Color me excited

Earlier this summer I modeled in a library-themed wedding shoot orchestrated by Jeff Loves Jessica Photography. Jeff did a fabulous job on the photography, and Jessica styled everything to a T–I don’t think she missed one detail. The two of them corralled some of the most talented creators in Minnesota to dream up a beautiful “wedding,” including Cocoa & Fig, PAPERISTA, Brett Dorian Artistry Studios, Larissa Loden, and many more.

I had a blast at the shoot and was thrilled to be wearing an Anne Cramer skirt, since I’ve drooled over her designs for quite some time now.

Today, everyone’s hard work was rewarded when Style Me Pretty posted the shoot on their awesome website! Check it out here (and here’s a screen-shot teaser for you!).

Library-themed wedding shoot by Jeff Loves Jessica Photography, as seen on Style Me Pretty

Library-themed wedding shoot by Jeff Loves Jessica Photography, as seen on Style Me Pretty

Nice job, everyone! You made it fun and wonderful to look at.


SoundTown rundown

Hey all! I’m back into “regular mode” today–finally–following last weekend’s SoundTown Festival experience. The event was Friday and Saturday and took place in Somerset, WI, at Somerset Amphitheater. Two of my favorite local bands, Zoo Animal and Solid Gold, performed, and I got to check out a bit of Solid Gold’s set while my *awesome* helper looked after my booth. And since Zoo Animal played at the tent directly behind my booth, I got to overhear most of their set.

Solid Gold performs at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

Solid Gold performs at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The show, sales-wise, was not great, but I did well. It was slow overall, for all vendors. I think the event will grow in popularity–and with it, attendance–in the coming years, and I’m definitely interested in vending in it again. I’d like there to be acknowledgement for the artists in next year’s advertising, as nothing was mentioned of vendors this year, and I even heard some festival-goers wondering why they hadn’t been made aware that there would be art, jewelry, etc., for sale.

This year’s band lineup was awesome, so if that continues, this festival will definitely attract bigger and better crowds every year.

Minnesota Icon illustrations and Rockin' Roll'er Coasters by redshoes26 design

Minnesota Icon illustrations and Rockin' Roll'er Coasters by redshoes26 design (photo by Christy Johnson)

I had a great time getting to meet new artists and the people who visited my booth. I had two highlights during the weekend. One was when a woman squealed to her two male friends (and I use the word “squeal” accurately!) that she had seen me on Etsy, that she had “favorited” my shop long ago, and that she had been coveting some of my Minnesota Icon pieces. She was so excited to find me there unexpectedly, to meet me, and to see my work in person. I was equally thrilled to meet her. That’s what it’s all about, folks! What a cool moment.

The second was when a cool-looking guy, who I felt just had a “vibe” to him, came to my booth and looked at my greeting cards for a long time. He eventually settled on my Typewriter Keys card, but when he went to pay, he said he only had $100 bills, and he didn’t want me to have to make change for that. (I also noticed, as he rifled through his wallet, many different kinds of foreign currency.) I said I had enough cash to make change, but he insisted on getting smaller bills, so he left. And never came back. Boo.

My suspicions that he was “somebody” were validated when I saw, during The Flaming Lips‘ set later that night, that he was one of their sound engineers. I believe Wayne Coyne pointed out during the show that this guy was from Wisconsin. It’s neat to me that a big-shot liked my work enough to *almost* buy it. Ha!

Greeting cards by redshoes26 design (photo by Christy Johnson)

Greeting cards by redshoes26 design (photo by Christy Johnson)

Overall, I want to say many, many thanks to my bf for his help with my booth and for keeping me entertained at all times, and thanks also to my booth neighbor and friend, jewelry designer Larissa Loden. It was so fun to hang with her, to watch her make her booth visitors so happy, and to drool over her jewelry for two straight days. You *know* I went home with a necklace.

Vintage map locket necklaces by Larissa Loden (photo by Christy Johnson)

Vintage map locket necklaces by Larissa Loden (photo by Christy Johnson)

At the end of the night, after we’d packed up our booths and inventory for the weekend, the bf, Larissa, and I got to enjoy the headliners of SoundTown, The Flaming Lips. It was a great end to a very fun weekend!

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne greets fans in a giant hamster ball at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)
The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne greets fans in a giant hamster ball at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne with giant hands at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne with giant hands at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The Flaming Lips perform at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The Flaming Lips perform at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)


It’s a debut times two!

This Friday and Saturday I’ll be showing work at SoundTown Music Festival in Somerset, WI (Aug. 19-20). I wrote the other day that I’ll be debuting the new frames for my Minnesota Icon illustrations. I’m so excited about this!

But there will be another brand-new item that SoundTown visitors will see first: a new “encouragement” greeting card I just designed. It’s so cute, you guys! In case you aren’t able to attend SoundTown, I’ll add it to my Etsy shop early next week.

SoundTown Music Festival info, courtesy SoundTown website

SoundTown Music Festival info, courtesy SoundTown website


It’s *almost* debut time!

My framed Minnesota Icon illustrations have become quite popular in the last year. I’ve expanded my first six-piece Minneapolis set to include another six pieces, and I’m still selling the six-piece St. Paul set. In addition, I’m now branching out into the entire state of Minnesota, and have added icons such as the Paul Bunyan Statue and the North St. Paul Snowman. It’s been really fun to talk with people about what icons they’d like to see, and trying to come up with interesting places and things that I can create well using my style of drawing.

North St. Paul Snowman illustration by redshoes26 design

North St. Paul Snowman illustration by redshoes26 design

This weekend I’ll be showing work at the SoundTown Music Festival in Somerset, WI, and my framed illustrations will be the highlight of my booth. Not only will I be showing off the newest additions to my arsenal, but also the beautiful handmade frames they will now come in!

That’s right, I’ve conspired with my handy daddio to create almost identical–but better–tiny black frames to show off these cute little illustrations. I’ve always wanted these pieces to be completely handmade, and have felt guilty about having them be partially store-bought. And the store I buy them from has made it increasingly difficult for me to make any kind of purchase in bulk, let alone sell a product that’s up to my high standards.

So after a year of mulling it over with the pops, he and I came up with a prototype last week and he was busy all weekend cranking out awesome little black frames (I played the ever-so-important role as supervisor). They’re gorgeous! And he’s doing it all for less than I was spending on the little jerks I was buying at the store.

I don’t think people will miss the store-bought frames at all. I’m confident I won’t.


Putting on an old hat

While many people know that redshoes26 design specializes in wedding suite design, it’s not often that you link my name to wedding photography. But I have a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Photojournalism, and I shot for a living several years ago. I’ve done a bit of wedding photography, for friends, and while I enjoy it, I don’t often promote it. It’s an old hat of mine, but I haven’t worn it in a couple years. I’ve more recently just shot for my own enjoyment or for use in my artwork.

But still people sometimes inquire. I recently traveled to Alexandria, Minnesota, to photograph my friend Jason’s wedding to his bride, Michelle. While early on I tried to steer Jason and Michelle toward hiring my very-talented photographer friends, including Becca Dilley Photography, Sewell Photography, Studio Laguna Photography, Jeff Loves Jessica, Jesse Valley Photography, and Shelly Mosman Photography, they eventually chose me, and I was honored to capture the beautiful memories created during their wedding day. Here are a few shots that represent the nuptials. Which photo is your favorite?

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

photo by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design