MISSED THIS YEAR’S MEETUP? WATCH THE 2013 FAMILY REUNION ARTIST INTERVIEWS.
We had a great time at Threadless 2013’s Family Reunion! We were so honored to have 4 awesome members of the Threadless community come to Chicago to be interviewed. Get to know Nathan Pyle, Priscilla Wilson, Budi Satria Kwan and Jeremyville a little better.
Nathan hails from Ohio and now lives and works in New York City. In addition to art, he produces non-fiction television programs for a variety of networks. He has a degree in theology, loves taking photos, and he is free this Saturday if anyone is playing flag football in Central Park.
BUDI SATRIA KWAN
Budi Satria Kwan didn’t have a credit card when he discovered Threadless, so he submitted a design in hopes of being awarded a coupon. This was his introduction to Photoshop and the world of design. Budi lives in Makassar, Indonesia.
We brought Budi from Indonesia to Chicago to present him 2013’s Threadless Designer of the year Bestee! Check out his MADE shop to see some of his work.
When she isn’t organizing wine tour meet-ups across the California countryside or arranging artist E-chats across the world, Threadless Ambassador Priscilla Wilson is busy makin’ fancy schmancy wine labels for the vino you might be drinking right now.
CHECK OUT THREADLESSER DSCHWEN’S NIFTY EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS
(Illustration for Warby Parker, for the finale of Breaking Bad)
16-time printed Threadless artist David Schwen is a big ball of creative talent. He’s a whiz at taking everyday objects and whipping them into clever photos and designs. Recently, he’s been on a roll creating clever illustrations for editorial cartoons. We chatted him up to hear about his recent projects.
(Illustration for TIME Magazine about the future of digital learning)
"I’ve been creating editorial illustrations for about three years now. Although technically, I started when I was 15, by creating illustrations for a small publication in northern Minnesota where I grew up. I went to college, thinking I would major in illustration, but later took the path of Graphic Design instead. My reasoning, is that I could have a full time design job and still do illustration on the side. For a while I worked at advertising and design agencies around Minneapolis, until recently I broke off and started my own studio."
(Illustration for Entrepreneur about family planning)
"I now have about 50/50 design and illustration jobs. It’s been such an amazing experience creating illustrations for places like Wired, Fast Company, TIME, Entrepreneur and others. For a while, I spent a lot of years coming up with concepts for t-shirt designs at Threadless, and now I’m using the same approach for my editorial illustrations. I love what I am doing right now, but I’d love to get back into creating designs for shirts soon. Threadless is a community of amazing artists, and I strongly feel I wouldn’t be where I am today without it!"
(Illustration for GOOD Magazine accompanying an article about gun control)
RAISE A GLASS TO ROSS BRUGGINK’S ABSOLUT CHICAGO BOTTLE DESIGN!
Ross Bruggink is on a roll. Last week, we released Ross’ cryptozoology-inspired “Sweet Betty’s Sparkling Yetis” tee, which was the winning design from our challenge with our pals at dribbble. Yesterday, we launched Ross’ spectacular new MADE collection, complete with a charming video of Ross in his natural habitat (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Today, we’re ecstatic to announce that Ross’ ABSOLUT CHICAGO bottle design, “The Cityscape,” has finally hit the shelves! Check out the bottle in all of its glory:
“I wanted to represent iconic elements of Chicago (hot dog, ferris wheel, pigeon, theatre sign, etc.) while presenting the iconic nature of the architecture itself.” says Ross in his artist statement, “The result is a stylized cityscape incorporating architectural and iconic elements of Chicago.”
See what we mean? Ross is on FIRE! Ross’ beautiful Chicago-themed bottle houses one of ABSOLUT’s newest flavors, an interestingly delightful, aromatic rosemary and olive vodka.
Thinking about vodka drinks now? Check out this edition of Mo Knows for a few innovative new cocktail drinks to test out at your next soiree. That girl knows her mixology!
Congratulations to Ross on all of his recent achievements, and we hope to see more of his incredible work in the future!
VISIT SEAN MORT’S GALLERY SHOW “UNITED PRINTS OF AMERICA” IN CHICAGO ALL SEPTEMBER
Artist Sean Mort from the UK has been making his way across the US this summer creating art inspired by his travels. His gallery show, United Prints of America opens tomorrow night, Sept. 6 at Galerie F in Logan Square, Chicago.
There will be an artist reception tomorrow from 6-10 pm and the show will be open until the end of September. Chicago friends, we’ll see ya there! For those that can’t stop by, check out some of his work and a brief Q & A below!
what: Sean Mort’s United Prints of America
where: Galerie F- 2381 N Milwaukee avenue
when: Sept. 6 - 27
artist reception: Sept. 6 6-10 pm
We had a brief Q & A with Sean:
Where are you from?
I’m from Manchester in the UK & I live in Leeds.
Why did you decide to visit the US this summer?
I have been doing my own screen printed posters for a few years now & have visited the US previously for poster shows like Pitchfork, Renegade Craft Fair & SXSW but this summer I decided to do a bunch of shows and have a long vacation to save on the constant air fare & jet lag so I have done 4 shows in Chicago & San Francisco & seen a load of places in between.
What’s the first thing you’ll do/visit when you get home?
I can’t wait to get home to see my amazing niece & eat fish & chips.