NEWS: Esther Longmore Invited to The Beehive Bazaar

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Exciting news! I was accepted to my first craft fair!!! I’ll have a booth at The Beehive Bazaar from April 30 – May 2. For those who are unfamiliar, The Beehive Bazaar is an indoor craft fair held in Provo, UT for 2 weekends each spring and winter. I’ll post more information as it comes, and hopefully some behind the scene tidbits too!

Also, in case you missed it, Shibumi Home launched this week! 6 of my patterns are available exclusively from Shibumi Home as throw pillows, tablecloths, table runners, and cloth napkins. Surface design has been a dream of mine for so many years, it’s almost embarrassing how long it’s taken me. I’ve worked long and hard to get to this point and still have a long way to go, but having my first taste of that dream is oh-so-sweet!

I announced my interview with Work Your Art on my Facebook page, but forgot to do so here on the blog. Oops. I was reminded of that fact when my alma mater’s design club, INK, blogged news of the interview. Ironically, INK posted it on a day when I genuinely wanted to give up and then I had my own advice to follow. (You’ll know what I’m referring to when you read the interview.)

I’ve mentioned before, I think it’s important that you know I’m human too. I have many disappointments, but I’m generally private about them. That said, you may know that last year I applied for several opportunities that I wasn’t accepted for. Being selected as a designer for Shibumi Home was my saving grace and one of my biggest highlights of 2014. While disappointments can feel bitter for a while, they make victories all the more sweet.

I appreciate each of you for being part of this sometimes bumpy journey with me. I couldn’t do this without you! As a special thank you for your support and to celebrate good things happening, I’m offering 10% off all orders through March 7th! Use code SUPPORT10 at checkout.

ARTICLE: 20 Creative Drawings Completed Using Everyday Objects By Christoph Niemann


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Christoph Niemann is an artist who’s bursting at the seams with creativity. When he’s not drawing clever and insightful cartoons for the New York Times and other prestigious publications, he creates clever illustrations for fun, using everyday objects to enrich and complete his daily creations.

Niemann calls the drawings his “Sunday Sketches” and fits them in between his more serious illustrations, which include both political cartoons and column illustrations for the Times Magazine and the New Yorker.

We’re big fans of using everyday objects to create drawings because it’s such a fun and inclusive art form! Javier Perez and Gilbert Legrand are just two of the many artists we’ve covered who love this artform!

If you like Niemann’s work, check out his books on Amazon as well! Read on to see his answers to Bored Panda’s questions about his work.

ARTICLE: Meet the Hero Designer Who Publicly Shamed Showtime for Asking Him to Work for Free

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When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design “contest” he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it.

The offer, made to a number of designers, involved promoting the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana boxing match on Sept. 13. Those who submitted designs for Showtime’s use “could be eligible for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas and have your artwork displayed in the MGM Grand during fight week!,” the network told Cassaro in an email.

After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm (“I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs”), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter.

Here’s the screenshot of the conversation:

EVENT: Call for Entries: Salt Lake City and County Building

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Applications Due Monday, April 20th by 5pm.

The City and County Building serves the public as a place where the city conducts its business, maintains the facility, and offers the public access to the space for rentals and exhibitions. There is no fee to apply to display artunder this policy.

In allowing this limited use of the City and County Building for art exhibitions, the City does not intend to create a public forum, but rather intends to create a limited forum for the purposes set forth in this policy.  To the extent any portion of the City and County Building has previously become a designated public forum, the City hereby states its intention to convert that space into a limited forum as described in this policy.


Only individual artists, individual artists applying as a group and non-profit organizations are eligible to submit an application to display art under this policy.  Individual applicants must be residents of Utah.  Non-profit organizations must be organized under Utah law.

Art exhibits submitted for consideration must be original works of art and not a reproductive print or copy of another artist’s work. Proposals from Non-Profit Organizations are accepted.  The exhibition space is available for all artists to present their work regardless of their race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or age.


Artwork may be displayed under this policy only on the walls of the first floor of the City and County Building.


Applications are reviewed by Salt Lake City Facilities and the Art Sub-Committee of the City and County Conservancy and Use Committee. Review criteria include:

  • Artistic quality of the work
  • Diversity of expression
  • A balance of various artistic media
  • Completeness and clarity of the application

Salt Lake City Facilities and the Art Sub-Committee shall also apply the following guidelines to each item that is proposed for presentation in the exhibit:

The exhibit may not display artwork or other items containing:

  • Explicit sexual imagery

  • Nudity

  • Graphic descriptions or depictions of violence

  • Anything that promotes a particular political party or candidate

  • Anything that promotes unlawful or illegal goods, services, or activities

  • Anything that creates a hostile work environment for employees

  • Anything that would violate applicable City, Utah, or federal laws, including obscenity, defamation of character, or invasion of privacy

NEWS: Alumnus Derek Ballard shows 3 poster designs in this San Francisco exhibit from Spoke Editions

Derek Ballard Posters

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On October 30th alumnus Derek Ballard was featured in the “Bad Dads”, Wes Anderson tribute show that opened at the new Lopo Gallery in San Francisco. This new gallery is located via the Space Gallery on Polk Street. Curated by Ken Harman (Hi Fructose, Arrested Motion) this group show featured work from over 70 artists such as Dave MacDowell, Caia Koopman, Ana Bagayan, Serge Gay Jr, Rich Pellegrino, Sandi Calistro and many more.


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