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Thread Show : Contest Winners

We've been wanting to run a contest like this for a while, and we're thrilled to see so many great designs submitted! Below is a list of our ten winners, with the graphics they created. Some are clever, some are funny, and some will just make cool t-shirts. Pick out your favorite below, and come screen print a shirt with us at this Sunday's Thread Show at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego.

"Japan Owl" by Nancy Ventura. Sezio will donate $10 dollars from every print of this shirt to the Japanese Red Cross.

"Create" by Brooks Sterling from We Love Creativity.

"Sasquatch and Saqueesha" by Casey Galanter.

"Lights" by Maie Webb of Noon Design Shop.

"Oil Is Over" by Dylan Ousley.

"Angry Bugs" by Kelly Vivanco.

A great way to get some band shirts printed... "Tape Deck Mountain" by Travis Trevisan.

"Best Shirt Ever" by Clarke Forrest of Yeller.

"QR Code" by Chadwick Gantes.

"Sezio" by Jona Tellez-Giron.

Thanks to everyone who submitted, come by and find us on Sunday!

Posted By zack | 3/31/2011 | 9:10 AM | View Comments (2)

Eric Wixon : Strength For The Journey

Eric Wixon has been holed up at Habitat House for the past week, painting brightly colored blob bodies on the living room walls. His solo show, entitled "Strength For The Journey" opens this Wednesday from 6 to 10pm at the Golden Hill house venue / gallery. Cruise by and support a rising local artist!

Posted By zack | 3/29/2011 | 12:05 PM | View Comments (1)

Thread Show : Design Contest

Thread Show is coming up this Sunday, and this time were switching up our operation. At every live screen printing event we've done people ask if they can design something for us to print... well here's your chance. We're holding an open design contest for April 3rd's Thread Show, where you can submit any number of designs and we'll pick our 10 favorites. If your design is picked, admission to Thread is on us plus a free T-shirt bearing your design. Here's what you need to do:

Submit your design(s) by Wednesday night to All designs must be your original artwork and one layer / color only. Submit as many designs as you'd like. Please size your designs exactly how they should be printed on the shirt, no larger than 11 inches wide or 20 inches tall. Images should be black on a white background. We will announce the 10 winners Thursday morning, excited to see what you guys got!

Posted By zack | 3/27/2011 | 11:44 PM | View Comments (3)

Turista Libre Tijuana Art Tour

I first saw this painting hanging on the wall at El Take It Easy as part of a solo Enrique Ciapara show. I was in a business meeting shoved in a booth and trying to be professional. I was so taken by the jaunty shapes and raw strokes of this piece that I found myself staring at it for the duration of drinks.  The colors are muted and seem municipal - grass greens, cement greys and backyard fence browns crowd around one long strip of bright blue making a dreamy mirage of a city.

Lucky for me (and you!), Ciapara will be opening his studio this Saturday as part of "Turista Libre Tijuana Art Tour" a mobile survey of four prominent Tijuana-based artists. Giancarlo Ruiz will show his short film "St. Jacques" which screened at 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Shinpei Takeda will discuss his multimedia work "Alpha Decay", and Jaime Ruiz Otis will share the details of his artistic process of recycling trash and transforming it into art.

The tour starts at noon where staff and participants will meet at the San Ysidro pedestrian border crossing in Tijuana’s Colonia Federal. The tour also includes admission to “Obra Negra,” a three-gallery exhibit at Centro Cultural de Tijuana's new expansion, El Cubo then lunch at Cielo Restaurant and Water Bar in Via Corporativo. Yum! Oh, did I mention the party ends at Ciapara's studio and that it's an old roller-skating rink in downtown TJ? And that there'll be drinks?
Do not miss this! Tickets to this rare experience are $20 and you can RSVP at no later than Tuesday, March 22nd (that's tomorrow!). Or for more information, visit Turista Libre.


Posted By angella | 3/21/2011 | 7:02 PM | Add a Comment

A Film About A Fort : 03.16 @ MoPA

After a year of scavenging for reclaimed wood and stock-piling all sorts of collectibles, Wes Bruce built forts all over San Diego County. From gulleys and sewers to galleries and museums, Wes' experiential structures moved everyone who spent a moment or the night under their patched roof. Film-maker Bryan Bangerter followed Wes for the better half of 2010, and has edited down a forty-five minute documentary primarily focusing on Wes' giant fort installation at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The film will premiere this Wednesday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park accompanied by a site specific installation built by Wes in MoPA's atrium and live music by Joel P West. You can reserve your ticket for the screening here and RSVP on Facebook here. Should be a magical evening.

Posted By zack | 3/11/2011 | 4:06 PM | Add a Comment