Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Asimov Custom Plush

Cutesy but not Cutesy just finished an exciting custom order and collaboration with Tom Dell'Aringa the artist behind the popular web-comic Marooned. Tom approached me about working with him on a limited edition plush based on his most popular character, Asimov. After checking out Tom's work, I happily agreed to work with him. Each plush is 18" tall and a little bit different and unique from the others. For more information on how to purchase one, you can check out the purchasing details and announcements as they come up on the Marooned blog.

Schmidty: The Saleswhale Extraordinaire and New Hope Sidetracks Gallery

Cutesy but not Cutesy is happy to announce that she will have work at the New Hope Sidetracks Gallery in New Hope, PA again beginning in July with the official opening on July 10th. Paul and Ricky, owners of the Sidetracks Gallery, have stuck with me since the beginning and were really inspirational in encouraging me to continue on with my stitchery so it's wonderful to be welcomed back to their gallery to share their space with some amazing artists. If you're in the New Hope or Bucks County area, please do check it out!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Monsters first trip to New England

It's not every day, or every weekend, that I am able to look behind my booth at a show and say "I want to lay in the grass" and not only do it, but have someone there to tell me to "just do it". But that's exactly what I did this weekend in Providence. Not for long, but for long enough to breathe... finally. It has been a very busy few weeks of what has felt like non-stop making and traveling. Laying in the grass with the cool New England breeze, even for a moment, was just what I needed. And not only that, but when I asked my traveling mate (for the second weekend in a row), Alvaro, to hand me a monster... the split second of joy of just lying there with my own creation held tightly in my arms was a moment that will last me a long time.

This past weekend John (Fuzzy Ink) and Alvaro picked me up in the new Fuzzy Ink van and we all drove up together to Providence and Boston for their weekly open markets http://www.providenceopenmarket.com/ and http://www.southendopenmarket.com/. I can only speak for myself but I do know that traveling with fellow vendors makes long trips even more worthwhile. It was the very first time the monsters had ever been to New England and I think they really enjoyed themselves!

Fuzzy Ink and Cutesy but not Cutesy within harassing distance of one another, yet again...

I also had the opportunity of meeting yet another Plushteam member, Anne-Claire Regan aka Hiboucards who lives in Boston with her adorable family. Once again, always amazing to finally meet a Plushteam member in person!

It was a fun time in a new place and the Providence and Boston energy is great! We'll be back, I'm sure!

Thanks Providence and Boston!

(Photos courtesy of: Alvaro Arteaga.)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The monsters take on two cities at once...

This past weekend Cutesy but not Cutesy traveled with the monsters to two cities at once! Yes, you read that right. We had an awesome time setting up at Art for the Cash Poor in Philly on Saturday and then with the trust of the monsters and the show in our good friend Brian's hands, we headed off down to Washington D.C. to meet up with the fellas over at Fuzzy Ink with whom we would be sharing a booth at Capital Pride on Sunday.

Upon arriving to the DC area we had the opportunity to finally meet the brains and brawn behind the T-shirt company Sharp Shirter, Dan Lachman, a good friend of Fuzzy Ink's, who was kind enough to provide us with a place to stay. Not only that, we also finally met the amazing Alvaro Arteaga an incredible graphic artist and illustrator from Chile who is currently staying with the guys over at Fuzzy Ink.

Here is John Paul of Fuzzy Ink, myself, and Alvaro Arteaga before all the crowds infiltrated our booth...

It's the first time Fuzzy Ink and Cutesy but not Cutesy had ever shared a booth though we've done shows with our booths next to one another. It's not really surprising that t-shirts with mustaches and monsters with absurd horns really mesh well, not to mention the fact that they really do attract a lot of attention! We seem to have a lot of similar creative ideas and aesthetics (and a shared love for monsters and mustaches) so seeing our work together in one booth was a lot of fun to say the least.

The event itself was huge and attracted an incredibly large crowd. The heat was rather oppressive but when the sky opened up and poured buckets of rain on everyone it actually felt kind of nice... the monsters got a little wet, themselves, but I think they secretly may have enjoyed it, too!

We met a lot of really amazing customers and the energy of the crowd was very uplifting. One of our favorite customers couldn't get enough of the monsters OR the mustaches...

And after a long busy day John, Alvaro, and myself met up with the infamous Jon Wye, whom I also met for the first time, and we sat down for a relaxing dinner filled with a little business conversation and some much needed laughter.

Yet another amazing weekend for Cutesy but not Cutesy thanks to all of the wonderful people we've met along the way! Thanks Philly and DC!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cutesy but not Cutesy in Renegade Brooklyn 2010!

After less than a week of being home from out California adventure Cutesy but not Cutesy had the honor of participating in Renegade Handmade's craft fair in Brooklyn. This is one of our favorite shows of the year and we're always incredibly grateful to be a part of such an amazing show. The wind was nearly too much to handle but that didn't stop most of the vendors from remaining in place and mildly windblown. It was a great weekend overall and we always enjoy seeing many of the old friendly faces of fellow vendors and meeting many new ones!

We also got to meet fellow Plushteam member Katarzyna Piotrowska aka The Pixels who stopped over to say hello. One of the best things about traveling so much is being able to meet so many of the Plushteam members!

One of the most excited customers of the day, Sam Carcamo of AngryYeti fame...

Yet another great weekend filled with old friends, new friends, good friends, happy customers, and monsters. Thanks Brooklyn!