July 30th, 2010
Background Illustration by Scot Lefavor
Join us in Denver Saturday, September 4th for the Opening of ARTCRANK DENVER 2010. We are putting together a proper little bike poster party with the artwork of 60 Denver artists on display. The show will be hanging for a week following the opening and run in conjunction with BFF Denver!!
We’ve got a few interesting partnerships/collaborations in the works… and will drop more details around the event over the next month leading up to the show… you’ve got plenty of time to work on the perfect pair of cycle legs.
June 9th, 2010
My wife Tran and I have been busy the past couple weeks building out a new space that will house our first pop up store. Having taken a few months off since closing down the permanent storefront we wanted this space to more accurately reflect our individual design aesthetic and personalities. The permanent storefront ended up becoming a quite repetitive and stale environment for us. The pop up model will allow us to pair what we offer with the space it’s being offered in. As a result the soft goods and accessories housed in this iteration of The Fabric Lab are the result of a curative process that ensured everything throughout is cohesive and presented in a more thoughtful way than we’ve been able to accomplish with past versions of the store.
I’m writing this post under the influence of excitement, anticipation, and a wee bit of exhaustion… I’m equally proud to announce the completion and simultaneously the opening of the new but temporary The Fabric Lab.
Please join us on June 12th as we open up the space to the public for the first time and celebrate our new home on Colfax in Denver. Postman will be plugging in and cranking out tuneage throughout the day, Tran and I will be in full effect with pregnant bellies up in your face. We are looking forward to sharing the fruits of our labor and the toils of our friends with you. The Fabric Lab Pop Up Store is tentatively scheduled to run through the end of September. Regular business hours will be 10PM TO 9PM DAILY.
The Fabric Lab Pop Up Store at Mod Livin’ : Opening Reception : June 12th :
5327 Colfax Avenue Denver, CO : 12PM – 6PM
May 7th, 2010
“PROJECT HELLO is an idea and an event intended to provide a platform for Denver creatives to get together and expose their work to their peers while also providing a context for the community at large to unite, build, and shape a supportive creative artistic community in Denver,” says PROJECT HELLO creative director Sandra Fettingis.
My wife Tran and I are both super stoked to be participating in Project Hello‘s first exhibition taking place this Saturday March 8th at the TAXI Building in Denver. Tran is putting together an ambient fashion show and I’ve got a super secret snotty zine in the works… there will be a fairly varied mix of artists showcasing work that spans across multiple mediums… I hope to see a few friendly & familiar faces in the mix.
PROJECT HELLO PROGRAM: MAY 8TH
12PM: EVENT OPENS :)
1:30 – 2:30PM: Readings
3 – 4:15PM: “HELLO there fashion….” fashion show by Tran Wills
4:30 – 5:30PM: Readings
5:30PM: mjolniir DXP Performance
6PM: Modern Witch
7PM: EVENT ENDS :(
PROJECT HELLO EVENT LOCATION : Saturday, May 8th, 12-7pm
TAXI @ 3455 Ringsby Court, Denver, CO : www.taxibyzeppelin.com : google map
April 9th, 2010
Above is a few snaps of the Create Denver Week Pop-Up store build-out in progress courtesy of Samuel Schimek with 15 Min. Sam concepted and conceived the idea of a pop-up store that is filled with artwork, clothing, jewelry, paper products, and other items that have all been designed and developed by Denver artists and creatives… I’ll be in the space this afternoon trying to help with the final push before the doors open for a week starting tomorrow. The Store opens April 10th and is open until April 17th running in conjunction with Create Denver week… business hours will be
11am – 7pm daily!
Create Denver Week Pop-Up Store : 1600 Glenarm Denver, CO : Open Daily between 04/10/10 – 04/17/10 : 11AM – 7PM
March 30th, 2010
It’s official! Celeste and I are moving to San Francisco in May. We will be selling everything that we can’t fit in a pod and taking off in search of adventurous life-changing mischief. We will more than likely be having some sort of “Minneapolis, Good Bye” event/drinks/food push off before we leave, so check your emails and Twitters for information on that.
We’ll also be stopping in Denver for a week on the way, to see friends and family and cause some ruckus. Stay posted for additional updates in the mean time.
November 12th, 2009
Come down to Mod Livin’ on Saturday night and join us for a fashion show… give hi-fives and help us say farewell to The Fabric Lab’s store front. My wife has been busting her pregnant ass putting the show together, collaborating with Jill of Mod Livin’ and the Rhino Staging crew to set-up the space. The runway weaves through the store and will incorporate pieces & permanent fixtures found within Mod Livin’, a mid century modern/modern furniture store on East Colfax. The show will start at 7pm and feature 20 Denver based designers that we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the past 6 years.
Mod Livin’ : Saturday : 7-10 PM : 5327 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
The Fabric Lab store front on East Colfax will remain open for the rest of the year, and Big Hairy Monster will take over the space at the beginning of 2010. The Fabric Lab will continue to organize and promote events in and around Denver, and will take the shape of pop-up boutiques across the city over 2010. This evolution will allow us to experiment with what we offer and the environment(s) that we set up base within. Ultimately we’ll be able to pair designers with a particular space and concept. The storefront on East Colfax was and will always be a very special place and time of our lives… and has allowed us to cross the paths of so many rad, inspiring, extremely talented people. It has continually re-enforced our love for this city, and fueled our hope that if you invest your energy, talent, & resources into creating change, that change will eventually manifest.
October 25th, 2009
The Bicycle Film Festival is coming to Denver this week, and I’m stoked to participating in the Joyride Art Show, which is part of the festival. I’m pretty geeked out to be included alongside a healthy roster of super rad local/national/international artists. The opening reception for Joyride is this Thursday 7:00 – 11:00PM at Lisa Kowalski Gallery :: 2762 Walnut St.
Swing over to the BFF website to get more info on the festival program, film show times, & other cycle-centric activities throughout the week and across the city.
October 16th, 2009
Skateboards X Art X Fundraising = participation from a slew of mega talented peoples including a couple of your friendly neighborhood BWLT contributors. Cool right. Not cool until you swing by the show and peep it for yourself. More info on the site.
December 11, 2009 6PM
909 Santa Fe Dr, Denver CO
October 6th, 2009
I recently wrapped up a letterpress collaboration with Birks&Birks for The Shoppe Cupcake & Cereal Bar here in Denver. Above are a few snaps of the business card I designed, incorporating The Shoppe’s ID which was also developed by myself a little over a year ago. Many thanks to Brett from Birks&Birks, who provided insight on the medium, he manned the press, and also sourced the Crane lettra 220# paper stock. I’m super stoked on how the blind deboss of the logotype came out on the front… Brett works some mega magic with those gentle hands!!!
Also in progress is a new site for The Shoppe hoping to have it designed, developed, and deployed within month. I’ll try my best to post up progress as it’s made.
September 8th, 2009
It’s up and running… Probably a couple things here and there so don’t piss yourselves if something winks back. I spent far too much time in too small a period to not assume I will make adjustments and add more things. Regardless of my weary ramblings, please take a look and pass it on. Thank you my dear readers…
Get it here: LIFTERBARON.COM
August 5th, 2009
Another super rad female artist & Denver local by way of New Britain, Connecticut Sandi Calistro will be showing a range of new works this Saturday August 8th at The Shoppe in Denver. I’ve had a few opportunities to check out Sandi’s work in the past… and always leave her shows feeling ultra inspired… I’m hoping to leave this show with piece in hand as well as some much needed inspo!! Come out to The Super Block this Saturday for a mega night of art & other creative pleasantries, Leigh will be showing right next door at The Fabric Lab. Colfax Rockers in full effect!!!
August 3rd, 2009
Leigh Viner surfaced out of nowhere for me, I may be a little late, but I’m super stoked to see her work up close… she is a prolific artist & photographer. My wife Tran has booked this Denver local out for a solo show at The Fabric Lab. Opening reception will be Second Saturday August 8th from 7-11PM at 3105 East Colfax. Drop by if you are in the hood.
July 9th, 2009
Zen Ultra Lounge is hosting the Local Issue Release party for 303 Magazine this Friday, July 10th. My wife Tran Styled & Art Directed a few of the photo shoots featured in this months issue & is also producing this Fridays event… Swing through on your way to or from!
Zen Ultra Lounge : 940 Lincoln Street : Denver : 9PM – 2AM ish
July 3rd, 2009
My soon to be famous wife (Celeste Prevost aka designisfine) and collaborative creative partner in crime has recently been awarded placement in a new business card book entitled Business Cards 3: Designs on Saying Hello. 272 pages of inspiration and somewhere near 1000 illustrations and designs, the 3rd in the series is just as, if not better than the first two. Make sure to check it out. Hi-five loverpants!
June 24th, 2009
We are pleased and equally excited to welcome our newest collaborator, Geoff Allen, on BWLT! Geoff is originally from San Francisco where he worked with Hybrid Design and built quite an awesome body of work including projects for Nike, Super7, Fifty24SF, Upper Playground and Jeremy Fish among a handful of others. Geoff recently relocated to Denver and is currently working with Ellen Bruss Design where he helps hold down the Denver design community as creative mercenary and visual vigilante. Nice, huh? You can also check out a little more about him on his blog as well as more examples of work on his site.
Cohort: Geoff Allen
Location: Denver (Via San Francisco)
Special Powers: Hi Fives / Beard Shaping