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COMMUNITY: Bushwick Five Points Festival

Posted in Community posts with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by threeerincadigan

This past Saturday was an amazing day. I moved into this area of Brooklyn a little over three years ago (Jefferson to the Myrtle-Wycoff on the “L” train). There was basically The North East Kingdom and Star Coffee shop. Not much else but 99cent stores and bodegas as far as the eye could see. My husband and I waited with baited breath both for Barcey’s Coffee to open a bit closer down to our place and The Bodega Bar to open right at the 5 points on St. Nicholas and Troutman. Now we got Pearls Bar, Cafe Ghia, Uri’s, and Hanna Market. Arts in Bushwick has been working hard to colonize the neighborhood as a place for artists for years. I’ve participated the past three during the Bushwick Open Studios festival. This year instead of hosting an open forum in my studio, I took part in the first year of the Bushwick Five Points festival down the block from my house. A local guy Joe whose family owns a bunch of buildings and land on the corners where St. Nich, Troutman and one small side street create a star intersection donated all his wall space to international graffiti artists. With the help of Brent, who lives in the lofts right there and Ben and Gina who own Bodega Bar on the corner, he threw an all day 10-8 FREE party for the community. Live bands and beer garden in the one open land triangle, graffiti murals being worked on all over, plenty of food trucks and local vendors. I was one of the vendors and also doing some live painting. It was gorgeous out and sunny, the streets were filled with hipsters, locals and families and plenty of Bushwick Open studio wanderers.

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The Vendor Garage

 

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Local artist, Nancy B, 13, flatters me with a chalk rendition of my work in progress

 

Love This! by Jim Avignon

 

Ah-maze! between Cypress and St. Nich on Troutman

 

Girls Wall! Across the street from Bodega Bar

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LOVE SAVE JAPAN live paint event in Times Square

Posted in Community posts, EVENTS, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by threeerincadigan

Come to Times Square.
Tomorrow.
Saturday May 5.
1-6.

“LOVE SAVE JAPAN + LOVE SAVE KiDS”

Please come out to support a worthy cause. My friend PESU, an artist from Japan and an ARTBATTLES vetran, has put together a live painting event by the Lions Club in Times Square. There will be many awesome artists painting live over the course of 5 hours. 100% of the proceeds and donations will go to outreach missions in Japan through the Japanese American Lions Club. The disaster of last year is no longer top news but the country and people are still really hurting.

So many awesome artists and it’s supposed to be sunny and warm, perfect way to spend your saturday! Amy Isd + Andre Trenier + Erin Cadigan + Lexi Bella + Riz Robinson + Marthalicia Matarrita ……and many many MORE !!!!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – free tattoo designs

Posted in Community posts, tattoos with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by threeerincadigan

So I’m a bit late on Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s actually October but I wanted to do something to recognize the disease this year. My amazing sister in law Mindy was diagnosed with breast cancer this past Spring and a close friend at the end of the summer. It’s a horrible feeling to hear the news about someone you love. Thankfully Mindy caught it early and is doing really well. Unfortunately thats not the case with my friend.

Mindy, my sister in law, is pretty great. Shes just a year older then me and looks fabulous. She has gorgeous red hair (which apparently is growing back splendidly after a summer of chemo) and probably weighs a buck ten sopping wet. I don’t know many people who handle life like she does, two cute and crazy kids, a dog, a husband, top of her career field selling insurance and still has time to have a little side business creating beautiful beaded jewelry. To say Mindy has her act together is putting it mildly. In fact she would be downright intimidating if she wasn’t so genuinely nice. I really lucked out getting her as a sister-in-law, we are very different on the surface with vastly different styles and interests. There was a possibility of just not being able to click but Mindy is so non judgmental, open and kind that our differences have never been an issue. She is always interested in what I’m doing and always has something positive to say. I really love her and am so happy to call her my friend.

LOVE!!!!!!

In September Mindy called looking for a favor. She had decided to celebrate life, turning 40 and getting a clean bill of health this fall by getting a tattoo. I was a bit surprised. Tattoos would be one of the difference in styles I’m talking about. But she wanted a tattoo and asked me if I would draw it for her. I, of course, was honored. She had the idea to add butterfly wings to the pink breast cancer ribbon. The butterfly a symbol of new life. It was a fantastic idea. I drew four different versions and of course she picked the simplest one with hearts on the wings. Mindy is not very flashy and she will be getting just about 1″ x 1″ tattooed version on the back of her neck.

We talked about the other three designs I drew this week and decided together that I should make them available for free download to anyone dealing with breast cancer in their life or the life of someone they love. They can be a symbol of survival, remembrance, fighting the fight or a celebration of life. Please feel free to down load the following images. I did a couple color samples to but it can be fun to add your own colors to personalize them. Please send me pictures if you’d like. I hope you enjoy them and wear them well.

Just click on the image and drag onto your desk top to save.

Health. Love. Happiness to you all.

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COMMUNITY: Flying Skeleton

Posted in Community posts with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Being in the t-shirt business you often are perusing the net keeping an eye out for other cool t-shirt companies. It’s good to see whats out there, what kind of design people are coming up with, to check out your competition or just try to find yourself a cool new t-shirt. For me I really like to see good hand illustrated work. There’s so much computer generated work and silly logos and phrases out there. I want a t-shirt graphic with some meaning. I want a piece of art.

A companies reason for being is important to me too. Who are these people? Why are they making t-shirts? What do they believe in? Having left a well paid design job to create an eco-friendly, socially conscious company from the ground up, I appreciate and look for the back story on a company. It’s important to support companies with the same values as yourself. There is a ton of mass produced, environmentally damaging t-shirts out there in the world. I’m not sure people even know how high the environmental impact of a standard t-shirt can be. There are many other considerations besides environment I take into account when looking at a company. The kind of screen print ink is almost as important as the fabric of the shirt and honestly a much more affordable move in the right direction for many small companies. Waterbase inks still have pigments but do not have the non-biodegradable medium that plastisol inks contain. (read my article on water base inks here) Many large companies use plastisol inks as they are easier to work with in a shop, however for the small studio printer waterbase inks have the extra added advantage of an easy non chemical clean up. I also look at where and by who a company’s t-shirts are made. The other major impact a standard tshirt has on the world is to the working conditions and pay of the people actually sewing the shirt. Luckily there are some unionized factories out there and more that are voluntarily policed by global human rights watch dog groups, so finding a socially responsible t-shirt is not as hard as it once was. Still many brands choose cost over people and go for the cheapest blank they can find. I think it’s worth my money to buy from a brand that chooses human rights over a few extra dollars.

Flying Skeleton from Taos, New Mexico is one of my favorite new brands. Produced by artists Bradley Sleep and Christie Swathe, the brand has a slight southwest vibe with very cool images. They screen print their tees one at a time in their home studio and use water based inks on socially conscious t-shirts produced right here in USA.

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The Flying Skeleton Logo

Flying Skeleton in their own words:

Flying Skeleton is for everyone, in the spirit of unity, in that we are more the same than different. Regardless of nationality or politics, ultimately we can usually agree about more things than disagree. Basic things like food, shelter and clothing, equal rights and justice, the right to freedom, to be happy and healthy, and opportunity for bettering ourselves are important to us all.Flying Skeleton is a reminder of the time that we have on planet Earth, that we are all mortals here for a limited amount of time. Time, really, is our most precious resource. In the end, it’s not about the money we’ve made or our material gains, it’s about human relationships and the love received and given through them.

Life is short, so make your indelible mark. Fly High.

FLYING SKELETON SHOP
About the artists:
Bradley Sleep is an artist with a background in printmaking and jewelry making. He enjoys screen printing, hand printing on clothing as well as prints on paper. He also produces hand-drawn works of fine art. He says, “The Flying Skeleton just showed up one day and I figure I just work for him.”
To view more of Bradley’s art, go to:
http://www.bradleysleepdesign.comChristy Schwathe is an artist, printmaker, and seamstress with a love for making stuff by hand. She actually enjoys ending her day covered in graphite, ink, or paint. She says, “Support the revolution, buy handmade.”

Christy’s art:
http://www.cschwathe.com
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Proud Hopi Maiden

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Skull and Roses

COMMUNITY: Art Battles

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

© Artbattles.com

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!

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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!

TICKETS $15.

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

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.

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The Sweet Spot

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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.

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Lady M

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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???

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Marijana at M Voli E

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Donatella and husband Mark

The adorable Ari of Pistol Haute Jewels

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Beautiful mom Sue Stitch

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Gabe and his outstanding 1AEON tees

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Mary and her cast of crochet characters

Sweetie Sandra from Sanjules  

Really. Could you be any cuter????

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Posted in Community posts, etsy treasuries, random thoughts with tags , , , , on July 8, 2011 by threeerincadigan

This week I was added to an Etsy treasury called Stay Gold Ponyboy…..Stay Gold . The title is from the 80’s movie The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It’s an amazing story of friendship among a tight knit group of  kids from the wrong side of the tracks. The bond between these boys crosses into family connections. They look different then the other kids in town, they act different then the other kids in town and they have different interests. Though to others these kids seem lost and possibly dangerous, they are beautiful people. There’s poets and substitute parent figures, there’s clowns and scholars, rebels with soft hearts and fierce protectors but what really stands out is the love for each other. This love is timeless and all consuming, no judgements, no boundaries, no holds bar.

Being added to this treasury this week was so fitting. The Outsiders is one of my all time favorite movies. I watched it over and over again as a teenager. I too spent most of my life as an outsider, looking different, acting different and pursuing different interests. I can recite the movie practically word for word. Johnny on his death bed tells Ponyboy to “stay gold”. He’s referencing a poem Pony quoted him while they are hiding from the law. The poem is by Robert Frost and like the movie is about the beauty and frailty of the human condition. How love and souls touch us, burn so brightly in our orbits but fade away. We are human, we pass on and in doing so take that shine, that gold with us.

As an outsider I too found a home with a like minded band of misfits. I grew up a punk rocker. At 14 I found myself, shaved head and all at a Grateful Dead show and my soul spoke that I was home. Over the past 24 years I have toured with both the Dead and Phish and found the same kind of friendship and family seen in S.E. Hinton’s amazing story. It’s hard to describe these bonds and even harder for people to really understand. My love for my tour friends and family transcends time, space and distance. I know it does for so many of us.

Phish played an epic 3 day festival this past weekend. It was terrific as always to be surrounded by the music and the people. Upon returning home, I received the news of a friends death. Tim did tour with me back in the 90s and somehow after that ended up in the army in Iraq. We have been back in touch over the past couple years by phone and computer though I never did get to see him again. I never did get to ask what such a gentle soul was doing in a war and how that may have affected him. Perhaps it was as simple as a call to try to help, unsurprising, for Tim had so much love to give.

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the death of another shining soul from our family, Kenny B. A beautiful man, smile ready, unstoppable personality. Bigger then life. His gold has yet to fade in any of our memories.

Yesterday too, another family member passed under the shadow. Andrew was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He is in the hospital but we all believe he is going to be okay. Watching the outpouring of love and concern when my friends realized he was missing; it was like watching an army mobilize, no man left behind. We finally found him at Kings county around 7pm  last night, and let the doctors know who he was so they were able to contact his other family. Our thoughts and love are with you brother.

Unfortunately my list of family and friends lost could go on. I miss all your shine: Katy Mayhem, Guido, Sideshow Bob, Starman, little D, Sonny, Frankie and so many more……. Physical life is brief and fleeting, your souls will shine forever. Your family still loves you and will see you on the other shore.

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

–Robert Frost 1923

—-In memorandum

Timothy  Lawrence Holten March 23, 1977- July 2, 2011

Kenny Bezzant July 13, 1976 – July 7, 2008

Beautiful Words from Tim

Video by Steve D Baker

Stay Gold Kenny Stay Gold

 Photo thanks to Christina Morales