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When these Clairefontaine Vintage Graf it Sketchpads arrived, we were instantly drifting off on a magical pop art daydream with muse Andy Warhol. We believe he would favor these sketchpads, as they’re perfect for bold prints, fine ornate drawings, or loose wacky lines. The heavy 41 lb. paper holds lots of color and is perfect for quick experiments with mixed media. We think he’d also get a kick that the covers are such a high-five to his style, giving each GraF it Pad holder their own 15 minutes of fame. With many cover colors, prints, bold retro typography, and 4 sizes, they’ve got lots of personality, just like him. Shop Clairefontaine GraF It Pads »
Here are our staff’s fave facts about Andy…
Andy was born Andrew Warhola on August 6th, 1928.
He contracted Sydenham’s chorea when he was a young boy, and his artistic mother encouraged him to pursue creating art while he was sick. Foreshadowing his future subjects, he started to collect pictures of movie stars. He would grow up to print celebrity works of Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor.
He was an art editor for his college’s student magazine, and broke into his wild world with a first job for Glamour magazine. First assignment : “Success is a Job in New York.”
Over a decade, Warhol worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker, and more high-profile clients.
His favorite thing to buy was underwear.
Warhol believed his gray hair in his 20′s helped people notice his youthful good looks.
He was a self-proclaimed “mama’s boy.” His mother collaborated on many of his artworks, and even signed his pieces sometimes.
Andy rented an abandoned firehouse as a painting studio in his early days, later moving up to the iconic Factory.
He was a regular volunteer for a homeless shelter while in New York City.
Andy was shot by a feminist three times in 1968. He was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital, but later revived after intense surgery.
He was audited every year from 1972 until his death in 1987.
From the ’50s through the ’70s, Andy always kept a cardboard box beside his desk that he would fill with interesting ephemera. When they were full, he’d close and date them. By the time Andy passed away, he had assembled over 600 of these “time capsules.”
They’re fascinating! See the 21st time capsule here »
Salvador Dali once gave Warhol his used color palettes, he put them in a time capsule.
In the 80′s Warhol guest-starred in the 200th episode of The Love Boat. He was represented by a modeling agency, appeared in a Diet Coke commercial, and purchased 2000 bottles of Dom Pérignon to celebrate the new millennium.
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the largest museum in the United States of America which is dedicated to a single artist.
Have you registered to Bike to Work on Wednesday? It’s a nationwide phenomenon! We’re hopping on our two wheels, which (oddly enough) correspond perfectly with our favorite notebooks. We’re so head over heels for Mission Bicycle Company in San Francisco that it would only be proper to set them up with the best journals and notebooks from around the world. Here are pairs we’re digging :
1. Rhodia » and the Bright White Bike »
2. Fabriano » and the Safety Orange Bike »
3. Leuchtturm » and the Celeste Bike »
4. Exacompta » and the Sky Blue Bike »
5. Moleskine » and the Chrome Bike »
6. Paperblanks » and the Brown Bike »
In a whirlwind time of year? If your deadlines, appointments, and to-dos are flying by it’s a perfect time to start fresh and get organized in an Academic (18-month) Planner. Most begin in July or August, have myriad formats, and last until the summer of 2014. Choose from
1. Legendary Blackwing pencils » 2. RHODIA – an absolute necessity » 3. The fantastical Clipiola Italian paper clips » 4. Quo Vadis Academic Planners » 5. Moleskine Folio Professional Filers » 6. TWSBI Vac 700 Fountain Pen »
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is an animal of a different feather. Imagine walking into a super-slick black mammoth of a building with a bleeding heart on its flank. The main entrance is a secret door, silently sliding open to greet you (like a secret agent to an underground arsenal) into a bright, minimalist cement abyss. Inside, you can float around galleries full of challenges to your genius + imagination. To top it off, when you’re done having your mind blown, head to the rooftop for a crisp cocktail with stellar views of Denver’s skyline. It’s on our hit list this summer!
One of our favorite times of year at MCA Denver has come again – Mixed Taste, their tag team lecture series. Why not venture into the world of contemporary art by catching these expert talks on unrelated topics. We love the juxtaposition of so many previous lectures, like Psychic Animals & Vincent Van Gogh, or Napoleonic Wars & Gin Martinis. This year, we want to see them all! Here’s their 2013 Mixed Taste line-up :
June 6 Zombies & Raw Milk Cheese
June 13 Honky Tonk & Paper Recordings
June 20 Comedic Opera & Vulcan Steel
June 27 Houdini & Déjà Vu
July 4 NATIONAL MIXED TASTE HOLIDAY
July 11 Sinkholes & Wormholes
July 18 Draft Beer & Draft Urbanism
July 25 Fiscal Cliff & Cliff Diving
August 1 YBAs & UFOs
August 8 Refrigeration & the Austrian Avant Garde
August 15 Sandhill Cranes & Performance Enhancing Drugs
August 22 Game Theory & Moonshine
August 29 Tyrannosaurus Rex & Lucha Libre
It’ll be a wild ride! Get your MCA Denver Mixed Taste tickets right here »
All pictures via MCA Denver