Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space

Our Space Station Blues tee was featured in today's official Etsy Finds Astronaut-themed newsletter:

"As wikipedia tells it, in April, 1959, NASA announced it's astronauts for Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight program in the US with the goal of putting a man in orbit around the Earth.

Today's Etsy Finds pay homage to those first space travelers and to dreaming of worlds beyond the everyday, even if they're only in your imagination. Let's blast off, shall we?"

Anyone who knows me well enough knows I'm space obsessed, so having our tee included for this is pretty mad sweet! Here's a link to the accompanying Storque article as well!

For more about Project Mercury, hit up Wikipedia's super informative entry.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Dual Blogging Action!

Today was a kinetic day all around. Both Cody and I were slammed with evil wage-slave day job stuff, so it was a nice surprise to get messages this evening letting us know our designs have been featured on two different blogs.

Our Cameo Mecanique hoodie was included as one of Monkey Bun's Etsy Picks, in Krystal's splendid post on the beauty of brown.

We were also featured on This Humble Abode, as one of Jenny's Etsy Finds, in her article spotlighting local San Francisco artists. Check out her adorable twins in the post above us, crazy amounts of cute!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Interview on Vegan Etsy

Check out Cody's interview this week on Vegan Etsy!

The Vegan Etsy team is dedicated to supporting vegans and helping build vegan awareness. Many of the members donate a portion of their shop sales to animal charities, so stop by and check out their goodies. Your purchases will help contribute to the well-being of our animal friends!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Indie Retailer of the Day

Moue Magazine has chosen us as Indie Retailer of the Day! Their blog focuses on progressive politics, in addition to spotlighting independent artists and media.

Be sure to check them out!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Spring Haiku Challenge

haiku challengers
your clever words grace our blog

our days are brightened

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Spring Haiku Challenge! Here are a few of our favorite submissions:

oh, hello daisy!
don't let the hippies get you,
you're meant for the bees

little red devil
sitting on my left shoulder
no angelic right

Devil May Care Sheldon, from Ugly Gerbil

things fall on his head
he drowns and steps on third rail
then robots get him

A Dozen Calamities Card, from Momerath

ticky ticky tock
you break the gears in my heart
your love strangles me

Tender Time Bomb Scarf (This one's actually from our shop, but we thought the haiku written by our friend Dustin was hilarious, so we threw it in :) ).

Monday, March 3, 2008

Binary Winter Melts Into Spring

big eyed surveillance
sweet flowers will distract you
i take your honey

Spring brings out the poet in us! Unfortunately, our inner poet turns out to be a pretty lazy guy. Which is why we love haikus! They're perfect for that afternoon caffeine-induced burst of ADD eloquence.

Celebrate the launch of our new spring line with us with a little haiku fun:

1. Pick an item in your Etsy shop
2. Write a haiku about it
3. Drop the haiku in our comment box along with the link to the item

If you don't have an item to wax haiku about but are just feeling the muse, go ahead and express yourself! We'll feature our favorites on our blog next Monday!

Treasuries are Shiny

February was quite shiny for us in terms of treasuries! Our Logic Trap shirt was featured on two front page Steampunk treasuries, first in Old World Romance's marvelous Steampunk Design Treasury at the beginning of the month:

And then in in Winklepot's temporally charming Cog...nisance Treasury on 02.21.08:

We also had a nice little surprise two days later on 02.23.08 when our Tender Time Bomb scarf was chosen by local Etsyian AnnetteMusick for her sweet San Francisco Has Style Treasury:

So much thoughtfulness and ingenuity go into making these inventive treasuries! Thanks so much to all these kind folks for including us!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

WonderCon Wake

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! Comic book conventions are always such an inspiring experience, its so fantastic to be surrounded by so much cool art and energy!

Check out our WonderCon 2008 album on our Binary Winter MySpace for more pics:

Working our booth.

Indie art makes his spider-senses tingle.

Buttons are shiny.

Our book has cross-species appeal.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Binary Winter at WonderCon 2008

We are in a book-binding, screen-printing mad-rush this week in preparation for WonderCon 2008. For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area, we will be exhibiting in the Small Press area [SP25 on the map] from Friday February 22 - Sunday February 24.

In addition to hardcover copies of our book, "
The Irrelevant Redemption", we've also got some new sketchbooks, prints, and of course, some sweet new tees. If you're planning on attending, stop by booth and say hello!

Etsy Shop of the Week on FMF blog!

The folks at the Fashion Me Fabulous blog recently featured us in their independent design competition, Project Design, and also spotlighted us as their Etsy Shop of the Week! Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Why Robot Stories are Good for the Soul

So having been on a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy since my very first episode of Voltron at the age of 5, I've often found myself explaining to others why I typically find non-speculative literature unchallenging. I have a pretty well-rehearsed diatribe about how I prefer books that give me a new world or concept to play with, rather than offer me a rehash of the limited gamut of "real" human experiences. But now when I'm feeling lazy, I can just point folks to this fantastic article by Wired magazine writer Clive Thompson, in which he poses that science fiction is "the last great literature of ideas". -S.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Tender Time Bomb

Our Tender Time Bomb men's tee was mentioned as a February Love & Valentine's pick on Yarnbeast's Blog.

Tick, tick, kaboom!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Steampunk Invasion on Etsy

We had the awesome fortune to be featured in two frontpage steampunk-themed Etsy treasuries in January!

Our Mechanical Dove Scarf was included in glueandglitter's splendid Steampunk Treasury on 1.08.08:

And a week later, our Logic Trap shirt was selected by MyFairyBabies for her smashing Sprocket Head Treasury on 1.16.08:

We're delighted that the Steampunk aesthetic is gaining exposure, and it's fantastic to see all the brilliant work being created by artists in the genre! Thanks Etsyians, for helping make our cold January a bit brighter!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Shot Through the Heart

Howdy! We wanted to kick off our blog by sharing the news of our recent engagement. On my birthday (New Year's Eve, and yes, worst day to have as a birthday EVER, easily beating out Christmas and Leap Day), as we walked along Sonoma's beautiful Russian River, Cody stopped and pulled out a package wrapped in red tissue paper. I unwrapped it to find a stunning brass steampunk-esque music box that he built by hand, wrought with gears and bearing the sigil of Artemis the Huntress and her faithful hound.

As I was already dying from the loveliness, imagine my total shock when Cody wound it up, sank to one knee, and opened it. Inside was a delicate antique cameo ring (from 1860, I later learned). The song that played and the words that were spoken are precious and ours alone, but we are more than happy to share a few visuals :).

Now, if we can only figure out a graceful way to stage the Fire Wedding from Krull ;)...