Etsy Store is Launched

Posted: October 20th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized, Year of the Ox | Tags: , , | 56 Comments »


The Kaizen Collective Etsy store is officially live. We are selling apparel and prints of some of the work we’ve featured on the blog. We’ve put up a few items to start, and will add more as we create new designs.

Our focus will continue to be on exploring, experimenting, and using the silkscreen process as a creative outlet rather than on creating things to sell.

That being said, if you have any suggestions of items you’d like to see, or if you would like a customized piece (meaning a shirt of a specific size/color, or a print on a certain type of material, etc.), feel free to contact us.

Thanks for all of the kind compliments we’ve been receiving, and thanks for visiting the blog and our new store. -LS

Raveonettes Poster

Posted: October 11th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Final Prints, Raveonettes Concert Poster, Uncategorized | 69 Comments »


Second time is the charm! We got the dot pattern out of the pole, defining the “e” and making us very happy. We also altered the red ink a little so that it is more bright and saturated, an improvement from the first prints. Both Lisa and I are very pleased with the end result of this project. -JM

Raveonettes Concert Poster Process, Part 2: Printing

Posted: October 7th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process, Raveonettes Concert Poster, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 60 Comments »


The next step in our process after washing out the screens was making prints that combined the two layers into the finished product on high-quality paper.

We had some doubts about the main screen (for the red ink), primarily about the clarity and density of the half-tone pattern on the mic and most importantly the mic pole. It didn’t seem that enough of the dot pattern had washed out for the last “e” in Reveonettes to read, but we decided to go through with a few prints anyway to see how they worked.

We started by mixing the ink for the first screen. We were going for a blood red, not too primary, but also not too maroon.

Next, we aligned the first screen to the paper. We have been using the transparency as a way to help us align them evenly.



The first layer inked fairly evenly, and the color worked well on the paper. We dried them and then re-aligned with the second screen. This time we ran black ink for the microphone cord/noose.

The completed prints were moderately successful. We achieved the right look-and-feel for the band, and our alignment was working. But looking at the prints from the combined screens, we realized we really do want to get those half-tone dots washed out and fix a few other details that didn’t come through in the main screen.

Our plan is to burn a new screen and try again. New prints to come…-LS

Raveonettes Concert Poster Process

Posted: October 5th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Process, Raveonettes Concert Poster | Tags: , , , , , , , | 60 Comments »

We decided to tackle another concert poster, as both Lisa and I have always been big fans of music and the design that accompanies shows. Looking ahead we saw that the Raveonettes are coming to the Belly Up in November and decided that they would be band whose style would be interesting to translate into a Poster visual.  In our initial brainstorm session we tried to narrow down their musical aesthetic to a few main ideas and we ended up with: 50s/60s inspired, heavy feedback, and dark lyrical overtones. [We took on this poster for fun, so it is not officially gonna be sold at the concert or even used to promote the concert. However, it gave us some fun content to work with and hopefully it will be one step towards real opportunities in the future] -JM

Initial brainstorming

Comped layouts

My trusty lightbox

hand-drawn pieces

refined layout comps

We burnt the screens on Saturday and it went really smoothly. The only problem we experienced was washing out the detail of the halftone dots on the mic and also a few letters of the type at the bottom of the poster.

We reuse our screens when we are done with a project, but often ghost images of the old projects remain (see the remnants of the moviegoers poster on the screen below). The build up of faint layers of past projects is really starting to give the screens personality! (though it makes it a little difficult to discern the details of the new coated screen image on top)


Test prints on newsprint

Rinsing the ink out of the screen

Close-up shots of test prints



Stay tuned for the final poster prints!