90Day Strikes Back! / key art evolution

People love to HATE – and ’90 Day Fiancé – Before the 90 Days’ talent got their opportunity to clap back and respond to all the lovers and haters out there.

Without the opportunity to shoot any new material with our talent, this key art centered around taking existing content and twisting it to match the emotional responses and clap-backs that they got to expound on the show.

Here are some concepts that didn’t get picked, which turned out just as sassy and fun as the final.

Pickle Week

Pickles. They seem pretty simple, right?

Stick a cucumber into some brine…wait a while… and there you have a it. A pickled treat! But there is more to a pickle than that.
Pickles have been apart of our diets for a very long time, as far back as 2400 B.C. The Mesopotamians were known to be some of the earliest consumers of this salty-tart-treat. Though, they weren’t chowing down on the form of pickle that we are familiar with today. Originally pickles were a spicy type of sauce that was made to accompany meat dishes.
 The world ‘pickle’ is actually derived from the Dutch or low German work of ‘pekel’
pekel – something piquant
piquant – having a pleasant, spicy taste/ interesting and exciting

Fast forward through humanity’s timeline, and you’re sure to find some form of pickle in every culture, worldwide. A timeless treat really, both literally and figuratively. Pickling is a way in which food can be preserved over long stretches of time.

Christopher Columbus even had a long stop over in Haiti – before sailing to, and ‘discovering’ America – during which he took the time to grow cucumbers and pickle them. A handy way to stove off scurvey for his crew. Even Napoleon kept his troops on their feet with pickles.
Well anyways… more about pickles later. In fact, all this week we will explore this culinary curiosity, as…

FIREGNAT presents Not Shark ‘Shark Week.’ Those ocean dwelling-teethed-fish can’t get all the lime light! Bite back, and let’s get into those briny-depths. Follow FIREGNAT on tumblr.


Groundhog Day

Ladies and Gentlemen it is Groundhog Day.

For those that are not aware, this is the day we discover whether we are in for more winter or not. As you’ve probably deemed this is all determined by a groundhog. A groundhog that will emerge from it’s den and either see it’s shadow, (which would mean more winter), or not.

This is a tradition rooted in Pennsylvania German it’s first know occurrence in America was in 1841. And though I’m very curious to know if we are in for more cold weather…

I want to focus on what really made Groundhog Day something special. And that’s the movie by the same name.

Bill Murray - Groundhog Day

It’s a movie that chronicles the transformation of an ornery weather man named Phil as he is forced to relieve the same day time and time again. Phil – played by Bill Murray – struggles with,  and ultimately addresses those issues which had kept his life an unfulfilled misery. Ultimately he relives February 2nd, 38 times. Whew.

What you might not have known is that Tom Hanks was originally cast for the role of Phil, but director Harold Ramis thought he was too nice. So in steps Bill Murray.

And yet, Ramis and Murray argued constantly while this movie was being made. Murray thought the film should be more philosophical, while Ramis thought it should be a comedy.

Too my eyes, it seems like Murray tipped the scales a little. Perhaps it’s this that lead the United States National Film Registry to add it to its’ list calling it – culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.

Anywhoo, on this day I wish two things for you. One that little groundhog sees no shadow (unless of course you are a snowboarder – then I wish the opposite). And secondly a bit of reflection.

Whether or not you find your life on repeat – make sure to gorge yourself on your favorite treat every now and then – then determine what you really want from life – and then go for it.

Super Bowl XLILX

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, FIREGNAT wants to keep your tummy in the action with some half-time treats that are sure to represent!

How can you watch the New England Patriots take the field without a bowl of clam chowder in your hand? Right, I didn’t think so. Here’s a link to a delicious chowder recipe. Now say it like a real New-Englander [chooau-der]. Start cooking about an hour before kick-off and you’ll be spoon deep before half-time.

And let’s not forget to get our munchies on for those Seahawks too! Did you know that a local favorite of those Seattle-ans is a little smear of cream cheese on their hotdogs?! Check it out here, I gotta tell you, that I think it sounds amazingly delicious!

So while we are all cheering, heckling, eating and watching the half-time show, let’s be sure to keep in mind that Valentine’s is right around the corner! Make sure you are ready to show the people you love in a way that is twistedly-sweet. Get your Valentine’s here on Etsy.
super bowl 2015
couldn’t resist poking a little fun at the whole de-regulation-inflation scandal


FIREGNAT at Terrault Contemporary

Wowzer, the kind people at Terrault Contemporary have put FIREGNAT on the shelf! You can find the twistedly-sweet  Valentine’s Day card sets of ‘Addicted to You’ and this year’s debut line ‘The Voodoo You Do’ amongst other amazing artist zines, goods and wares!

Valentines To Terrault

So swing on by for a visit and see their current show – Corrupt Images by artist Andrew Laumann, and pick your very own set. Whoo hoo! Thank Terrault! Bonus if you find yourself bored this weekend, head on over for a zine release party this Saturday (1.17.15)… or bust out those knitting needles for Sunday (1.18.15) knitting party.

If you can’t make it out to Terrault, no worries… you can still find your’s truly at ETSY

 Speaking of debut, here’s a closer look at ‘The Voodoo You Do.’

This set of 12 cards is comprised of 3 different hex-uh-riffic sweet sentiments. Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than casting a hex, no? Plus these little guys are ready to be swiftly sent to your sweeties inside of one of their very own hot-red envelopes. Valentine’s Day is about more than just love, it’s about magic too.

T – is for Thanksgiving

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is a mere 4 days away! Get out those elastic-waisted pants, and prepare yourselves for the festivities!

For many of us, that includes some pretty awkward social interactions. Yes, it should be a joyousness time for thankfulness and togetherness.. but lets face it. A little bit of drama or insanity seems to slink around the Holidays this time of year. Thanksgiving is really a gateway into the I-love-you-all-but-really? face, which can linger until the ball drops on December 31st.

So, I’m here to help.

Not really. But I did prepare this little card for all of you in thanks. So Thanks!

This is for you. Thank you.
This is for you. Thank you.

Plus I’m super excited to share the work of artist Marion Fayolle with all of you. I happened upon her work at a book fair. Lets just say her book “In Pieces” was purchased and tucked safely under my arm immediately.

Fayolle’s work takes the premise of narrative illustration into an very specific and boiled-down spectrum. Her work is far removed from the speech-bubbled boxed-in frames of action. Instead her characters stand on the page without boundary always fully exposed head-to-toe, without speech and always depicted in subtle lines and neutral colors.

image taken from http://cargocollective.com/marionfayolle
image taken from http://cargocollective.com/marionfayolle
And the reason that this call-out is seasonally appropriate, because her work focuses on interactions, all of which have a twinge of oddity and awkwardness. Perhaps the words odd and awkward harken memories from your Thanksgiving feasts, I know they do mine.
image taken from http://cargocollective.com/marionfayolle
image taken from http://cargocollective.com/marionfayolle

Ranging from the mundane to the bizarre, these beautifully rendered characters seem to accept their drawn realities with acceptance, striking a singular and very clear emotional response.

The viewer is left feeling that they’d been let in on an intimate and revealing moment. And of course a little bit of the ‘what just happened’ question. Often Fayolle is highlighting relationships that have sexual tensions, unfulfilled expectations or disappointments, and all having feeling of finality in conclusion.

I hope you find her work as delightfully beautiful and quirky as I did. Feel free to share her work around the table this Thursday.

If you are interested in seeing more of Marion Fayolle you can find her work here.