Monday, November 30, 2009

Handmade Mart Holiday Shop -N-Stroll

Join Curls Studio this Saturday for...
Handmade Mart Holiday Shop -N-Stroll
Saturday, December 5 -- 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ellsworth Drive (Between Fenton Avenue and Georgia Avenue) in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland

Admission is FREE. Click here to read the Vendor Q&A with Curls Studio. We will have a tent in space 17 (near the middle of Ellsworth Drive, click on above map for exact location). We hope you'll join us.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Curls: Dave Navarro Thinks Curls is Hot

Way back in the day... on September 25, 2003 to be in fact... The Commonwealth Times published a Curls comic strip I did "guest starring" Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra. This was when they were dating and they were my favorite couple at the time because I really enjoyed seeing them together and liked them both individually. I thought it would be great for Curls to meet Dave and then Carmen would get jealous! That strip was re-published yesterday on the web, as I am releasing all my Curls strips online.

The astonishing thing about it is that with the advancement on the internet and social sharing capabilities, more and more people can view Curls and hopefully become fans and subscribers. Yesterday Dave Navarro himself tweeted about the strip and he made me very happy. Not only because now I definitely know him and Curls have a thing, but also because he saw my artwork! He also said " - Thanx @curlsstudio You know there is nobody for me but Curls!" So, Dave, this is for you... from Curls. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

AIGA DC Michael Osborne Continuum Event

On Sunday, November 15, 2009, the AIGA DC Continuum Fund held a special meet-and-greet gathering for the Continuum Circle donors with an intimate evening party and presentaion with designer Michael Osborne at Pat Taylor's home in Washington, DC.

We enjoyed lovely hors d'oeuvres and drinks while AIGA DC Advisory Board members Tamera Lawrence and Beth Singer talked about the Continuum Fund. AIGA DC President Jill Spaeth introduced Michael Osborne and he went on to present and give away work from his letterpress company, One Heart Press.

Michael Osborne is also President and Creative Director of the San Francisco-based graphic design firm, Michael Osborne Design. Established in 1981, the firm's work in corporate/brand identity, package design, and print collateral has been recognized by many competitions for outstanding design. MOD's work is on display in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. Michael also designed the 2002 and 2004 Love Stamps for the USPS.

To view more images from the Continuum Michael Osborne Event, visit the AIGA DC Flickr account:

Special thanks goes out to Joe Carabeo of Astray Productions for photographing the event; AIGA DC board members, Ashley Gilmore and James Hobbs for helping with food and wine; AIGA DC board member Genji Sampson for driving Michael Osborne to the event; and former AIGA DC President Mira Azarm for helping with buttons and wine.

Carolyn Belefski
Continuum Chair, AIGA DC

Monday, November 16, 2009

Michael Osborne - AIGA DC Continuum Fund Button Campaign

The fourth AIGA DC Continuum Fund button set designed by Michael Osborne, will premiere today, Monday, November 16, 2009, at the AIGA DC presents Michael Osborne event for the suggested minimum donation of $5.

Michael Osborne is a San Francisco based designer, founder of the non-profit design studio Joey’s Corner, principle of Michael Osborne Design and has been recognized by countless awards & organizations for his stunning work. He believes in supporting good causes through quality design.

Michael founded the design studio Joey’s Corner as a non-profit organization to honor the memory of his son Joseph Michael Osborne. During his presentation, Michael will guide us through the process of setting up a non-profit, finding clients and ways to establish proper funding for a non-profit. Michael will demonstrate the tangible and intangible rewards of helping the organizations that typically cannot afford professional design services.

Since 1981 Michael has also operated Michael Osborne Design in San Francisco. As President and Creative Director, Michael has created award-winning packaging, corporate identity, and retail design solutions for clients including Jack Daniel’s, Kettle Chips, Gymboree, William-Sonoma, and Target. In the summer of 2006 Michael was the recipient of the AIGA Fellowship Award, and his work has been featured in numerous national design publications and is included in the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Please join us in welcoming Michael to Washington, DC on Monday, November 16, 2009. Happy hour at Kellari Taverna to follow!

Registration opens at 6:30 PM, and the event begins at 7:00 PM.

Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Members, $12 ($15 at the door)
Non-members, $16 ($20 at the door)
Students, $8 ($10 at the door)

AIGA DC will also have Stanley Hainsworth, The General Design Company, and David Franek button sets available.

If you would like more information about AIGA DC's Continuum Fund Scholarship or have questions about donating to AIGA DC's Continuum Fund, please email or visit

More photos can be found on the AIGA DC Flickr page.

Carolyn Belefski
Continuum Chair, AIGA DC