Spring Bada Bing is just around the corner! We are so excited for this year’s show. We believe it will be one of our best yet! We have incredibly talented makers taking part in Spring Bada Bing and we wanted our customers to have the opportunity to get to know them a little bit better, so we will be highlighting several of them between now and the big day. Check back daily!
Richmond Craft Mafia’s Spring Bada Bing – at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
April 21st 11am-6pm
Meet Becki Hollen + Chris Bencivenga from Everyday Balloons Print Shop
How did you get started making your products?
We wanted to work collaboratively on a project. We both have printmaking backgrounds, so we combined our two drawing styles and everyday balloons was the result!
Tell us about your process.
Since our process is collaborative, we spend a lot of time bouncing ideas off of each other. Once the drawing is finalized. We decide on the colors and then cut ruby lith to create the different color layers. Then we screen print everything one color at a time.
Do you have any new products debuting this Spring?
We’ll be debuting two new types of cards – bookmark and mini cards – along with a few new can coolies and prints.
Do you have any long term goals for your business?
In the not too distant future, we hope to add a residency/workshop component to our shop so that people will be able to come and stay for a few days, relax in a rural setting, and make some prints!
What do you watch or listen to while you are working?
Podcasts! Current favorites are Reply All, My Favorite Murder, How I Built This, and Every Little Thing
How much time do you typically spend making each product
From concept to completion, a single thing can take weeks to finalize and complete printing, but because of the reproductive quality of screen printing, once it’s ready to go, we’re able to print many at a time.
How do you spend your downtime?
Reading, cooking, and spending time outside!
Do you have any pets?
3 cats (Sophie, Mary Jane, and Stripe-a-ling-ling) + 12 chickens (They don’t have names because they are hard to tell apart.)