What’s more apt than a lovely Library tote bag to haul your favorite tomes and zines around in?
With Spring right around the corner, this navy tote bag ($20.00) could serve as a fresh carry-all right through the summer season. A portion of the sales of this item (as well as its sibling, the Library t-shirt), both designed by the talented Mr. Ryan Waller, will go to the New York Public Library.
Available at Part of It.
We were excited when one of our illustrations was used as the cover of Greek film magazine Cinema. The piece was originally created for Entertainment Weekly, and then picked up in Greece.
Here’s a snapshot of Daniel Day Lewis with the cover at a recent film festival.
Gluekit was excited when we found out that Sean “Diddy” Combs was starring in a new TV version of A Raisin in the Sun, based on the version that was on Broadway a few years ago. We were even more excited when we were contacted to do the illustration above for a review of the film by John Leonard in New York magazine. This mounting of the play includes scenes that were omitted or shortened in the original 1959 Broadway and 1961 film version, so we’re looking forward to seeing the work as it was intended. Interestingly, the movie was featured at Sundance this year, marking the first time a movie on broadcast television has been featured at the festival.
There’s a shiny new Gucci store in New York City and a shiny new Gluekit illustration about it in this week’s New York magazine.
It’s a glammy photo collage and we had a grand time working with all the celebrity photos. [Tom Cruise has definitely been cropping up a lot lately.] The lady front and center is the Gucci designer Frida Giannini. The straight-on boys and girls are Gucci models wearing fashions from the Spring 2008 collection. And yes, that’s Gwen and Rihanna, Heidi and TomKat– standing in for Gucci fans everywhere.
Gluekit likes the bright lights and the big city, and shiny happy people everywhere.
A new Part of It tote bag has arrived!
The awesome and very talented Garrett Morin has created a design that honors the non-profit work and selfless spirit of Craig Murphey. Craig, who passed away in 2007, was a community advocate who worked hard to contribute to the things he believed in. One of those things was the RightRides/SafeWalk program which he helped set up in Brooklyn. Garrett’s design– “Who’s Gonna Drive You Home Tonight” features a bike-riding knight in shining armor leading the way towards a time when no one has to fear walking home alone.
Garrett’s chosen RightRides as the charity to benefit from sales of this design.
RightRides is a New York-based grassroots non-profit that offers people a free, late-night ride home to ensure their safety. In addition to the escort program, RightRides offers safety awareness and educational programs focused on building safe communities. Through their website, you can donate money directly to their programs, or volunteer to help out if you’re in the New York City area. [You can be someone's shining knight yourself.]
Keep smiling, keep cycling, and keep trying to make the word a better, safer place.
Here’s a sketch Gluekit created for a recent cover of Ode, a Dutch magazine that began publishing in the United State a few years ago and focuses on news about positive actions being taken around the world. The idea was to create a central Gandhi figure in the foreground and fill the background with celebs following in his footsteps and a raucous crowd of supporters.
Gluekit loves covers and the thrill of possibilities.
Poster designed for a Yale University Art Gallery workshop focused on new music and art. Renowned composer Alvin Lucier (whose 1965 composition Music for a Solo Performer had EEG electrodes attached to the performer’s scalp in order to detect bursts of alpha waves– let’s just say he pushes experimental music boundaries) and I G I G I (Yale’s undergraduate organization devoted to music composition) will present performances of pieces written by Yale student composers in response to works of art in the Gallery’s collection.
Lucier actually wrote a piece last fall to commemorate his friend and fellow artist Sol LeWitt. The new work was composed in response to LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #11, which has been on view in the Gallery’s lobby– there’s a nice podcast about the performance here.
It’s really great to see artists of all kinds engaging with the work of others– a kind of cross-fertilization of ideas and inspiration– music flowing from paintings, sculpture flowing from music, paintings bursting from photographs and installations mixing everything up.
Gluekit recently did an illustration for a review of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Met by New York Magazine (review by Justin Davidson). It’s not often we get asked to illustrate classical pieces, and it was fun researching the opera’s plot to come up with a composition that made sense. We liked the metaphorical reading of Manon’s imprisonment, one where she is trapped as much by her greed, lust, and vanity as by cell bars.
Gluekit likes any opportunity to learn something new.
Ahhh… Spring is nearing and we’re getting psyched. Signs of seasonal change abound. One we especially like? The latest Yale University Art Gallery cover for the Spring 2008 calendar, featuring rippin’ type from Garrett Morin.
We are also really excited about a new design Garrett did for Part of it, which will be released later this month. Keep your eyes peeled for that!
Our illustration for a review of China Miéville’s young adult novel, Un Lun Dun, which takes place in an upside down, inside out version of London– a place where umbrellas live, meat-eating giraffes run amuck, and fellas sport birdcages and ink bottles for noggins. A place where flags go purple and two schoolgirl heroines make their way through it all. Published in the Feb 3, 2008 issue of the New York Times Book Review for a review penned by Dave Itzkoff. [We especially liked the leaky ink bottle head person we created for the piece.]
Gluekit likes science fiction adventures, and mirror worlds turned inside out.
Like his popular Library design, it’s available as both a tote ($20) and a tee ($28).
Ryan’s designated the Museum of Modern Art to receive a portion of the profits from this design.
Ryan also has an awesome zine we highly recommend– The New College Beat. Super yeah!
It’s a brilliant idea– New York asked striking writers from popular TV shows to come up with season finales for all those TV shows left in the lurch. And we were asked to illustrate part of the article! This was a fun one to work on, and we really loved using a version of the TV test signal as a backdrop for all the goofiness. The piece was actually published without the background, but we like it both ways so we’re posting the alternative version. The always ebullient Randy Minor was the art director on this assignment.
Gluekit likes Lost– and cute baby giraffes!
Here’s an illo Gluekit did for the LA Times Magazine (obviously before Edwards dropped out — things move fast in political news these days) about the effort Democrats have been making to recruit potential young voters at nightclubs and concerts.
We thought the image was a fitting salute to pollsters and polling places across the United States.
Gluekit just loves words like “sooper” and “dooper” especially when they make prime time, like today! Let’s go vote.
Here’s an illo we did for New York way back in November, for an article by S.Jhonna Robledo about how the upsurge in condo purchases in some areas of the Big Apple are destroying the same good public schools that attracted the condo-buying crowds. The inspiration for the illustration honestly came within two seconds of getting the assignment– images from Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s book The Little House flashed, banged, and off we went.
The piece was art directed by the super talented (and awfully nice) Kate Elazegui, who is now the Design Director at Radar Magazine. Gluekit has enjoyed working with Kate, and we wish her all the best in her new position.
Gluekit likes being nostalgic about our childhood reading!
The design is also available as a smashing baby blue tee, with design as shown ($28.00).
Genevieve, who recently redesigned her website with some awesome new work, has chosen the WWF to benefit from sales of the tote and tee.