THE 8TH ANNUAL THREADLESS FAMILY REUNION WAS BEYOND FAR OUT!
We had a blast (off) this weekend at the 8th Annual Threadless Family Reunion. Threadless truly is made up of the best community and artists in the universe! It was so good to see familiar faces and meet new pals while we played games, bounced in the bounce house and watch Wolf Waffles create awesome, goofy GIFs.
A major highlight of the day was announcing the Bestees!
Our first award went to our Community Member of the year, Christina Moore aka christina.a.art, who will receive $2,000! Christina diligently participates in every single weekly #DO52, contributing awesome art, no matter how wacky our theme is. She’s been a member since 2013, and has casted her vote on 43,146 designs. Congrats Christina!
Our second award, Collab of the Year, went to Daniel Arzola, aka goliath72 and Chris Phillips, aka cpdesign! Chris and Dan will split $2,000 for their collaborative awesomeness. Together, these dudes created a design called Training Day, which earned an average submission score of 3.71 and was really the cat’s pajamas.
Our third award went to Stacy Eyles aka mechanicalrobotpower for Design of the Year! The super rad artist behind the year’s most super rad design has been a member since 2008 and has racked up 51 submissions this year. With a submission score of 3.58, his design “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This” means that if anything, Stacy will be taking home $2,000!
Our fourth and final award, Designer of the Year, went to Francis and Lawrence Minoza, aka nicebleed! Proving that two heads are better than one by working together under a single username, this designing duo have been members since 2009. Racking up 40 submissions and 22 printed designs this past year, these brothers have certainly made their mother proud - especially when we send them $2,000!
Congrats to all 6 winners!
The fun didn’t end after the day portion. At night, Ezra Furman’s performance was, to say the least, out of this world…
Thanks to all our pals that came out and helped make it extra fantastic: Adler Planetarium, Pretzel Crisps, Dark Matter Coffee, Chubby Wieners food truck, Defy Bags, Paper Crown Gallery, and Culture Studio!
For those that joined us or just want to check out the awesomeness that transpired, check out the photobooth pics in the Facebook album.
And check out this Facebook album, as well as the #ThreadlessFR14 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for even more photos.
Thanks everybody! See ya next year!
HANG AT THE THREADLESS ART MARKET!
Summer is in the air, so what better way to welcome the sunshine and beautiful weather than an outdoor art market? That’s right, swing by Threadless HQ (1260 W. Madison St., Chicago) on June 14th between 1 and 5PM to hang out with the Threadless gang and a slew of incredible local artists! This is the perfect, last minute opportunity to pick up unique artwork for your dad for Father’s Day, or just to snag something for yourself. We’ll be selling an assortment of Threadless products - at super discounted prices! - alongside handcrafted prints, jewelry, flower boxes, and more from artists around Chicago!
Aside from Threadless gear, you can check out and purchase works from these Chicago-based artists at the Art Market:
Eriewood Collective - arrow marquee signs and geometric piñatas
Paper Crown Gallery - art prints, stickers, and more
With Love XOX - handmade clothing and jewelry
Bell Street Studio - metal-work jewelry
Joe Van Wetering - art prints
In addition to all of the great art booths listed above, Culture Studio will be live screen printing blank tees purchased at the market! Street parking for the event will be available, and there will be food for purchase from Chubby Wieners. Unfortunately, walk-ins to the Threadless store will not be taken during the Art Market.
One more thing - stick around Threadless HQ after the market for Paint & Pedal: A Pedicab Street Art Show from 5-10PM. If you’re interested in attending this event afterwards, make sure you RSVP here and here.
STOP BY THE THREADLESS PANEL AT C2E2!
Headed to C2E2 this weekend? We’re so excited to announce that Threadless will have a panel of artists ready to share tips on improving, promoting and getting paid for your art!
If you’ll be there, you won’t want to miss this panel with uber successful Threadless designers Alice X. Zhang, Karen Hallion and Alex Solis.
ALICE X. ZHANG
Alice X. Zhang is a full-time freelance designer, illustrator, and portrait artist with a penchant for cinema and pop culture. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010.
Karen Hallion grew up in Nahant, a small town in Massachusetts just north of Boston. She attended Ringling School of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in Illustration in 1997. Karen was an elementary school art teacher until 2009 when she began working full-time as an artist. She originally wanted to work for Disney as an animator, so her work tends to reflect that. She counts the amazing work of Glen Keane, Audrey Kawasaki, and Alphonse Mucha among her significant influences.
Karen speaks fluent geek and pop culture, notably Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter and Steampunk. She currently live in Swampscott, MA with her husband, two sons, and their cats, Obi and Kenobi.
Alex Solis is a 61 time printed Threadless artist. He’s also a Threadless staffer! Originally from Milwaukee, he currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids.
What would you like to know from Alice, Karen and Alex? Write questions below so we can prepare for the panel. We’ll make sure to follow up and get those questions answered here in the blog if you won’t be able to join us.
JOIN US FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL WINEBO-CON MEETUP!
We’re sick of whining about the cold in Chicago, so why not wine it up in California? That’s right, sign-ups have already opened for 2014’s WINEBO-CON in March, and this year is bound to be another great event! If you’re not familiar, WINEBO-CON is a yearly meetup orchestrated by Threadless community member Priscilla Wilson in which we bask in the California sun, sip on wine at various wineries, and enjoy the company of the Threadless community! Sound like a blast? It is!
- WINEBO-CON date: March 8, 2014
- Location: Monterey County, California
- Sign-up deadline: February 28, 2014 (or once the 30 person maximum has been filled)
- Location: Monterey County, California $10 to sign up (does not include travel, tasting fees, or lodging)
If you’re interested in attending this year’s WINEBO-CON, head over to Priscilla’s forum post for all of the details.
See you there!
Chicago Innovation Kick-Off Event :: 06.06.13
Now that I’m back from vacation, I’m catching up on posting some pictures from some events I photographed a couple weeks ago! Check out these photo highlights from Chicago Innovation Awards’ Kick-Off Reception at the Threadless Headquarters. What a cool space!