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Archive for December, 2007

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In my last post I mentioned Hatch Show Print. They are one of the oldest running letterpress shops in the US. They use hand-caved wood blocks and old-school letterpress to create their posters. Super bad-ass peeps and a major inspiration for me. I have yet to be in their shop which is located in Nashville. I admire them for keeping up a tradition that computers and laser printers have almost eliminated. So Adam dug his (pre-) Christmas present and plans to put it up in his office.

I am always on the look out for new stuff to play with and I saw this item for sale on ebay. It’s a 1950s do-it-yourself letterpress kit. It’s so rad. I won the item because no one else bid on it. Thank goodness. I don’t think anyone saw the potential in this item. This is perfect for me because I don’t like carving small letters, especially into the linoleum I use. The detail never shows up right. But with this, I could write out signs and print text-y tees out of them…maybe. I got it yesterday and spent the evening cleaning and organizing the letters. I love opening up the newly organized drawers and seeing the beautiful letter forms. Just looking at the letters make ideas spin  The picture above is the ebay picture before the cleaning and organizing ensued.

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Tattoos and Tees

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Can you picture this on my back? Well, I have been for the last couple of weeks. This is the tattoo I plan on getting across my back.  The picture above is a photoshop file that allowed me to figure out placement. I’ve been wanting to get another tattoo for awhile and finally I’m ready. This will be my third tattoo. I think Adam was a bit shocked about the location and size but of course, he would never say anything, but I saw it when his eyes popped out of his head. My younger brother Cal is going with me and he will be getting his very first tatto.

I have a book of hua yang Chinese Folk Designs where I found this design of a Phoenix. The beauty of the phoenix comes from its simplicity and striking complexity. It’s basically an one-line, one-color design. We don’t find this kind of simplicity in our chaotic visual world. I would never come up with this design solution because of my visual vocabulary. We create from what we know and what we grew up in. These folk designs were created in a much simpler time, and the artist used the most basic tools and design fundamentals.

The Phoenix symbolizes the Empress, beauty, peace, prosperity, and sun. My grandmother is part Chinese so I grew up around all types of Chinese designs, patterns, and symbols. I never paid much mind to them growing up, but now I can see the influence in my life. I have two other Chinese folk designs that I am working on, butterfly and dragon. And I think all three will be absolutely fantabulous as tee designs. I promise. To be continued…

Check out my latest thoughts on my next tatoo at https://ciaraelend.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/my-next-tattoo/?referer=sphere_related_content/

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No not that ghetto–the Ghetto on Broadway. The design is taken from an 1890s Broadway poster. Isn’t it just sooo fab?

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I found a small image of this poster in a book I had, but I wanted a bigger image to see the details. I luckily found it on the NYC public library website which is the image above. And these images are not copy written, they are free to use by anyone. What I really like about it was that “The Ghetto” seems like such a modern idea because of the surge of Hip Hop music over the last couple of decades. But obviously, there has always been the existence of ghettos and I like calling attention to it.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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Bad Apples Graphic Tshirt

When I saw a photo of a NYC handmade vendor sign, I had to make this BAD APPLES design out of it. I love signs that are drawn by hand, not by computer. Grocer’s signs inspire me.

This shirt makes me feel so bad, in that good way.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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DIY Lightbox

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Sometimes I need to line up pieces of tracing paper for registration purposes, and I usually do that by holding up the papers to a lamp. Well, it wasn’t very accurate so I wanted a light box, but the last thing I needed to do was spend more money on art supplies. Boxes run about $50 to $400 depending on size and quality. Yikes!

Well, I figured if I can find something that’ll work. I just needed plexiglass and a box. Hmm…where to even start!?! I had been pondering over this for a week, then on a walk home I saw a framed poster and I got this idea to use picture frames. I popped into a 99 cents bargain store and bought five 11″x14″ picture frames and clear christmas lights. Took out the plexigass of each frame, then stacked up and taped them up with chip board as support. When I felt it was stable enough I taped one piece of plexiglass to the top, and attached the christmas lights to one of the frame backing. And voila!

I don’t mind that the lighting inside is uneven, but if you wanted an even glow I’m sure you can find a small globe light at home depot.

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Bebot Graphic Tshirt

I’m not surprised at all that a majority of the people I know have no clue what this means. It’s Tagalog (official language of the Philippines) and it means beautiful girl. It’s similar to the word chica in Spanish. I jokingly emailed my Filipino friend that I wouldn’t openly say to the others about what it meant. She laughed so hard she spit a peanut onto her keyboard. In Tagalog, few deragatory terms towards women exist. I think its because they have a matriarchal society.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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Ok, I know I’m not the first one to come up with this idea. I based this design on an old “Speed Kills” t-shirt that I bought at a Los Angeles thrift store. The t-shirt has since deteriorated, but the legend lives on. I couldn’t remember what the original turtle looked like so I drew this one for it. And yes…speed kills.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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