K is for Black.

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Generally speaking, the time span between when I decide I might want to do something and the time when I actually do something is pretty long. I first started thinking about listing some designs on Society6 a couple of years ago, but after a disappointing experience with one of their iPhone cases, I shelved the thought for a while. I took my time buying numerous prints from other artists, checking out the textiles, and even ordering a new (and greatly improved) iPhone case back in July. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of everything I’ve seen, so after a lot of hesitation, I finally gave myself permission to go ahead and list a few things.

I am very pleased to announce my new little shop, K is for Black!

There are a number of Giclée prints for sale (which, according to Society6’s specs, are printed on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks), as well as stretched canvases, iPhone cases, tote bags (!!!) and throw pillows. Woo hoo! Not every design is available in every format, because some stuff just doesn’t lend itself to certain applications. Eventually I’ll add some mugs and hoodies, too.

I have to admit that this is all very self-serving: I’m really just making the things that I want to own. You just get to the point where you accept that if you want a throw pillow that says “vile” on it, you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands. I wanted one, so I made one. Done! It’s fun being your own client sometimes.

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I suffer from what I like to call “LOOK AT ME, DON’T LOOK AT ME” syndrome. I want attention (hello, internet), but once I get it I want everyone to stop looking at me. Or at least only look at me in really good lighting. Now, thanks to the magic of on-demand printing, I can let a tote bag tell the world to simultaneously leave me alone but stop ignoring me. How fun!!!

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Victoria said she wanted a print with the word “focus” on it, so I designed one for her. (Yes, I’ll consider requests!) I have an annoying habit of putting the suffix “-ish” on everything I’m unsure about (6:00-ish, casual-ish, cold-ish, Jewish…you get the idea), so that got the poster treatment, too. That one is going up in the stairwell of my apartment.

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Oh, and you can have stuff framed! I haven’t seen the frames in person, but after reading a few reviews (like this very thorough one), I’m going to go ahead and give them a shot. I’ll let you know how it goes.

There is always going to be some concern on my part about having another company handle virtually every aspect of the production and shipping of my designs, but if I’m being honest with myself, I know I can’t handle that side of things. As much as I want to be the person who screen prints, sews and ships my own pillows, I am not that person. Maybe someday I will be, but for now I’m really excited and happy to be putting some stuff out there and making it possible to share it with other people.

I hope you see something you like! New designs will be added frequently, so please do check back. Yay!

K is for Black

80 comments
  1. MariaDec 3, 20134:16 pm

    fantastic for you!

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  2. Cori MageeDec 3, 20134:18 pm

    LOVE the shop… And awesome name!!!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks, Cori!

  3. Carsla PeytonDec 3, 20134:24 pm

    I’m the same way! Always procrastinating & second-guessing ideas! But, I’m glad you decided to finally share this! I look forward to your future posts ;)

    <3 Carsla
    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    A stylist's, foodie's, & writer's blog in development.

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  4. rachelleDec 3, 20134:30 pm

    how awesome for you!! i love the designs and aesthetic. good luck from a fan in cali! xoxox

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  5. KishaDec 3, 20134:45 pm

    Awesome stuff my friend! Sometimes we just have to “do it” – no? (and I think I need that “vile” pillow – love!)

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  6. AnnDec 3, 20134:54 pm

    Really nice stuff. I love the graphic letters mixed w/the brushstrokes, smudges and spill/splotches.
    They work well together. Congratulations!

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  7. maggieDec 3, 20134:55 pm

    Fantastic – congrats! So cool seeing some of my favorite bloggers put up shops.

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  8. CMDec 3, 20135:01 pm

    Yes, please, and thank you! I will be purchasing a print :)

    xx

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Yay! :)

  9. NancyDec 3, 20135:03 pm

    This is awesome. I knew about Society6 because of your iphone case review but I never actually looked at the website and didn’t know what it was about. I’m so glad to have “discovered” this because I’ve had a t-shirt idea forever and even bought freezer paper to make stencils for shirts but just couldn’t seem to find the energy to actually MAKE the shirts. Problem solved!!! Thank you!!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    It’s very satisfying. Have fun!!

  10. CristinaDec 3, 20135:04 pm

    Congratulations! I love the designs and I’m excited to shop around!

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  11. josieDec 3, 20135:08 pm

    i just bought a print and was happy to see there was free shipping to australia! hooray.
    can’t wait to see what else you come up with.
    all the best to you.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Oh, cool! I saw that they’re offering free shipping, but I didn’t realize it’s worldwide. That’s great!

  12. JulesDec 3, 20135:33 pm

    “Look at me. Don’t look at me.”

    If my life had a tagline, that would be it.

    Congratulations on taking the risk. Proceed to kick ass.

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  13. Heather B.Dec 3, 20136:00 pm

    I’m an “ish”-er too… Love it all! Bravo!

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  14. kristyDec 3, 20136:04 pm

    EXCELLENT Anna!! This is so exciting.

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  15. Pati NDec 3, 20137:34 pm

    Yay! So happy you did this! Going to go check it out now…

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  16. joyDec 3, 20137:46 pm

    Everything looks great. Can’t wait to see how it will all turn out.

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  17. wendyDec 3, 20137:59 pm

    the “ish” is totally me too! and btw, your logo is very similar to the one for K Records (based here in Olympia).

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Hmm, that’s weird, did they recently change their logo? All I can find is the hand-drawn shield they’ve had forever.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:K_Records_logo.gif

    wendy /

    no, that’s the one i was thinking of. i suppose they aren’t that close graphically, afterall, but when i saw your logo, “K Records ” jumped into my head. And honestly, i was remembering the K records one as being a handrawn, off-kilter K in a circle, so it’s partly due to my bad memory.

    Anna @ D16 /

    Maybe you were thinking of Circle K, hahahah ;)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Circle_K_logo.svg

    wendy /

    haha… i didn’t think of circle K until i went looking for why i thought K records had a circle. if that makes sense.

  18. lauDec 3, 20138:03 pm

    Congrats, Anna! Everything looks so rad. That vile pillow is killing me with the awesome.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks, lady!! So great to hear that from you. <3 <3

  19. Lisa KimberlyDec 3, 20138:43 pm

    The “look at me don’t look at me” is my LIFE haha! It is too perfect, and I shall be ordering the iPhone case version (and probably the framed print) very soonish :)

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  20. AlexisDec 3, 20139:51 pm

    Love it all! you’ll be getting my $$$ soon!

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  21. Jade Sheldon-BurnsedDec 3, 201310:33 pm

    Gorgeousness!!!

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  22. coralDec 3, 201310:42 pm

    just awesome. that’s it.

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  23. AmandaDec 4, 201312:32 am

    This is great! Loving the designs you’ve listed so far especially the “-ish” (have the same semi-annoying habit of discussing the -ish-ness of things). Have been curious about listing work through Society6 too so will be interesting to hear more about your experience as a seller.

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  24. MonicaDec 4, 20133:16 am

    Yay!! So glad that you went for it. The shop is awesome.

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  25. Miriam DemaDec 4, 20134:02 am

    I’m one of those people that designs, screen prints, sells and ships my artwork and it’s a lot of work. As much as I love the hand making process I was a wee bit jealous to see a company that does the whole shebang for you ;) Congrats on the new direction!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Miriam, I have the UTMOST respect and admiration for hand-makers (and hand-shippers!), believe me. It is a rare person who can take all of that on, and I am the first to concede that I am not up for the task. I did a lot of screen-printing when I was in art school, and I know how labor-intensive (and rewarding!) it can be. Hats off to you…and your work is gorgeous, too.

    miriam dema /

    Aw thanks! My wrists appreciate the compliment!

  26. caseyDec 4, 20137:20 am

    this is absolutely amazing!

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  27. MarianeDec 4, 20139:37 am

    Yay! I love your stuff, the look at me don’t look at me speaks to a lot I think, it certainly does to me! Also the wait print is gorgeous. Congrats, you are an artist, you have always been one but you seemed shy to self-proclaim this, now there is no denying it!!!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    You won’t catch me using the A-word, Mariane, but I do freely identify myself as a graphic designer. No shame in that. ;)

  28. ephemeretteDec 4, 20139:51 am

    Ah the focus print is fantastic. You design beautifully.

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  29. TraceyDec 4, 201310:16 am

    Ahhh, I love everything! Just ordered myself a little something! :)

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Awesome, Tracey!! :)

  30. Daria@ExhibitDDec 4, 201310:30 am

    I admit, the first sentence made me right this comment, haha! Why? Because: a.it’s EXACTLY what I do; b.it’s the reason why I only started my blog this year, instead of say 4-5 years ago when I first thought of it (BTW Anna, you are one of the bloggers I’ve been following for a looong time and I wish I had the guts to start blogging sooner; c.I just heard about society6 and am thinking of opening a shop but, of course, I’m procrastinating, finding excuses like…it’s probably very difficult, I don’t know how it works, who would buy this stuff and so on. Booo me! Must buck up and follow your example! Thanks for being an inspiration!

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  31. JennieDec 4, 201310:37 am

    This is great! I have been secretly wanting to sell art prints for a couple of years, but the thought of the logistics involved is so daunting. Now I suppose there’s no excuse! I love all of your designs, by the way..can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

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  32. RachelDec 4, 201311:02 am

    How funny! I just opened up my store in there too. I think it’s a pretty awesome platform even though you don’t make much money, you can still order your own things. ;)

    I was getting lots of people asking if I sold prints of the posters I put on my blog and voila, I do now!

    I love your items though, I maaaay need to grab an iphone case.

    Great work lovely!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Yeah, definitely not a good money-maker, but that’s OK. It’s mostly just really fun to be making things available! This is totally new territory for me, the idea of being my own art director and client and not having any rules. :)

    What’s your shop? I’m looking at your blog now and I don’t see a link!

    Rachel /

    Totally! My shop is: http://society6.com/minimalost

    I followed you on Society 6. Can’t wait to see what else you put up!!!

    Anna @ D16 /

    Oooh, love your stuff, Rachel!!

  33. ClareDec 4, 201312:11 pm

    Would you design some cushion covers that are dark and grunky in colourscheme in the centre, so we can use them as dog beds and they won’t look gross in a mere two weeks? Nearly every cushion cover seems to have some centrally placed pale colours, which rapidly become dog-chew-toy and belly-mud coloured.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I think everything I’ve designed is pretty dark and grunky already, Clare!! That’s kind of my thing, hahhaha. I bet that belly-mud would blend right in….

  34. ConnorDec 4, 201312:29 pm

    Love your work, although I wish you would have picked another avenue than Society6, their customer service and international delivery is abysmal – I had a bad experience with them earlier this year and am really hesitant to order anything through them again..

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Oh, that’s unfortunate to hear. I must say I’ve had no trouble at all with their delivery (I’ve placed at least a dozen orders with them over the past two years), but I obviously don’t have any experience with international shipping.

    Fortunately I haven’t had to test their customer service beyond my first experience with their old iPhone cases, and they actually contacted ME when that happened (they saw my post). I did an awful lot of consideration before opening up shop…more than a year of deliberation and ordering products from various POD services. Society6 came out on top for me, no one else was even in the same league. Sorry you had a bad experience! :( Hopefully that was a fluke and not the norm…

  35. mariaDec 4, 20134:24 pm

    Yay you! Congratulations! Now I can have a little Anna thing in my home…

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  36. Victoria SmithDec 4, 20134:43 pm

    woohoo!! so happy you made these, and i feel extra special you made one for me! i can’t wait to get it. thanks k2!! xo

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  37. Viktoriya C.Dec 4, 20135:49 pm

    Can’t wait to sport my very own VILE tote! It’s wonderful that you’re able to share your talent and design in so many ways. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

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  38. JonoDec 4, 20135:54 pm

    Oooooo…. I’d love the Vile print on a MacBook cover too.

    Nice designs :)

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I’m working on setting up the other products, Jono! It’ll be there soon. :)

    Anna @ D16 /

    Pssst…Vile laptop skins are in the shop now! :)

  39. DanielleDec 4, 20136:57 pm

    Soo cool! Like a bunch of other people, I’m also loving the Look at me, don’t look at me. But how do I decide – framed print, tote or pillow?!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Go with the tote, Danielle. It’s the most socially offensive. ;)

  40. Creative DirectorDec 4, 201310:37 pm

    I wasn’t expecting much but wow. These are all so uninspiring, unimaginative, and unoriginal. Just goes to show that anyone with an Instagram account, random phrases, and free fonts can set up an online shop.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    “Just goes to show that anyone with an Instagram account, random phrases, and free fonts can set up an online shop.”

    Wow, you didn’t already know that? You must be new to the internet. Welcome!!

  41. sheraeraDec 5, 201312:27 am

    I love your designs so I am sooooo pleased!!! Except now you make me wanna pay $35 for a stinkin iphone case when i already have 6 on my shelf grrr!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I know, the case prices are ridiculous! I can’t resist, though. I figure I take enough mirror-selfies for it to be worth it. :P

  42. KellyDec 5, 201310:18 am

    Congrats!!!

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  43. ChristianaDec 5, 20131:29 pm

    So cool, Anna, congratulations! Debating between the .ISH print and Vile tote :)

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  44. JodiDec 6, 201311:03 am

    awesome!!!

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  45. MarleneDec 6, 201312:17 pm

    Wow, Anna, this is awesome!! I’m swooning over all of your designs already. There is some really fabulous art on Society6. I’ve considered adding some of my photos and just need to get around to it!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Do it, Marlene! Set aside a day to crop and edit your photos and just get it up and running. I procrastinated for so long and for no good reason!

  46. mommyDec 6, 20139:29 pm

    This is exciting, Anna! It must feel very different doing your very own thing. Your style reminds me a little of Ed Ruscha, an artist I admired greatly during the 70s. I like the landscape prints and the “look at me” print. Love your logo! PS don’t forget to call your mother!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I guess being compared to Ed Ruscha by my own mother doesn’t really count, but that’s the best compliment ever! :)

    (I’ll call you tomorrow!! xoxo)

  47. lindseyDec 7, 20134:11 pm

    Just ordered “mini vile” whilst listening to This Corrosion on Tom Robinson show on 6 Music – felt right somehow! Also, it’s free international shipping so I took advantage to get it shipped here to the UK. Look forward to seeing more – just need to get the builders out so I can do the fun stuff but sat here freezing my tits off with a bare earth floor, that seems some way off…..thanks Lindsey

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Hey now, hey now now…

  48. KerrieDec 7, 20136:47 pm

    Congrats, Anna! Love your designs!!!

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  49. SallyDec 8, 20134:36 am

    A bit late to comment, but this is so cool Anna, congratulations! I completely love your designs, the tote bags especially. I feel like I need to put one of them right at the top of my wishlist!

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  50. AshleeDec 8, 20133:21 pm

    This is so great! I always end up putting ‘ish’ on the end of things and I completely understand the ‘look at me. don’t look at me’ syndrome! I’m loving the style of everything you have listed and just wanted to say congrats on the launch! xoxo

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  51. EvieDec 11, 20139:55 pm

    congratulations! so good to see. love your work anna x

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks, Evie! :)

  52. Kaamil AjmeriDec 16, 20137:56 pm

    Congratulations on the shop, I love the “wait” print! Seeing this post inspired me to put up some of my own designs, it would be great if you could check it them out :)
    http://society6.com/kaamilajmeri

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  53. DeniseApr 11, 201410:59 pm

    I want that “look at me, don’t look at me print” but I don’t see it available!

    PS – I adore your site… The way you type/talk is hilarious lol!

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