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COMMUNITY: Art Battles

Posted in Community posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2011 by threeerincadigan


On this upcoming August 18 designer Erin Cadigan will be competing against 3 other NYC artists in a live painting, Art Battle. Art Battles was started by  Sean Bono and Max Bode in the fall of 2000 as a way to bring the seemingly opposing styles of academic and street painting together. By creating live events where artists of different methodology could compete and show their skill, all forms of art could then be viewed as equally relevant. Focusing on emerging talent, Art Battles, has become a world wide platform showcasing some of the hottest cities on the planet’s hottest young artists.

The battle on August 18 is showcasing four artists that have never battled before: Erin Cadigan, Don RiMX, Nina Paints, and Skylerbreed. Each of these NY artists were hand picked by veteran Art Battle artists from the US team. The winning artist from this battle will be flown to Spain at the end of September to compete on the US team in a European battle.

How do i feel about all this? Honestly, nervous as hell and super excited. I have tried to get into a battle a couple  times over the past years since moving to Brooklyn in 2004. I think it’s pretty awesome to be accepted at a point where this has grown to become so well known and global. The judges had a few questions about my ability to translate my art from so design based to live panting but I assured them that everything I do is hand drawn. My main form of art for 15 years was painting but over time I have focused more and more on pen and ink, digital coloring and/or screen printing. So yes it has been a minute since I’ve painted on the regular but I think I’m up to the challenge. Just like riding a bike….plus I’m pretty good in front of a crowd, I did live custom sneaker painting on the streets of New york as part of Adidas’ Adi-Color campaign and last year I did live screenprinting at Webster Hall during a CMJ music event. Still nervous though, my competition seems to have painting on lock down and are damn talented.

MATH (skylerbreed)– Hails from East New York, Brooklyn. They do not mess around in East New York. Math is a self taught graffiti artist focusing on letter form and color. He tags under the acronym FR5 (Fresh5) and been doing it life long pretty much. Recently he quit his 9-5 to pursue his art career. For more on Math (skylerbreed) and to check his work click HERE.

NINA PAINTS–Lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her painting style fluctuates between figurative and abstract. Obviously influenced by the sights, sounds and colors of the large transplanted islands culture of her neighborhood, Nina combines slice of life imagery with bright colors, angled perspective and loud patterning to create vibrantly alive art. Check out Nina’s work HERE.

Don RIMX–Lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His work is largely portraiture, in which he uses scale, color and proportion to engage the viewer in a narrative about the subject. RIMX aims ” to create a collectable line of art that function’s as part of global art history”. For more on Don RIMX and his work click HERE.

You can click HERE to see my bio and work on the Art Battles site.

So that’s it. That’s the competition right there. Pretty solid. I think it’s going to be an amazing and challenging event. There’s a great mix of styles and talents. I’d like to thank artist, designer and Art Battles veteran, Andre Trenier, for personally hand picking me. I won’t let you down.

I’d also like to thank the other three Art Battle veterans, Marthalicia Mattarita, Max Bode, and Pesuart, for choosing my competitors. Let the games begin!

Erin Cadigan, Don RIMX, SKYLERBREED, nina paints, nyc art battles, nyc artists, emering artists brooklyn

Come on Out Aug 18!!

The NEW artists will all compete in their first Battle for a chance to be sent out to Spain in the Fall to compete on our NY Team!

The Veteran Sponsor who picked the Winning Artist gets a prize as well!

Please come out and vote for your new favorite Art Battler!


Thursday August 18
Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleeker St. NY NY
Doors at 9 Battle at 9:30



Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by threeerincadigan
psychedelic trip, lsd trip, consciousness, awakening your mind

When the Mask Comes Off


Psychedelics have been used by societies both ancient and modern. Their use as a tool for tapping into the cosmic consciousness is a global phenomenon. Today their usefulness in the fields of psychological studies are being researched at major institutions including John Hopkins Medical Center and Columbia University. Recorded histories show the use of different mind altering substances in the religious and cultural ceremonies of such influential societies as Hellenistic Greece and Aryan India. Today psychotropic plants still play a part in traditional societies; ayawaska in indigenous South American shamanic rituals and ibogaine in the African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti. In the last century the newly discovered chemical compound lysergic acid diethylamide, otherwise known as LSD,  brought the use of psychedelics into the mainstream and was tied closely to the modern American movement that promoted peace and fought for and won the true freedom of women and African Americans in this country. In the present day people from all races and walks of life are awaking to the possible benefits responsible ingestion of these powerful medicines can bring.

The woman self lactates the mother earth’s milk of psychedelics to the world. When taking psychedelics it rips your consciousness to it’s true core. You are no longer able to keep in place the mask you hold up to the world and you come face to face with your true nature possibly for the first time. For some people who are able to be self aware this has the effect of a conscious awakening, it is a pleasant and enlightening experience. On the left you see the mask come off in this direction, the woman’s third eye is awakening. The Tibetan lotus grows out of the infant skull and the bee, a symbol of Christ consciousness hovers near by.

On the right the tearing of the mask is a painful experience, the woman does not want to face herself and this, I believe, is partly what causes a “bad trip”. The experience, seemingly negative, is not. Out of the infant skull to her right come earth worms which help regenerate our physical bodies into useful matter. A red rose, symbol of true love, grows on a stem of DNA as does the lotus. A spider is a symbol of good luck. Together bees and spiders are immensely important in the functioning of this planet.

For more information on the positive uses and studies of psychedelics please visit Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies




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You Carry Your Weight Well

Posted in random thoughts with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by threeerincadigan

A few days ago following a link my friend Meghan posted on facebook, I took part in an online art project. It was simple to take part. The process was as easy as adding an image and text to the live journal being created by participants all over the world. Below I let the artists explain what the project is about in their own words. For me it was a way to connect to other people through art and expression in a way unfamiliar to myself. My art tends to be so old school in a way, pen and ink, illustrative, figurative, tangible. My brain just doesn’t do media based, conceptual, intangible. I really appreciated the opportunity to to be able to take part in something so foreign to my way of creating art. I’d like to thank the artists behind this project but they haven’t even added their names to the site… mysterious! An anonymous world wide media based socio-scientific art piece! Fantastic

And now what the project is about in the artists own words lifted from “You carry your weight well.”  

“You carry your weight well.” A phrase that many of us, especially women, hear as a supposed compliment about the manner in which flesh and skin are distributed over bone structure.

“You carry your weight well.”  This project responds to that statement with questions.  What weight?  Which weight?  What of my substance is invisible to you, and how or why does that make me more attractive, acceptable, comfortable, or aesthetically congruent with societal and cultural expectations?

We ask — “What is the weight that you carry?”  What do you carry with you, always, that your body hides and your face conceals?

We created this space to give anyone who desires to do so an opportunity to share a weight carried within.  In so doing, we aim to complicate the popular conception of weight as negative.  Even our most difficult experiences, coded into our bodies, can be a source of strength, wisdom, growth, and vitality.  We may carry the weight of specific incident or trauma, of oppression, of patriarchy, of expectation, of guilt.  Or, perhaps we carry the weight of responsibility, of joy, of belonging, of hope, of love.  Perhaps we are lost in our own weighty words and thoughts. Maybe we each carry all of these weights, balancing them on one hip or the other, switching arms when the first can no longer bear the weight, adjusting and monitoring so that we can move through the world with power and grace.

Our weight, substance, mass, the stuff of our being.  We carry it well.

To see my contribution to the project go here ERIN

To contribute yourself go HERE

CROP CIRCLES: Is the Kundalini Awakening?

Posted in crop circles with tags , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by threeerincadigan
first chakra

First two formations of 2011 mimic the Root Muladhara Chakra

Well it has not been as easy as I thought to follow and comment on every crop circle formation this year. Times flies when you run a small business and also try to have a life. Things fall through the cracks. Some things you really want to do get put off until tomorrow. Next thing you know tomorrow has become a month! I have stopped through at the Crop Circle Connector site to check things out and there are a few I’d like to comment on.

I will not be posting any photos of the formations instead I will include links to websites that work with the artists and photographers whose profession it is to record this phenomenon. I realized that this is the respectful way to share these researchers work.

It has been an amazing year for the circles with formations popping up in new places in the world, twin formations, circles forming in new types of crop fields and unusual structures containing no curves or circles at all. The forms started extremely early this year in January and since then there have been 34 in various countries around the globe plus 34 in the UK where most formations are seen. It is my personal belief that the circles are universal messages being sent to the population of this planet. The message is starting to spread with some urgency. What is the message? I think that the message is open to interpretation by the individual. Crop circles take place in public view (though often on private land). The message is for all of us should we be bothered to listen. Each person on this planet is connected to the source of these circles, because we are all connected to one another and every atom of matter that exists. Through physical matter flows an intelligent energy that animates it. There for if we allow ourselves to be still and listen, we will find an answer speaks to us.

Even with my limited exposure and attention over the past 15 or so years I’m finding the message to be a powerful one. At the very least these formations say that the universe is alive with intelligence and mystery. The geometric, mathematical exactness speaks of a vast order and pattern underlying all that is created in this world both seen and unseen. As the years have gone by the formations have gotten more intensely complicated and beautiful. I believe the universe is trying to get our attention. I cannot say with certainty what or who is creating the formations, no one can but for me the messenger is not as important as the message. What is obvious is the creator is bigger and more omnipotent then us.

There does seem to be two specific message threads that flow through the formations across the years. I find these to be the common human discussions of destruction verses salvation. The circles seem to speak of the slow, and now rapidly increasing, death of our physical environment. They speak in warning tones, now showing up in places that have had bad natural disasters occur in recent years. Yet they also speak of a heightening and raising of human consciousness. There is a distinct tone of hope and awareness, a mirror being held to human kind that we can be and are becoming so much more. For example the twin formations on Jan 23, 2011 and Jan 25, 2011 in Java. The first forming in an area where there had been a violently destructive volcano eruption just a few months before, the second had suffered a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in 2006. Both cost much in damage and loss of human lives. Yet the formation themselves looked extremely similar to the ancient symbol of the Muladhara, the root chakra. Chakras being energy wheels with in the energetic field or light body of all human beings. The root chakra deals with the right to exist. It is our base survival instinct. When working on the root chakra you are dealing with all elemental functions of the physical and material plane.

There is a concept in gnostic mystical beliefs of a possibility to awaken the divine energy in each of us and this energy will pass through the seven portals of existence and consciousness until it connects directly with God, or divine enlightenment. You find references to this energy and people who have experienced it in religions world wide. The ancient Hindus called it the kundalini and liken it to a sleeping serpent who once awakened rises through the energy centers until emerging through the seventh chakra located near the top of our heads.When the divine serpent awakens she really shakes things up, for people unprepared for the experience it can definitely cause some emotional and psychic disturbances. The sleeping serpent resides in the Muladhara until awake.

I find it interesting that these two first circles were located in fields of rice as well. Most of the population of this world survives on rice. Many of the people surviving on this plant are the workers of our planet. They toil in the physical plane long days with much worry about survival.

These first two formations seem to be saying, Hey look, look at the extreme upheaval your planet is now enduring on it’s physical plane. These crazy natural disasters are occurring everywhere with more and more frequency. Your planetary root chakra is out of whack. There are so many people on your planet who wake up each day with just one thought. Survive.

And at the same time they seem to be saying. Your planet too has a light body and chance to awaken. Feel the kundalini rumble. Focus on the health of your planet, focus on your fellow human beings and focus on moving your race of beings onto the next 6 chakras. All is not lost.


The Seven Chakras

CRAFTY MARKETING: Perfect Your Packaging

Posted in Crafty Marketing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2011 by threeerincadigan
custom packaging

The Total Package

As a small business owner I’m always searching for ways to make my product stand out from the crowd. Extra advertising dollars, well honestly extra dollars in general, are few and far between at this stage of the game. I know this is the case for many young designers. Thankfully as a creative person I have found there are some crafty ways around paying someone else to create your marketing opportunities.

Today I’m going to show how in just a couple of hours you can make a great bag to place your product in for shipping. Having the product in a cute bag makes it almost like opening a gift. It relieves you of the need to buy plastic or tissue paper or any other kind of throw away item for inside your shipping package. The bag also is a carrying case for any other promotional item you may want to include. I add a couple business cards and a nice keeping card with the explanation of what the t-shirt graphic means. By placing these items inside the bag it guarantees they won’t be overlooked. Since my product is t-shirts my bags are large enough for people to use for other things. They are unbleached cotton, printed with water based inks and so are lightweight and non toxic enough to use at farmers markets instead of plastic bags. Or perhaps my customers will use them to roll their socks into when packing for a trip, collect loose change in, throw a pair of flips flops into their purse. No matter what they use it for, being re-useable and marked with my logo, it’s a constant reminder to them of my company and a small walking billboard to anyone else that sees it.

First things first. Before we get to the crafting, make sure you are set up to be properly entertained. My sewing entertainment of choice is our vintage stereo system and a selection of vinyl records. For today’s session I’m thinking a little Booker T and the MGs is in order. Nothing puts you in the mood for sewing like music from before the 1980’s. Sewing is just an old timey feeling activity.

Sewing Entertainment

Booker T and the MGs

STAGE 1: Cutting the fabric.

cutting tools for sewing fabric tools

Items you need for STAGE 1

Supplies needed: Yard or two 90″ wide unbleached cotton muslin, Yard stick straight edge, quilters ruler, tailors chalk, SHARP!! fabric scissors

1) Lay the fabric out on your largest flat surface, folded in half length wise. I use my 1950’s kitchen table but if you are feeling spry you could use the (carpeted) floor. Note my wrinkled fabric. I find it easier to iron the individual squares. You may prefer to iron the yardage.

2) I am going to use the dimensions I use but obviously rework to fit your product. My “squares” are 15″ by 14″. Being 15″ I don’t waste any fabric as six 15 inch sections equal 90″. I also buy my muslin 5 yards at a time because my local craft store Sav*A*Thon runs a special price on 5 yards. Measure 14″ down from the top folded corner of the fabric.  At the 14″ mark use your see through quilters ruler to square to the fold and then place your straight edge along the quilters ruler to get a straight line. Mark out the 14 inches all the way across. Repeat another 14″ down and so on.

3) Starting at the fold on each line mark off your 15″ measurement. Use you rulers to draw squared and straight cross lines.

4) Cut your rows out fold to fabric edges. Then stack 3-4 on top of each other using both the fold and the lines to make sure they are even.

5) Cut the squares out. By stacking the fabric you save time! Make sure your scissors are sharp!

how to cut fabric

Cutting out the squares

6) Iron all the squares. I do not own an ironing board. An ironing board reaches a level of domestic sophistication I have yet to achieve. Instead I use a flat hard surface (the counter between my kitchen and living room is a nice height) and a white towel. Make sure your iron is set to high and steam. Again you can stack about three layers of fabric and iron all at once to save time.

ironing board substitute how to iron

Faking it!

STAGE 2: Branding the Bag

note: I screen print my bags because I’m set up to do that. You could stamp your fabric, paint on your fabric, or send it through your printer at home.

printing pad and tsquare

Eco friendly Screenprinting

entertainment for art studio

Boom Box in Basement Studio

Again first things first. When working in my basement studio I listen to the radio. Generally my station of choice is 93.9 WNYC. It’s amazing programing. SUPPORT PUBLIC RADIO!!!!!

Screenprinting supplies: Though not pictured obviously you’ll need a screen. I get mine made at Standard Screen in Manhattan. They rock! you’ll also need: a squeegee, screen hinges, waterbased ink, foam core printing pad and a t-square. Optional are: Propylene Glycol and Ink catalyst

1) Use your t-square to line up the image or text on your screen in a straight perpendicular to the table.

2) Once straight tighten the screen into the hinges.

3) Place your pre printed foam core pad under the screen and register it with your screen image. Then making sure it doesn’t move, raise your screen and tape in place.

note: I also mark on my pad with a pencil the placement of my fabric square so I never have to think about where they are going. Just place in the square outline and print!

how to set a a screen for screen printing.

Getting the Screen Set Up

4) Once the screen is set up mix up your ink. I use black so theres no color mixing but I add 5-10% Propylene Glycol to prevent my waterbased inks drying in the screen and 1% of an ink catalyst to help the permanence of the ink on the fabric.

5) Add your ink to the top of the screen above the image. Place a fabric square on the pad. Close the screen and pull the ink across the image with the squeegee held at a 45 degree angle applying even pressure. Once you hit the bottom of the screen, lean the squeegee towards the back of the screen and push the ink back across the image to the top starting point.

6) Lift Screen and VOILA! you have a branded fabric square! Remove, replace with blank, and repeat.

branded screenprinted item

VOILA! Branded Square!

STAGE 3: Sewing up the bags

record serger fabric squares scissors

getting ready to sew the bags

overlock machine

My handy dandy overlock machine

Music choice for the upstairs sewing session is Bob Dylan’s New Morning LP. Back to the vinyl for sewing!

Supplies: overlock machine, 3 thread spools, scissors, pre-printed fabric squares

1) Decide which end you want to be your open end. Serge the final 3″ of each side of the open end edge.

2) Double fold the open end (from the side should make the letter N) back on itsself to create a drawstring pull through tunnel. I eye ball it and make the pull through tunnel about .5″ wide.

3) Place beginning of folded end in overlock machine with knife on (so it cuts off the excess) and serge the drawstring pull through tunnel into existence!

4) Fold the fabric square in half length wise making sure to line up the serged line. Lift pressure foot on machine and place underneath starting either at the serged line or, like me, about .5″ below so that you can get the drawstring in easier and pack the bag easier.

5) serge down the side of the bag. Don’t worry if they are a bit uneven at the end.

6)Serge across the bottom of the bag (with knife on!) making sure to even out any unevenness.

7) Cut all threads but leave a small .25″ bit of the braid on the bag corners so they don’t tear.

8) Turn bag right side out!

creating a drawstring bag

Start your Engines

serge the end side and bottom

Create the pouch!

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leave some extra braid on the corners

packaging for three erin cadigan tshirt line

YAY! Almost Done!

STAGE 4: Adding the string

natural jute string drawstring pull through

Stringing Supplies

Supplies: Thin rope (I use natural jute. It’s inexpensive and gives a “green” look that works with my brand), a drawstring tool (available at any sewing supply store) or you could use a saftey pin to push and pull the rope through

1) Cut a 16″ length of rope and knot both end.

2) Push the tool through the drawstring tunnel until it comes out the other end.

3) Hook the tool below one knot and pull back through the tunnel

4) DONE!!!!!

how to create a drawstring

Pull It Through

unusual packaging ideas

The Finished Product

The best thing about this is  it cost me .50¢ per bag in supplies and 4 hours of my time to make 48 bags! It could take less time but I’m a dawdler. One of you highly efficient crafters out ther could probably knock a bunch of time off the process.

If you found this post informative or helpful please leave a comment!

I’d also love to hear any other cute packaging ideas or cheap marketing tips!

COMMUNITY: Astoria Market, Queens, NY, NY

Posted in Community posts, company with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2011 by threeerincadigan
Astoria market

Early Morning Set Up

I spent my Sunday this weekend working a table at the not-quite-a-year-old Astoria Market in Queens. A small DYI market that has sprung up in a totally cute cultural center on a shady side street in the old Greek neighborhood. Not to confuse you but the cultural center is not Greek, it’s Czechoslovakian and Slovak. What can I say? Astoria, like much of the city, is a traditional melting pot. And like many other out-skirt neighborhoods with easy access to Manhattan, it’s slowly being infiltrated by people like myself; young, educated, artsy types looking for a price break, some trees and still great, city living, amenities.

Astoria Market is the latest in a borough wide rush for crafts, young designers and hand crafted art. I was invited to participate at  the July 10 market by Diane, one of the founders, who linked with me through the THREE Erin Cadigan shop on Etsy. I did a bit of research before plunging in. I found it to be a typical new school flea market sales venture with a mix of handmade, baked and vintage goods. The website was a bit less auspicious then I would have liked but I definitely understand the amount of time and energy getting any kind of business off the ground can require. At best it was easy to navigate, informational and had some great photos. I do think the address (which by the way is 29-19 24th St. Astoria Queens 11102 ) could be a bit more prominently displayed as I had a hard time locating it myself Sunday morning when I tried to mapquest directions. At any rate Diane and staff seemed to have it together enough for me to give it a shot. Again, part of my decision making process was an awareness that this market is not even a year old! I know through word of mouth from close friends that worked it at the beginning, that the amazing Brooklyn Flea, had it’s growth period as well.

When I arrived Sunday on the kind of gorgeous sunny summer morning that spoke of a hot city afternoon, I found the space to be delightfully spacious, organized and cool. Each vendor had their own space complete with table and chair with plenty of over hang should you have a rack, set of shelves or self made ladder contraption like my neighbors. I actually found the lack of welcoming committee or sign in staff a relief and just cruised around the well maintain rows until I found my name clearly marked on a table top. I was thrilled with my spot. A conspicuous table that backed up to a wall, right next to a door that led to the Bohemian Beer Garden the cultural center shares it’s land with. Hmmmm? What? OH! Did I forget to mention the world famous, century old Bohemian Beer Garden that’s part and parcel of this market? Yeah, it’s pretty epic. One of the most visited spots in Queens, it definitely helps the prepubescent market keep a steady flow of customers, especially as the day wears on.

So. How was the market? I found it to be very well curated. There was a perfect mix of jewelry, clothes (both vintage and new), paper goods, knit items and art. Perhaps you could throw in a few more craft food vendors but all in all it was an interesting and balanced mix of items, well placed to not compete with their immediate neighbors. Obviously a lot of attention to detail went into the planning of the space. The space itself was kept comfortably cool and was very well lit. Though it wasn’t ever ridiculously crowded, I more then made my fee back, handed out a nice amount of business cards and really enjoyed the other vendor interactions. It was a bit more then I was expecting in an outer borough on a summer afternoon. Word of mouth from some of the vendors who have been there since the beginning is that they killed it last fall in the holiday market lead up. If Astoria Market has been as well run and well curated since it’s inception, I find that unsurprising and am looking forward to participating more. I say give it another year and this market will be rivaling The Flea as one of the premier crafts spots in the city’s outer boroughs.

7/10/11 astoria market three erin cadigan booth

The Sweet Spot

booth astoria market three erin cadigan

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I made a bunch of great friends and connections at market on Sunday. The vendor camaraderie was high and that always makes for a fun day for vendors and shoppers alike. My two favorite co-conspirators were Roger and Melissa, and not just because Roger gave me free treats and Melissa purchased a shirt. These two shared a booth cadi-corner to mine, they were friendly, outgoing and had great products. Roger produces small quantity batches of haute couture rice crispie treats aptly named Rogers Crispie Treats, with Sunday’s selections being Peanutbutter Blueberry, S’Mores and my fav, Girl Scout cookie Samoa inspired, The Rock. Melissa does beautiful chunky gem stone and link jewelry under the name Lady M Designs.

lady m jewelry jewelry astoria market

Lady M

gourmet rice crispie treats flavored rice crispie treats

Captain Crispie

Some of the other great people and crafts to be found.

M Voli E by native New Yorker, Marijana Sprajic, who hand knits intricate and funky recycled jewelry and bags. She has been with Astoria Market from the get go.

Tella Press by Donatella Madrigal. Dontella makes elegantly simple letter press greeting cards, my favorite of which came with a skeleton key and read “May you find that all doors open”. Indeed.

Pistol Hot Jewels by Ariel Munzer. Adorable, funky, vintage upcycled jewelry with a twist of late 80s rave and punk rock. My husband bought me the most divine green jeweled puppy necklace, hard to describe but AMAZING!

Sue Stitch by new mother Sue Emara. Old school knit items like grandma would have made for you, true comfort art. I wish I had snagged a shot of her son because his brown baby eyes were captivating!

1AEON by Gabe. A really cool t shirt line combining electric colored hand dying with deep black photographic images.

Black Lamb by Rachel. A vintage, handmade and upcycled clothing and accessories brand for men and women.

Sanjules Art by Sandra and Julien. Very afro-centric, brightly colored line of tees and accessories. Their chain drop feathered earring were to die for!

Belle Ami Crochet by Mary Grabenstatter. Quite honestly if there is a better crafted, cuter line of crocheted characters out there, I don’t even want to see them. I’m in love!

Like I said earlier, it’s a melting pot just like the rest of this fabulous city. So drop by the website’ blog to see the upcoming market schedule and participating vendors. I know for sure the next one is July 24, open 2-7pm, swing by, shop, have a drink. Did I mention it’s right next door to an amazing Bohemian Beer garden???

Artist statement and product M Voli E

M voli E

Marijana at M Voli E

letterpress goods paper goods
Donatella and husband Mark

The adorable Ari of Pistol Haute Jewels


Beautiful mom Sue Stitch

Black Lamb hand crafted vintage

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Gabe and his outstanding 1AEON tees

awesome crochet dolls cute stuffed animals

Mary and her cast of crochet characters

Sweetie Sandra from Sanjules  

Really. Could you be any cuter????

DESIGN MEANING: Life Death Mandala

Posted in collections, company, Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by threeerincadigan
erin cadigan mandala death skulls drawing

Spiral of Life and Death

Our beginning and our end operate with in the structure of strict universal laws. There is no common occurrence between the two that can be said, as much, to prove us all one people.

In the middle of the mandala is  an abridged version of of the stages of human development. The design works outward in a spiral, starting with the one cell zygote through to the fetus at 23 weeks. Continuing to spiral to the outer ring is the first stage of physical death as the soul leaves the body. Working from an ancient Japanese art form, kusozu, a graphic depiction of the nine stages of death and decay and information from videos about the Body Farm, a government compound where they study the decomposition of bodies left out on the grounds, I came up with five stages of physical death: soul departure, bloating, wasting, consumption by saprotrophs and finally bones.

After physical death comes the journey of the soul. Studying the the belief systems of world wide religions and cultures as well as recorded accounts of near death experiences I tried to the common themes into five stages.

In the first the soul is greeted with feelings of overwhelming peace and love. Symbolically there is often a tunnel or cave as well as a bright light. Next comes the experience of human emotion often categorized as “seeing your life flash before your eyes”. This stage can also involve outside entities that exert these feelings including family members, friends, angels or “guides”. The third stage is the concept of redemption or punishment also known as heaven and hell. For this I used loosely the imagery of Tibetan Buddhist THIRD bardo as it tied into many other belief systems. The spiritual vortexes are hell (fire and ice), the hungry ghost (need and desire), asura ( a place where those needing to exert power over others in life go to learn), animal world (for those souls who have through gluttony have devolved into an unreflective state of animal existence), and heaven (symbolized by a city of light and knowledge). The fourth stage moves us beyond human experience into a place of pure knowledge. This is symbolized by the ancient universal symbol of spiritual intelligence, the serpent. Lastly is the Cosmic, absorption into the presence of God or divine enlightenment, symbolized by the 1000 petal lotus, the all seeing eye of god and the celestial flame.

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