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Come Christkindlmarkts With Us @ People’s Gas Holiday Market!

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Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays

We’re getting extra hygge with it for the Holidays this year! Come Downtown and join in the festivities all season long with 3 local, handmade maker/artists (ourselves Allison & Craig here at strawberryluna, our friend Kim Fox of Worker Bird and Kirsten Lowe-Rebel of KLoRebel) as we pop-up our 1st ever Holiday Shop in beautiful Market Square through the Holidays!

We are 3 Pittsburgh artists, and a part of the new Monmade craft entrepreneurial trade group here in Pittsburgh, and are sharing an adorable Chalet for the duration of the People’s Gas Holiday Market. We’ll be nestled with many other vendors in Market Square in our Chalet Shop 7 days a week through 12/23/17 (yes, for 6 weeks yep!) offering our hand crafted goods, all made right here in Western, PA by our hands. It’s pretty special yinz.

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 11.56.24 AMMonmade is a trade group of regional craft businesses, maker enterprises, design/build shops, and entrepreneurial artists. Monmade Producers use traditional handwork processes and manufacturing technologies to transform raw and reclaimed materials into products that have utility, durability, and good design.

See our Chalet Shop below (photo by the talented Matt Dayak) and come find us in Market Square through 12/23!

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Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts (or “Christmas Market”), the Peoples Gas Holiday Market brings a cherished European tradition to Pittsburgh with an international flair, a touch of local charm, and a pinch of sugar, spice, and everything nice. From Friday, November 17th – Saturday, December 23rd, drop on by Market Square in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh to see for yourself! As you weave through the Alpine-style wooden chalets, brimming with high quality gifts, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience.

Below is just a small sample of work by strawberryluna, Worker Bird and KLoRebel

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The Market features 35 vendors of unique gifts that can’t be found anywhere else in Pittsburgh. The Market will be open daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Saturday, December 23. To see the complete list of vendors, click here.

Pittsburgh Today Live stopped by and chatted with us, here’s a fun little piece on our Chalet here!

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-kdkatv/3770457-peoples-gas-holiday-market-opens-in-market-square/

This year, the Holiday Market will showcase some fantastic local talent with live performances. And of course, be sure to visit Santa in his Downtown Pittsburgh home, right in the heart of the Holiday Market. By making a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (suggested $5), you will receive a complimentary photo with Santa!

With a twinkle of lights, a few flurries in the air, and a warm drink in your hands, who knows…the Holiday Market might become a bit magical, if you just believe.

Mark your calendars now! The Holiday Market will open on November 17th for Light Up Night, and will remain open until December 23rd. 

HOURS:
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday + Saturday: 11:00 a.m.. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving

 

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Happy Handmade Holiday Sale & Deals!

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There is a lot going on for everyone at this time of year , so let’s keep this short & sweet.

Our annual Happy Handmade Holiday Sale is now ON and runs through January 15, 2016. Choose to use either Coupon Code:

  1. HOHOHOLIDAY20 – For 20% off of any order, shipped anywhere in the world!
  2. HOLIDAYFREESHIP – For free Priority USPS Shipping anywhere in the US (only).

Our annual Happy Handmade Holidays Sale and Coupon Codes are good through January 31, 2016! And both Coupon Codes are valid in our Webshop here and in our Etsy Shop here as well. So you can treat your friends, family and even yes, yourself. You’ve been good. You deserve it too.

We are shipping every day with joy from our studio right to you until Christmas Eve, December 24th. For USPS Christmas Delivery Dates, click here. And for expedited shipping rate quotes email us! We’re happy to make holiday magic with you.

A Quick Word About Shopping Small:

When you shop with small businesses, handmade makers, and American made artisans your purchases make a direct impact on many lives. For instance, in our case, when you shop with us, we then also support other small, local businesses. How? We source our materials from US-based and US-manufacturing producers & distributors for our papers (like Domtar Cougar and French Paper), inks ( we use mainly Speedball), screens, squeeges, output films (all from Pittsburgh’s own Tech Support Screenprinting Supplies) and more. We also wholesale our art work to many independent shops (local favorites Wildcard in Lawrenceville and Sapling & Sons in Beaver, PA) around the country who do more of the same and support more small businesses in turn.

We think it’s a pretty great cycle; we hope that you do too. Best & brightest! Happy Holidays to all!

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Steve Frykholm’s Picnic Posters for Herman Miller

WHY_PicnicPosters_02One day out of the blue our good friend Terrence McClusky sent a link to an incredible little blog post and video about Herman Miller designer Steve Frykholm and his iconic “Picnic Posters”, created for the company’s annual employee & family picnics.

As young designer in 1970 (and Herman Miller’s first in-house graphic designer) Frykholm was approached to try his hand at creating a poster to announce the annual picnic that year. What blossomed from a simple side-project utilizing old school techniques that he learned in the Peace Corps is honestly so wonderful.

“It’s a sequence of events, one color at a time. And then that last one goes on and it’s better than you imagined.” – Steve Frykholm

Be still my heart.

Washing out a screen in preparation for printing.

Frykholm_PPP_washoutClick any of the images above or below to watch the beautifully done short video on Frykholm’s history, process and The Picnic Posters series.

Frykholm standing in front of the MoMA‘s collection of his Picnic Posters.

Screen shot 2015-08-04 at 2.17.46 PMFrykholm watching over the printing & drying process. Screen shot 2015-08-04 at 2.14.17 PMPhotograph of one of the many Herman Miller employee & family annual picnics. I want to travel back in time to this place and day…

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Richmond Craft Mafia Spring Bada-Bing Time!

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Hello Richmond! And the Richmond, VA area! We are heading your way for the first time ever and couldn’t be more excited to meet you.

We will be vending at the Richmond Craft Mafia Spring Bada-Bing show this Saturday (and this Saturday ONLY) April 5th at the lovely Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in lovely Richmond, VA. The show is a one-day-boomer and runs from 11am – 5pm, rain or shine. But we hear it’s mostly going to be shine. Hooray!

So come on out and see the handiwork of over 80 amazing vendors and makers of handmade craft. And if that’s not enough? Hello! Craft Beer. Seriously, it’s going to be a blast.

Who: The Richmond Craft Mafia

What: “Spring Bada-Bing: locally brewed crafty goodnesss” is an independent artist craft show in Richmond, Virginia

Where: The show will be held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery,

When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 11am to 5 pm

Why: Because, after 8 years, we still want to bring unique, innovative shopping to RVA – this time with beer!

Entrance Fee? – Heck no! Free, baby, free.

Say, what about parking? – There is plenty of free on-street parking all around Hardywood.

For more info head over to the Richmond Craft Mafia site here, and we’ll see you there!

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Got questions for us? Submit them to the Creative Briefs podcast!

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Curious about strawberryluna, what we do, and how we do it? Here is your chance to ask away!

AIGA Pittsburgh’s awesome podcast Creative Briefs has asked us to join their roster of Pittsburgh based design interviews. And of course, we’re super stoked. But we can’t do it without you. So ask any questions that you might have for us about printmaking, working for rock bands, design, craft & arts festivals, working for ourselves, freelance life, the day-to-days of an active studio, whatever’s on your mind.

Submit your questions right here to Creative Briefs by the afternoon of 1/3/13 and we’ll do our best to answer them. The more questions, the merrier!

The air date for our interview by Creative Briefs podcast is still TBA but rest assured, it’s coming up in the next week or so. So stay tuned!

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New Release! Black Cat Lucky 13 Art Print.

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Being born on a Friday the 13th, Allison takes a special delight in all things symbolically “unlucky”. And, being a bit of a bookworm, well, our smartie pants black cat here originally  created for a poster that we did for Jackie Kashian’s CD release party seemed like a fun art print to create for Halloween 2012.

This art print is now available in our webshop here and also in our Etsy shop here. 3 colors, and all expertly hand silkscreen printed in our studio here in Pittsburgh, this print is ready to help you celebrate every day of the year. Bring a little backwards luck into your world with this erudite kitty cat.

– Inks: 3 colors with hand-mixed scarlet red and midnight black non-toxic water based silkscreen inks.

– Edition: Limited edition of 200. Each print is hand signed and numbered by strawberryluna.

– Size: 16 x22 inches (45.7 cm x 61 cm).

– Paper: Archival, no-acid, recycled content, American made Cougar Opaque White, 100lb cover weight.

– Fits beautifully into either a standard 16″ x 20″ frame by trimming the border, or into an 18″ x 24″ frame as is with a matte.

New release! Screens’n’Spokes “Thinking Of You” silkscreen art print

"Thinking Of You", new 3-color hand silkscreen printed art print for the MS150 Screens''n'Spokes art show & team. Click for more info & to purchase.

If you love your bike and you love your love, and you both love bicycles? Well, this is the print for you!

Thinking Of You” is our 2011 contribution to the amazing Screens’n’Spokes (aka S’n’S) MS 150 Team and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of their efforts and art shows again this year to help raise awareness and money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In just 5 years, the Screens’n’Spokes Team has raised over $200,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society through enlisting top printmaking artists to create new art prints for sale through the S’n’S annual art show and their Etsy Shop.

Once again this year S’n’S will be organizing a month long art show in Philadelphia with hand printed art work from over 15 Gig Poster artists. Mugshots CoffeeHouse on Fairmount has graciously hosted S’n’S for all five seasons.

Check below for more details about the incredible Screens’n’Spokes team, their fundraising, the S’n’S show and the artists involved:
http://www.screensnspokes.org/

Thinking of You” is our 3-color, all hand silkscreen printed art print, carefully printed one layer at a time, with soft cloud grey, bright love red, and black hand-mixed and non-toxic water based silkscreen inks. Edition of 200. Size: 16 x22 inches (39.4 cm x 55.9 cm.) Paper: no acid, archival Cougar, White 100lb cover weight.

This new art print is now available for sale in a bunch of places for your convenience too.

1. The Screens’n’Spokes Etsy shop here where all proceeds from the sale of any prints benefits the MS Society.

2. From our website here, with a portion of each sale going to the MS Society.

3. From our own Etsy shop here with a portion of each sale going to the MS Society.

4. From the show itself at Mugshots in Philadelphia in the lovely Fairmount section of the city with a portion of each sale going to the MS Society.

This is a limited edition print, so once it’s gone, it’s gone baby!

Below are some photos of the hand silkscreen printing process, and feel free to hop on over to our Flickr page where tons more process photos live!

"Thinking Of You" art print process: 1st color (grey) printed. Click for more info & more process photos of the silkscreen printing process.

"Thinking Of You" art print process: 2nd color (red) ink on the screen, ready to go. Click for more info & more process photos of the silkscreen printing process.

"Thinking Of You" art print process: 2nd color printed. Click for more info & more process photos of the silkscreen printing process.

"Thinking Of You" art print process: 3rd & final ink layer (black) ready to print. Click for more info & more process photos of the silkscreen printing process.

"Thinking Of You" art print process: 3rd color printed & done. Click for more info & more process photos of the silkscreen printing process.