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art, design, typography

Selling with SJ Made

This Sunday, as part of SJ Made, I will be selling my Forge Your Own t-shirts (and some other prints of my sloths and ink drawings) at the Viva Calle SJ event at Arena Green Park (340 W. St. John St.)

There will be free yoga from Live Lotus at noon, bike repair from San Jose Bicycles, live music and more. Last year tens of thousands of people participated and took advantage of several streets being blocked off to traffic so they could roam the streets with their families on bikes and boards and feet. Will you join in the festivities this year?

The shirts are designed and printed here in San Jose so it's just about as local as you can get. Get them while I still have them in stock!

Red and Charcoal shirts will be available with the "forge your own" mountain design on them.

Red and Charcoal shirts will be available with the "forge your own" mountain design on them.

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Another Sloth for the Road

I've been on a roll lately with the sloth paintings for Silicon Valley Open Studios next month. Some are more fun than others just because of the addorability factor and I would say that this is one of them.  

He is missing the earring in this iPhone image, but it is there in person now.  

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Silicon Valley Open Studios

I said something earlier this year, but here is the official official announcement.

I am showing for Silicon Valley Open Studios 2016.

I have been hard at work ever since January trying to get as much new work made as possible. On top of planning a wedding and teaching and regular life stuff it has been a lot to juggle, but I'm excited to see who comes out.

There will be plenty of new sloth pieces, and a new series of drawings. You can see some of these in the WORK section of the site, and a few up in the SHOP or with our merch partner SOCIETY6, but I know there are many more pieces you can find if you come by that weekend of May 7-8.

I hope to see you there. More info HERE.

 

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The Coffee Monsters

Instagram is a great place to discover new artists and creatives and interestingness, and as I'm bummed they will be changing their feed, I know I'll still embrace the platform as a place to show and discover new work.

The Coffee Monsters is one such case. Take a spill (sometimes intentional, sometimes not), and make it in to something new. I mean, isn't that what we search for in creativity, taking something existing and combining it with something else to make something that didn't previously exist?

You can see more of the work by checking out Stefan's feed and the Coffee Monster website.

Cheers.

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Thomas "Dambo" Winther and Wonderful Creativity

In another instance of beautiful creativity, we have these birdhouses. Beginning with a 2008 project in Denmark, Thomas Dambo used recycled and donated materials to create 250 birdhouses within the city. This gives the birds shelter as they are, he says, wonderful at recycling themselves.

Clearly if you wander around his site looking at the different birdhouses the project has grown, and clearly others are supporting his efforts, but how can you not smile at those that are camouflaged and turned in to birds as well.

This was a wonderful article found on Design You Trust as I'm slowly getting my coffee legs under me this Easter morning. Cheers!

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Another New for the New Year

I've done it.

As in, I've decided to participate in open studios this year. Well, the Silicon Valley Open Studios I think it officially known as.

My weekend is May 6-7, so if you need something to do...or a last minute Mother's Day gift, you can find me HERE.

I have several works from the past two years to display/sell, and I'm in the midst of several new drawings to have available. One little teaser - which you can see on the SVOS site is...

That funky giraffe is fun and ready to walk out the studio door with you to a new home. What do you say?

If you want to follow along on the new art making journey I'll post more here, so stay tuned, but a more up to date version can be seen on Instagram: @misterthad

 

typography, creativity, art

New And For The New Year

There are so many things that are new here in 2016 so far, not the least of which are the recent nuptials in my life. 

Mum also venturing in to participating in my first open studios down the road in May. That's pretty exciting, but what I'm really thinking about today is the idea of camping.  

Even in the winter.  

I was in Yosemite this past weekend as a celebratory measure and there was, for me, a lot of people out camping in the snow. Now, I think it would have been a little cold for me, but I am definitely getting the big to get back out there and I've been thinking about camping - winter or not - lately.  

Since I also draw in my sketchbook on the daily - which may change as I hear up for the afore mentioned open studios - I thought I would use those camping thoughts as inspiration.  

So, here you go ... 

Daily sketchbook after a Travis Burke Photography image found on the insta

Daily sketchbook after a Travis Burke Photography image found on the insta

Stay tuned for more updates. There will be a lot happening in the next few months.  

Cheers.  

11 Commandments, art, typography

#1 -Show Up

The best place to begin is usually at the beginning, right? Well, I will assume so - at least for the time being.  

As I begin to use this location as a replacement for Tumblr (or, more likely, using one as a supplement for the other), the 11 Commandments have to show up at some point. (Note, you can also find them in my Instagram feed is you are interested)

 

These 11 hand drawn pieces of typography are much more than pretty visuals. They are consistent reminders of what I like to refer to as How To Be Better. Distilled from more than ten years of teaching art and creativity in public high schools, I truly believe that these bits of advice (dare I say wisdom?) are integral in happiness and productivity for most areas of life.  

 

Without further delay, Number 1: Show Up.  

 

Of of course this means showing up physically, but it is so much more.  

Clearly you can't participate in any activity if you aren't "there", but "there" is more than a physical presence. You have to be present mentally and emotionally as well.  

I often tell my students to be thoughtful about what they are doing/executing, and being thoughtful in your presence is of the essence. After all, why do something if you aren't truly giving your mind and energy to it.  

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Summer Painting Update

Almost three weeks in to summer vacation and the time is officially slip sliding away.  

Not to say that things haven't been productive, because they have, but I can't believe how much time has flown by while I intentionally ignore "work". Though I guess that is what breaks and vacations are for - to allow for some amount of time to be spent on family and yours truly and to regenerate. All that is happening so I guess I'm on the right path.  

 

What at has happened is that I am basically functioning in a new studio space, and the fourth of a new series of paintings happened there yesterday.  

 

Sloth Love (acrylic on birch panel on 3/4" cradle, 10"x8") 

Sloth Love (acrylic on birch panel on 3/4" cradle, 10"x8") 

Above you can see the first of the series, and I'm nearing the end of having one for every season.  

They will soon be available as original paintings and as prints both in my online Forgeron Studios store and on Etsy, so stay tuned.  

 

There re is a lot more to come in terms of updates, so this summer is looking to be an exciting time for his as of yet little used blog.  

 

Cheers.