•March 5, 2008 • 1 Comment
Maps, maps, maps… who needs ‘em in a city where you can hop on a train and whisk yourself back to the civilization of the LES? As I’ve been walking around the streets of Manhattan, I realize… I do. Luckily, Narchi provides handy-dandy little notebooks screen-printed with the neighborhoods of Manhattan. Now I can keep track of how many times I get lost when I’m wandering around Tribeca or Inwood. Makes me wish she made maps of Brooklyn. …Narci?
•February 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment
I was just lamenting the loss of some record stores along a stretch of Brooklyn with some friends of mine… Holy Cow on 9th Street, Sound Track on 7th Ave…. Somethin’ Else on 5th, which closed last year to the sound of a thousand chirping internet connections. The scenery is always changing in the city, but the loss of a music store always seems to hit me in the gut because they are the underdogs and champions of the music community. Hanging out in one was guaranteed to expose you to something new and make you seem, well… cooler. Even if you didn’t know enough to hide your affection for Bell & Sebastian in public.
Something Else also had a nice display of alternative mags. One that caught my eye was Mesh Count, published by Peter J. McGouran. It’s a slim volume full of interviews with screen-printers and full-color reproductions of their work. I’m not sure when the next one comes out, but I’m hoping it’s soon.
Get ze info at www.meshcount.net.
•February 22, 2008 • 1 Comment
Remember when you collected those posters in grade school with kittens hanging from trees and sad-eyed cocker spaniel puppies rolling out of a basket?
You do? Of course you do! You love collecting posters! In fact, you wish you could find cool posters to oogle and horde forever… if you could find some…
People. You might want to sit down for this.
Flatstock 16, the largest, cutest and most enthralling poster convention ever hits Austin next month at the SXSW festival.
Flatstock is a poster convention presented by the American Poster Institute (API) and held in tandem with musical festivals across the country. When I say posters, I’m not taking about those plastic looking things that you got at the mall when you were a teenager. These are real-deal rock n’ roll posters buddy! Most of them are printed by hand by the artists themselves, who are usually on the other side of the table as you peruse their work. Here’s an article for you about how the festival got started and some of the people involved.
And here are some posters from Flatstocks past (like the one above by Cricket Press):
Artists from left to right are: Jay Ryan of The Bird Machine, Iskra Print Collective, and Spike Press.
•February 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment
Just got an email from my friends Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain, the duo behind the marvelous musical instrument the monome. Check out this time-lapse of their work, screen-printing boxes by hand to ship out their newest addition to the monome family- the 128.
from www.vimeo.com posted with vodpod
If you don’t know what the monome is or what it can do, check out monome.org to watch more videos and this short doc I made when I visited Brian and Kelli this summer.
You can catch more electronic instruments and the people behind them at Create Digital Music Night at Etsy Labs.
•February 7, 2008 • 4 Comments
What does it take to become a successful screen-printer? I decided to start asking experienced printers to find out. Each month I’ll be interviewing a new artist to find out how they got started and what they’ve learned along the way.
If you haven’t checked out Cecilia’s line of ferociously humorous clothing, Albert & Piccolo, your life knows no joy. Her highly successful shirts feature a menagerie of hand-drawn animals masquerading as vampires, pirates and… whatever the hell they want to! Not only does Cecilia screen-print, but she also performs as a trapeze artist and is probably experimenting with cold fusion in her basement. I caught up with Cecilia at Home Ec to ask her where she gets her inspiration and how she learned to screen-print.
Continue reading ‘Interview with Albert and Piccolo’s Cecilia Grimm’
•February 5, 2008 • 3 Comments
Umsteigen! German for “movement” or “change,” it also happens to be the name of one of my favorite screen-printed clothing companies.
Susanne Schubert, the designer and owner, screens and stitches each one of her creations by hand, turning out fabulous hoodies and tops that are cozy and chic. I love the images, like wandering camels and windblown leaves, that drift across their backs and fronts. You can catch her wares in Manhattan at the The Market 11 to 7pm on weekends. You can also shop and discover more of her designs on her website: www.iloveumsteigen.com. I wish I could buy them all!