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Design Trip to Portland


I recently went down to Portland, OR for their design week. Here's some info on the open houses I attended, and good shops and restaurants to check out...  Continue reading...



Life Advice from RuPaul


Giant R for RuPaul

I somewhat recently become a fan of RuPaul. Not just because of his Drag Race (although isn't the latest season so good? Miss Vanjie!) My fandom started after hearing him on Marc Maron's WTF a few years ago and I became enamored with his kindness and attitude toward life. Continue reading...


Curing Water-based Inks with a Heat Press


Michelle Mars curing water-based inks

Recently I've been using Permaset Supercover inks for screen printing. I like how they feel on the garment and are a breeze to wash up. But curing the ink has proven a bit difficult for me until now. The pros recommend using a tunnel dryer but if you're like me and have a small home-based operation, there really isn't room or $$$ for a tunnel dryer. Here's what I've learned about curing water-based ink with a heat press. Continue reading...


Die cutting screen printed stickers


I was at Short Run Seattle the other week and it gave me the cool idea to print up some stickers as a giveaway or inexpensive purchase. But how to do it? I was familiar with cutting vinyl but not sure how to cut out stickers I had already screen printed. Continue reading...



30-Day Design Challenge—Day 15


The garage model is coming along slowly and should be done by the end of the month. Meanwhile, I've been keeping myself busy with a 30-day challenge to see if I can produce 30 completely different designs using the Processing programming language, the Hype framework, and a little Illustrator tweaking. I've been posting these on Instagram but I thought I'd post them all here with a bit more narrative. Continue reading...


Screen Printing at Vera Project


I'm the process of remodeling the garage so I can turn it into a screen printing studio. In the meantime, I've been learning more about the Processing coding language and Hype library and using code to manipulate my designs (a post on this is coming soon). Continue reading...


Birthday Trip to LA


So for my birthday weekend I took a short trip to Los Angeles. I saw some fantastic modern art at the MOCA Grand, visited the LA Art Book Fair, and heard some experimental music and spoken word put on by Volume. And got the flu but I won't dwell on that. LA is such a vibrant, crazy, art-filled city—I can't wait to go back. Continue reading...