We recently worked up some designs for our client who was celebrating her thirtieth birthday. Her plans for celebration were to drive to Marfa, TX with family and friends to see the sites and the wonderful art that has blossomed in the W. Texas desert. The concept of the shirt was to play off Ed Ruscha‘s use of screenprinting and words while incorporating the feeling of light that the landscape can offer.
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By RYANB | Published: April 13, 2013
Kong’s Ryan Burkhart was recently invited to UNT in Denton to produce a limited edition of prints with visual artist, Scott Ingram. The residency was one week long and yielded 2 finished editions of prints. Ryan and Scott gave a public talk about the collaboration and production of the prints. They also were excited to have a public opening at the end of the residency to show off the new prints that are published by P.R.I.N.T. Thanks to UNT and Director Lari Gibbons for hosting us and for making this project possible.
By RYANB | Published: December 17, 2012
Check out this wonderful video of our recent collaboration of Miguel Gonzalez – M-Lon!
By RYANB | Published: December 16, 2012
M-Lon is the pseudonym of Miguel Gonzalez, an artist, illustrator and designer from Caracas, Venezuela. M-Lon is currently living in Austin, working on a new series of paintings and prints at Kong. Araguaney is the national tree of Venezuela and when you see the beautiful, full yellow trees spotting the green landscape, you understand why. M-Lon began working on this limited edition of 100 6 color screenprints with a series of sketches and painting studies that enabled him to get the color and composition just right before working on the prints. This is his first foray into screenprinting and Kong was happy to collaborate on the edition, which turned out beautifully!
A portion of the edition will return to Venezuela to be exhibited and sold to raise monies for a friend’s healthcare.
By RYANB | Published: November 8, 2012
If you’re going on an adventure, sometimes it helps to have a map. Here’s a good one to have as you set out to experience all the art that E.A.S.T. has to offer. This is of the Artpost where Kong is located, along with TONS of other artists working in all sorts of media. See you Saturday!
Download a PDF of the Map
By RYANB | Published: November 4, 2012
Mark your calendars! E.A.S.T begins on Saturday.
East Austin Studio Tour
Sat. & Sun. November 10 & 11
Sat. & Sun. November 17 & 18
11 am – 6 pm Please RSVP on our Facebook Events Page!
Kong will feature original shirts and posters printed by Bruce Braden and Ryan Burkhart. There will be “pick your shirt” printing – you pick out the color shirt you want, you pick your design and you can even help print it! Also on exhibition will be artworks by Brian Phillips, including an awesome F1 car in full relief from recycled materials. There will be BBQ, ice cream and beer provided by our sponsors Thirsty Planet Brewery.
Kong is part of the Artpost so there will be lots more art to see! The Artpost will exhibit works by more than thirty accomplished artisans, with works of sculpture, painting, mixed media, installation, screen-printing, jewelry, fashion boots, and audio electronics.
The Tour is an open studio event, providing an opportunity to see high-quality original work and meet with the artists in their studio, giving insights into their creative process, methods and materials.
We look forward to seeing you there!
4704 E. Cesar Chavez, Building C.
E.A.S.T. Site 119AA
By RYANB | Published: October 18, 2012
We Print Stuff on Things – it’s not just a catchy slogan, it’s an approach to problem solving in the studio that clearly defines what we do. And Etsy likes our approach and attitude to our craft, because they support and value craftsmanship and creativity.
Kong began printing for Etsy during SxSW when we received an urgent call from Randy J Hunt, Etsy Creative Director. They were in need of T-shirts for an event that they decided to participate in at the last moment. They wanted to promote a new project, Code as Craft. We worked with Randy to produce glow in the dark shirts for that first event under a tight deadline. Since that time, we’ve continued to print shirts for Etsy events and programming.
Last month, Elana Dweck, Etsy’s Design Studio Manager, contacted us about a special project she was developing with Nicole Licht – handmade displays which would be used by Etsy partners. She needed 25 total displays to be fabricated and printed by hand. Etsy’s slogan is “Keeping it Real” and they wanted to invest the production of these displays with those values.
Bolts of sweet potato colored canvas began arriving to the Kong studios and we began plotting the best way to handle printing large format work by hand. Our large work tables became templates to streamline cutting all the fabric. New screens that would barely fit in our exposure unit were procured. Our friend Jim Braglia came in to provide some extra muscle and brain power for problem solving. It took a solid week to produce 5 prototypes that served to refine the design. Kong is currently producing the other sets.
Working with Etsy is such a pleasure because they value good communication, hand crafted objects, attention to detail and doing things your own way. That’s something Kong values too.
By RYANB | Published: September 10, 2012