Halloween is coming!

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Halloween is coming!

Spires loves Halloween.

 
Don't let me loose in the Halloween Store.


Don't let me loose in the Halloween Store.

Call me crazy, but it's most certainly my favorite holiday. Over the years I've made several illustrations and abstract related to the spooky, cheeky, scary and fun. 


After a trip to Salem last year and taking way too many photos in a graveyard, I figured it would be fun to create a video of Halloween visuals using mobile. Then I figured that a video without a spooky Halloween track is lame, so I included one of my own compositions.


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New designs at Threadless!

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New designs at Threadless!

YLMYST TYME & BRYKYNG BRYKYN just launched at spires.threadless.com

The site provided by Threadless is one of the best available amongst PODs.

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The Diamond Exchange : 1

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The Diamond Exchange : 1

THE DIAMOND EXCHANGE IS BORN

The Diamond Exchange airs on WEMF Radio out of Cambridge, MA. Comprised of several hosts, specializing in a variety of fields from art, music, writing, entertainment, ect., we look to explore those and be able to provide a new and exciting way to learn about the world around you. Special Guests each week!

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#Gratitude

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#Gratitude

#Gratitude

Spires has been my artist name for over 10 years, but I've pursued it actively for just about 3 years now. In that time, I've enjoyed the honor of being included by many major retailers. This recognition is more than I could have imagined just a few years ago, when I was working for Staples as a Copy and Print Center Lead. 

At Staples, I learned many of the skills that I needed to be an independent entrepreneur, and I am forever grateful for that opportunity. Now, the situation has been reversed, and Staples works for Spires. I can hardly believe my life.

Americanflat, a wonderful distributor has been so important in making these strides. I love you Americanflat!

Thanks so much to all the customers, vendors, patrons and supporters who make Spires possible every day. #livecolor

Random Spires Art

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New Blik Wall Tiles Available Today!

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New Blik Wall Tiles Available Today!

BOOM // THIS IS FUN

I'm ridiculously (perhaps criminally), excited for this new set of designs as Pattern Wall Tiles by Blik. About 2 years ago, a first set of 5 were introduced. Those did not repeat seamlessly like this new set. Now, you may buy a design that repeats, or has hard breaks for even better versatility, according to your preferences.

Check out the full Spires collection at Blik.  //  Blik's Blog Announcement

Love these? Please #livecolor and share!

From Blik's product page: Pattern Wall Tiles bring bursts of pattern into standard home and office spaces in a whole new way. With Pattern Wall Tiles, you can create an accent over a bed, on an interior door or frame a small section of a wall. The tiles are self-adhesive and can be repositioned and moved easily. They are completely customizable and can be cut, crafted, and arranged in a number of ways. Rotate them, combine patterns and use on any smooth flat surface. 

These self-adhesive fabric wall tiles are eco-friendly, non-toxic and free of both PVC and phthalates.

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The Year in Popsicles

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The Year in Popsicles

PERFECT FOR THE SEASONS,SPIRES HAS DESIGNED ONE PIECE THAT CAN BE BROKEN INTO A SERIES OF 4 GEOMETRIC HYBRID LANDSCAPE ILLUSTRATIONS FEATURING A DOMINANT FLAT COLOR AND FLAVOR OF POPSICLE. READ MORE

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Spires invited to Trio

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Spires invited to Trio

TRY TRIO

Spires has been invited to Trio, an app that makes it easy to make and distribute videos across social media. Trio's familiar format takes much of the work out of sharing the same content on Trio and a range of other social networks. A great selection of music is available to use on your videos, and the app accepts gifs.

Mynt is the hot Spires design this summer, so we made this video to test Trio in Replay app, and shared to Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and this blog all from within Trio.

Thanks to instagram user @minnalanttu for supporting Spires by sharing Mynt as leggings, available through Society6! 

Got my #comfy #leggings from #Society6 😊😍 #mynt by @Spires1776

A photo posted by Minna Lantto (@minnalanttu) on

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On the couch with Spires - Caseable

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On the couch with Spires - Caseable

I'm happy to be chosen as caseable's Artist of the Month feature for May!

I dug in and answered some thoughtful questions at length about Spires. We cover a range of topics form mobile art, design approaches, what my art means, how I title my designs, and maybe some interesting facts about Spires. The interview was edited, and so I’m including the entirety of my responses here. READ MORE

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Kilburn Mill Studios

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Kilburn Mill Studios

the Kilburn Mill Studios contains Spires' print studio, in the south end of New Bedford, MA. 

My studio has occupied 2 different spaces in the building, and has gone through several different interior layouts. I work with Epson 9900, Riso MZ-790, various binding machines, laminators, rotary and board cutters. I have a bedroom and living room set in my studio which allows for product shots and necessary relaxation.


Kilburn Gaslight Mark

Designed in the old gaslight style to pay tribute to the mills' historic past, the mark was also used to advertise the mill's various tenants for an AHA night, a New Bedford art tradition held on Thursdays .

The shirts were screenprinted by B4 printing based in Fairhaven, MA, and can be purchased here.

The toned and stylized version can be purchased through Society6.


kylbyrn by th'syy

A surrealistic digital piece inspired by the mill. A piece of mobile art, it started as a photo that I took of the mill in Snapchat of all places.

It took about 8 different apps to get the elements in place, make the color perfect, and create mood with the correct toning and texture.



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PLEADING: MIDI SKETCH VISUALIZATION

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PLEADING: MIDI SKETCH VISUALIZATION

VINTAGE and OBSCURE MIDI LOVE

I dabbled in music, and used an old program called midigraphy on Mac OS9 to input notes with a mouse. When you see how complex the music is, you'll see why that matters.

In college, I would spend many days working in the computer lab, writing music. This stuff was written perhaps 14 or more years ago, having just sat in my various computers during that time.  Astro Logic is my friend Kris Uzzell, and our mutual interest in Chiptune sparked my love for writing music once more.

After researching, I bought the last possible Mac laptop that natively runs Mac OS9; the model I bought came running some variant of Mac OS X, and it was quite a challenge learning how to downgrade. I wrote a how to, in case anyone wants to give this a shot.

After firing up Midigraphy and after a time ultimately failing to harness the wonders of my very uncertain MidiNES/Mac OS9 partnership, I revisited some old songs in their original format to see how I might integrate them into a new Chiptune/Blues/Rock/Electronic sounding project. 

A midi sketch written by James Soares for the project STARBOX featuring Spires and Astro Logic. To be recorded with musicians and partially rearranged to include LSDJ and Midines for live performance. 16-Bit sounds generated by Quicktime on a G4 laptop using midigraphy and Mac OS9, by programming each note using a mouse.

Midigraphy all day/night long

A photo posted by S P I R E S (@spires1776) on

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HOW TO: Installing Mac OS 9 on a legacy Mac

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HOW TO: Installing Mac OS 9 on a legacy Mac

Installing Mac OS 9 on a legacy Mac that's already running Mac OS X

I write music in Midigraphy - a native OS9 application; problem is, it was never ported to OSX. Even under classic mode, the audio has latency and is not a serious option for composing. The Midigraphy clone MidiSwing runs on Java (yuck), and works too differently to be useful, especially if you have thousands of hours of muscle memory using Midigraphy.

It seems Apple was pushing hard for people to forget OS9, and so it’s difficult to get this to happen. After many hours of torturous research, I was able to install Mac OS9 on a fresh Titanium Powerbook G4. I wanted to use the full capacity of the SSD I bought for this computer, and so did not want OSX installed at all.

What you need:

How to achieve this in a few simple steps:

  1. Boot the legacy Mac using the OSX install disc
  2. Using Disk Utility (look under the menus) wipe the target drive while installing Mac OS9 drivers
  3. Boot the legacy Mac in Target Disk Mode
  4. Dump the contents of the mounted general purpose build of OS9 into the legacy Mac (but NOT the mounted disc image itself)
  5. Boot legacy Mac again from the OSX install disc, and use the startup volume feature (look through the menus) to choose the OS9 build you just dumped in there
  6. Reboot while holding down the eject button to eject the OSX install disc
  7. Rejoice and enjoy OS9 without any trace of OSX eating up your precious disk space

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MIKE MARTELLI,  ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER

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MIKE MARTELLI, ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER

A small branding set developed for Mike Martelli who then said: 

 "I was at a gallery exhibition and everyone's cards were laid out on the table. Mine stood out so much more than the rest. I received numerous compliments on the cards, and they helped me network among the many artists and photographers exhibiting that night."

Which was a really nice thing to say. Cards were printed on Moab Entrada Brilliant White 300GSM  using my 8 color Canon Pro 9000 Mark II ...and they are fantastic.  Photo of Grand Central Station by Mike Martelli.

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