March on down to these three shows

You can find redshoes26 design at several spots in March!

March 1-29 : Belles Lettres at Altered Esthetics — mixed-media shadowboxes as part of their upcoming show (opening reception 7-10 p.m. on March 2)

March 1-31 : Show at CorAzoN — mixed-media shadowboxes, including two new pieces (during store hours; while you’re there, pick up a Minnesota Icon or greeting card designed by yours truly!)

March 8 : RAW: Stimulus — at the Fine Line Music Cafe as part of RAW: Minneapolis‘ first show of the 2012 season (8-11 p.m.; I’ll have my Minnesota Icons for sale)

I’d love to see you at one or all of these shows!



Once a RAW artist…

Always a RAW artist! While that’s the truth, it’s becoming even *more* of the truth next month–on March 8, to be exact–when I will once again show my work at the first RAW: Minneapolis event of the 2012 season, RAW: Stimulus. I will have my Minnesota Icon illustrations available for your perusal, and if you would like to take one (or several) home, you can, as they’ll be for sale.

So come on down to the Fine Line Music Cafe on Thursday, March 8, any time from 8-11 p.m. and enjoy some local talent: visual artists, bands, a beatboxer (!), fashion, hair and makeup, accessories, and much more.

redshoes26 design at RAW: Stimulus

redshoes26 design at RAW: Stimulus

What’s in a name?

“Do you design shoes?”

I hear it all the time. Just heard it again today at the bank, in fact. And I understand! My business name is…er…different. I like to think that someday it’ll easily roll off people’s tongues, since it will be so well known. Right now, it seems most at least remember “redshoes.” I’ll take it.

I do see my business written out incorrectly a lot, which is a little more irritating. But I don’t let it bother me too much because I realize it is a high-maintenance name. (Unless it was fact-checked by the writer and STILL appears in print incorrectly…grr. This has happened.)

redshoes26 design logo

So, what’s the story behind redshoes26, you ask?

Back in my days at St. Cloud State University, I played on the Husky softball team. My freshman year, we had me (Christy), another Chris, a Krista, and a Kristin all trying out for the team. It was insanity for the coaches, who were trying to keep us organized during drills, etc. Because of that, my catcher, Alison, began calling me “Christy Redshoes,” due to the red cleats I came in wearing from my high school days.

After a couple weeks, Chris, Krista, and Kristen all left the team or were cut. I remained, and so did my nickname. When it was time for the new players to order our big-kid metal spikes, I was going to try and blend in with the other nine freshmen and others on my team and wear, for the first time in my life, black cleats. But the upperclassmen would not have it–they insisted I order red ones.

The name had stuck, and I proudly wore red cleats all four years at SCSU.

As the years went on, the younger girls coming in would often not even know my “real name” until our media guides came out in March, and we had all been playing together since early September! I even had professors call me Redshoes, and my parents were known to my coaches and teammates as Mr. and Mrs. Shoes.

Nicknames for my nickname also became abundant: Shoes, Red, Red Dawg, Feet, Toes. I had some creative teammates. Shoes was the one that really stuck. I still have former teammates and other softball friends who call me Shoes, 13 years later. I love it.

Husky Softball team 1998 - North Central champs, yo!

Husky Softball team 1998 – North Central champs, yo!

After being enrolled in design school in 2003, I knew that if I ever started my own company the name would involve redshoes. The 26 came in because I’ve been obsessed with that number since my sophomore year of high school. I got pulled up to the varsity softball team that year, and 26 was the only varsity jersey still available.

I had the best season I’ve had to date as a softball player, batting over .400 and establishing myself as a key member of the varsity team. I was hooked–as many superstitious softball/baseball players would be. Now I can’t imagine playing without the number 26 on my back. I was lucky enough to get it as a freshman at SCSU, and I still wear it in my women’s fastpitch league every summer.

So I added the 26 to “redshoes” when I incorporated in 2005 as a way to make my business name less girly, and more memorable. I liked the way it sounded. It’s a long name when you say it out loud, but I don’t mind. It’s quirky and different, and it fits me to a T.

That’s the story.

And now I want to know yours! What’s behind your business’ name? If you don’t currently own a business, what would you name your dream company? What business names make you smile…or cringe?

Weekend roundup: Feb. 11

redshoes26 design is going to be busy this Saturday!

First, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., I’ll be talking with couples about my custom wedding suite designs at In(dy)spire: The Independent Wedding Fair at Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis. I have a pair of tickets to give away (a $15 value). The first person to contribute a comment to this post gets the tickets! If you don’t win the tickets, you can still get ’em here. But do it fast–we’re almost sold out!

At In(dy)spire, I’ll also have my new valentines for sale, plus some other lovey dovey cards and my Minnesota Icon illustrations. They make *perfect* gifts for bridal showers, wedding parties, and anniversaries, and they would also be very cute as table identifiers at a reception: “I’m sitting at the Grain Belt Sign table?” Oh yeah!

Grain Belt Sign illustration - MN Icon - by redshoes26 design

Grain Belt Sign illustration - MN Icon - by redshoes26 design

See my previous post to find out what you can expect at In(dy)spire. It’s a really, really cool event, you guys. NOT your typical, cookie-cutter wedding fair.

Then, on Saturday night from 5-10 p.m., I’ll be at the Artists’ Reception and Shopping Event for A Midwinter Night’s Dream, the new show at the AZ Gallery in St. Paul’s Lowertown. I’m showing my mixed-media shadowboxes, plus some prints, valentines, and Minnesota Icons. A little something for everyone!

If you can’t make it to the AZ Gallery on Saturday, never fear: the exhibit runs during normal gallery hours through Feb. 26.

See my previous post for the details on the event, plus read about the other inspiring female artists who will show work there. See you there!