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E.A.S.T 2014

November 15 & 16 and November 22 & 23

11am – 6pm

4704 East Cesar Chavez at the Artpost

November is here, fall temperatures have finally fallen into place and we all know what that means…It’s time for the East Austin Studio Tour. Kong is excited to be a part of it again this year and will have lots for our visitors to see and do!

Come out to the Artpost, the premier stop on the tour with over 35 artists, designers, creatives and craftsmen! KONG will open our studio to the public, showcase our creative designs and demonstrate the screenprinting process. We’ll have a lot of exciting things to you to see and do. Make your own t-shirt, enjoy some of Austin’s nationally recognized food truck vittles, enjoy a craft beer, and take in the all of the art. 

 

 

 

 

If you like high-quality American made leather work, Noah Marion Quality Goods has likely been on your radar for the last couple of years. Noah’s masterful leather goods have made quite an impression on locals here in Austin, and have been recognized nationally for excellence, style and simple elegance.

Noah-1

It’s been a pleasure to watch our friend’s business grow and prosper over the last couple of years. Now, NMQG is entering a new phase! He is opening a brand new production and retail location at 2053 S. Lamar Blvd.

Noah-2

Kong is very excited to help launch NMQG’s new retail location by sponsoring their grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 6-10pm. There will be food and drink, coffee and libations and (of course) custom screenprinted t-shirts you can pick up at the event! Please come out, support local business and Congratulate Noah on all his hard work and dedication!

Saturday, Aug 23. 6-10pm

 

Photography by Dennis Burnett | Styling by Robin Huney-Cutt and Makeup by Allie Towell

 

Kong owners Bruce Braden and Ryan Burkhart were recently selected as one of 12 CEO’s to Trust in 2014 by the Austin Phoenix. We are honored to be included in this series that focuses on CEO’s who practice humility and work hard to move beyond mistakes. Other interviews include: Brian Sharples of HomeAway; Bridget Dunlap of Dunlap ATX, Chris Taylor of Square Root; Jennifer Sinski and Miles Dahmann of RSVPster; Joe Lozano of Third Coast Coffee; Kendall Harter of Blue Matrix Labs; Lou Earle of Austin Fit Magazine; and Michael Portman and Jayson Rapaport of Birds Barbershop.

 

Thank you, Austin Phoenix for including us. Check out the article here.

 

Photography by Dennis Burnett; Styling by Robin Huney-Cutt; Makeup by Allie Towell. 

We’re pretty low key around Kong, and we would never make much ado about nothing, but when something is really great for our community, you can bet we’re going to make a big ado about it….

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Present Company will be presenting SHAKESPEARE AT THE MARKET: Much Ado About Nothing on the Whole Foods Market rooftop, April 18th-May 11th, Friday,Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7. The performances are FREE, but a donation of $10-$20 is encouraged for guests who are able to support. The event promises to be a magical night of innovative Shakespearean comedy, live music, and food and wine under the stars. For more info, please click here. 

 

About Present Company
Present Company is a nonprofit theatre collective sponsored by the Austin Creative Alliance.  Founded in 2010, Present Company
aims to produce accessible, vital, and immediate theatre of the past, present and future, in unexpected ways and unexpected places
throughout Austin. The creators of the magical Shakespeare on the Farm series at Rain Lily Farm, Present Company strives to make
moving theatrical art that broadens our hearts and minds, and helps to sustain the cultural community of Austin. Learn more about Present Company by clicking here to visit their website.

Kong is pleased to sponsor this production and hope you and yours can enjoy one of the performances. 

TOMS card

TOMS Shoes is launching their new Austin store on March 11th, 2014 on S. Congress. To celebrate the new launch, TOMS collaborated with Alyson Fox, an Austin based designer who has worked with the likes of West Elm and Hawkins New York. Her work has been profiled in the Elle, The New York Times, Vogue, Style and many others.

 

When TOMS contacted Kong about printing Alyson’s designs on 150 pair of their classics, we didn’t hesitate. A first round of prototyping proved challenging as the shoes are designed with a raised seam that traverses the front toe cap. The problem was how to get the squeegee to ride evenly over the front of the shoe so that the right amount of ink could be deposited and provide a sharp crisp look to  Alyson’s minimal design. Initial tests were promising, but we knew we would have to work very hard to make printing on an after production shoe look seamless.

Kong prototypes

 

Kong’s printers and problems solvers, Brian Phillips, Bruce Braden and Katie Neustaedter  put their heads together and devised a system that got us the high quality results we demand of ourselves. In particular, Brian built a custom printing template that would allow for precise placement of the graphic with just the right amount of ink to make the design pop. We would tell you how he did it, but we’d have to. . .well, you know.

 

Kong and TOMS were quite pleased with the results – 150 limited edition Classics that will be available at the launch of TOMS new store on March 11th. We hope to see you at the launch!

Alyson Fox TOMS classic Front

TOMS Alyson Fox Shoes

 

 

Kong Artist Series

Kong is excited to announce our new project, launching  11.15.2013.  Has Launched. You’ll be able to see the first editions at our studios during the East Austin Studio Tour starting tomorrow. See the shirts now by clicking here.

We’re taking art off the wall and putting it on you!

The Kong Artist Series (#KAS) is an ongoing collaborative series between Kong Screenprinting and leading contemporary artists.  Kong invites an established or emerging artist to design a series of shirts, focused on a theme of subject the artist selects. No limitations are placed on subject matter. Artist are encouraged to experiment with the T-shirt as a venue for their concept and aesthetics, and to use it as a way to build more intimate connections with the wearer.

The designs are printed on the finest garments with premium inks and the utmost attention of Kong’s Master Printers. Initial runs of each design will be 60 shirts, which are published as open editions. Every detail has been considered. Our approach is simple – use the highest highest quality garments and processes possible, and let the art shine.

Garments tell as story about who we are and what we care about in the world. The Kong Artist Series appeals to people who realize that graphics can project quality, intellect, humor and beauty. If you’re looking for something unique, the Kong Artist Series will offer you new ways to break the mold.

To launch the series, Kong has selected three artists – Jiha Moon, M-lon (AKA Miguel Gonzalez)  and Kristofer Porter. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come:

Sneak Peak of Jiha Moon Art #KAS

Sneak Peak of M-lon Art #KAS

Sneak Peak of Kristofer Porter Design #KAS

Sneak Peak of Kristofer Porter Art#KAS

 

EAST2013

E.A.S.T 2013

November 16 & 17 and November 23 & 24

 11am – 6pm

4704 East Cesar Chavez at the Artpost

November is here, fall temperatures have finally fallen into place and we all know what that means…It’s time for the East Austin Studio Tour. Kong is excited to be a part of it again this year and will have lots for our visitors to see and do!

Come out to the Artpost, the premier stop on the tour with over 35 artists, designers, creatives and craftsmen! KONG will open our studio to the public, showcase our creative designs and demonstrate the screenprinting process. We’ll have a lot of exciting things to you to see and do. Make your own t-shirt, enjoy some of Austin’s nationally recognized food truck vittles, enjoy a craft beer, and take in the all of the art. 

Featured Artists:

Kong is excited to showcase B.C. Gilbert, Brian Phillips and Coronado Studio at our studio. These artists works in a variety of media including printmaking, painting, and mixed media.

B.C. Gilbert

 

BFE, B.C. Gilbert, relief print

BFE, B.C. Gilbert, relief print

 

B.C. was born and raised in Amarillo, TX on the high plains of the Texas Panhandle.  He received his BFA in 1997 from CameronUniversity in Lawton, OK and his MFA in 2001 from TexasTechUniversity in Lubbock, TX.

B.C. lived and made art in Lubbock/Idalou, TX for eight years before moving to Wichita Falls, TX in 2005 where he now resides.  For four years he was the owner/operator of Gilrose Studios an artist studio/alternative space in conjunction with BC Country, a custom metal shop, in downtown Wichita Falls.

B.C. started his teaching career for the WFISD in 2008 teaching art at Barwise Jr. High before transferring to Rider High School where he teaches Art I-IV as well as 3-D AP studio. He is also an adjunct professor for Midwestern State University teaching Drawing I and Studio Foundations as well as a working and exhibiting artist.

 

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips

 

We’re very proud to feature one of Kong’s own, Brian Phillips. Brian’s unique approach to art making has made him a treasured local artist in Austin.

His thoughts on his own art are to the point:

I get bored, so I create things to keep from going sane.

 I am a self-taught artist.

 My work is in collections all over the world.

 I’ve had solo shows in Texas, Ohio, Indiana and have also participated in group shows in Oklahoma and Georgia.

 

Coronado Studio

Coronado Studio

Coronado Studio specializes in hand-made fine art silkscreen printing on paper and they’ve been slinging quality posters and fine art in Austin for over 20 years. Founded by Sam Coronado, an internationally recognized artist and educator, Coronado will be showing a variety of recently completed prints. Known for complex, multiple color, hand crafted fine art prints, Coronado’s work always pushes the boundaries of the screenprinting medium.

 Katie Neustaedter

X-ray specs

X-ray specs

Katie Neustaedter, recent fine art graduate of UT and Kong Printer Extraordinaire, will be showcasing recent needlepoint works featuring her macabre sense of humor.

 

 

 

Kong recently completed printing 14,000 flags for this upcoming installation on Lady Bird Lake. This temporary art installation will be on view publicly for three months this fall. Women & Their Work invited visual artist, Beili Liu, (as lead artist), Emily Little and Norma Yancey (architecture), and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architecture) to collaborate and the project, THIRST, was created. This large scale, site specific installation is located on Lady Bird Lake. THIRST memorializes the loss of the over 300 million trees that died in the drought of 2011. – quoted text from Women and Their Work’s Website. Please visit to learn more about this project.

Here’s a short video of the prayer flag hanging test:

Over the last two months, Kong has been printing a custom line of apparel for the startup Girls Will Be. Their mission is to create clothes that break free of the stereotypical girly styles dominating retail today. Girls Will Be is committed to providing girls more options to express their individuality with colors and designs that go beyond pink, girly embellishments and gender stereotypes.

highres_113_scKong worked diligently to customize every aspect of the printing of this line of 14 new designs. Girls Will Be founder, Sharon Choksi was onsite in the press room, working  with our team to make sure each color was perfect, each placement exact and that every detail of this Made in the USA (and printed in Texas!) product was high quality and fun. Please visit the Girls Will Be website and store. We’re sure you’ll find something special for that little girl you know who prefers to express her individuality in a color other than pink!

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.