Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Print is a Print is a Print. Or is it?

In May of 1914, Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons was published, and, by coincidence, Stein's work has offered us a great deal of inspiration over the past month. In fact, we've just rolled out the first of our Stein inspired creations, a set of four cotton flour sack towels, each one hand screen printed with a different fragment from the "Food" section of the aforementioned book:

The fragments printed are:

ASPARAGUS. Asparagus in a lean in a lean to hot. This makes it art and it is wet wet weather wet weather wet.

CHICKEN. Pheasant and chicken, chicken is a peculiar third.


PASTRY. Cutting shade, cool spades and little last beds, make violet, violet when.

SALAD. It is a winning cake.

These, and more, can be found in the new "Tea Towels" section of the shop.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

This Time, It's Personal.

With some design help from amazing spouse and vintage clothing aficionado, Anne (check out her online shop, Thrush Vintage), I've added some personalizable tea towels to the shop:

This, of course, got me thinking of other notable personalizable Etsy-stuffs. Enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

What's Playing in the Workshop?

Simply unable to stop listening to The Marble Downs by Trembling Bells and Bonnie Prince Billy.


And, for good measure:

Friday, February 17, 2012

What's Playing in the Workshop?

Given the excitement brewing here at The Concern over tonight's Charles Bradley show, the answer to the titular question should be pretty obvious.

Gonna be awesome!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Movie Tees, or You Shirts Oughta Be in Pictures

The title says it all! 

But, ya know, we're pretty loquacious so we'll reiterate. Pictured below: a few of our favorite famous tees!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Things That Should Be Shirts #1: Cloacanard, or The Defecating Duck

"Without the shitting duck, there would be nothing to remind us of the glory of France." --Voltaire

Oh Voltaire, you're such a hater.

The duck to which eighteenth-century France's notable naysayer refers is the now-long-lost creation of Jaques de Vaucanson, an inventor of automata and contemporary of Voltaire. Among his inventions were android table servants, a life-size flute playing shepherd, and, of course, the famed fowl. Reported to have more than 400 moving parts on each wing alone, and able to eat, digest, and excrete grain, the duck seems to have been quite the sophisticated machine. Sure, claims have been made that the duck's excrement was a separate substance housed apart from the ingested grain. Even if that's the case, all accounts suggest that Voucanson's mechanical mallard was pretty remarkable.  

Though it seems the duck had a storied career, wonderfully recounted in Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life, it has long since gone the way of a certain cousin. Nevertheless, some evidence remains, including written accounts, and the speculative illustrated diagram below, to which we'd like to pay homage in the only way we know how: by printing it on a t-shirt!  

And there you have it: the first installment of what will become The Concern's intermittently ongoing series Things That Should Be Shirts. We know you'll await the finished product with bated breath.

Until next time,

Mike and The Riverwest Brothers Local Screen Printing Concern

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mildred's, Riverwest

The missus and I are nearly finished watching Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce (which, by the bye, is pretty remarkable), and in honor of this accomplishment I saw fit to cook up some vegetarian "chicken" and waffles today. Oh yeah! A. Maze. Ing.

Unfortunately, it was one of those meals that go down too quickly to allow for photographic evidence. So, instead, I'll leave you with the video for the song "Mildred Pierce" by Sonic Youth:

Ye gods and little fishes!