From psyche rock to punk rock, Thunderbitch documents NW women graphic designers behind the music. Receive a full-color catalog for as little as $20. Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 17, 2010.
About this project
Thunderbitch: Women Designers in Northwest Rock 1966–2010 From DIY Xerox flyers for bands you’ve never heard of to big budget rock albums that sold in the millions, women designers have shaped the visual identity of music in the Pacific Northwest since at least the late 1960s. Some never considered themselves designers, simply making Xerox posters out of necessity to promote their bands. Some are artists and illustrators synonymous with various music genres and some are career graphic designers. Thunderbitch is the first attempt to document these women artists and their work. Taking its name from a pseudonym for Catherine Weinstein, an early rock poster maker in Portland, this exhibit spans the emergence of psychedelic rock, DIY punk and new wave, grunge, riot grrl and today’s contemporary silkscreen gig poster movement from Washington and Oregon.
The Exhibit Catalog With so many previously undocumented Northwest posters, flyers, etc. in this exhibit, I want to share the full-color images, plus some of the unexpected stories gathered along the way. Like the life story of Catherine Weinstein, who raced cars in Portland in the '60s, created psychedelic posters and in 1984 was convicted of attempted manslaughter. Like Seattle's Judith Bissell, member of the Weather Underground who spent time in federal prison for two attempted bombings, and who created a precursor to feminist riot girl fanzines. And Kim Kalliber, founding member of the Piston Packin' Mammas, Seattle's all-girl, vintage car and motorcycle club, who designs rock posters and pinstripes hotrods.
Funding Tether (tetherinc.com) has generously provided graphic design support for Thunderbitch, including the exhibit catalog. Mohawk Paper (mohawkpaper.com) has donated paper to print it on. Seattle's woman-owned print shop, Girlie Press, has offered a deep discount on printing the 40 page, 7.5 x 9.75", full-color catalog. All I have to do now is cover the remaining hard costs, $4,000 for the printing. Donate $20 or more and receive a copy! Or donate more and get great stuff, including recognition in print.
See the Exhibit The exhibit runs August 5th - 28th, 2010, at Tether Design Gallery, 323 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, 98104. www.tetherdesigngallery.com
Exhibiting Designers Lynda Barry, Judith Bissell, Deborah Brown, Rachel Carns, Neko Case, Chelsea Conboy, Cindy Crangle, Shari Critchley, Louise Crowley, Katha Dalton, Dotty DeCoster, Ellen Forney, Candy Fowler, Sharon Gannon, Marianne Goldin, Chanda Helzer, Jane Higgins, Lucy Huntzinger, Barbara Ireland, Kim Kalliber, Eva Lake, Molly Neuman, Lisa Orth, Tammy Packs, Gina Papen, Cielito Pascual, Emily Pothast, Robynne Raye, Mary Rivard, Helena Rogers, Rachel da Silva, Helene Silverman, Clara Sims-Mulligan, Heidi Snellman, Dana Squires, Kim Stringfellow, Ashleigh Talbot, Jeanne Wasserman, Joanna Wecht, Catherine Weinstein (aka Hedda Goldspace, aka Thunderbitch), Alice Wheeler, Bon Von Wheelie, Allison Wolfe
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Pledge $1 or more and know that you rock!
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50 backers Limited (150 left of 200)
Help print the exhibit catalog for only $20 and I'll send you a copy! It's 40 pages, 36 in full color, documenting posters, record covers, ephemera and some great stories, too.
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Pledge $25 or more to get a copy of the catalog, plus a 7" vinyl single designed by Olympia's Rachel Carns for her band The Need on SF's OutPunk label from 1997. Only two copies available at this level! See the cover here: tiny.cc/theneedcarns
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8 backers Limited (34 left of 42)
Pledge $30 or more and get a cd from exhibit supporter SubPop records! Artists are CocoRosie, Dum Dum Girls, Grand Archives, The Ruby Suns or Sunny Day Real Estate. I'll do my best to match up requests, but it'll be first come first serve!
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2 backers Limited (9 left of 11)
This one goes to 11. Pledge $40 or more to get a copy of the catalog, plus a limited edition silkscreen poster designed by Clara Sims Mulligan for Thunderbitch! This two-color, 12.5 x 19" poster is signed by Clara & features a fabulous pink poodle. Only 11 copies available from an edition of 50. See the poster here: http://tiny.cc/pinkpoodle
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Chelsea Conboy can't stop supporting Thunderbitch. She's donated two copies of her recent silkscreen poster for Imogen Heap. Pledge at $45 or more and receive a copy of her signed poster plus an exhibit catalog. Poster is 18 x 24", 2 color screen printed on colored stock. See it here: http://tinyurl.com/24hceyq
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14 backers Limited (16 left of 30)
Pledge $50 or more and get a copy of the catalog signed by as many of the exhibiting designers as I can round up! I'll also send you exhibit catalogs from my last 3 shows: The Seattle-Havana, Seattle-Tehran, and Seattle-Moscow Poster Shows.
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7 backers Limited (43 left of 50)
Pledge $100 or more and be thanked in print in the catalog! You'll also get a copy signed by as many of the exhibiting designers as I can round up, plus catalogs from my last 3 shows: The Seattle-Havana, Seattle-Tehran, and Seattle-Moscow Poster Shows.
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1 backer All gone!
Pledge $150 or more and receive an original, signed poster from Gina Papen. The poster, seen here: http://tiny.cc/papen is from 1967 and one of the earliest in the exhibit. The poster is not in perfect condition, it was trimmed down to fit a frame, but very few copies are known to exist. You'll also be thanked in print in the catalog, get a copy signed by many of the exhibiting designers, plus catalogs from my last 3 shows: The Seattle-Havana, Seattle-Tehran, and Seattle-Moscow Poster Shows.
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Pledge $500 or more and become a sponsor of the exhibit. Let's talk.
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