Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Souvenirs; Round Three!

Golden Sundown available as a poster, an apron and a laptop skin!
(Original oil painting sold)

I have entrusted my badlands images to Erica Neumann and given her free reign to put them on whatever items she deems appropriate. 

Sentry Spirits available as a license plate!
(Original oil painting sold)

Illuminated Gold available as a charm bracelet and a coffee mug!
(Original oil painting sold)

Fresh out of art school my first job was designing and hand-cutting silk screens for t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, tea towels, and (are you ready?) souvenir pennants!  Does anyone even remember pennants?  If I can get down and be humble I will dig out, from the depths of my archives, some of these items and show you images in a future post, but don't hold your breath!

When I came on board Irwin Specialties (founded in 1926) it was a division of Irwin Toy.  Until today, I thought the company had disappeared off the Toronto scene all together, but no!  While I was looking for a little history for you I learned that they have reemerged as iToys!  You can read the story on their ABOUT US page at http://www.irwintoy.com/  Should you care to know more, please go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwin_Toy

Irwins was my first incarnation as a souvenir artist.  In 1972, when we moved to Banff, I continued to work for them by mail while I was developing my own line of souvenir items: http://www.artbysaltiel.com/Reprod/reproductions.htm

And now here I am in round three ... I'm travelling in circles.  Crazy, fun, good circles.  Please allow me introduce you to Erica's artful merchandise at Flipping Art Gallery Gift Shop ... http://www.cafepress.ca/flippingartgallery  Some cute gifts there folks! 

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