There’s an awesome new site brought to you by the guys who started United Pixelworkers called Cotton Bureau. I received an email about submissions and the further I looked into it, it sounded like a breeze. It’s geared towards someone like me, a designer and artist who has no clue on how to start or run a t-shirt business. It’s something I have fantasized about but knowing my friends that do this for a living, it’s HARD work!
This is one my Nautical Map designs, if 25 of them are pre-order, then it goes to press! There is 13 days left on this one.
What I’m digging about Cotton Bureau is unlike a couple other sites that have been around for a while, the submissions are well curated. You won’t see bad design floating around here! Be sure to check them out, submit a t-shirt and spread the word!
I had the chance to catch up with artist Stephanie Armbruster in her East End studio a couple weeks ago. She’s been there since last year but it was my first time over and I really enjoyed the new digs. Check out her space and see what she’s been up to:
More ghost signs in our city, I wanted to post these more often but I also didn’t want to over do it. Even though these are fading, the ghost signs around our city are beautiful and inspiring. Whenever I come across one that I love, I can’t even begin to imagine all the hard work it took to hand paint these. Take a look: (more…)
Have you seen the 1968 exhibit happening at the Heinz History Center? I saw it briefly during Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer then I decided to go back so I could spend more time looking at everything.
The exhibit is really impressive and interactive. You can listen to actual audio at different stations, check out items from that era, photographs, records, fashion, historic facts and more. I was born 10 years later but I really appreciate this and through my parents, I have heard a lot about the changes that took place. I noticed while walking around people talking about their memories in that time.
Whenever you hear the term CSA, we think of farms + food! You sign up, pay and then receive a box of delicious fruits, veggies and eggs to eat. This year, there is another type of CSA which is really exciting and it’s called CSA PGH which stands for Community Supported Art. Instead of food, you can purchase art by local artists. Six artists were commissioned to produce one edition-able work in a quantity of 50, the examples of creations include photographs, small paintings, prints or a sculpture. The six artists include Lenka Clayton, David Bernabo, Alexi Morrissey, Kim Beck, Ed Panar & William Kofmehl III.
The artists got together earlier this month for SIX x ATE dinner and did presentations of projects similar to the ones they are creating for the CSA.
David Bernabo explaining the sound piece he’s making. This is an image of another record of his.
Ed Panar is a photographer and here he is talking about one of his photography books.
An individual share will consist of one work from each of the artists and will cost only $350. This is a great way to support local artists and own work without paying a ton of money. Sales go live beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 on www.csapgh.com. The site has the information on there and includes information on each of the artists that are participating. Here is an interview that you can listen to about the project on WESA.
Happy Spring!!! Check out this month’s Pittsburgh Wallpaper Series by designer Melissa Frost. Melissa and her husband Brad just moved to Pittsburgh from NYC! From what she tells me, they are loving the area so far. I’m so glad they decided to make Pittsburgh their home!
What inspired the piece:
This is my first Spring in Pittsburgh and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Coming from NYC, I am so grateful for all the natural beauty Pittsburgh has to offer. Frick Park in particular is my zen oasis away from the city where I can revitalize myself on a walk with my dog. With all this Spring inspiration, I wanted to show my Pittsburgh love sans industrial smoke stacks and black and yellow colors. At first, I sketched out the “PGH” initials and then decided to redraw it in Illustrator to create a swirly spring monogram.
About the artist:
Melissa covers a diverse spectrum of user experience, graphic design and illustration. She designed Nike+ Fuelband’s Mobile App, is currently illustrating a children’s book, she runs a jewelry shop on Etsy and is now the Online Community Manager for Cotton Bureau.
I am in love with this piece and the colors are perfect for this time of year! I want to thank Melissa for contributing to the Pittsburgh Wallpaper Series! You can follow her on twitter and check out her work on her site and view her Etsy store.
Last Saturday I finally made my way over to East End Book Exchange which is located right on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield. Lesley has a great selection of books and I love that she features local art on the walls which gives the space a nice burst of color. I think my favorite part was the vintage Pittsburgh books I came across.
I was so excited when we were finally able to set a time up to visit Alissa and Jeb’s lovely home in Lawrenceville. Their home is in the 48th street rowhouse I posted a few weeks ago. The architecture and interior help was by moss architects and Botero Development is responsible for all the hard work that was put into the rowhouse to make it beautiful and livable.
I was pretty excited to hear that my friend Val Head was putting together a workshop that combined Coding + Screenprinting! I have sort of heard about this process but I haven’t seen any workshops like this in Pittsburgh.
If you do not know who Val is, she is a designer, speaker, consultant and does various other fun projects that are rad. Her and her husband Jason started the awesome one day conference Web Design Day and they also run Refresh Pittsburgh! I was curious about this workshop and decided to ask her a few questions:
Tonight is the big night! I hope to see some of you there. Join AIGA Pittsburgh at the Cultural Trust Education Center tonight! Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you browse an exhibition of design work from some of the best in our area. Doors open at 7:00pm—with the awards ceremony starting promptly at 8:30pm.
This year we got a sneak peek into the creation of these lovely awards they are giving out. They are porcelain trophies that were sketched by Nick Caruso and created by Amy Hamley of RedRaven Studios. I think it’s great that the winners get to take a unique handmade item home with them. Also, Nick Caruso created this year’s logo and invitations which were pretty amazing. All the folks at AIGA Pittsburgh put a lot of work into this event so high fives to everyone and I know tonight will be a lot of fun! (more…)