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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

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DESIGN MEANINGS: Galatic Skyhole

Posted in Design Meanings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by threeerincadigan
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Harbingers of Peace

The galactic sky hole is also known as the galactic center. This is the spot that the Milky Way galaxy rotates around. It is believed by scientists that there is a supermassive black hole located there. Visually it is near the brightest area of the Milky Way when viewed in the night sky. Along this bright trail of stars a dark rift may also be seen with the naked eye. Many meso-American cultures saw the “dark rift” as the birth place of the universe. Myth told of deities riding serpent ropes out of the sky center into this plane of existence.

It is predicted by the ancient Mayans, Tolmecs and Aztecs that their lord of peace, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, would return through the galactic sky hole ushering in a new reign of peace at the end of the present age.

The present Mayan calendar ends in the Gregorian year 2012..

This does not mean the world is going to end, just as it doesn’t end on December 31 each year.

Calendars’ end.

However, the prediction of a coming age of consciousness and peace has been predicted again and again all over the world. This design shows the Milky Way forming a human heart. From the spiraling center descend celestial messengers of peace. Each rides their own deity rope based on the predictions inherent in their individual stories of peace. First is Aquarius, the water bearer, symbol of human advancement andconsciousness since time immemorial spilling behind her healing waters. Next is the Buddha, the enlightened one. There are many incarnations of Buddha who teaches the release of suffering and attainment of enlightenment, pure love. He is riding a flame in reference to the first Buddha’s Fire Sermon. Saquasohuh (Blue Star) Kachina predicted by the Hopis to signal the emergence into the Fifth World. This world will unfortunately start with WWIII but for those that survive, we will become as one race, speaking one tongue, living in peace. He rides a rope of maize considered to be a sustaining life gift from the Great Spirit. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent,  in his mouth is the face of Pakal thought to be the last human embodiment of the peaceful deity. Jesus is the Christian god sent to earth to teach humanity about understanding, love and kindness. He is predicted to return from the sky on a trail of clouds. The supreme Hindu god, Krisna, as Balaji, the newborn cosmic child, returns in the universal deluge ending the present Kali Yuga.

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Galactic Center in Action!

DESIGN MEANINGS: Bicycle

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by threeerincadigan
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Get on Your Bikes and Ride!

Dr. Hofmann is a Swiss scientist who in the 1940′s synthesized the compound lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). After a strange reaction to some of this compound getting on his skin, Dr. Hofmann decided to self experiment with what would be the recommended dosage for reaction to a typical compound (though as it turned out quite a large amount for LSD).

In his own words :

Exercising extreme caution, I began the planned series of experiments with the smallest quantity that could be expected to produce some effect, considering the activity of the ergot alkaloids known at the time: namely, 0.25 mg (mg = milligram = one thousandth of a gram) of lysergic acid diethylamide tartrate.

Quoted below is the entry for this experiment in my laboratory journal of April 19, 1943. The first section contains notes on the production of the tartrate (tartaric acid salt) of LSD.

4/19/43 16:20: 0.5 cc of Vi promil aqueous solution of diethylamide tartrate orally = 0.25 mg tartrate.

Taken diluted with about 10 cc water. Tasteless.

17:00: Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh.

Supplement of 4/21: Home by bicycle. From 18:00-ca. 20:00 most severe crisis. (See special report.)

“Home by bicycle”.

And then what followed was undoubtedly an extraordinary experience, one that would have terrified most, but Dr. Hofmann saw the intrinsic value in LSD-25.

This shirt, a 1943 Roadster kicking out a swirling fractal of LSD molecules, pays homage to the spirit of Dr. Hofmann. A man who had an idea about something, a hunch and instead of letting it go, moved forward with it, and in doing so brought the ancient tribal concept of the substance assisted spiritual and psychological “trip” into the modern age and made this experience accessible to all.

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COMMUNITY: Astoria Market, Queens, NY, NY

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

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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

HAUTE!

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????

Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion

Posted in etsy treasuries with tags , , on June 17, 2011 by threeerincadigan

What inspires unlimited devotion more then our mom and dad? Don’t forget your pop this weekend for Fathers Day! Etsy local is a great place to do your last minute shopping for that super cool dad. Check out my treasury for a hip hippie papa. Buy local, buy handmade!

GOLDEN ROAD TO UNLIMITED DEVOTION