I am American Made

I have a favor to ask you.

redshoes26 is up for an Audience Choice award in Martha Stewart’s American Made contest, and I’d love your vote(s) to win!

It’ll take you just a moment to submit your vote for redshoes26 here.

You’ll log in with your Facebook account, or set up an account with your name and email address, and then just click on VOTE! You can vote up to six times per day now until Sept. 13, so if you click on it six times for redshoes26, I would be so grateful!

While you’re at it, please share the news with all of your fans and followers.

State Icons by redshoes26

State Icons by redshoes26

The small business that wins the Audience Choice award gets moola for our business, plus some sweet Martha fame.

Thank you so much for all of your support!

PS. If you’re making the commitment to buy more American-made goods, take a look around the site. There are some very talented American makers listed there, including my friends Oh Dier and 3waybeauty!


Filled with pride

I’m very excited to announce that *two* of my mixed-media shadowboxes were chosen to be part of the 2013 Twin Cities Pride Art Exhibition, which will be displayed at the 2013 Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal Reception on Friday, June 21, 2013, at The Aloft Hotel Minneapolis, and during the 2013 Twin Cities Pride Festival on June 29-30 in Loring Park.

Not only will my pieces, Please Come With Me (below, left) and I Choose You (below, right), be a part of the exhibition, but they’ll also be up for Best of Show, People’s Choice, and Chairman’s Choice awards.

Mixed-media shadowboxes by Christy Johnson, redshoes26. From L to R: Please Come With Me, and I Choose You.

Mixed-media shadowboxes by Christy Johnson, redshoes26. From L to R: Please Come With Me and I Choose You.

Here are the details:

Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal Reception
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21, 2013
The Aloft Hotel Minneapolis
900 Washington Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis

The Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal Reception will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts, wine from Barefoot Wine, beer from Samuel Adams, and live jazz by Jazz Front Trio. Awards for Best In Show, People’s Choice, and Chairman’s Choice will be announced during the awards presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues. The exhibition will also be avilable for viewing from June 29-30 during the 2013 Twin Cities Pride Festival in Loring Park in Minneapolis.

Up to five pieces of art will be selected by representatives of the Aloft Hotel for display on their feature art wall in the hotel lobby. These works will be displayed Friday, June 21, 2013 through Friday, July 19, 2013. It would be so cool if one or both of my pieces were chosen by The Aloft Hotel!

redshoes, red lipstick

I’ve teased about some news coming the past couple days, and today was finally able to announce something really cool that I’ve been working on.

"Dessa" by The Elixery (photo courtesy The Elixery)

“Dessa” lipstick by The Elixery (photo courtesy The Elixery)

I was asked by Karoline Wells of The Elixery to design graphics for the launch party for the “Dessa” lipstick that she formulated for one of my favorite vocal artists, Dessa. The color, designed by Emmy® Award-winning makeup artist Crist Ballas, is a deep, yellow-based red. I can’t wait to see it for myself at the event and to see it on Dessa! She’s so beautiful, and Karoline’s makeup is so fab, so I know it’s going to be stunning.

Dessa is donating all of her proceeds on the night of the event (Sept. 15) to care.org. See? She’s beautiful inside and out.

The actual work of developing the color and the lipstick has been under way for months, and I’ve only joined in since about two weeks ago. It’s been hard to keep my mouth shut, and I’m glad I can now talk about it!

I’m so thrilled to be a sponsor of the event, and hope you all can make it to the Icehouse on Sept. 15 to celebrate with us!

Two weeks, two new jobs

What a month July has been so far. I went from having a full-time job and two smallish part-time jobs, to having one full-time job, one medium-sized part-time job, one quarterly job, and just one smallish part-time job.

Got all that?


I don’t blame you. Lemme explain.

Full-time job: redshoes26 design. If you’re a visitor to this blog, you likely know about that. My baby. My most awesome job on the planet.

Former smallish part-time job: I was working a couple days a week as a sales associate at Patina.

New medium part-time job: As of last week, when I was asked to interview for and awarded the job in a two-day stretch, I’m now working for the Patina *offices* as the Graphic Production Coordinator. I start next week! I’ll be coordinating the images and content on the Patina website, doing some photo correction, writing for the blog, updating their Facebook page, etc. I’m very excited. And I heart hiring from within.

patina screen capture

I’ll be working on Patina’s website, doing things like coordinating trends (screen grab from http://www.patina.com)

Quarterly job: This week I also interviewed for and was awarded (again in a two-day stretch) the role of Art Director for MNFashion. It started very randomly in that I knew the former Art Director, James McCrae, from being a fellow alum with him at The Art Institutes International Minnesota. I saw one day he Tweeted about his job, and I Tweeted back that I was envious. Travel ahead in time a few months and he’s chosen to move out of state, so he contacted me to see if I’d like to succeed him at MNFashion. He and I then met with the Creative Director at MNFashion, Kirsten Berg, and voilá—I’m hired. Since MNFashion produces Minnesota’s four big fashion shows, I’ll be very, very busy with design for the organization about four times a year. I can’t wait to get started on the graphics for Fall Fashion Week, which takes place in September. Me + Art + Fashion = Mind Explosion x 10.

mnfashion website

I can’t wait ’til Fall Fashion Week! (screen grab from http://www.mnfashion.org)

Smallish part-time job: As of mid June I’m working two mornings a week at my gym. I figured I was there all the time anyway, I might as well get paid for it. Ha. (And now I might need the stress relief with the above schedule, eh?)

To me, this is proof that the universe does listen. I’ve been asking for more work opportunities since January, and *kaboom!* Here they are, all at once. When it rains, it pours, but I’m so grateful.

What do you CRAVE?

I mentioned a few times a while back that redshoes26 design was going to be appearing in the CRAVE Minneapolis/St. Paul guide, and how excited I was about that (I still am–woo!). I got a copy of the book on Nov. 17 and so far there’s been great buzz about it!

If you’d like a copy or two, let me know and I’ll get ’em in your  hands. It would make a great holiday gift for the shopping diva in your life, or anyone who loves to support local businesses, especially those run by women.

In the meantime, check out this smiling face on page 186.

redshoes26 design in crave book

Thanks again to Kathy Hanson, Sewell Photography, Just Bloomed, and Allison AuBuchon for their help with my spread. Muah!

Have a great holiday, everyone!

CRAVE Minneapolis website: http://thecravecompany.com/minneapolis

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CRAVEminneapolis

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CRAVEmsp


Contribute to St. Paul Art Collective

Hello! Today I’m simply passing along a note I received from the head of Springboard for the Arts about Give to the Max Day. Please consider donating to this wonderful organization.


Give to the Max Day is Nov. 16! Go to http://givemn.razoo.com/story/St-Paul-Art-Collective on that day to maximize your contribution. This season, thanks to a challenge from the Katherine B. Andersen fund of The St. Paul Foundation and the generosity of special donors, your gift  to The St. Paul Art Collective will be matched up to $10,000. Here’s how:

– if you’re a new donor, your gift will be doubled.

– if you increase your gift over last year’s, the difference will be doubled.

– if you didn’t give last year, but you have in the past, your gift will be doubled.

NEW THIS YEAR! Prize grants of $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 will be awarded to the top three small nonprofit organizations–with budgets under $750,000–that receive the most dollars on Give to the Max Day.

We need YOUR help more than ever this year! If you can, please give. If you can’t, please forward this to your friends, family and others with a personal note.

Your gift will help us reach more artists, more performers, more students, more art enthusiasts and more under-represented communities. Your gift will help make opportunities available for artists and performers to participate in the Art Crawl, First Fridays, the SPAC Lowertown Gallery and our other programs. Your gift will help make St. Paul a viable and wonderful place for the arts and small businesses.

Thank you!! We appreciate your generosity and help!


Grateful for this full calendar

Apologies for being a blogging slacker. I was in North Carolina last week/end at my friend’s wedding. I had designed the wedding suite for it, and everything was absolutely stunning–just like the bride! Love that girl.

Anyway, I’ve also been busting to keep up to date on all the projects I’ve got rolling right now. LOTS! It’s good, but I’ve been a busy bee. I’m super humbled by all of the opportunities that have landed on my desk recently.

My workspace today--setting up for my shows!

My workspace today--setting up for my shows!

I’m also filling an order for a store I’m soon to be joining, Honeyshine in Minneapolis!

I’m also working on updating my website, which is why the News page is out of date. The new site will hopefully debut next week! I can’t wait, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

I’m ALSO getting ready for the next few weeks of shows and events. I have a ton scheduled! Here they are, in order:

Nov. 12 – Nokomis Urban Craft Fair, 9-2, Nokomis Community Center, Minneapolis

Nov. 16 – CRAVE Guide launch and par-tay! I’m so thrilled to be in this year’s guide!

Nov. 17 – RAWards event, 8-midnight, Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis — Get your tickets now (prices increase next week), and come to the event to vote for me as Visual Artist of the Year for RAW: Minneapolis! I’d love your support!

Nov. 19 – Green Gifts Fair, 10-5, Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis — I’m sharing a booth with Larissa Loden Jewelry

Dec. 7 – Holiday Shopping Fair, 10-2, Fifth Street Towers in Minneapolis

Dec. 10 – One-Offs Yippee! Holiday Shopping Event, time TBA, Four Seasons Dance Studio in Minneapolis

Dec. 16 – I’m the Industry Speaker at graduation for The Art Institutes International Minnesota!