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PRESS: The Dainty Dish

Posted in collections, Press with tags , , , on October 27, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Wow! It has been a crazy busy fall. I can not believe my last blog post was Sept 6! Bad Erin! Well what brought me back today to blogging was someone elses blog. posted an interview today with yours truly about the line, my heros and some pretty things I like myself. This post co-insides perfectly with my fall line finally hitting the store! As a little celebration of that fact, The Dainty Dish and I decided that a tshirt give-away would be in order. So head over to The Dainty Dish , check out the interview and enter to win one of two shirts from my new fall line. Sorry guys this ones for the ladies only…..


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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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Posted in collections, company, Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by threeerincadigan



Know that there is only one God, one consciousness though spoken in different words,

and wisdom given by different people in many different ways.

                                                    –Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

This mandala is symbolic of the idea, One God, Many Paths.

There is so much hatred in the world today because of religious dogma and yet love is at

the root of all religions.

In the center of the mandala is the vesica piscis, a geometric shape created by the circumference

of two same size circles laying on the center point of the other. The mathematical ratio

of the width of the vesica piscis to its height is the square root of 3. The shape has played a part

in many forms of mysticism through out history. Inside of it is the all seeing eye of God.

Surrounding and protecting it is a dodecahedron, one of the platonic solids and

as remarked by Plato in Timaeus 55 …”the god used for arranging the constellations

on the whole heaven”.

The top hand is Buddha’s in it he holds a lotus bud. The hand is held in the position of

the Vitarka Mudra, symbolizing Intellectual argument, discussion.

To the right is the Hand of Fatima. Fatima was the prophet Mohammed’s daughter.

In the center of the eight petal holy flower of Islam is Allah’s name.

The bottom hand is the hand of Jesus Christ. On the wrist is the Rosicrucian rose.

The center of the rose bleeds the stigmata.

To the left is the Jewish Hand of Hamsa or Hand of Miriam. Like the hand of Fatima it is seen

as the hand of God and a protective amulet. In the palm is the Star of David and the implied

center of the Flower of Life.

The web symbolizes that we are all caught in this Earthly plane together.

Blue is considered a spiritual color in religions world wide.

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Posted in collections, company, Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2011 by threeerincadigan
Enoch metatron's cube erin cadigan

Enoch turns into Metatron

The sacred geometry symbol in this design is Metatron’s cube. Inherent in the cube are the five platonic solids. Platonic solids are congurent regular polygons. A regular polygon is a three dimmensional shape whose angles are all the same and whose sides are all equal. What makes them congruent is that their faces are all the same size and shape as well. The five Platonic Solids implied by the two dimensional Metatron’s cube are: Star Tetrahedron, Hexadron (cube), Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron.

The prophet Enoch is seen driving a fiery chariot into the the symbol. Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah and the seventh generational decendent of Adam and Eve. He is written about in the Biblical book of Genesis and The New Testament as well as in the Book of Enoch, Enoch2 (Slavonic), and in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls known as Enoch 3. It is said in these historic accounts that Enoch never died. According to the records Enoch lived on Earth 365 years and was accended to Heaven with out ever dying. The records state that Enoch accended into Heaven and was returned bodily to Earth on several occassions before the final time he was taken up. The horses and fiery chariot is a reference to the specifics of the prophet Elijah’s ascension as the method of Enochs ascension is never described. The chariot itself is a reference to the “Winged Disk” motif found through out the ancient Middle East.

In Enoch 1 and Enoch 2 it is stated that Enoch was transformed into the angel Metatron before the face of God.  This creates for the Earthly Enoch a heavenly counter-part or twin, making him to be both Enoch and Metatron at once. In both Enoch 2 and Enoch 3 the “face of God” is described as a face of fire, “a glorious brilliance”.  Later Merkabah accounts catagorize Metatron as the Face of God. Medieval Jewish mystical texts refer to Metatron as the scribe of God, an angel of the highest power, who is the only angel allowed to sit in the presence of the Lord. He is seated to the right, behind the throne of God.

“This Enoch whose flesh was turned to flame, his veins to fire, his eyelashes to flashes of lightening, his eye balls to flaming torches and who God placed on a throne next to the throne of glory, recieved after this heavenly transformation the name of Metatron.

–Enoch 3


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References for this taken from:

Enoch 1, Enoch 2, Enoch 3, The Bible and  The Stairway to Heaven. Sitchin, Zecharia. Avon Books. ©1980

THREE Erin Cadigan S/S 2011 launch party

Posted in collections with tags , , , , on May 19, 2011 by threeerincadigan

THREE Erin Cadigan, is a line of products by illustrator and fashion designer Erin Cadigan. Started 14 years ago as a way to make money while traveling around the country, seeing music and living in her van, the company has grown organically over the years, with each piece being released sporadically to an ever-growing base of fans and collectors.

THREE Erin Cadigan is a product range encompassing both fashion and art. The main products are a line of t-shirts and art prints. The line will also sell hand made books and has an upcoming jewelry line for Fall 2011. Each illustrated piece in the line is based on study of subjects ranging from science to world cultures to spirituality. Every item comes with a full rundown of the meaning behind the work. Eighty percent of the production is done by designer, Erin Cadigan, and is produced with as eco-friendly and socially conscious methods as possible.

The launch party for THREE Erin Cadigan will be held Thursday June 2, 8-11pm at new bar and event space THE MORGAN on Bogart Ave in Bushwick area of Brooklyn. The Morgan is a beautifully finished space with a front bar room at street level, a back event space at street level and a bar and dance lounge downstairs. The party will be dj-ed by DJ Gravy, resident dj at Santos House Party below Canal in Manhattan and originator of the Rice and Peas party celebrating  its fourth successful year.

The party will have a small runway show of the S-S 2011 t-shirt line starting at 9pm. There will be an area selling products as well. All RSVP press will receive a press gift bag and additional bags will be given to the first people through the door until they run out.

About Erin Cadigan

Erin came into the fashion game after 10 years as a free-lance illustrator. She received her BFA in Illustration and Printmaking from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Immediately after graduating in 1996 Erin started traveling extensively, visiting 48 states, 7 Canadian provinces and 22 countries on 5 continents. She started the product line THREE in 1997 to help with travel costs. In 2002 Erin returned to school and received a postgraduate degree in Fashion Design. She moved to Brooklyn in 2004. She has worked for Adidas, Lolos Lolas Loslitos and designed for indie brand Outlaws of the Border. Before quitting to put her energy into her own line, she spent the past 5 years as head designer at Renee’s NYC. There she ran two in house brands and designed private label for Brooklyn Industries, Urban Outfitters, Free People and Saks. In her free time she continued to illustrate, working for bands and promoters on posters and t-shirts. In 2010 she became a visiting instructor at Pratt University’s Fashion Department.