Meet the Art-A-Whirl artist: MPLS/STP Clothing Co.
For the past couple years, the folks at MPLS/STP Clothing Co. have been sharing their Minnesota love through T-shirts celebrating all things about our fair state, including hot-dish dinners, Ricky Rubio, and Paul Bunyan and his blue ox. They'll be at Art-A-Whirl this weekend to help clothe people with state pride.
Your name: Katie Olson and Clint McMahon, MPLS/STP Clothing Co.
Where we can find your this weekend: Outside the Q.arma Building at 1224 Quincy Street Northeast.
Years spent in your current space: 2
Meet the Art-A-Whirl Artist: Danny Saathoff
We design and create T-shirts about Minnesota based on our experiences. One dollar of every sale is donated to a nonprofit in the community. The shirts are made in the U.S.: We use American Apparel T-shirts, the original artwork is designed by local artists, and our shirts are printed in St. Paul.
Name three things that influence your work right now:
Minneapolis and St. Paul, people in the community, and personal experiences.
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:
Creative community, other start-up businesses, and Urban Bean.
What was your last big project?
Our spring line of shirts: Don't call them Twinkies, MPLS/STP, and Minnesotan.
What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?
We have plans for a pop-up shop, and will be expanding our product line.
It's been fun to watch both St. Paul and Minneapolis change at such a rapid pace, from public transportation expansions, to new restaurants and bars, to awesome boutiques. It's a really fun time to live in Minneapolis.
In an alternate universe, you're invited to help create the Minnesota quarter. What image would you chose to put on it, and why?
A hotdish (no explanation needed).
The Minnesota motto is "L'Étoile du Nord," but what's your motto as a Minnesotan?
Stay warm, be nice.
Finally, are you doing anything special for Art-A-Whirl you'd like our readers to know about?
We're debuting a few new T-shirt designs and koozies. We'll also be running a $15 T-shirt sale on some of our older designs.
IF YOU GO:
Various locations in northeast Minneapolis
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
For more info, visit nemaa.org/art-a-whirl