Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EARTH DAY SALE ON ECO-FRIENDLY!


HAPPY EARTH DAY! 

For one day only (today- 4/22/15), we're offering 30% off all items in our "Eco-Friendly" category at redprairiepress.com Shop from our selection of Baltimore-made, Organic Cotton/Hemp Dresses and headbands, and eco-blend pullovers and scarves! Through midnight tonight, Enter code #EARTHDAY at checkout! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Strangers With Style Event in Baltimore THIS FRIDAY!

Friday, 4/24/15 - 6:30pm-11pm
Gallery 788
3602 Hickory Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211

I'm so honored to be partnering with Strangers with Style this Friday at a great event benefitting a great and worthy local cause. 
The first ever SHEporium All Women's market is a curated, one night market featuring established Baltimore women-owned brands, all discounting our products 30% off or more!!!! for this great cause. The small cover charge of $5 will get you in the door, a drink in hand, access to great sale prices from your favorite woman-run Bmore companies, and a bunch of chances to score some awesome door prizes (donated by some like minded male-owned Bmore businesses, displaying an equal feminist drive). Buy your ticket in advance HERE, and spread the word on Facebook by sharing the event page, Shop to fight violence against women. $5. Easier, and more rewarding - and significantly less expensive - than getting a drink on the Avenue.

See you there!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Bada-Bing // Richmond // This Weekend


11am-5pm April 11th
2408 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220

I always love the first craft show of the year. Dusting off the tent, boxing up all the new spring gear, and getting to see other human beings again, on a (presumably) warm day with dreamy spring flowers blooming nearby, and everyone giddy with the prospect of the sunny months ahead, in which they can show off their new tshirts and dresses from red prairie press without woolen sweaters and ski jackets bundled over them. 
This weekend Phil and I will be in Richmond, VA for the Spring Bada-Bing craft fair. Come visit us and get yourself some crafts, or craft beers, or (if you enjoy standing in long lines) some food truck food. I recommend the former, but I could be biased.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Handmade Knife!

 
Phil's knife from a class at Station North Tool Library

For Christmas this year, I got my husband Phil a knife making class at the community tool library in Baltimore. I rarely see him this excited about learning anything new - and it was such a cool process to watch (well...through photos). He came home last night with this beautiful new chef's knife - finally completed - and we chopped a carrot just for fun. Can't stress enough what a great facility the Station North Tool Library is for Baltimore - they not only teach rad classes like this one, but for a small annual membership fee, you can can borrow saws, pipe cutters, lawn tools, ladders - you name it. So much more rewarding and affordable to do house projects yourself, and these guys will teach you how.
It's owned by the friendliest couple you've ever met, and it's conveniently close to where we live.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Marquee Ball (and KITTIES!)

"The Lapwarmers" -Rachel Bone

This spring's Creative Alliance Marquee Ball (ie: THE arts event of the year, in Baltimore) is April 18. The art benefit auction, fancy dinner, and themed dance party are not to be missed, and help keep one of the city's best art resources in business all year. I've donated the above painting "Lapwarmers" for one lucky cat-lovin auction bidder to take home this year, and it's joined by dozens of other pieces by invited local artists. 
You can choose the fanciness of your ticket anywhere from $30 (members headed to the dance party only) up to $185 (VIP dinner party with celebrity guests, plus the auction & dance party, prizes... who knows. Let's face it - I can't afford this ticket, so I will never know what happens to the Marquee high rollers. It may be scandalous). This year's theme is the apocalyptic film series Mad Max. Join your favorite arts survivors for an unforgettable evening of great food, drinks and dancing inside civilization's last apathy-free zone, the Patterson! Expect great dance music, performances in the main gallery, a curated silent art auction, and amazing vacation and restaurant deals.
In a world of rust, dust and indifference, join our insurgency to fight for the right to be CREATIVE, no matter what the future brings! 


Monday, March 9, 2015

New Eco-Friendly Scarves!


Pretty excited about our new MADE IN USA, Eco-friendly infinity scarves! 
In the shop now along with a bunch of other spring newbies.
www.redprairiepress.com to get yours!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ninth Birthday! 20% off Sale! Free Rant!

Weekend Sale at www.redprairiepress.com

Another year has passed, my friends. I'm sitting at a cluttered desk in a cold studio, my back hurting from printing (ok, from shoveling) (ok, from attempting PX90, and finding out I can't do a pushup).
There are piles of orders I don't have time to finish. My window is leaking in cold snowy air. I'm already behind on this years bookkeeping, I'm wearing really dumb slippers, and I'm so. so. tired.... and yet... I can't help feeling proud of this little business as it turns 9 tomorrow. For all the people we've gotten to meet, places we've gotten to visit, and drawings I've gotten to draw because of it. Every day is hard work, mentally and physically. I don't always know what I'm doing, or if I'm doing it right. I get frustrated and angry, and I worry daily about the clothing industry, and its great impact on this big beautiful earth and its inhabitants, including humans.
But in the small successes of finding sustainable materials, local collaborators, and the satisfaction of working with like-minded companies (many of whom pay their entry level employees more than I'll make this year), and convincing people one by one that origin and content still matter, more than ever... I know I still have a place, and I know I'm in it.

Going into our 10th year, I have big goals and big energy for them. I'm convinced there is still a way to keep production in the United States. I'm convinced that Organic Cotton (despite what most fabric sales people have pitched to me) still exists and grows, in this country, and can be sold in smaller quantities than the bazillion yard minimums I've found so far.
I think there are ways for small business to make a difference in the revival of this industry, and these ethics, and maybe it even starts with us rather than with big business. I look forward to more research, and more hard work ahead. And if all else fails... surely I can at least build up to a few pushups.

In the meantime, enjoy 20% OFF your orders this weekend, with discount code #: NINER.
Thank you for all of your support these last 9 lives years. Rock on!