Our Flyer for July’s Kulture Kegger….you know that shoot was fun
One of the most awesome parts about being in Sacramento is the amount of diversity and the close-knit community of creatives and doers. If you want to get something done, it is easy to get on the phone or ask your close friends, and chances are you’re about 2-3 degrees away from anyone you need to get ahold of. Since we have such a great space, we wanted to make Exhibit S a gathering place for creatives of all types: Artists, designers, chefs, politicos, entrepreneurs, policy advocates and essentially anyone who contributes to the culture of our city. We decided to start a monthly event that could provide a fun place to convene everyone and theme them to highlight interesting things going on around the city. These events, called Kulture Keggers, provide free beer donated by local breweries for interested community members to mingle and talk and hopefully begin and/or deepen collaborations.
Our inaugural Kegger attracted almost 250 people and featured live poster and t-shirt printing as well as body painting. The video, provided by our in-house videographer Teddy L, is below.
Our next event will be on July 22nd and will feature a kickstarter project by our friend and collaborator Eben E. B. Burgoon and will be titled “Beer Squad”. There will be themed interactive elements, costumes and many other surprises with live t-shirt printing and a secret “black market”. Hope to see you all there!!!
Debuted at Maker Faire 2013, the new Tapigami t-shirt is available for sale now for $20!
We’re taking orders now! Extremely limited edition shirts!
After months of planning, building, art-hanging and press craziness, we have finally opened our doors to the public!!! We are super excited to finally welcome everyone into EXHIBIT S, our brand new gallery, studio collective, retail shop and event space!
The day kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by City Councilmember, and friend, Steve Hansen. Later he bought the first big piece of the night from Danny!
At Exhibit S we use red thumb prints instead of dots!
About to cut the Tape!
In Exhibit S we have four partner artists with studio space: Maren Conrad, Matt Brown, and Teddy L who bring varied but amazing talents and are some of the most open and collaborative artists we know. We also feature work from many of the up and coming creatives in and around Sacramento. It is a place where cooperation, authenticity and beauty will thrive and we’re so excited to be in a place like Downtown Plaza that welcomes every sort of Sacramentan.
The party had about 700 people attend and it was an absolute blast! Check out some of the photos below and join our facebook group to hear about upcoming events and programming! For a longer clip of the opening ceremony please click here.
It’s that time of year again!!
No sooner had the last guest left the building after our Alligator-iffic VIP party, we were breaking down TapeCity and boxing it up for our appearance at this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area! Last year was our first time presenting an installation and we won FIVE editor’s choice ribbons and received a bunch of cool press. It was also an absolute blast, so we couldn’t wait to get out there again! This year instead of being off to the side, the planners of Maker Faire decided to put as at the ENTRANCE TO THE FAIRE!!!! This means that the more than 30,000 people who come to the faire each day would almost certainly be seeing our exhibit. With that much exposure we knew that a lot more preparation would go into making sure this was a big success!
The Creative + The Planner
First we consulted with our good friends over at Unseen Heroes (the team behind our wonderful Kickstarter video) about how we could design an effective pop-up shop at the event that could handle over 60,000 people. We also hired them to come with us to the faire and record the event so we could document the whole thing (See above). After their wise consult we felt confident about our retail and workshop space being both attractive and straightforward.
Group meeting at Exhibit S
The next piece of the puzzle was assembling our group of volunteers. The year before we traveled to the Bay Area with about 15 of our closest friends who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend having no idea what they signed up for. The vibe of our crew was a highlight of the weekend, and now that we had one year under our belt we at least all knew what we were getting into. We held several meetings over a few weeks to divy up roles and get everyone on the same page about how this year would go.
SOME OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!!!
Next we needed to create a shirt image that we could screenprint so we commissioned our friend BAMR, an awesome muralist and graphic designer, to create a maker-inspired Tapigami bot.
After a couple of tweaks we were SUPER happy with the design and commenced the screenprinting process. Tre and Mat Cusick went to the screening studio with printer Matt Brown and proceeded to make all 200 shirts in two nights! An intense but still fun process. At least we got to nap in the car!
Packing was no small task!
When we arrived had to marvel at the awesome location the Maker Faire had bestowed upon us. Our exhibit was right at the entrance to the main exhibit hall. You could even see it from the parking lot!
And conveniently close to Jamba Juice!
Rather than one large set up like last year, we had to distribute our installation to accommodate all of the entrances and the main hallway where people, cars (even mechanical giraffes) had to pass through. We were able to set up all of the city and hangars over the course of a full day and Saturday morning. This year Danny made a life-size version of the Tapigami-bot which he painted red and resined. It was the focal point of this year’s exhibit.
6 ft tall!
We finished set up just in the nick of time as thousands of people were lined up outside of our exhibit, SUPER excited about Maker Faire!!!
The two day faire was a complete whirlwind of creativity, teamwork and fun. Watch the video above to get a sense of the wonder that is Maker Faire and check out some more pictures below!
Our stenciled “street art” shopping bags
Touch The Art (it bears repeating)
So many people!
So many lost hours of sleep have never been so worth it!
One of several ribbons one that weekend!
Maren and Tre working the shop
Danny and fans
Our new how-to books sold out!
Eben was an all-star all weekend
The best team money can’t buy. THANKS YOU GUYS!
After a couple months of getting the space together, it was finally time to unveil it to our nearest and dearest supporters and friends. As a thank you to our Kickstarter backers and other VIPs we recently held an awesome shindig at Exhibit S, our new studio and gallery space in Downtown Plaza.
We knew that we had to raise the bar and do something that people would remember as we’d be closing down to head to Maker Faire the next weekend and wouldn’t reopen until June. So in addition to the amazing TapeCity installation our gallery partner 359 ordered some (get ready for this) ALLIGATORS!!! About an hour before the party a van rolled up with three huge boxes with holes in it and carted them into the space. We had set up a white picket fence with fresh sod for them to hang out on, and their two trainers stood watchfully by as our visitors uneasily gawked haha.
We also had gold-leafed Buck heads, live graffiti and food and drink from Blackbird, Wicked ‘Wich, Low Brau and Ruhstaller!
A nice little anecdote about how things are coming together at Exhibit S: While I’m working the bar a person I’ve never met comes up and asks, “Who is in charge here?” I look around and say, “I guess that would be me.” He asks what the event is and I explain that it’s an art opening for a new space and he asks if he can get his camera and shoot some video. I say sure. I lose track of him after he interviews me, and we exchange information before he leaves. Imagine my surprise when I open an email the next morning and see a beautifully edited and shot video of the event!
And that is how we found Teddy L, our new resident videographer. He happened to be leaving the movies with his fiancee and passed by our place and the rest is history! The lesson here: Do awesome things and awesome people will find you. I hope things continue to develop as organically! Enjoy some of the pictures Teddy shot below!
Tre & Danny in front of our gilded bucks
We at Tapigami are lucky to have some of the most amazing friends and supporters one could hope for. Not only do they supply love, humor and sometimes kickstarter cash but they are also super useful for big art projects. In this case, turning a Hyundai dealership into an art gallery and studio space.
The first thing we did when we got the space was invite our dear friends Sofia and Hennessy from Lacin/Cristophel Mural & Design to help us concept a new space. Their suggestion was simple but elegant: Paint everything white. That sounded like a great way to reset the space and make it a blank canvas, so we got some mimosas and emailed our friends that we were having a “White Party”! So of course a bunch of them showed up and helped us paint about 2000 square feet of wall space! Below is the transformation thank you to Callista, Lin, Sofia, Keith, Clinton, Miguel, Dave and Dad for all of your help!!!
CC & Danny start the job
Clinton with that REACH!
Keith and Lin were on column duty
What a difference 28 man/woman-hours makes!
WE DID IT!!! After 33 days, 202 backers, countless media appearances and social media pushes we have ended our kickstarter with $16,058!!!! That is a full $1058 past our goal . Thank you so much to everyone who promoted, supported and funded our campaign. We are super excited to embark upon the next phase which is preparing our rewards and our glasses for market!!!
We will be updating the Kickstarter as we go through the development process and be inviting you to any events we throw between now and then!
Speaking of events, we have some exciting news!!! We just got word that we will be moving into our first ever space!!
It’s a doozy. We are going to be partnering with Sacramento Downtown Plaza to convert a recently vacated car showroom (7300 sq. ft!!!) into our own studio and exhibition space! We aren’t quite sure what we’re going to turn it into, but it’s an amazing space to display Tapigami and maybe start to build the community of artists we’ve always dreamed of!!! You can read more about this amazing turn of events here.
Thanks again for all of your support. This is turning out to be quite an incredible start to 2013, strap in for the excitement!
Tre & Danny
Hi Guys! We have an exciting announcement. Starting today you will be seeing Tapigami all over social media, tv, and hitting your inbox. Danny and I have decided to launch our first KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.
Danny and I were looking for a project that would expand our reach and help us to adopt new processes. A couple of months ago, as a gift, Danny made me a pair of glasses with Tapigami art in the lenses. Amazingly you could see through them, so I started wearing them around on errands etc. After a couple of weeks where almost everyone stopped me to admire and gawk, I thought that perhaps this could be a cool new product we could develop.
Meanwhile, our friends over at Hacker Lab couldn’t stop talking about their new 3d-printing technology, and how many different prototypes and sculpture it was able to make. After some meetings at the lab Danny and I decided that we should try to use 3d-printed frames and use our art in the lenses and create and art/tech wearable product!
Thus, HACKER GLASSES were born!
We are attempting to raise $15,000 in order to hire CAD Designers, develop prototypes, pay for all of the materials and possibly a production facility. We will need help from all of YOU, our loyal and awesome fans to make sure we can make it to the finish line successfully! The campaign ends March 9th so we only have a few weeks to make it happen! Thanks in advance for your support and talk soon!
Tre & Danny
On November 17th, Danny Scheible debuted Coming Out Party at the Annual CCAS Auction. The auction was held at the Elliott Fouts Gallery, in their beautiful new space in the heart of Midtown.
David Sobon manned the auction block with his usual flair while Michelle Satterlee, EFG’s lovely Gallery Director, used her deep expertise to share a bit about the artists’ processes and biographies. Danny’s piece went towards the end of the live-auction after works by some of our favorite Sacramento talents including Maren Conrad and Micah Crandall-Bear. Sidenote: Maren is helping us develop a new finishing process for Tapigami that will give each piece even more resilience and beauty. More on that later!
The crowd was a who’s-who of the Sacramento art scene with delicious catering from Selland’s. We had a great time and can’t wait to participate next year!
GOOD: street food + design market (Holiday Edition) from Unseen Heroes on Vimeo.
Tapigami will be designing the holiday decor for this great market and selling as a vendor. Come check out Danny’s take on a “Winter Wonderland” and pick up some amazing gifts for you and yours.
A preview of Tapigami holiday decor.