Okay, now that the cat is out of the awesome bag I get to talk about one of the most awesomest things ever. Like seriously, I think I could die a happy designer now, and I have the amazing, incredible, extraordinary Melody Miller to thank for that.

You see a few months (or more) ago she asked if I’d be up to lending a wee hand with a print she was designing for her next collection, and of course I jumped at the chance. Hell, I dropped everything else I was doing and went right at it; she is just that awesome in my book (we’re talking hero here).

She asked if I would be interested in designing a label for an old vinyl 7″, which is what I grew up on. Well, cassettes were probably the currency of the music land when I was really developing my own taste, but at that point the punk scene still lived in the land of the 7″. I had no idea how the final thing was going to look, but I sent her two designs and crossed my fingers.

Well, a couple of days ago the incredible MissLetterM sent me cuts of the two colors of the vinyl print (vinyl record reference, not vinyl fabric), along with a nice cut of the extraordinary typewriter print from Ruby Star Shining. So, here are the prints…


And lucky me, Melody included both of the labels I designed. The first is Siddhartha Runs Amok in Boston for the Weekend by The Legerdemains. Siddhartha Runs Amok in Boston for the Weekend is actually the crappy solo music project I did in my late teens after my high school bands Public Enema and Shirley MacLaine & the Transformers broke up. It was kind of Syd Barrett meets The Modern Lovers meets The Ramones. And now it has been immortalized in fabric!!!


The second is Schixoid El Camino by The Teddy Ruxpin Orchestra. The song name is a little nod to King Crimson’s 21st Century Schixoid Man, and the band is, well, just because Teddy Ruxpin is so creepily awesome. I especially love the idea of The Teddy Ruxpin Orchestra as a eerie speed-metal/death-metal band from Passaic, New Jersey.


So, thank you so much for letting me play Melody. I’m hoping once I send all of my stuff off to Market I’ll be able to sneak in a little time to make myself a Market bag in hopes that some of your awesomeness will rub off on me…


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12 Responses to Vinyl

  1. 1
    Jan says:

    This is outstanding. Congrats.

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    Sequana says:

    Well, that is just the BEST! What a young adult you were…..HA!

  3. 3
    McLisa Sipes says:

    You make me laugh so hard. SO hard. I just want to squeeze you. And for whatever reason, this very post has made me wish I lived closer so badly that I could just cry. Through laughter, of course.

  4. 4

    Thomas, that is SO utterly cool!! Such an awesome print to be a part of, congrats! The fabric geek and music geek in me are counting down the days until Market to see these pretties in person 🙂

  5. 5
    Lindsay says:

    Love these! Congrats on your collaboration.

  6. 6
    thomas says:

    Some days I am a very lucky boy indeed. Thank you Melody!!!

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    Vicky says:


  8. 8

    Awesome is right! Great job on your contribution to an AMAZING print! : )

  9. 9

    wow! Really cool, I would have had a blast too making up weird band names 🙂

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    ali says:

    I didn’t realize it said Teddy Ruxpin! That makes it even more awesome. “It’s my magical friend, it is Teddy Ruxpin”

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    amy says:

    Love! What fabulous fabric! I figured you were immortal but now you’re immortalized! I’ll look forward to acquiring some of this when it hits the stores.

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    Jennifer says:

    OH. MY. GOD. That is just about the BEST design assignment EVER!!!! This is totally and completely brilliant, I can hardly wait to get my greedy little hands on some of that fabric. This makes me long for my old vinyl collection, and the days when all my extra $ was spent on records.

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