Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dress-age


I hesitate to post this photo of wrinkly, blurry, unprinted garments... but I am too proud, and too happy not to. After more than 6 (yes, SIX) months of trial and error, design, re-design, sampling, counter-sampling, factory frustration, fabric recalls, desperate jargon-learning, re-do's, factory swaps, thread recalls, shipping errors, fabric color errors, price negotiations (and re-negotiations), mis-information, research....... (you get the idea), I seem to have a large pile of our first color of our first style (out of 3 total) dresses finished, just in time for fall craft fair season. These dresses, while simple (and yes, quite wrinkled at the moment...), represent all that I wanted in a new garment this season: eco-friendly fabrics (this one is a Hemp/Organic cotton jersey knit), and that sweet sweet Made-in-America label (I used a local pattern designer, and I'm working with a Baltimore factory to cut& sew these, along with an additional branch of that same factory in PA). After so many troubles with this project, and so much frustration with the garment industry, the fabric industry, the fashion world in general... I cannot convey in words just how proud I am sitting here exhausted in a pile of garments in my studio (praying someone will actually want them, because FYI, factory minimums are about as high as Willie Nelson).
I am working out a way to write a more cohesive account of my experience with this project, and would love to hear other people's experience dipping toes into the realm of product production outside the indie studio experience. A truly fascinating journey it's been so far, and I look forward to sharing my souvenirs!

Frantically printing this week, and crossing my fingers that our Baltimore factory will be finished sewing in time with the rest of these ASAP.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Interesting Kickstarter Project



I know, I know, we all saw the potato salad, and how much money it raised... and we're all sick of friends and acquaintances bombarding us with obscure crowd funding ideas, or projects we donate to out of guilt... but I am intrigued by this startup water bottle company, if for no other reason that they bothered to make a sweet stop-motion animation for their product, and explain why it might be better than others.
Worth thinking about, at the very least, and worth a watch.
The trend of using/selling/buying disposable water bottles in the USA is quite possibly one of my least favorite things about humanity right now, and I'm always looking for good looking reusable ones. These would definitely solve the problem of fitting in a bookbag (though I don't trust them next to my laptop for a second, if they're prone to sweat condensation at all...)

And while we're on the subject of crowd sourcing... and videos acknowledging humanities downfalls... have you seen that new Miranda July app?  Forget innovative water bottles... this is the funniest thing I've seen all year.

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!
CLICK HERE

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!


UPDATE: SOLD OUT!!

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


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!