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.
Brittany (@QuasiBrit) and Eric (@EricHighland) from The Austinot like to ask questions and blog about the answers. And you know what? They are really great at it! So, when they contacted us via twitter to set up a time to swing by Kong, we said, “C’mon over and we’ll share with you everything we know about screenprinting and design.”
We enjoyed showing them around the studio, talking about our business and creative approach, and even teaching Brittany to squeegee some ink through a screen. Check out the great article they published and feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments section. After you’re done with that, make sure you click on the food and drink section and read about Eric and Brittany’s never ending search for the Best Burger Joint in Austin, you’ll enjoy the analysis and it’ll save you a lot of legwork.
Kong is proud to announce that our designs are now available at Parts and Labour on S. Congress Ave. P&L has been a long time advocate of Texas based artists, designers and craftspeople; in fact, they only sell work produced by folks here in the Lone Star State!
Kong posters and T-shirts are available now at Parts and Labour.
See you on South Congress!
Kong is excited to participate in Go Local Austin, The Nation’s Best Local Rewards Card. You can now use your card at Kong to and save 10% off all retail purchases or 10% off commercial orders of $100 or more. Go Local offers shoppers and local businesses a great new way to support the Austin community with one smart and simple loyalty card!
If you have already have a card, you can use the code printed on the back to save 10% on your total order from our online store- just enter the code when you are checking out. If you prefer to come visit us and buy direct from the studio, be sure to show us your card and save! If you don’t have a card, we have them available for $15 (currently available at the studio only, coming soon to the Kong Shop).
You can not only use them to save on cool screenprinting and design projects with us, but also at other great local businesses such as Torchy’s, Alamo Drafthouse, The Highball and others. For a list of other businesses that accept the Go Local Card, you can visit their website or download the Go Local app to your iPhone or Android Device
Saturday, August 4 was a hot night in Austin. But, even with the high temperatures, more than 175 people came out to our studio to take in the collective show. After a successful 3 month long run at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the show was moved back to the Artpost Ultralab (home of Kong) and augmented with additional works from Artpost artists.
Exhibiting artists included: Marianne McGrath, Dan Arredondo, Court Lurie, Nicholas Dertien, Jack King, Tina Schweiger, Helm Handmade, Kristy Battani, Jodi Rae Designs, Lacey Richter, Jason Webb, Foster Talge, Rene Norman, Scott Proctor, Julie Stansberry, Katy Horan, Janelle Borsberry, and 4mspedals. Also featured were recent fine art collaborations with Jiha Moon and Scott Ingram.
Thanks to Chris Devore for the brilliant evening of incredible live music. Also thanks to Thirsty Planet for the supplying the brews. Special thanks to Jim McCurry, director of Artpost for organizing the show and designing the invitations.
Kong is very excited to see Dale Dudley featured on the cover of the Austin Monthly sporting our stylish “Welcome to Austin” T-shirt. We are also proud to be featured as a local business, with a nice little write up of the story of the how the shirt’s creation. It’s on news stands now, so go out and pick one up!
Austin Monthly also posted a cool video of the cover shoot – check it out!