Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Skill Share

I heard someone describe a mutual friend the other day as "...a deep deep well." Meaning he has so much knowledge on so many things, and so much experience... you just can't imagine it all at once.
Sometimes I get so caught up in running a business - the bookkeeping, the packing, the folding, printing, shipping, invoicing, errand running, planning, designing, redesigning....  that I forget what I do is actually quite fun, and takes (albeit, easily achievable) actual skill & knowledge and physical strength. To invigorate my memory, and blow off some steam from a very difficult few weeks in the studio... I invited some friends over for a late night printing lesson last week. Everyone got to make their own one-of-a-kind tshirt and learn the basics of my job. Really fun to be with friends, and see how everyone used the 3 screens we set up differently. On top of that - really uplifting to be able to show people in my life what it is I do every day, and see their excited reactions to it. If only my studio was always this full of beautiful witty women and fresh cocktails............. I guess this would then be the set of mad men?
I'll stick to daily overindulgence of coffee, and an uptick in planned bouts of skill sharing. Luckily, I have surrounded myself with some deep wells of knowledge - on many subjects besides screen printing.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Scarf Weather?... maybe.

Jersey Cotton Scarves at Red Prairie Press

Ok, so maybe it's just a summer vortex, but it feels downright pleasant outside! Almost lovely enough to think of things like fall, and clothing that covers your body properly... and... moving at a reasonable pace when walking!
Check out the new scarves we tried out over the summer - many of them here for a limited time only!
Get em while they're hot... or... before you're too hot to wear one again!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A pile of Baltimore Love

After a record breaking, body exhausting, weather perfecting, fun booth-neighbor having, all round excellent Artscape last week... we decided to reward ourselves with a mini-trip to the beach. Nothing like a soak in the ocean to sooth a tired soul, and reflect on how great everything is. Managed to make it home without too much of a junk-food hangover or sunburn, and got right back to re-printing everything we sold out of.
I just dropped off a big pile of the Baltimore Neighborhood Map tees at Double Dutch Boutique in Hampden (1021 W 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211). Exclusive, limited edition colors, get em while they last!!

Have a great week, everyone!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Alex & Eric

I had the pleasure of collaborating on a wedding invitation this spring with two lovely people. Alex & Eric met in NYC and the front stoop they're sitting on in this illustration is a special place, woven into the story of their early relationship, right through to their engagement. The flowers around them are from their respective home states of California and Connecticut. Loved working on this one! 3 days until Artscape in Baltimore this weekend, and I'm dreaming of the projects that keep me indoors instead of out in the heat... but I'm excited to be part of the country's largest free arts festival, like always... and happy to get more Red Prairie Press to the Baltimore masses!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tshirt Printing Workshop - This Saturday!


July 12, 10am-1pm
Baltimore Print Studios
18 W. North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21218

It's Summer. It's Hot. You're Sweaty.... 
Must be time to learn to print tshirts so you can stop wearing your sweaters!!!

I'm teaching another Tshirt Printing workshop for beginners this weekend at Baltimore Print Studios, from 10am-1pm. It's nice and cool in the studio, and you can bring your ice coffee along with you! The workshop will cover making positives, registering, coating & burning a screen, printing multiple colors,
and using the tshirt press and how to rig up your own household setup. See you there!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sandro Giordano - In Extremis

A friend send me a link to photographer Sandro Giordano's photo series on Instagram the other day, and I cannot stop myself from sharing, despite it clearly having been around a while. Why have I not seen these spectacular photos!?? The series "In Extremis" stages elaborate and ridiculous scenes of people supposedly having just fallen in compromising positions. They are so colorful, hilarious, strangely and deliciously dark, and so full of secret little details that you could look at them for hours and keep discovering new stories. I love these photos so much. See more here: http://instagram.com/__remmidemmi

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Manayunk Arts Fest - Philly - This Weekend!

This weekend, June 21-22, Red Prairie Press will be selling our wares in Manayunk, PA (northern Philly) and hope to see all of our Philadelphia fans there! Two days of art, craft and fun in Manayunk. Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11-6; rain or shine!
More info at www.manayunk.com

Packing for this show after a glorious week of hiking and family visits in NH and VT. It's getting hot & sticky in Baltimore, and printing is becoming more of a challenge. Luckily, I have a new season of Orange is the New Black to watch while I print, a free window AC unit from a neighbor being installed soon, and have successfully evicted some fruit flies that tried to move into my studio plants. Life is good!