shirts, shoot. You name it! So come on out and see all of the best that the modern Handmade Movement has to offer you Pittsburgh.

About: “Handmade Arcade is run by a collective of creative Pittsburghers who have helped to shape and bolster Pittsburgh’s independent craft scene over the past six years. Founded in 2004 — when no events in the Pittsburgh region served the burgeoning DIY craft community — Handmade Arcade provides crafters working outside the mainstream/fine arts sector with a grassroots high-visibility venue to sell wares and build community.

Tapping into a vibrant subculture of young, innovative designers who bring a fresh, artistic, and often subversive sensibility to traditional crafting, Handmade Arcade provides Pittsburgh-based crafters with an alternative to high-end, fine arts fairs and traditional craft venues, while connecting the city to a thriving craft culture that is sweeping the nation from Brooklyn to Berkeley. Handmade Arcade has made sure that Pittsburgh remains on this significant cultural map. Creative, motivated individuals come to Handmade Arcade to build an audience for their handmade products, and they leave seeing Pittsburgh in a new, positive light.”

And yep! Handmade Arcade is selling their ever-popular Early Birdie passes for the show too. Click here for details.

For more information about Handmade Arcade click here.

Here’s a great short profile on the Handmade Arcade from the 2009 show:

New poster released: Ra Ra Riot w/ Chikita Violenta & We Barbarians

All new 2-color hand screenprinted poster for Ra Ra Riot. (Click to purchase or for more info.)

It’s a year in the making, but I’m so happy things work out the way that that do sometimes. We had originally talked with Ra Ra Riot‘s management over a year ago about working together on a poster, and here were are, October 2010 when it all came together. Huzzah!

The show was amazing, and surprising too. We arrived home from a great weekend in DC for Crafty Bastards just in time for me to edition & sign the posters for Sunday night’s Ra Ra Riot 10/2 show, gulp some homemade soup for dinner and run on down to Diesel for the show. As it turned, out, I was selling my posters behind the merch booth that evening. It was good spot to catch the amazing openers We Barbarians (from California) and Chikita Violenta (hailing from Mexico City), all of whom were super rad as well. Thanks to Rachel, the bands, & everyone at the show for great night :)

Info about this new poster release:

Modern & looking back to the past, like thinking about living off of the backs of our ancestors. That’s a bit how Ra Ra Riot‘s awesome sound feels. We love them! And we’re super aced to do this poster for their Pittsburgh, PA show.

This is my hand screenprinted, limited edition silkscreen poster for Ra Ra Riot, Chikita Violenta & We Barbarians with poppy orange-red and midnight black hand mixed, water-based acrylic silkscreen inks. Edition of 112, signed and numbered (by me, strawberryluna). Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight. $20 This poster is now available for sale at my website HERE or in my Etsy shop here.

And, in case you are into process photos, here are a few from the printing of this poster over at my Flickr account here.

1st color film, Ra Ra Riot hand silkscreened poster. (Click for more info & photos.)

1st color flood: Ra Ra Riot, hand silkscreen printed poster. Click for more info & photos.)

1st color detail: Ra Ra Riot silkscreened poster. Click for more info & photos.)

2nd color ink on the screen: Ra Ra Riot hand screenprinted poster process. (Click for more info & photos.)

Detail of the birds, gears, and overprinted black ink on my Ra Ra Riot poster. (Click for more info & photos.)

New poster released: Beach House

4 color, all hand screenprinted poster for Beach House (click for more info or to purchase)

We love Beach House, so so much. Semi ethereal, almost otherworldly-ghostly quality that I (of course) really dig, You’d have to close your ears hard not to notice that their lyrics often involve the sea, salt water, and drifting oceanic themes, like a ghost-ship, the kind that are found abandoned at sea carrying on alone.

And therefore, you are looking at my all hand screenprinted poster for the incomparable Beach House. It’s my 4-color, all hand screenprinted poster with ocean-sky blue, deep sea blue, and timber brown hand mixed and non-toxic water based screenprinting inks. The dark ocean blue overprints the timber brown of the ship to make a 4th color, overprint magic!

These posters were sold at the show. Didn’t get one there? Lucky you, I have a few copies left for sale. This limited edition poster is signed (by me) and numbered. Edition of 98. Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

Now available at my website here.

And, here are some process photos for you below, also more are on my Flickr account too.

1st color screen, ready to start printing. (click for more info)

1st color being registered. (click for more info)

1st color for Beach House poster, detail. (click for more info)

2nd color ink in the screen, ready to start printing. (click for more info)

Registering the 3rd & final color to be printed. (click for more info)

Overprinty goodness in the waves over the ship on my Beach House poster. (click for more info)

Hey Pittsburgh! It’s Handmade Arcade time!

Woohoo! Did I sign up to do back-toback big giant craft shows? Yes. But happily I’m closing 2009’s craft show season with my hometown favorite, Pittsburgh’s fantastically diverse and popular 6th annual Handmade Arcade at the Hunt Armory in Shadyside.

Over 90 crafters and indie arts DIY masters will be showing and selling their work. Last year over 8,000 people attended and came through the Hunt Armory to see local and nationally recognized artists and do some special holiday shopping. This year, with just one day for the Handmade Arcade on December 12th, 2009 is likely to be as busy and bustling as ever.

Wanna know who will be sending this year? BOOM! <– There you go. (Hint, I will be one of the vendors…) Plus lots of super tasty treats to eat will be available by a host of much loved Pittsburgh  eateries like Franktuary, Dozen, Coca Café and Coco’s Cupcake Café. So much yum! And DJs J. Malls, Pete Spynda, and Tanner will be sending out good music to the huge hall that is the Hunt Armory all day too.

Pop City wrote a cool article about the Handmade Arcade that you can read here. And of course, for more information, or to purchase Early Birdie passes (which get you entry at 10am – one hour before the public and a goodie swag bag) click the images above and below, or click here.

We had a blast last year and things were hoppin’. Hope to see you there this year, and have a fun time!

The important details:

Where: The Hunt Armory in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh, located at 324 Emerson Street.

When: Saturday December 12th, 11am – 8pm

How much: Admission is FREE!

Why: ‘Cause buying local, supporting artists and handmade is pretty danged awesome. Silly.

Crafts’n’At Craft Fair in Pittsburgh!

Go check this craft fair out!

Go check this craft fair out!

September is a lovely month, isn’t it? So many changes and new things going on, it’s no surprise that this September is loaded with awessome craft shows too.

Although I won’t be a part of this show, as I will be in Seattle for another Flatstock poster show during the Bumbershoot Music Festival, I think that you fine folks who will be in Pittsburgh should check out the awesometacular Crafts’n’At Craft Fair at the Union Project over Labor Day weekend, put on by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective (PCC).

The Who, What, Where, When, & Whys:

WHO: Crafts N’At is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective. We are a group of 51+ members working to create a strong and vibrant craft community through social and resource networking, education and workshops, and information sharing.

WHAT: Crafts N’At is an opportunity for independent crafters to show and sell their wares, establish their business, and to celebrate creativity. It features over 50 vendors, make & take crafts for children and adults, craft demonstrations, live performances, a Chinese auction and raffle, and an outdoor BBQ.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, click here for more information. If vending isn’t your thing, but you still want to help out please send us an email at pghcraftcollective@gmail.com. If you are looking for promotional items for the show {including banners, buttons, and flyers}, click here.

WHERE: The Union Project at 801 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

WHEN: Saturday, September 5, 2009 {Labor Day Weekend} Open to the Public: 10am to 6pm

WHY: The PCC will work each year to raise money for a charity in conjunction with this event. This year’s show will benefit [ gravity + grace ] and the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania (PFWPA).

[ gravity + grace ], a contemporary opera written by Frank Ferraro, reveals his struggles with Parkinson’s Disease and will premier Sept 25th at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts.  All net proceeds of [ gravity + grace ] will be used to support the PFWPA programs and services for people with Parkinson disease, their families and caregivers.

New poster released: The Decemberists

Hand screenprinted 3-color poster for The Decemberists show on 8/14/09 at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

Hand screenprinted 3-color poster for The Decemberists show on 8/14/09 at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

No surprise, I love, love The Decemberists, they work the lovely and dark into a thing of beauty and complexity so well, so deftly. We’re really pleased and excited to be working with them once again for this poster.

This poster is my all hand screenprinted ode to The Decemberists “The Rake Song”. It’s a 3-color print with bright & shiny metallic gold, midnight black and rusty pink inks. Edition of just 110. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight. Available on my website here.

Their show in Pittsburgh last night was fantastic, exceeding even the rumors we’d heard and expectations set up from tales of previous nights’ shows on tour. Playing “The Hazards of Love” from start to brutal finish, kicking much ass with a killer rendition of Heart’s “Crazy”, and giving a magical reenactment of “The Battle Of Fort Pitt” by The Decemberists Family Players, we were spellbound. And now I’m even further in love. Thank you for the magic. And thanks again for signing a copy of your poster for us too!

The Decemberists take the stage at The Byham Theater

The Decemberists take the stage at The Byham Theater.

For more progress photographs of this poster being printed, check out more photos on my Flickr page here.

Finished poster & Carl Sagain. Yep.

Finished poster & Carl Sagan. Yep.

Gold ink, ready to go.

Gold ink, ready to go.

New poster released: Magnolia Electric Co.

3-color, all hand screenprinted poster for Magnolia Electric Co.'s show on 7/15/09.

3-color, all hand screenprinted poster for Magnolia Electric Co.'s show on 7/15/09.

Heartbreakers. In a great way. That’s what Jason Molina’s band,  Magnolia Electric Co. are, and they’re amazing. I’m pleased as puch to be a part of the summer 2009 Magnolia Electric Co. tour series of posters, (a different limited edition, hand screenprinted poster was produced by artists from all over the country, one poster for each night of the tour) and had such a fun time at the show last night at The Andy Warhol Museum seeing MEC and the super cool Sand Diego band, The Donkeys. Thanks so much again!

Sometimes something beautiful goes wrong, in a beautiful way. KABOOM! This is my all hand screenprinted poster for the heartbreakingly lovely Magnolia Electric Co. It’s a 3-color, print with heart red, alarm-orange and midnight black inks. The orange ink is swirled into the red throughout the bombs and the text so that each print is unique and different. (Just like you Butterfly.) Edition of just 85, so they’ll go quick. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

* This poster is now available on my website here, and also on tour with Magnolia Electric Co. this summer! *

I Made It craft fair @ The SSW Exposed Artists Market

Woo hoo! The craft show summer season is in full swing kids. I’ll be doing more shows this year than ever and couldn’t be more excited. The next two weekends are busy busy with back-to-back, big outdoor, summer festival-style shows.

First up is a huge craft fair The South Side Works Exposed Artists Market called brought to you by the super folks at the I Made It! Market, who are sponsoring The South Side Works Exposed Artists Market this coming weekend for 3 days from Friday July 1oth through Sunday 12th. Over 75 artists and crafters will be showing works, all available for sale, including yours truly, all 3 days. I will have lots of fresh new work available since I’ve been printing up a dang storm lately.

The  I Made It! Market is a regularly occurring, nomadic Market that utilizes various venues in the Pittsburgh area throughout the year providing a great way for artists and communities to connect. Important details about the I Made It! South Side Works Exposed Artists Market are below:

When:

Friday July 10th from 5-10pm.

Saturday July 11th from 2pm-10pm.

Sunday July 12th from 2-6pm.

Where:

A map & directions to the South Side Works is available here.

Who:

Over 75 fantastic artists and handmade crafters will be in attendance talking about and selling their work (including me!) You can find here a simple list of who will be at the SSW Exposed Artists Market and a more complete profile of many of the artists here on the I Made It Blog.

Come out and enjoy the summer, look at amazing works of handmade craft and art. We hope to see you there!

Town Square at the South Side Works, in Pittsburghs South Side neighborhood.

Town Square at the South Side Works, in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood.