Handmade Arcade is here and they are celebrating 10 years! I feel like this is that one day where I can go to an event and run into so many of my creative friends all at once! But the most important part is you can get unique gifts here. I wanted to do a couple roundup’s for you. Honestly, this was hard, there’s so many great vendors! Take a look:
Handmade Arcade happens this Saturday 11am-7pm at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh. Also, The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 7. (This does NOT include the parking garage at the Convention Center.)
After posting the Duquesne beer sign, someone from twitter referred me to the Recapturist which is a project by Bill Rose. Bill goes around and documents vintages signs all around the U.S. There is so much inspiration on here and his photos are really beautiful. The thing that sets this site apart is there are stories under each sign. These are a few of my favorites:
Carnegie Museum of Art Collection of Photographs, 1894-1958, Carnegie Museum of Art, 1952
I came across this great Duquesne Beer Sign, look closely how many bulbs this must have taken! This sign was located at the corner of Bigelow Boulevard and Sixth Avenue just above Grant Street Downtown.
I was recently invited to the James Gallery located in the West End. It’s been around for quite some time. The building has gone through different phases over the years but in the beginning it was initially a stable, used to hold the horses for the funeral parlor that was once across the street and for the other businesses in the West End. I thought that was really interesting historic tidbit. Even though the gallery itself has been around for some time, I had never visited until now! Take a look:
A design collaboration with Wall-to-Wall Studios for Sienna Mercado
I met Ryan on twitter a while back, then in person at one of his Dribbble meetups. Ryan is a letterer, designer, writer and speaker based here in Pittsburgh. He’s a talented guy. The thing that I’ve noticed about Ryan is how hard he works. Just in the past few months he’s gone from practicing his lettering skills to gaining national clients. That’s pretty amazing! Take a look at some of his work:
This Saturday I’m doing a Photo Walk in collaboration with the folks who are running Web Design Day this weekend! Val suggested I put together something to show people around the city. I like to explore Pittsburgh from garage tops, alleyways and all the other places tour guides won’t normally take you. We meet at 10am by the Warhol Bridge, tickets are FREE but space is limited! Here’s a little preview:
Steeltown Anthem and TOWNHOUSE are excited to present POSTED a showcase featuring letterpress, screenprinted and digital posters by more than 15 local artists, will be on display Nov. 7-9. at TOWNHOUSE in East Liberty. If you’re a poster artist interested in getting in the show, we still have a very few spots open — email us at email@example.com
The opening party is 6-9pm Thursday, Nov. 7, with local beer and a DJ set by Matthew Buchholz. A special thanks to AIGA Pittsburgh for sponsoring the event and supporting local PGH designers/artists. I will be posting the artists and designers shortly. Stay tuned!
The Andy Warhol Museum just finished a beautiful renovation of their first floor that is more welcoming to visitors to just hang out. There is two new windows, all new furniture, 20 new monitors that displays footage including visitor’s screen tests, an actual reproduction of the couch from Warhol’s Silver Factory, a new enlargement of William John Kennedy’s Homage to Warhol’s Marilyn and increased retail space for The Warhol Store.
I’m so excited to give you guys a sneak preview into the new awesome book by Matthew Buchholz, known for his Alternate Histories line of prints and greeting cards.
This new book (which you can pre-order) is based on the series of prints that feature historic maps, photographs with monsters, robots, zombies, and sci-fi creations. What if a robot was present at the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Or aliens built the Statue of Liberty?
Matthew was inspired by the rich history of Pittsburgh and his first print was an 1867 view of Pittsburgh & Allegheny with a monster crushing his way across the skyline. The posters has since expanded to included over 60 cities and now a book: Alternate Histories of the World is a humorous pictorial history of the world that looks at the influence of these various creatures on mankind’s development.
I met Caldwell at an Operation Sappho dance when I first moved back in Feb. 2009. Pretty much every time since, the camera is always in hand! At first it made me feel uncomfortable and awkward, I think because I wasn’t use to seeing someone always carry their camera around. After some time, I just expected it and now knowing Caldwell better, there’s a lot of admiration on how these images capture our queer scene. Yes, I said it, we have a scene here. No, it’s not Portland or San Francisco but if you lived here a few years ago, it didn’t exist! I think what Caldwell does is important because it shows a side of Pittsburgh you don’t see too often. Take a look: