Handmade Arcade, see you there Pittsburgh!

Hooray! The triumphant return of the Pittsburgh craft & handmade arts show Handmade Arcade is set and upon us on Saturday April 16th, 2011 (just ONE day!) from 11am – 7pm. With crowds upwards of 9,000 shoppers at the last Handmade Arcade in December of 2009, this show is one of Pittsburgh’s premier DIY art & craft showcases.

After over a 1-year hiatus while the Handmade Arcade struggled to find a new home once the former venue at the Hunt Armory became unavailable due to returning military vehicles (right, it’s an Amory) it’s great news for the city that the first green convention center in the world, The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is the new digs. 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) Click here for more info.
  • Refreshments on-site.
  • Hands-on activities for the whole family.

Our booth next to Mike Budai & the awesome crowds from 2009 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. See yinz there!

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 (ROMG my booth is highlighted!):



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.)




New poster released: The National

3-color, all hand screenprinted silkscreen poster for The National. (Click for more info or to purchase.)

Alright! Brand new poster release here for the amazing band The National, as you can see from above.

And, we finally were able to catch them live. And dudes, their reputation is not only solid gold, but it perfectly earned and well deserved.

We arrived at the show early in order to get our posters to the merch table ASAP, and then it was time to relax outside of the beautiful Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall grounds in Homestead with a glass of wine and a lovely fall night gathering on the hill. It was pretty spectacular. And things only got better as we met up with our super friends Sarah & Scott from The Wreckids. Sarah had toured with The National in a past band (Boxstep) and invited us to hang out with her & the guys in The National after the show. Rock star sweetpeas, that’s all I can say about the end of the evening. HUGE thanks to The National for the amazing show, the hospitality backstage afterwards and the giggles.

Info about this new poster for The National, with Owen Pallett:

All hand screenprinted poster for their September 25, 2010 show at The Carnegie Music Hall, in Homestead, Pittsburgh, PA. Now available here at my website and here in my Etsy shop.

Etheral & earthbound, all at once. That’s sort of the charm of the amazing band The National. We love this band, and we’re thrilled to be working with them again too on a poster for our hometown, Pittsburgh.

This is our hand screenprinted, limited edition silkscreen poster for The National with dark sky blue, dark yellow and light blue hand mixed inks. Edition of 150, signed and numbered (by me, strawberryluna). Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This poster was sold at the show and on tour with the band, and I have just a small number for sale, so they will go quick. Now available at my website here. I design & hand screenprint my prints and posters. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Here are some quick process shots, too, with more & nicer ones to come soon in my Flickr account.

1st color of our poster for The National. (Terrible photo, I know!)

2nd color down, now we're getting somewhere! Hand screenprinted poster for The National.

3rd & final color in my hand screenprinted poster for The National. (Click to purchase or for more info.)

New poster released: My Morning Jacket

3-color poster for My Morning Jacket. (Click for more info or to purchase from my website.)

We are thrilled to be working with the incredible My Morning Jacket once again.

And with that! I present our new poster for My Morning Jacket’s show in Pittsburgh on August, 27, 2010.

Waves of natural sound, light, and imagery, that’s the amazing sounds of My Morning Jacket. We love this band, and we’re thrilled to be working with them again on a poster for our hometown, Pittsburgh.

Screenprinted, limited edition poster, designed for the force of nature, My Morning Jacket with bright green, sky blue & black inks. Edition of 166, signed (by me, strawberryluna) and numbered. Size: 18 x24 inches (45.7 cm x 61 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar Cream 100lb cover weight.

For more information, or to purchase, click HERE.

Crafts N’At: Pittsburgh Craft Show this Sunday!

Hey gang! There is a new craft show in town from the Pittsburgh Craft Collective called Crafts N’At, and hot dog! It’s this weekend at Soldiers & Sailors in Oakland 🙂

We’ll be there vending and chatting and hanging out at Crafts N’At with the quite large and super talented host of Pittsburgh crafters and DIY artists all day Sunday. So come check out the best that Pittsburgh’s fresh, upbeat and hardworking craft scene has to offer. Plus, this year’s 2nd Annual Crafts N’At is benefitting the amazing Animal Friends shelter. (That’s where we got our lovely little Sprite in October.

Also, there is a SUPER awesome party tonight to benefit the incredible Animal Friends too. The kick-off party is at Wildcard in Lawrenceville, recently voted “Pittsburgh’s Best New Boutique” by Pittsburgh Magazine, so yeah…it’s a pretty cool handmade haven shop. Come to the part & support both local crafters and local animals in need 🙂 It’s a twofer of warm and fuzzy proportions.

Both the Friday night Kick-off party at Wildcard and the Craft Show Crafts N’At are FREE to attend. And at Crafts N’At there will be fun, family friendly activities sponsored by Creative Reuse Pittsburgh and the Society for Contemporary Craft, food from Coca Cafe and Square Cafe, and performances by Brad Yoder and Shay and Joe Serkoch.

The Important Details, Just For You:

Crafts N’At Benefit & Kick-Off Party (FREE!): Friday, 8/27 from 6-9pm at Wildcard – 4209 Bulter Street, Pgh. Pa.

Crafts N’At Craft Fair (FREE!):

When: Sunday, 8/29 from Noon to 5pm

Where: Solldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Grand Ballroom – 4141 Fifth Ave, Pgh. PA (in the heart of Oakland!)

Hope to you see you tonight & on Sunday for Crafts N’At!

2010 Crafts N’At Vendors:

Red Raven Studios
Literary Tease
ZuZu Blue
Spooky Kelly
Cosy Knits (literally)
Mitchell Glassworks
Barker Bell Herbs and Heirlooms
Recycled by Carla Morris
Silent Lotus Creations
Pickled PorcelainPickled Aliens
Wren & Rita
Modern Mackenzie
L2 Design Collective
Rebecca Zastany
Bei Mondi
Endless Hats
Cardamom Press
Odd Owl
FMS & Sons WoodworkingAir and Nothingness Press
Charmed By Nature
Sapling Press
Burgh Baby Gear
Whimsical Wonders
Rockyn Robyn
Jilsy Designs
Vehement Romantic
Naturally Lela
Amaryllis La Crème
European Girl’s Ethnic Egg Art
Patriot Press
Amy DiPlacido
CAZ Designs
Lobster Books
Angela Rocco Photography
Ringo Wild
Pink Bathtub Designs
Iron City Upcyclery
Rabbit Dance Design
Bella Sol Bebe
The Surreal Banana Peel
Ashley Andrews Art
M & J Creations
Once lost jewelry
Pretty Debonair
Treasures in Glass
Lake Erie Artists
Larry Berman
Diane Wright Designs
Anna Leah Designs
Extra Impressions
Dulcet Design
Lost Marbles
Carol H Designs
The Pretty 1
Soap Alchemy
On the Rocks Designs
Strawberry Luna
Miss Chief Productions
Fresh Popcorn Productions
Robyn’s Nest Pottery
Ricardo Washington
CKing Wood Works
Matthew Buchholz
Elizabeth Keating

Additional Sponsors:

Society of Contemporary Craft
Creative Reuse Pittsburgh
Coca Café
Square Café

All Proceeds Benefits:

Animal Friends

New art print released: Spring Cardinal

New, hand screeprinted, 4-color art print "Spring Cardinal". (Click to purchase or for more info.)

Freshly off the presses and now available: you are looking at my Spring Cardinal, the spring 2010 art print. What a happy little fellow!

Hey hey! Tweet! Tweet! Spring Cardinal is a part of my new Seasons series. This is the sixth print in series of seasonal prints that I’ll be releasing. Ready? Here’s the mind-blowing part = there will be 4 per year.

This year for  the 2010  Seasons series, I am doing things a little differently, rather than making a new image for each season, I’ve decided to follow the same bright red fellow in the same scene, across all 4 seasons. We have lots of Cardinals here all year round. I love looking out of my window and seeing their amazing scarlet red color jumping out from wherever they are, and whatever they are up to.

Although the original “Winter 2009” prints are sold out, I’ve printed a new edition, in a slightly different colorway titled “Winter Cardinal” to round out the first two seasons, (see the below photo), now available at my website here. Summer Cardinal, the summer 2010 print will be available shortly thereafter. Keep a sharp eye out!

Winter Cardinal, 3-color hand screenprinted art print. (click for more info or to purchase.)

Spring Cardinal is my 4-color, all hand screenprinted art print with tender mint green, bark brown, scarlet red, and new-leaf green, hand mixed and non-toxic water based inks. All prints are hand signed and titled. Additionally photos are selections from the hand screenprinting process. Size: 16 x 22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This new art print, Spring Cardinal is now available here, at my website.

I design & hand screenprint my prints and posters. If you have any questions, just let me know. Below are a few selections from my photos of the hand screenprinting process for this new art print too. Click any of the below images for more information and / or to visit my Flickr account:

Screens drying for my Spring Cardinal art print.

1st color printed for Spring Cardinal.

2nd color, the crimson Cardinal's body printed in my Spring Cardinal print.

3rd color, bark, beak & wing brown, printed for my Spring Cardinal art print.

All done! 4th color printed and on the press for my Spring Cardinal art print.

AIR Super-Summer-Beach-Fun-Time-Party Saturday 6/27

It’s time! Tiki torches, sand to sink your feet into, small pools of cool water, the occasional head band and YOU!

Yinz Got posters, show at AIR October, 2007. Photo courtesy of gollygoshgees Nick Fredland.

The "Yinz Got Posters", show at AIR October, 2007. Photo courtesy of gollygoshgee's Nick Fredland.

This is the Artists Image Resource’s (aka AIR) summer benefit party, to raise funds for the city’s amazing, one of a kind resource for printmaking arts,  non-profit community print studio AIR. Which, happens to be where I print all of my work.

The Details:

Where: Artists Image Resource, at 518 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, PA (on the city’s historic North Side), phone: 412-321-8664

When: This Saturday June 27th from 4 -11pm start your summer at AIR!!

Cost: $5 at the door (proceeds benefit this invaluable community print studio) getting you:

Large prints being hand pulled. Photo, courtesy of me.

Large prints being hand pulled. Photo, courtesy of me.

What – Music:

* Mike Budai is your DJ from 4:30-6pm – pulling from Air Supply to Slayer, Budai will eat you. And you thought Budai was just a great printmaker.

Dani & Margot from Alpaca Beretta at 7pm – Somewhere between the pickin’ strings and quaint country harmonies of the 1920’s and the mystical electronic wonderland of the 2020’s, you’ll find Alpaca Beretta. Their sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant dulcimer-uke-electro-rama tells stories of whiskey, barrooms, love, murder, farm living, paleontology, greek mythology, whiskey, bank robberies, springtime, and many other things that are essential to understanding our humanity.

Damara Rose Badila Moon at 8pm – Haunting awesomeness. Listen here.

DJ Thermos at 9pm – Currently working on translating his instrumental music into a live performance by banging on buttons, pads, levers, and knobs.
He’s also 1/2 of the rap group Therm&Soul, listen to more here.

Colin and the Shots at 9:45pm – They say swamp rock, we say the reason why you breathe. Always a good time!

Our Love Project at 10:45pm – “life from love, music from birth, death from love, music from ashes” hear a peep here.

What Food (!) :

Grilling by Craig ‘Dr. Grillenstein’ Seder working up veggies, hamburgers, hot dogs (vegetarian friendly versions available) for everyone from 5 – 9pm. there’s talk of a mountain of cole slaw too – think double dare minus the flag.

Drinks: Water, soda, lemonade = liquid summer PLUS the finest East End Brewery varieties on tap!

Proofs of the Seeing Red print porfolio hanging on the walls during production at AIR. Photo courtesy of gollysoshgees Nicholas Fredland.

Proofs of the Seeing Red print porfolio hanging on the walls during production at AIR. Photo courtesy of gollysoshgee's Nicholas Fredland.

What to DO:

Hands on screen printing of beach summer fun!! Bring your beach towels! bring your shirts! we’re printing big and small on paper and fabric from 4 to 8pm. We’ll also be screening early beach cinema classics big projection style.

On view in the galleries:

* ‘A Visual History of the George W. Bush Presidency’ – a traveling print portfolio of 15 different artists critical take on 15 different moments of the Bush Administration’s tenure.

* ‘ Seeing Red ‘– Selections from the ‘Seeing Red’ portfolio printed at Artists Image Resource in 2006.

* The AIR, artist submitted t-shirt raffle!! – View and win one of a kind transformed threads on display throughout the AIR gallery. raffle tickets for $1. Winners pulled at 10:45pm that night!

Hope to see you there!

Inks for screenprinting, mixed and ready to go. Photo, courtesy of me.

Inks for screenprinting, mixed and ready to go. Photo, courtesy of me.