Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Andrea Pippins new Coloring Book


I have noticed a surprising (to me) trend recently on social media - of friends diving into adult coloring books as a meditative past time and posting photos of their mad coloring skills. While I haven't jumped on the train myself yet (too much embroidery floss in stock, and still on the friendship bracelet trolley), I'm genuinely intrigued and amused. Just as the trend caught my attention (which generally means it's a year old), I saw that a talented friend had created a new coloring book and I thought... wait a minute... maybe I DO want to color.

Andrea Pippins has been a force to be reckoned with the past few years. Building a successful blog, design business, art practice, and a dedicated following. I'm inspired by her wingspan in the arts - dipping a toe in so many different places all at once, and seemingly never exhausting her creativity. Her new book, "I Love My Hair," celebrates diversity through the hair of empowered and proud women of the world. It comes out November 10th, but due to pre-orders, is already the most popular new coloring book on Amazon! Pre Order it now, and get your Crayola's in order.

GET IT HERE

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This week in Baltimore: ARTSCAPE!!!!


Took last week off to be with family in beautiful Cape Cod, MA. Now I'm right back at the press, gearing up for 3 days of Artscape in Baltimore!
Artscape is America's largest free arts festival and features not just 100's of crafters like myself, but also free music, dance, and performance art all weekend, and of course, deep fried everything.
Pack your ice water and a snack and come on down to see what the road closures are all about!
Visit Red Prairei Press at Booth #E28 on Mt. Royal Ave. (directly in front of the University of Baltimore student center) Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
We will have tons of colors in the Baltimore neighborhoods tee, along with lots of tank tops, dresses, t-shirts and more!

more info & a full schedule at: http://artscape.org/

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TWO shows this weekend - Philly & Baltimore!




Phil and I will divide and conquer, covering TWO great craft festivals over one weekend this week! I'll be in Philly at Manayunk Arts Fest Saturday (11-7) and Sunday (11-6), and Phil will be in Baltimore at Charm City Craft Mafia's: PILE OF CRAFT event on Saturday (10-5).

We hope to see all of our Philly & Bmore friends out on the town this weekend, enjoying high quality, unique handcrafted artwork. We've got a big stock of dresses, tees and tank tops to keep you cool all summer and we'll be lonely without each other as comedic relief in the hot hot heat, so come and visit!


Friday, June 12, 2015

#DistractinglySexy



 Perhaps you've heard, but let's just put this here, for fun.
This week, Tim Hunt, a life sciences professor & Nobel laureate in the field of cell-splitting research made a speech in Korea, saying (quote): "the trouble with girls" in the research lab is "you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry."
As you might guess, this sat well with pretty much no one, including (but not limited to) the University College of London, (from which Hunt has now resigned his honorary lecturer position), The earth's entire population of females, and the majority of decent males who are literate & alive in the 21st century... etc. (If you are feeling bad for Hunt, and can't go on reading this... know that his apology was that he shouldn't have said how he felt with "all those journalists around" but that he "meant it" yet was "sorry". Also, don't worry. Hunt still has his nobel prize, and will surely be fine as a white male with a PhD in a field in which you sometimes literally get to wear a bag on your head & no one can recognize you anyway). Okay? We're good? Great:

Luckily, here in the 21st century we women have SO many neat rights, including (but NOT limited to!): education, voting, and access to social media accounts. If you don't feel like crying or falling in love on this Friday workday, I highly suggest you log into Twitter, and search the female-scientist-generated hashtag #DistractinglySexy. It's the best thing I've seen on the internet all week, and because I work alone... it's the only thing I've fallen in love with today at the office.
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23distractinglysexy&src=typd


Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Tank Tops!


$28 // MADE IN USA Tanks // redprairiepress.com

New American-Made, Baltimore-Printed, Nature Inspired tank tops in Sage and Sky Blue.
Now available in the Red Prairie Press shop. Dive in. 95 degrees in Bmore today, and we are headed to the O's vs. RedSox game. I love this series the best, because I secretly root for both teams. I don't care who wins - just who sells me a veggie burger at Camden Yards (Answer: Baseline Burgers - behind right field - has the best we've found so far, if you're curious), and trying to get on the kiss cam with Phil. (Fun fact: we once got on the dance cam twice in one game. We are either that good, or that bad at dancing). Anyways... if you got a bit overheated reading this... you can purchase yourself a new tank top HERE. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer

(Photo by Tara Whitla) Phil and I got in some rare & much needed hang time with my BFF and his beautiful family this weekend. Hope you're enjoying the summer as much as we are down here in the Mid Atlantic. My weeks are getting busy gearing up for summer fair season, but what a good time to be wandering & seeing friends and just being, at the end of every week. We've had a great month of weddings, travel, hiking, swimming, grilling and gardening, I'm almost sad to see May go, but with June, come fresh tomatoes, herbs & flowers from our garden. Running in Druid Hill Park, trips to the Woodberry swimming pool, and hikes in Northern MD, and of course - visits to some great cities to sell these tshirts that I've been piling up on weekdays... Look for new MADE IN USA tank tops, up on the site later this week. Happy June.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rewind: Wye Oak - Glory

Today in my Facebook feed, up popped a music video I helped casually on, more than a year ago. I was so happy to see it again after a year, and I wondered if I ever shared it here on the blog. Directed by talented friends (Ashley North Compton and Michael O'Leary) and featuring the music of talented friends (Wye Oak), this video shoot was one of the most fun weekends I've ever had, and made me crave more time on film sets. Phil and I built & gathered props in the art department, and although he teaches film, and has worked on plenty shoots - this was among my first experience being on a more formal shoot (ie: with a crew, a plan, a timeframe, and people with titles)... I have a new respect for anyone who does this or any film job full time. It is exhausting and rewarding and exciting and I want more. Love this video for it's stylization and strange suburban creepiness, don't you?