Thank you stockists

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Hey All,

I wanted to share some other challenges I’m facing while I recover from surgery. Recently my stockists alerted me to infringements on my “I’ll Lick the Dish YOU Dry” collection. (now up to 18+ breeds).

I can’t go into details but I can say that Iowa has some top notch Intellectual Property (IP) professionals to deal with folks who blindly, or knowingly, don’t follow best practices in art & design.
I’ve been building this collection based on my original writing/design since 2012. Five years of long hours spent drawing, printing, folding, packaging, marketing, selling,etc. Why? Because I saw you giggle at this funny phrase at markets. I saw your smiles as you purchased my towels for yourself and far flung friends. YOU gave me the fuel to keep searching out for the best inks & towels I could find, the best packaging to meet your needs.
As more folks heard about my collection I couldn’t keep up and so my husband joined me in the printing process. We met over a screen printing frame and ever since we’ve been creating a life together so it was only natural that we’d begin printing together again. We switch off and on in printing. If his arm is hurting, mine is feeling fine and so I push/pull the squeegee through the night and vice versa. People have asked me why I don’t just outsource it all to India. Here’s why: quality control. My actual name is on my product. I can’t stand cheap see-thru towels that shred after two washings, and I won’t put up with ink that “crocks” (rubs off) or is like a 70’s tshirt and won’t absorb water when you dry your dishes. So by keeping it in-house (literally) I see each and every towel that goes out the door to you. It matters to me.
I truly appreciate the way you all support my hard work by purchasing my goods and sending me sweet shout-outs. You understand the idea behind my homegrown & handmade business and I’m ever-grateful.
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Never Forget the Difference YOU Make!

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

I took a batch of my #neverforgetthedifferenceYOUmake towels to my surgeon & staff as a token of my appreciation for all their hard work. I truly appreciate all the many hours of study and dedication it takes to be the best at taking care of their patients.

Sometimes it can feel a bit awkward to reach out and tell someone what a difference they made in your life, but once I get over that shyness it sure feels good to do it. Do you every feel shy about speaking up with gratitude?

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Etsy Shop on Vacation

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

Yes, my #etsyshop is on vacation but I’m not! If you need some of my #homegoods you can check with my stockists via katebrennanhall.com

I’ve been working extra long hours to fulfill orders (Thank you!) and to get ready (much like a squirrel  getting ready for winter) to have a seamless inventory control for when I need to step away from my studio for some surgery next week. (no details necessary)
Friends and family will be helping fulfill wholesale/consignment orders so stockists…don’t hesitate to email me an order….we’re stocked and ready!

💃🕺💥💨🐶🐱🐿

I welcome prayers/good vibes…whatever you call good wishes 😊Please & Thank You 💖

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Cafe Aprons

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

There’s something almost therapeutic in the sewing of aprons. I upcycle my color proofing towels into funky one-of-a-kind handles that simply make me smile as I sew them (all those color combinations)…! They take a while to sew but I hope to have enough on hand for this weekend’s show at Vintage & Made Fair www.vintageandmadefair.com for more info.

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

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The Dubuque towel is available via my Etsy Shop and Outside the Lines Art Galleries at 1101 Main St in Dubuque, Iowa. (They just moved from 409 Bluff Street) This gallery is full of beautiful art and gift items.

This Galena towel is available via my Etsy Shop and Outside the Lines Art Galleries at 101 South Main in Galena, Illinois. This gallery space is also full of amazing work and friendly customer service just like their Dubuque, Iowa gallery….!

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And last, but not least… the Quad Cities where we stopped by CraftedQC—such a beautiful and vibrant space full of amazing goods.

This QC towel is available at CraftedQC as well as via my Etsy Shop.

 

Here’s a little secret: see that fine bassist in the upper right corner of the QC towel? That’s my very talented nephew, David Ostrem. Yes, I like to tuck friends and family into mydesigns when I can!

Illustration 101

“How do illustrators get their ideas down on paper? Do the ideas just fall from the sky? Do you just start drawing and end up with a finished product?”

These are some of the questions I get asked about my work process so I thought I’d show some examples of my Work In Progress (WIP) for a project.
I was asked by my wonderful stockists in the Quad Cities, Dubuque and Galena if I’d consider creating towels for each of their areas. I agreed and set out to research their cities to find the top spots to investigate. I traveled to their cities and spent a day shooting reference photos of the spots I thought were the most visually arresting. Then I headed home and started drawing rough “thumbnail” sketches of my overall design. After I had a clearer idea of the spots I wanted to illustrate, I started creating another set of thumbnail sketches for each spot in my overall design.

Once that was done I drew each square and put together the entire design. I created a positive (ink on a clear acetate), coated my silkscreen mesh with photo emulsion, exposed it to light and created a screen. Then I printed the towels with a rich navy blue food-grade ink on my super duper commercial grade flour sack towels. I guess you can tell by now that illustrating and coming up with ideas takes time, years of practice and persistence. Nothing magical about it. It’s joyful work, that’s for sure. But it’s honest work that keeps me happy doing it and looking forward to each new day and the next project around the corner.

Next up: the finished designs!

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Figge Art Museum

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

I’m happy with how these pillows turned out but ya wanna know my favorite part of this photo? That this wee pillow is resting on top of a quilt my parents made.The quilt is made with upcycyled (they would laugh at that word because using old fabric is just what one did then) curtains, dresses, etc., from my childhood years. I admire the choices they made in the design and I’m so thankful that they made it for me.
Anyhoo,silly sappy me 😉 ……. here are pillows I just restocked at the Figge Art Museum gift shop. Thank you dear QC shoppers for scooping them up! I appreciate it!
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Barns and Bikes

InstagramHatchlingsLetsRideSEP2017 Hi there! Long time no post! I’m printing up a storm to get ready for my next pop-up shop
at Vintage and Made Fair in Urbandale (Des Moines) Iowa on October 7-8th. Here’s a fun design I just posted via my Etsy Shop.

 

 

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Special thanks!

Thank you to all who could come to my pop-up shop last Saturday. It was so much fun! The COR space was a delightful place to host my #100dayproject pop-up shop. And because you purchased so many of my collages the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be receiving $146! Thank you so much!
 
Last Saturday was a VERY busy day for folks in Iowa and all across the Cedar Valley and many of you expressed regrets that you couldn’t make it to the pop-up shop. Many of you asked where you might see/purchase one of my collages. I will be dropping a few off at Hatchlings & Hens in Cedar Falls tomorrow and I have posted a few via my Etsy Shop under the “Wall Art” section. Here’s a link to my shop: https://www.etsy.com/people/katebrennanhall
 
Thanks again for all your kind encouragement during my #100dayproject I truly appreciated it!
 
Special thanks to COR for allowing me to have my pop-up shop at their space last Saturday. The space at 220 East 4th St in Waterloo is an amazing space. I swear it makes one want to sit down and create! You’ve got to check it out. ***To inquire about hosting an event there: https://waterloocatholics.org/rentcor ***

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Copyright Kate Brennan Hall

After my sweetie and I print my kitchen towels, I cure them (drying process) and fold/package them. I know many kitchen towels are sold with a string tied around them but I like to take the extra step of packaging my towels. My customers and stockists tell me they appreciate my tidy packaging—perfect for tucking into a gift bag or envelope to send to a friend. So it’s worth the extra work if it makes y’all happy! 😊☉🖑 #caturday #wirefoxterrier

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