Sunday, July 17, 2011

Studio Log: Starweek Twenty-Nine!

This entry marks almost one year of this blog! Sadly, The Burrow studio is parting locationally for the time being due to Lucy setting sail for her hometown of New York while Nora remains in beautiful Chicago. But our collaborations and adventures will continue, via long-distance art fun as well as frequent visits. The blog won't update as frequently, but keep us in your feed for our irregular posts of collaborative fun! Thanks so much for keeping up with our amazing year of art and nerdiness. We hope you've enjoyed our adventures and artwork, and thanks for all your support!

  • Studio Project of the Week: "The Double Tavern" screenprint! This great bar opened over the winter at the end of our block. We love it there, and are very fond of the bartender, Henry. We made this two-color screenprinted poster as an homage and thanks to Henry for all the great times and good drinks.
The Double Screenprint

  • Studio Event of the Week: The Defeat of the Dark Lord! As you may have guessed, we were pretty excited about the final Harry Potter release. We had a few friends over for costumed butterbeer and photoboothing before the movie. Here's a favorite Burrow Studio photobooth shot as "The Grey Lady" and "Ron."

The Burrow has never been Potterier!
Pumpkin juice and butterbeer Photobooth Props
Voldemort Pinata is ANGRY. Foodies!
  • Studio Jam of the Week: "Lily," by Ministry of Magic

  • Kitty Photo of the Week: Spot the kitty hiding in the messy closet!

Spot the kitty!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Studio Log: Starweek Twenty-Eight

Happy Sunday!
The Burrow

  • The Burrow Studio Makes The Black Family Tapestry from Lucy Knisley on Vimeo.

    The beginning sequence is our trial print of the negative image on an undyed piece of canvas. Then we use discharge paste on a piece of dyed fabric to print the image, which removes the dye where it's printed and then steamed with an iron. A cool, one-might-say MAGICAL process.

    More photos of the BFT here!

    • Studio Outing of the Week: Burrow Ink!
    Kit and Nora
    Burrow Tattoo Times!
    Burrow Tats Closeup
    To commemorate our year of studio time and mutual affection for HP,
    on the week of the last movie's release, and one of our last weekends together.
    By our fabulous, speedy and amazing tattoo artist, Kit Hall.

    • Studio Obsession of the Week: Kyle XY! Continuing on in our quest to catch up on every cancelled TV show of the last decade, we're getting out ABC Family dramedy on. Thanks, instant-watch. To illustrate the genius of this show, here is an old illustration of Lucy's.
    The Cast of Kyle XY

    • Studio Jam of the Week: The Winner Takes it All, By Abba, as performed by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Did you guys see "The Trip?" This scene was our favorite in the whole movie.

    • Kitty Photos of the Week:
    Smooshface Ripley
    Smooshface headscratches.
    Black Family Tree Flop
    Zzz, BFT.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Studio Log: Starweek Twenty-Seven!

We seem to be doing this in 2-week increments. We'll try to be better about that. And as the rockets red glare burns outside our apartment from our neighbors' (likely extremely dangerous and illegal) 4th of July fireworks, WE BLOG.

  • (Incomplete) Studio Project of the Week: Just a little process shot, as they're not totally finished, but it should give you an idea of what we're making for ourselves. We stayed up all night in the print studio at Lillstreet Arts Center, using a complicated printing process that involved crazy chemicals, respirators, hair-dryers and (of course) sexy 4-AM print-table poses.
"Secret Project"
We should be totally done next week, so we'll post more photos of it then.

  • Apocalyptic Weather of the Week: HAIL YES. Chicago got ping-pong-ball-sized lightening hail last thursday. We were having dinner with friends, when we looked outside and saw this:

Chicago Hail Storm 06/30/11 from Jack Wagner on Vimeo.

(Movie scavenged online. We were too busy stuffing our faces with pulled-pork sandwiches before the world ended to document it.)
But check out the damage to Nora's truck!
Golf Ball Sized Hail

  • Twinsie Project of the Week: FRIENDSHIP JEWELRY! Lucy made these lightning bolt necklaces for us!
Spoiler [alert] and [Speech] Bubble are our nicknames for one another.
Three guesses who's who.


  • Studio Event of the Week: Pride Weekend! We went to Dyke March Chicago on Saturday, and The Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday. It was a gay old time.
Dyke March Chicago, winding down the block
The DMC, winding around the South Shore.
At the Dyke March
Noooo, of couuuurse we're not BLATANTLY CHECKING PEOPLE OUT. Not a chance.

  • Studio Addition of the Week: Annie Koyama sent us these awesome HP lego figures, and they went to live in our typeset drawer! They fit in perfectly.
HP Typeset Thingie

  • Studio Outing of the Week: Jellies at the Shedd Aquarium!
If you live near Chicago, you should go see these!
Except... I don't think you're ready for these jellies.
Which brings us to the...

  • Studio Jam of The Week: Bootylicious, by Destiny's Child. The color thematics... THE COLOR THEMATICS. Anyway, ever since we decided to go to the Jellies exhibit, we've been singing this song around the house.


  • Studio Quotes of the Week: Guess the context.
"That movie was Thorrible.
It made me want to Thor up.
What's worse, it was so Thoring!
At least Natalie Portman looked Thorgeous.
I'm so Thorry we had to see that movie.
We're still going to be doing this at Thor in the Thorning, aren't we?

  • Cooking Adventures of the Week: Tea sandwiches, to celebrate Nora's birthday.
Tea Sandwiches!
Tea Sandwiches!

  • Cat Photo of the Week: SLEEPY FRIENDS!
Finally Friends!

  • Cat Video of the Week: Wild outdoor jungle cat! Linney went out into the backyard to go exploring. She didn't much care for it, as it turned out. Apologies for calling my cat an asshole.