Sunday, July 31, 2011

"daily dOOdle" weekly round-up.

Grouchy smurf. Think it was smurf week in NYC? Anyhow, it was Monday and that's how I was feeling.

Pompom mexican ball fringy stuff. Had a piece lying on my desk. I glue that stuff to my display tables.  It's pretty darn cute.

R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.

Just playin with lines.

Buffalo check. It was big in '84.

De La Soul. And it was a Saturday.

My change jar. It's a bout the size of my account these days.
The idea here, is to do a weekly round-up of my doodles and give a brief explanation as to what/ or why that particular image was drawn for the day. It was once mentioned that I should include a verbal description with my doodle when I post, but I wanted people to make their own interpretations and I didn't want to interrupt.  I 'm not quite sure how I'm going to organize the doodles from the past (getting close to 400!) but I'll figure it out eventually. I'm pretty sure I can remember the reasoning behind almost every doodle. If you would like to find out what the heck this "daily dOOdle" project is, go to my Krusty facebook page. Here's to the first weekly round-up!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Screen printing.

I graduated Savannah College of Art and Design in 1993 with a B.F.A. in Fiber arts.  Sounds kinda silly but fun as heck! Fiber Arts included screen-printing, repeat pattern design, dyeing, weaving, sewing and paper making. I went to their website and it looks so modern! So state of the art! What I recall is being taught almost archaic methods in dilapidated buildings. I remember printing with contact paper, no computers at all. That is how I work today and it's what I like. Paper, markers, copiers, white out and scotch tape! My focus was screen printing and I wanted to print t-shirts and repeated pattern for yardage But, I was not career focused and became a snowboard bum and fish worker, for like, forever and moved way too much. What really got me back on track to printing, was the book Print Liberation: the screen printing primer.  Check this company out. Very clever, funny and the snowman hit and run videos are, well, funny. Living in a 3 story house with a basement was key, too. We put together a studio with a wash out basin, dark box, exposure area and one color press, then later, a 4 color press. Ryan (carpenter boyfriend) built this himself, with the help of free blueprints I found online. I ♡ screen printing!
the good book

4 color press
m.j. posters

2 color bandanas

detail of press/ turnstyle

my trusty lux

sage advice

pegboard rules

pressure washers rock

big bucket of black


the darkbox

the darkbox in action

exposure unit

exposed screens

press in action

one color press

wash out basin

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Spring/ Summer shows 2011.

neighbors hasenpfeffer and anna todaro

friends Jessica and Arlo @ Slow Loris Shirts
Krusty stuff got the chance to vend in 4 spring/ summer shows. Very happy! I've included pics of various booth set ups. Always trying something new. It's an ongoing battle. Unfortunately, I had to turn down the last show (stupid gas prices).

UC Art Fair, Missoula, MT
MADEfair, Missoula, MT
Crafty Wonderland, Portland, OR
Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle, WA
Craft Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT (no go)

It's a super huge amount of work to attend these shows, especially with the travel and going solo, but it's the only way to get it out there and meet other vendors and customers. It's also a good way to get instant feedback on your products, whether you want it or not. I remember the one lady who said "Oh great. Just what I need, a Krusty hat to go with my crappy coat." I love that!  I am no gazzilionaire, but I feel fortunate to have been accepted into these shows and I'm still feeling the creativity buzzing in the air. Can't believe I'll be applying to the holiday shows soon...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For starters...

This blog took me long enough to get around to, already.  Celebrating with a cold smoke scotch ale (if you haven't had one yet, you should). So here's to the first entry!