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Totin’ around our tote

Ours is no ordinary tote. It was hand screened by Ethan MacDonald. Those of you who are familiar with the lovely designs of Cecily Glowik MacDonald, e.g. Solstice, might be interested to know that her husband, Ethan, is a man of many talents. He can construct a life-size castle with turrets and portico out of cardboard boxes, a family crest from knitting needles, wedge the pointy ends of plastic sword fish swizzlers into our ceiling with a flick of the wrist, and, not least, he can hand screen a Q on anything and everything. Last summer he made us T-shirts on the warehouse ping pong table. And recently, he printed a limited edition of Q tote bags. Want to see the process?

First you get ready–all materials in place.

Next you open the gooey stuff.

You apply it. (That’s Ethan’s work area in the background. He’s also an expert shipper. Is that my iron I see back there under the desk?)

Spread the goo.

Very carefully lift the screen.

And evaluate the results.

Show a little scepticism.

But only a little.

Yes, that’s a T-shirt he’s just finished. But the tote making was equally entertaining.

Thanks, Ethan–awesome totes.


8 Responses to “Totin’ around our tote”

  1. Ethan says:

    Thanks Pam Allen, you’re a nice lady with nice yarn and a nice Castle. Stay golden. -E

  2. emilie says:

    wow, those Tshirts are so cool, I bet the totes will be just as nice. What’s the occasion?

  3. Bridget says:

    I love it – I have too many totes, but you can never have too many T-shirts …

  4. Corinne says:

    That is pretty awesome :)
    (I ordered the tote as soon as I saw the email! It’s the little things that you guys do that make me so very happy!)

  5. vanessa says:

    i love the totes — what a great idea — but I couldn’t find the dimensions listed anywhere. how big are they?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    If you wore this T in Canada, everyone would think it stood for “Q”, the CBC radio show! (I believe it also airs on NPR.)

  7. Kate G says:

    Lucky you all having an in-house Renaissance guy at the ready!

  8. pj says:

    We want t-shirts. :)

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