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What’s cookin’ for 2020?

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What’s cookin’ for 2020?

Most of the products in the Calamityware store start as Kickstarter projects. Here are some things I’m working on that might become Kickstarter projects in the new year.

As always, my predictions are likely to be wildly inaccurate. The freedom to start new projects, procrastinate, change my priorities, and put work on the shelf are some of the reasons I love my self-inflicted projects.

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BADbandana 6: Pizza Dragons. I’ve been working on a red bandana design decorated with pizza-loving dragons. I hope this can be a Kickstarter project in January 2020. A great way to get the new year off to a hot start. (Became an active Kickstarter project on January 5.)

BB6

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Big TCBW Mug. Been working on a prototype of a really big version of the Things-Could-Be-Worse mug. Finally think the handle is right and all the production difficulties are solved. This could be an ideal project for people who prefer a BIG beverage. Also been investigating the notion of a porcelain travel mug.

BigMug

 

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New Jigsaw Puzzle.
 Now that all the original puzzles are gone, it might be time to create a new jigsaw puzzle design. My previous manufacturer closed down but I think we’ve finally found a good workshop to make them. So, I’ve been auditioning characters. 

ApeSketches

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Bug-Out Bag. Been sketching some ideas for a zippered tote bag for overnight get-aways or other escape plans.

DinosaursOnBikes

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Beastly Bowls.
 How about a set of porcelain bowls especially for your favorite pets—cats, dogs, bunnies, capybaras, pythons? Still a lot of work to do, but this could become a project before the year ends.

DogWithBowl2

 

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Letterpress print. I like the idea of doing another letterpress print to pep up someone’s art collection. Several different themes are competing for my attention right now—traffic, dinosaurs, space travelers, megaphones, robots, maps, and troglodytes. If one of them floats to the top, that could make a fun Kickstarter project in 2020.

Traffic

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Textiles? I’ve been exploring some new ideas for patterns that could make unusual scarves, ties, or other textiles. Might make some colorful additions to 2020.

FrogPattern

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Another book? I’ve noticed that bad guys don’t seem to be as good as they once were. So, to help, I’m working on an illustrated career guide for villains. It’s going very slowly because other projects keep eating up my time. Some good news? Readers will be delighted to know that this book will not include any poetry. Yeah!

villain

 

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Other potential projects include more tea cups, a blanket, cloak of invisibility, and anti-gravity boots. Watch for email updates as the year advances.

I’m still exploring the zone where products are beautiful, utilitarian, and funny. I hope you’ll find something I’m doing worthy of your support. But I plan to keep up the effort, whether anyone is behind me or not.

Don—Pittsburgh, December 27, 2019

Comments on this post (250)

  • Oct 07, 2020

    cotton quilting fabric, white on blue, blue on white. the creative possibilities are endless. Table linens would be nice too, but with quilting fabric the possibilities are endless. It would cause a calamity in my household…nothing else would get done!

    — Trish O'Hearn-DiNatale

  • Oct 07, 2020

    Please put the "What Next ? " designs on the larger plates, too ! Especially the ones with the “fuzzballs” I think you call them. They are hilarious !
    Thanks, C

    — Cindi Bartels

  • Oct 07, 2020

    Hmm…sleep masks made from your silk fabric?

    — MLD

  • Sep 20, 2020

    Everything on this site is great. But I’m seriously in love with the idea of Frogs & Flys. When will we see products with that design? Scarves? Dishes? please!

    — KaTinka Bolding

  • Sep 20, 2020

    I’m predicting that the entire Calamityware line will become the hot collectable on Antiques Roadshow in X years. As such, and in giving the future a reminder of the year 2020, anything you incorporate into your designs with a covid-19 spore looking virus pattern? I imagine it’ll be the one collectable from this ridiculous time period that might actually help us smile. (In a “Charles Addams” kind of humorous way…) and/or remember the year from Hell that we’ve all endured.

    — Jena

  • Sep 20, 2020

    yOU MADE MY DAY MUCH BRIGHTER——I THOUGHT THAT I WAS THE ONLY WHO LOVED OFF THE WALL

    FROM COMMENTS I SEE i AM NOT ALONE. I AM 86 THESE THINGS KNOWN AS BIRTH DAYS AND I LOVED EVERY THING

    I SAW ON YOUR SITE—-MY HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING IS SOLVED. THANKS TO THE " NEW yORKER" ARTICLE.

    — Margaret Lester

  • Sep 20, 2020

    LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR RE-STOCKING THE LARGER MUGS…
    AND SELL THEM WITH A CHOICE OF ONE MUG OR TWO PACKAGED TOGETHER…
    AT LEAST BY NOV, FOR XMAS GIFTS 2020?!?? BET YOU’D SELL A ZILLION!!!

    MARILYN S

    — MARILYN SALTUS

  • Sep 20, 2020

    LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR RE-STOCKING THE LARGER MUGS…
    AND SELL THEM WITH A CHOICE OF ONE MUG OR TWO PACKAGED TOGETHER…
    AT LEAST BY NOV, FOR XMAS GIFTS 2020?!?? BET YOU’D SELL A ZILLION!!!

    MARILYN S

    — MARILYN SALTUS

  • Sep 16, 2020

    I love the whol line! Just read the New Yorker’s article, and am expecting you to be inundated with orders.
    Are there any TCBW mugs still to be had?
    I keep thinking who I would give one to, then realize. if I got one, I’d have to keep it.

    — Kaye Winder

  • Sep 16, 2020

    How’s about designing some parasite plates? There might just be someone, somewhere, who would eat sushi off a plate showing roundworms, taperworms, etc. No? Well, there are plenty of other kinds of scary-looking parasites to go around (and around and around). Confession: I’m an invertebrate zoologist and I do eat sushi, but I look at it pretty carefully before taking that first bite. I second Carol Armbrust’s 3 identical suggestions from July 22, 2020, too. I’d buy some of those!

    — George Lewbel

  • Sep 16, 2020

    Bravo! You’ve taken your superb wit and best “glass half full” spirit, set it spinning, and started a little household by household revolution just when we beleaguered Americans need it.. Things could be worse, and perhaps shall, but artists like you will keep us grounded, inspired, and help us all to CARRY ON! Up here in Appalachian Tioga County, we can sure use a little humour, THANK YOU. We’re waiting to place an order, whence you’ve restocked.
    DKB. Purple House, Osceola, PA

    — David Kenner Boley

  • Sep 16, 2020

    I love the design and colors of fabric with frogs and flies – the deep rich red/green is sooooo great.
    Yippeee for beastie bowls. Cereal/rice/stew bowls?

    — Diane Delany

  • Sep 16, 2020

    Bandanas are great, they can be used as masks. Love the beast bowl, would definitely buy that when it come out.

    How about other textiles like scatter cushion covers?
    Since you have a successful dining series, how about other items for the kitchen? Trays? Canisters? Big salad bowl?

    — Jacqueline Chen

  • Sep 16, 2020

    I would like more drink vessels. The mugs are great – but how about matching teacups and saucers? And yunomi “tumblers” for green tea – a bit like your mugs, but without the handle? (I would go NUTS and buy lots of yunomi!) And maybe demitasse cups?

    Also: a ceramic incense burner (bowl) would be perfect!

    — Julia

  • Aug 31, 2020

    This would be a great time make masks. You could possibly generate a short-term windfall. I wear hearing aids so overhead masks are all I’m buying. Your designs are terrific and I would certainly look at all your offerings in this regard.

    — Bruce Wright

  • Aug 28, 2020

    I vote for more serving pieces, such as gravy boats, butter dishes, small bowls with handles… think Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings and sides.. that cranberry sauce needs a few monsters to watch over it.

    — Robert Benoy

  • Aug 28, 2020

    More Robots.
    Also second the ask for quilting fabric. Love everything!

    — KJ

  • Aug 23, 2020

    Silk masks please.

    — Linda Kjonnerod

  • Aug 22, 2020

    I would like to see napkins and tea towels that are the same patterns as the dinnerware. Even if they were just plain with the design in a ribbon (Similar to the beast bowls) at the bottom.

    Also, I too like the butter dish idea and the 2020 special edition mentioned by other folx.

    — christal white

  • Aug 22, 2020

    I would like to see napkins and tea towels that are the same patterns as the dinnerware. Even if they were just plain with the design in a ribbon (Similar time the beast bowls) at the bottom.

    Also, I too like the butter dish idea and the 2020 special edition mentioned by other folx.

    — christal white

  • Aug 17, 2020

    You really should make masks. We wear them for safety to others and ourselves, but we still want to make a fashion statement! I can hear people now, begging me to tell them where I got mine. Of course, I would break down and tell them.

    — Sharyn Allen

  • Aug 13, 2020

    How about cross stitch patterns? I would definitely buy.

    — JANET ESPINOSA

  • Aug 08, 2020

    I’d buy a compost crock.. js

    — LNB

  • Aug 07, 2020

    Textiles to match the shower curtain is my suggestion. Prints for bathroom walls also would be great!

    — Adaline

  • Aug 04, 2020

    Thank you for great stuff! No time like now for recording calamitous history… and confirming that zombie-poodles are no hoax. Holiday shopping for great art with humor is definitely in my future.

    — Paula Giaquinto

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