There’s a lot going on over at cityfabric these days. You guys may remember when I posted about them back in November. Well, now they have a new logo and an awesome new kickstarter project with lots of new collateral—if they raise $13,000 by August 31, you will be able to get their signature figureground maps on pillows, totes, canvases, prints and limited edition t-shirts. Watch the video above to learn more about their project and support your local business!
Two design and planning graduates from NC State recently started a line of city inspired t-shirts called CityFabric. The screen-printed shirts feature figure-ground diagrams of cities ranging from Durham, NC to San Francisco. They currently have 17 cities to choose from. Go check out their website and support local business! Now I only need to decide whether I want the shirt for where I live or where I wish I lived…
This one is for all you local Durhamite OK Greatsters -
Two weekends ago was the third installment of what I hope continues to be a really amazing event in Durham – the Yum Yum Supper. Quote the Yum Yum website:
The Yum Yum Supper Club is a fresh bunch of humans interested in a cooperative exploration of food, timely celebrations, and the tilting of the planet in the North Carolina Piedmont.
Sounds awesome, right? It was. For the not insignificant price of $28 pp, I had high expectations for the night. It started off with some casual conversations and drinks at the Central Park Pavilion(where the farmers market is held) – sangria and wine – along with some bocce ball and croquet on the field. Wandering around I noticed a table with some peculiar objects:
Getting better, I thought. What better way to celebrate the true downtown heritage of Durham than finishing off a hopefully-delicious meal with a post-prandial cigarette and tie-on moustache (apologies for all crappy iphone pics)
So finally the dinner bell was rung and we sat down at a beautifully set table with a bottle of wine between nearly every other seat (big thumbs up). What followed was a truly delicious meal, filled with local ingredients (bacon or pork belly was featured in every course, including the chocolate chip and bacon cookies for dessert – amazing – and yes there was a veggie option), and great company. The chef, Chris Holloway of Southern Season, put out unbelievable food for over 100 YumYummers and then prior to the dessert course, (said cookies and jack and coke floats – I’m salivating now thinking about those) came out and gave one of the most impassioned “I Love Durham” + “I Love Food” speeches I’ve heard anywhere, and everyone got all warm and fuzzy (or maybe just drunk on wine).
Anyway, there’s more photos on the site (including a sort of horrible, sort of hilarious one of me and my lovely in moustaches) and more details about the club. Looks like the next one will be sometime in the fall, so all y’all locals makes sure you check it out.
Needless to say, my $28 expectations were wholeheartedly exceeded on all fronts.
Hey OK Greatsters! It’s Michael, you know, the new kid. Let’s start things off with a bang shall we.
I feel like this is what dreams (or nightmares?) looked like 100 years ago.
I came across the work of Mikel Robinson at the Durham Art Walk a few years ago and I’ve always made it a point to stop by his booth each time he’s exhibiting around town. It’s a combination of prints, found objects, wood, and a ton of distressing, both by hand and by computer, often finished with wax or some other sealant to lock in all of those precious layers. His work is really best appreciated in person since most of his ‘flat’ pieces are actually quite 3-dimensional. Unfortunately, his website seems a bit neglected, but there are still plenty of gems in there.
Local people: on September 19th, LaborLove Gallery in Durham is hosting a showcase of local graffiti art, “Bombed: Panels, Picks and Kicks”. Four local painters (Window-Down Crew) are going to work it out on 4′ x 8′ panels at the gallery during the days immediately before the show. DJ’s + a breakdance crew will round out opening night.
The LaborLove people just released this time-lapse video of the artists working on two panels. I’m sold. See you there, fools.
Yesterday afternoon, a few of us had the pleasure of visiting Aviator Brewery in Fuquay Varina, NC to talk a little design and taste a little beer.
Brewmaster Mark and his crew are some great guys and they brew some seriously great beer. We got to sample the three beers on tap: their Saison, a Tripel, and a red (“Hot Rod”). Amazing! Really powerful, flavorful beers.
If you’re a NC local, get down to your local bar and have an Aviator! And if the bar doesn’t have it on tap, let your bartender know that the people demand it (I’m lookin’ at you, Pinhook)!
Visit their website and find out where Aviator is served and then go imbibe! Or, you can order a zucchini from their webstore (literally).
In case you still have some holiday shopping to do, and are avoiding the mall at all costs, and live in the Triangle area of dear old North Carolina – you will be excited to know that there is another art & craft fair this Sunday. This one will be at Nightlight Bar & Club in Chapel Hill [405 1/2 W. Rosemary Street] from 2-6pm Sunday the 21st.
Work for sale will include screen prints, hand printed apparel, jewelry, knit caps and scarves, accessories, notebooks, journals, cd covers and more! The show will feature local artists from the Scrap Exchange’s “Craft Land”, Carrie Reiser, Peter Pendergrass, Sarah Holsapple, Ashley Theresa, Jody Cedzillo as FlyTrap , John Crouch, Yullianna Aparicio as Y.A. Ponce de Leon , Jenni Moore and some surprise artists TBA!
[photo of screen-printed linen napkins by flytrap]