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Design Meanings: The Duat

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by threeerincadigan
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The Duat

The Duat is an ancient Egyptian symbol or hieroglyph of a five pointed star surrounded by a circle. Written about in all the major funerary texts of the ancients, the Duat described the journey undertaken by the soul after death. Often times the Duat was described as a realm or an object the soul had to pass through to reach their final destination, the Lands of the Gods.  Many Egyptologists see the Duat as a symbolic reference for what happens when the pharaoh dies. Ancient alien theorist Zachariah Sitchin has this to say, “ Treating the Journey’s details in those texts as factual geographic and topographic indicators, I have concluded that the Duat was located in the central plain of the Sinai peninsula – the site of the Anunnaki’s post Diluvial spaceport.”

The ancient alien theory also believes there was a landing strip for aircraft built into the Cedar Mountains of Lebanon. Indeed there is an enormous man made, long and narrow, level place high in the mountains created out of perfectly shaped limestone blocks. The theory is that these sky gods of the ancient Egyptians used various markers both in the sky and on Earth to be able to land their craft on this “Landing Place”. What would the markers have been? Archeologists have long wondered at the purpose of the Pyramids at Giza, believing them to be tombs, yet there has been no evidence of such. These pyramids were the first to be fully covered with smooth, highly reflective limestone, making them clearly visible from space. The four shafts in the Great Pyramid in ancient times clearly showed, 4 constellations or stars back at the time of it’s building. These were: Sirius; Zeta Orionis, the brightest star of the Orion Belt; Alpha Draconis, and Beta Ursa minor. At the time these four stars were also the two equinoctial and the two-solstitial stars, aligning themselves at various times of the year with the Earth’s horizon. The three pyramids themselves were aligned perfectly with one of the easiest to find constellations in the night sky, the three stars of Orion’s Belt. Using the stars as markers aligned with the Earth one could easily find the pyramids. Once found and using two peaks in the Ararat Mountains that mimic perfectly the size and shape of the two bigger pyramids, an aircraft could triangulate position and fly straight up the center line of the perceived triangle to land safely on the long, flat, perfectly crafted landing strip in the mountains of Lebanon. Using a shortened triangulated formula, one also could find the post Diluvial spaceport, which lies directly on the same triangular median.

The bottom symbols of the design show the etymology of the word “god(s)” in ancient hieroglyphs. The very earliest symbol (to the left) resembles quite closely the symbol for star or planet, as it proceeds in age it comes much closer to the Christian symbol for God, the cross.

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For more reading on this subject heres a really interesting link! Giza Pyramids

PRESS: Cupcakes and Cucumbers

Posted in Press, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Today THREE Erin Cadigan was featured on the healthy life style blog Cupcakes & Cucumbers . The post is an interview conducted by blog writer, Brooke Becker on my views about running a sustainable fashion company. In the interview I answer questions about why I choose to be “green” and how consumers can identify “green” products or make purchasing decisions that positively effect the environment or workers. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

I asked Erin Cadigan of THREE to tell me her about her tee shirt company, and why she decided to keep it green.  Her response is thoughtful, and insightful:

A company’s reason for being is important. It’s something everyone should at least give some consideration to these days. As the industrial revolution has progressed from it’s early days in the 1900’s, the toll on our environment and our societies has grown exponentially. Just recently, historically speaking, has the world started to turn it’s awareness in a real way towards these problems. With the 2005 tipping point of the “green” movement; shopping green, fair trade or organic have become a welcome house hold phrases. However many companies have also taken to slapping these words on items that maybe aren’t what they proclaim to be.

To read the full interview click here: SHOP GREEN

About Brooke:

Brooke Becker is a photographer located in Coastal North Carolina who has a side interest in living a healthy lifestyle.  She is avid about reading articles on the topic, and they often serve as inspiration for her photography.  She wanted an outlet to share her finds along with her photography so she created {cupcakes & cucumbers} in August 2011.

As the main aspect of her business, Brooke Photo Studio, Brooke Becker photographs products for a variety of clients print and web use.  She specializes in small product catalog photography and works with clients of all types from larger internet websites to individual artists selling on websites like Etsy.  She prides herself on being easy to work with and having packages for all kinds of budgets.  Good photography sells products, and every product deserves good photography.

When she is not shooting client work Brooke blogs about photography on her website Brooke Photo Studio as well as about Healthy Living here at {cupcakes & cucumbers}  She also enjoys taking road trips with her husband near and far, enjoying an afternoon on her screened in porch and jotting down inspirations in her sketchbook.

This photograph of Brooke was taken on a spur of the moment overnight adventure to Myrtle Beach in October 2010 with her then future husband.  They had so much fun that they decided to get married in Myrtle Beach on May 4, 2011.

If you have a need for photography, would like to be featured on the blog, or just want to say hello there are lots of ways to get in touch!

Brooke Photo Studio
Brooke Becker
P.O. Box 40
Holly Ridge, NC 28445

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

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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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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Why I use waterbased inks

Posted in company with tags , , on June 14, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Waterbased screen print inks are not the norm in the industrial fashion screen print world. Plastisol inks are what most screen printing studios and large scale fashion tshirt printers use. Most people like to use plastisol inks because of convenience and durability. They are easy to print, do not dry in the screen, can be very opaque on dark garments, and will adhere to most textiles. That being said, they are terrible for the environment, large printed areas of these inks will feel like plastic sheeting against the body and like all plastics they do not bio-degrade, even as the fabric they are on might. Plastisol is created by PVC which is a polyvinyl chloride and a known carcinogenic, meaning it can cause cancer. Plastisol also contains phthalates. Phthalates have been associated with medical issues including mental disorders and infertility. As these phthalates wash down the drains at commercial print shops, these small molecules and toxins enter our water supply. Even the clean up on these inks creates the need for more chemicals to break them down.

Waterbased inks are a whole different animal then plastisols. I won’t lie and say they are one hundred percent environmentally safe. There are few things in fashion or printing that are. However strides have been made by water based ink companies to create as environmentally sound a product as possible. The main concern in water based inks are the pigments used to color the inks. Pigments can be water bourne and be introduced into environments where they normally would not be found. The plus side is they have a very low impact, water based ink ingredients are lead-free, non-toxic and do not contain any heavy metals. They do not contain ozone-depleting chemicals such as CFC’s and HCF’s, or any volatile solvents. If used with a proper drainage system little to none of these very low toxic pigments will reach the water shed. Presently I use an earth-based drainage system allowing soil to trap and cleanse my waste water. I hope to build a charcoal, soil and grease trap custom drainage system for my studio soon.
Clean up of the water based inks off of the screens require no cleaners at all. Just water. All colors are water based so equipment can be easily cleaned up with water. Water based inks do not contain PVC or phthalates, nor does it contain any toxic chemicals. There is no need to use solvents to clean the screens.

As a designer I love the feel and look of a water based print. Waterbased inks will sink right into the fibers of a fabric leaving no decipherable stiffness or rough “hand” where printed. Sometimes the inks will start to dry a bit in the screens and create a stippled effect as you pull the ink through. If it’s slight I tend to leave it as I appreciate the look it lends the shirt. A small area of stippling can give the print a great vintage vibe. When learning printmaking in college we called this “happy accident” and learned to work with the look any medium was able to give. In early days of printmaking back when signs were hand pulled and newspapers hand set, printing was an imperfect art form. To me this feels more natural, real and interesting then the plastic uniform world we have come to know. Waterbased inks being less opaque then plastisols, which sit on top of the fabric, sometimes will also take on the hue of the shirt they are printed on giving a unity of design that’s beautiful. If printed on a light colored fabric colors in a water based print are often more vibrant than those in a similar plastisol print. Prints using waterbased inks can be just as durable as the plastisols. More so in fact. Plastisol inks can neither be ironed or dried in commercial dryers for concerns the print will crack, melt or burn. Waterbased inks can be cleaned any which way and the print which has sunk into the fibers and become one with the shirt, will last forever.

I do table top printing. It’s an old school way of printing t-shirts that doesn’t require a press. This allows for a lot more variation of print placement. It also makes it nearly impossible to register colors on top of each other. Some people say it’s hard to do multi color prints with water based inks in general. Many print shops won’t change over to safer inks for this reason alone. I would like to say that Life Work LLC in California proves this theory wrong. Back when I was contracting out some of my more complicated designs, this company consistently returned to me professional, bright, clear prints done all with water based inks.

Some information for this article was taken from : http://waterbasedscreenprinting.com

At this point my line is all done by me in my own studio, including the printing. In the past I have worked with large print shops.

If you don’t know how to screen print but would love to have your t-shirts printed environmentally. I have worked

with this company in the past and absolutely LOVE them. Please tell them you found them through me.  LIFE WORK LLC

Life Work used to be the only true environmentally sound printing shop I could find, however it seems these guys are coming up. I also got some of my information about waterbased inks from their website.  Though I have never worked with them, they seem to offer a great service.  THE EARTH FACTORY

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