Category Archives: Behind the Design

January 27, 2011

The Horses of Spain

Horses have been an important part of Spain’s culture, agriculture, military, and sport for hundreds of years. However Spain’s most famous breed of horse would have to be the Andalusian.

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Engraving of Andalusian, 1743


The breed was developed in the Iberian Penninsula in the 15th century, and was originally used as war horses to carry warriors during battle. They were eventually replaced by sturdier, larger horses who could carry men in armor, and since then have become sport horses, doing anything from dressage to bull-fighting.


This Spring we celebrated Spain’s love of horses with our Caballo Graphic Tee, inspired by the cubist art movement and Picasso’s horses:


January 22, 2011

Picasso’s Horses


Here are a few of many of Picasso’s horse drawings & paintings.  There are many great Picasso horse drawings from 1936 & 1937 when he was doing studies for Guernica. The bottom right piece Tete de Cheva was actually stolen from a Swiss museum in 2008. Picasso seems to be very popular with art stealing criminal crowd. Darn Peirce Brosnan –  making stealing artwork seem so appealing (if you’ve ever seen The Thomas Crown Affair).


Tea’s Caballo Graphic Tee and Picasso’s Horse Study V

The Online Picasso Project is a great place to explore some of Picasso’s lesser known works and see many of his studies.

p.s. one last great horse drawing that I can only find here.

January 19, 2011

Cubism and Guitars


Cubist paintings by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Jaun Gris.

Guitars and violins were a popular subject for cubist painters – so popular, that it made it very difficult to choose which paintings to post.

all images from:  Olga’s Gallery and


Tea’s Guitarra Graphic Tee and Georges Braque’s The Bottle of Mark

What is Cubism?


Cubism is modern art movement where artists represent the “total experience’ by showing multiple views simultaneously on the same canvas.  Objects are broken down, analyzed and reassembled.  Distinct characteristics of cubism include fragmented, geometric shapes, lack of depth, and multple viewpoints. Cubism revolutionized modern art and paved the way for many modern art movements.


Analytical Cubism (above): monochromatic muted color, overlapping planes, no distinct edges


Synthetic Cubism (above): collages, physical materials, more color, assemblage

Time Period: 1907-1921

Founders: Pablo Picasso and George Braque

Other Important Artists: Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, Roger de la Fresnaye

Media: Sculpture and Painting

Influences: Paul Cezanne, Pointillism, African Art and Masks

images:  Olga’s Gallery

January 13, 2011

We Love Scribbling!!!

Have you scribbled lately? Free your creative self! There is no right or wrong way to scribble – enjoy just making the marks.


We embraced the joy of scribbling with these two great prints: Scribble Print Hoodie and Scribble Dot Top.