It’s oh so quiet…shhh…shhh…

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What can I say?  It’s been some time….a lot of time…since we’ve posted anything,  Plans are made, then life happens, and plans change.  Last year was a pretty good one.  Until there was a very significant death in the family.  That put a lot of things into perspective, and….changed plans.

Bobbi Marbles has not been put on hold.  Not officially.  We still have our Etsy shop, and we have some product in our lovely local shops (The Octopus and the Fox and Haven Skate Shop, wassup ladies!).  But as far as new designs and product, we’ve taken a bit of a hiatus.  It was more natural to focus on a few other projects for the time being.  We do plan on pursuing new designs and products, we just haven’t been able to wrap our heads around anything else for now.

That being said, we have both been so very very busy (call it a grief coping mechanism…call it avoidance…or call it growing up *barf*).  We’ve been working very hard, and trying new things.  One of these biggest “things” has been Karl’s new work for Stranger Factory‘s three person May exhibition, “UNWOUND“!  Karl is making his largest body of work, to date, for this show.  The last post here, on this site, was from his participation in last July’s SF x CCM exhibition.  We didn’t think we could be more excited for his artwork being in an exhibition, but here we are.  Nearly a year later, and Karl finalizing his pieces for this incredible opportunity to show with two other insanely talented artists, Joe Scarano and Scribe.

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It’s amazing what can change in such a short amount of time.  My dad, Martin Garley, the wonderful man we lost last year, was always so proud of Karl and his artwork.  He always teased and said, “One day people are going to point to your paintings and say, ‘Hey look!  That’s a Deuble!'”.  He even had one of his small paintings hanging up in his kitchen.  He won’t be here to see all the hard work Karl has put into his paintings, but I can be proud enough of him, for the both of us.

I don’t know why I decided to get so personal on a blog post that at most, only a handful of people will read.  But I feel that it is all connected.  Dad dying. Not working on our Bobbi Marbles project.  Being too busy to think.  And being so excited, happy, proud, and nervous for such a great achievement.  I just wanted to share that Bobbi Marbles is not gone, she’s just cat-napping, and that if you need some creepy weird-teethed artwork in your lives for the meantime, go to Stranger Factory in May to see “UNWOUND”.  Better yet come to the opening reception on Friday, May 1st,  from 6-9pm.  We’ll give you awkward high fives!

-B

we love stranger factory.

sometime last year, k was asked to come up with a design for an exclusive stranger factory t-shirt.  he has been working with the good people at stranger factory for well over a year, printing various jobs for them, and as mentioned in this post, he was invited to participate in their annual halloween-themed art exhibition.

after coming up with several designs, the owners narrowed down their choice to the “stink eyes” design.  k printed them up, delivered them, and on january 31, they went live for sale!

hot off the press.

hot off the press.

have i mentioned this design is for stranger factory yet?

have i mentioned this design is for stranger factory yet?

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details.

k used this original sketch of his from 2012 as direct inspiration for the shirt design.

it has been so exciting for k to work with the fine folks at stranger factory, and to be included in the circus posterus collective.  if you have yet to peruse their site or visit the physical gallery + store in albuquerque, please do so IMMEDIATELY.  we visit stranger factory at least monthly, and always leave with inspiration, a smile, and more often than not, a new purchase to add to our home collection of unique art.

-b

bewitching III group art show at stranger factory.

i’m a little late on this post (what else is new?), but k and i wanted to share with everyone the exciting news that he has art hanging at the bewitching III group art exhibition, at the always fantastic stranger factory.  (if you are unfamiliar with stranger factory, it’s time you get acquainted very quickly.)

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“the skull” by karl deuble. mixed media, 8″ x 10″.  $250

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“the witch’s breath” by karl deuble. mixed media, 8″ x 10″.  $250

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“the bat dance” by karl deuble. mixed media, 10″ x 8″.  $250

stranger factory puts on an annual halloween show showcasing local, national, and internationally recognized visual artists and designers.  several months ago, k was invited to participate in this always intoxicating and delightful group show.  since the initial invitation, i have watched him wrack his brain for ideas, then sketch, draw, print, and paint his way to the five pieces he submitted to the show.  each piece is very halloween and very karl deuble.

"The Sorcere's Gaze" by Karl Deuble. Five color print on StoneHinge, 9" x 14". 1 of 10 prints. $80 framed, $40 unframed.

“the sorcere’s gaze” by karl deuble. five color print on stonehinge, 9″ x 14″. 1 of 10 prints. $80 framed, $40 unframed.

"The Fat Head" by Karl Deuble.  Three color print on StoneHinge, 11" x 11". 1 of 10 prints. $70 framed, $35 unframed.

“the fat head” by karl deuble. three color print on stonehinge, 11″ x 11″. 1 of 10 prints. $70 framed, $35 unframed.

the show reception/opening was  friday, october 11th, and it was such a fun night.  i can’t express enough how proud i was to see k’s art hanging up among many other artists we both admire and appreciate (kathie olivas, brandt peters, mike egan, allison sommers, chris ryniak, amanda spayd, etc. etc. etc.)

the show runs until october 31st, so please head on over to stranger factory at 109 carlisle blvd ne albuquerque, nm 87106, or you can view all of the artist’s works at  the exhibition page here.

-b

haven skate shop is rad.

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we are so happy to announce that we have some of our merchandise at haven skate shop!

haven skate shop features a large selection of skateboards, longboards, men’s and women’s clothing, and accessories.  the owner, emelia,  is as cool and nice as can be, so head over, check out her super cool store, and shop shop shop! haven skate shop is located at 114 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106.

-b + k

a quick update for a monday evening.

look at us, being all organized and productive with our neatly folded shirts.

look at us, being all organized and productive with our neatly folded shirts.

once again, i just wanted to give a quick update on what’s up on the bm front. (i hope you can get used to me using “bm” instead of “bobbi marbles”.  it makes me laugh.)  the spring octofair was a great success!  it seems to get bigger and better every time, and this was definitely the best yet.  i’ll admit, i didn’t know what to expect with the slight location change and the fact that the octofair would be held on mother’s day,  but we were busy, busy, busy all day!  we got to talk to a lot of cool people, and when we had time, we were able to check out all the other amazing vendors.  in fact, i bought a gorgeous hand bound journal from shamuball, plus some heart-shaped turquoise earrings from chebeth. if you get a chance, check these ladies’ etsy stores out; they were so friendly, and their merchandise is as cool as can be.

 with the spring octofair behind us, k and i are focusing our efforts on ACE.  yes, ladies and gents, it is official; we will have a table set up at this year’s artist’s alley at the albuquerque comic expo from friday june, 21 – sunday june, 23!  i can’t even tell you how excited (and somewhat nervous?) i am that bobbi marbles will be participating at ace.  

 in the very short five weeks leading up to june 21st, we are going to be designing, printing, sewing, tagging, and basically just preparing for the expo as much as possible.  as touched upon briefly in our last post , k and i are constantly taking in all kinds of inspiration, which produce an abundance of ideas.  but we don’t always turn that inspiration and those ideas into a concrete object.  so these next five weeks are about focused work and dedication.  don’t get me wrong, we haven’t been totally lame about production lately.  we have a new shirt design that k has printed onto adult sized shirts, as well as on children’s sized shirts.  but that’s for another post. check out our facebook  and instagram feeds for more regularly updated bobbi marbles news and merchandise.

 ok!  so that “quick update” wasn’t exactly as brief as i had intended (sorry), but i think you can live with it, yeah?  thanks.  :)

 -b

one year later.

this time of year brings about chilly weather, twinkling lights, plus the scent of warm sugar and cinnamon wafting through the air.  while fall is our favorite, winter and the holiday season is a close second.

this time of year also brings about a milestone for us at bobbi marbles.  last week we participated in the 49th annual asunm craft fair, which means it has been one year since we started selling our shirts and prints publicly at the 48th fair.  it feels good to hit this milestone, and passing the one year mark also seems to invigorate us.  we’ve had so many ideas this year, and only completed a fraction of them.  so, in this next year, we want to accomplish twice as much as we did in the first.  that means more of a variety of product, more craft fairs, more of an internet presence, and all in all just more productivity.

k and i have been best friends since high school, and in february we will have been officially together for a decade.  that’s more than a third of our lives spent with each other.  in all that time, k has been making art and music, while i have been organizing and keeping track of all the “official” and boring stuff.  we work well together.  in this next year we want to work even harder at getting this little ol’ printing business off the ground.

happy holidays!

-b

teenage b + k, new years eve 2002.

teenage b + k, new years eve 2002.

the shop is rad.

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nikki zabicki’s shop is finally here!  we are happy to share that we have t-shirts, prints, postcards, and even some of k’s paintings hanging in the shop.  it is located at 915 4th Street NW Albuquerque, NM  87102.

the shop has officially been open for a week, and it is full of amazing locally handmade products.  you may know nikki zabicki from her dope-ass belt buckles and paintings.  the shop is one of a kind, just like nikki, and it’s great!  you can check out nikki’s facebook page for any upcoming news on the shop.

-k + b

the octopus and the fox is rad.

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we’ve got some exciting news to share with all of you!  we just recently started selling ALL of our t-shirts over at the octopus and the fox at 514 Central Avenue SE Albuquerque, NM 87102.

the octopus and the fox is an awesome shop that sells locally handmade fashion, gifts, art, and more.  please head on over there and check the store out because even if you don’t buy bobbi marbles swag, you’re sure to find something super rad to take home with you.

-k + b

it’s about time…

we broke out the tiny, cat-sized champagne + straw to celebrate.

why, hello there!  yes, yes, it has been a long time since there has been any activity on this site.  but i was determined not to post anything until we had our etsy shop open.  silly me, i thought it would motivate us to getting it set up sooner rather than later.  all it did was make bobbi marbles seemingly disappear from the interwebs…

well, bobbi marbles is alive and well. she’s just rolling out of a lazy slumber.

the wonderful news is we officially opened our etsy shop yesterday!  you can find the shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/bobbimarbles.  there, we have five of our shirts and two art prints.  the shirts are either $20 or $25, and the prints are going for $40.  please remember, each design was hand drawn by the artist behind bobbi marbles, karl d.  he prints each shirt/print with lots of love, and lots of skill.

so please stop on by the shop, check it out, and let us know what you think.  and as always, please feel free to leave a comments and questions.

-b

easier said than done.

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(putting our product on the line for you all…..ahh, puns.  gotta love ’em.)

today is leap day 2012.  really it’s just any other day, but I like to think of it as an opportunity.  an “extra” 24 hours to do whatever you like.  honestly, we all know that it’s just like any other day, and we really ought to live every day as an opportunity.  alas, in our previous post we noted that we tend to procrastinate a bit.  thus, why i am taking the last day of february, a leap day, to update anyone who’s interested on what we have been up to.  so here it goes:

we’ve been taking in lots of inspiration and thinking a lot about what direction we’re going in next?

yes, not much has been going on in the bm front.  but we do have some new pictures of our t-shirts on our facebook page!  that’s exciting, nuh?

while the last post was about getting started, i guess my mindset today is staying started.  in other words, continue to make progress.

we want this blog to not just be about what we like, what our products are like and where you can get them.  while that’s all fine, we also want to give an insight into our process, or mistakes, and our struggles, as well as our triumphs (along with the occasional funny cat video, perhaps).  and right now our struggle is sort of still the same as it was when we started: looking fear of failure in the face and slapping it around.  (you hear that??  we OWN you, fear.)

step by step we’re getting further along with getting our shirts out to the masses.  so by the next post the etsy store will be up and running an we’ll have some more information for all you patient, patient friends.

happy leap day!  do something CRAZY!

-b