Monday, September 21, 2009

crafty bastards coming soon!

mark your calanders D.C. --- i'm coming your way
october 3rd booth #62
i will be unveiling new buttons, t-shirts, tote bags and postcards! hope to see you there!
don't forget to vote for me.....

readymade hearts rar rar

i got mentioned in the readymade recap of renegade chicago, whoo hoo! awe, thanks guys.
check it out here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

renegade chicago!

rar rar press
no coast

booth 270

vote for rar rar press!

vote for rar rar press for

the craftiest bastard contest!

vote now! (even if you are not in d.c.)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

hott off the press

now available on etsy!

new chicago stop for picking up rar rar cards

this is one of the cutest stores, super sweet mix of new and vintage wears. i had to restrain myself from buying everything!
141o N. Milwaukee Ave.

next weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chicago Ladies of Letterpress Open House

Saturday July 11th
11am - 5 pm
@ Starshaped Press
4636 N. Ravenswood #103, Chicago IL

Come check out (and purchase) letterpress work from a handful of Chicago's talented ladies!

Printers include....
Starshaped Press
A. Favorite
Rar Rar Press
Shimmer Studio
Cindy Tomczyk (Paper Parasol)

with sweet treats by Sugarkist

and Starshaped Press will have the studio open for folks to see how printing works

more info about the ladies of letterpress visit here

hottt off the press and now on etsy!

RAR RAR is back in action!
here are four new cards. available here.
be on the look out for 4 more by the end of july!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

hott off the press: new postcard

originally it was going to say wiener
but while picking out type i changed my mind!

i had to sand down the block a bit

Saturday, May 23, 2009

hott off the press

put a piece of wood on the press.

and then made some books. 2 sizes.
tiny and pocketbook size.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

first craft fair of the year!

in lovely berwyn illinois
click on flyer above for more info

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Favorite Song Poster Series

I started printing a new series last week
based on some of my favorite songs.
poster #1 features my favorite line from
My Head by Times New Viking

I find this line so fitting right now,
being so poor from my recent bike accident.
Drugs for me are records,
I usually buy lots and lots of records.
But right now I am unable to work full time and
have more bills than usual so record buying
is on told and things I make a wish list of. sigh

available soon in my etsy store
buy my poster so i can buy some records! HA!

no coast at next fair

No Coast is part of GOFFO at
Booth #8143
7th Floor
The Merchandise Mart
May 1st-4th

no coasters Aay Preston-Myint and Alex Valentine- new city breakout artists!

no coast on metromix

Friday, April 24, 2009

new work!

printing kind of kicked my ass but it was so nice to be printing for the first time in months!
for sale at etsy and no coast

Bridgeport WPA poster

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

upcoming event!

opening night of Version>09
April 23rd at ZHOU B. CENTER
1028 W 35th ST, From 5pm - 10pm,
Entry is FREE

i'm printing for the first time in months!
come check out the results!

Thursday, April 9, 2009


This Monday No Coast Studios will be a part of Danny's monthly Peace Party series. We will be presenting 12 months of Peace Party posters printed and designed here at No Coast by Alex Valentine. Proceeds from the bar will benefit public programming and other activities here at the space. Please come dance and listen to amazing music from DJ's Jeff Parker, Jocelyn Brown, Naomi Walker, and Josh Abrams.
Monday, April 13 @ Danny's
1951 W. Dickens (near corner of Damen, one block north of Armitage.)
10pm-2am FREE

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

No Coast looking for members

come and get a piece

No Coast is a collectively run art studio, event space and consignment store at 1500 W. 17th Street in Pilsen, a few blocks from the 18th Street Pink Line station and accessible by several bus routes. Our screen printing facilities include multiple printing stations with drying racks, pressure washer, light table, UV exposure unit, and some shared screens, scoop coaters and squeegees.

Per-Project Studio Rental is $50 a week. Renters can walk-in during our open hours, or set up an alternative schedule with our staff. Previous screenprinting experience is required. Access to equipment listed above is unrestricted, though it is recommended that you bring your own screens, and required that you bring your own materials (paper, ink, etc).

Monthly Membership is $200-$225 a month, inclusive of utilities (electric, heat, phone/internet) and some shared supplies. Equipment in addition to that listed above includes sewing machines, flat files and personal storage space. Collective members have 24/7 keyed access to the space. Collective responsibilities include participation in group meetings, basic cleanliness/organization, and some volunteer time running the facilities during open hours (can be as little as 1 or 2 shifts a month if your schedule is busy). Members may also use the space to program public events if desired. Long-term members do not need any screenprinting experience and can work in other media as space allows, but should have experience with or willingness to work in a cooperative group environment.

Contact for information, questions, or to schedule a visit.

sorry it's been a while.

So two months ago I was on my bike headed to Columbia to start printing some lovely new postcards when a semi truck hit me. Don’t worry its not so bad. Only my foot was mangled (fractured big toe and a very swollen/bruised foot) and my bike is trashed. I’m now starting to walk again, rocking a cane to get around. Letterpress printing is on hold; it might be another month until I can get back to work.

This week I am going to take on screen-printing, something I can do sitting down with my foot elevated. Ha ha. I am helping out with the Bridgeport WPA project, part of Version Fest ’09.

Mark your calendars for a couple upcoming events….

Version Fest ‘09
everyone should come to this
April 23rd- May 2nd
Chicago, IL

No Coast will be participating
April 25th & 26th
Chicago, IL

Next Fair

No Coast will be participating
May 1st- May 4th

Constructor Craft Fair
RAR RAR PRESS & Owly Shadow Puppets will be here
Sunday May 24th
Berwyn, IL

Indieana Handicraft Exchange
RAR RAR PRESS & Owly Shadow Puppets will be here
Saturday June 13th
Indianapolis, IN