SFS Contest submission: Shop Havoc

We’re getting really excited to share our winners, but we thought we’d drop one more from our stack of favorites. Shop Havoc’s submission for our SFS contest features geometric paintings, rorschach pillow patterns, a freakin’ horse with lightning eyes, and probably our new favorite jam. John (aka Havoc) and Laura Hendricks are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Shop Havoc.

The song used in the video, “Good at Being Bad”, was written by Havoc and has created a bit of a sensation over here at BC headquarters. Sorry, this song’s about to be stuck in your head all day.

See all of Shop Havoc’s creations at: shophavoc.com

SFS Contest submission: The Great PNW

Here’s yet another totally inspiring submission from the crew at The Great PNW. They’re all about spreading pride and appreciation for their most beloved region and do a mighty fine job showing us how they create, operate and get things done. Not only that, but they’ve certainly instilled a desire in us to trek to that green, rainy corner of the states asap!

View the full line of PNW-loving gear at: http://shop.thegreatpnw.com

SFS Contest submission: Live From The Heart Apparel

With an ethos and name we can all get behind, Live From The Heart Apparel’s submission for our SFS contest is full of inspiring words and showcases their signature hats and tees. Living from the heart isn’t just a brand name for creator and designer, Matt Tyler, it’s a way of life. Proof in point, 10% of every item sold is donated to Iris Ministries and their efforts to end sex trafficking.

Check out their products and read more about the cause they support: http://www.livefromtheheartapparel.bigcartel.com

SFS Contest submission: ADAMJK

This next submission from Adam JK, a designer and maker of short-run paper goods from Brooklyn, NY is another favorite. Adam runs an “ internet gift shop“ out of his small apartment and uses that limited space to inspire his tiny creations. Making clever trinkets with very personal themes, Adam encourages shoppers to stop for a second and smile… then wonder if he’s just crazy.

Exit through Adam’s gift shop here: http://shop.adamjk.com

SFS Contest submission: Nonesuch Garden

Setting out on a mission to “rekindle the imagination and wonder within us all”, Megan Baehr, the creator behind Nonesuch Garden, submitted this behind-the-scenes video for our SFS Contest.

View all of her whimsical and adorable creations at: http://shop.nonesuchgarden.com

Welcome Lucie Bodie

We weren’t kidding when we said we’re shaking Support Fort up a bit. We’re welcoming another new addition, Lucie Bodie, to the team. Lucie has some serious coding chops and is ready to answer any and all questions you throw her way.

A Southern girl through and through, Lucie’s spent most of her years calling New Orleans home. She had a brief stint in Chicago, where she attended culinary school and worked her magic in a few restaurants around the city. Her passion shifted from cooking to wine and she spent years cultivating her knowledge before delving head-first into the world of freelance web design. What better way to blend those two world’s than designing sites for a few of her favorite Chefs ( Falkner, Freitag). She’s still a foodie and wine enthusiast at heart, but now you can find her casually enjoying the two at home with her family in North Carolina.

Lucky for you (and us), she’s bringing her hard-working spirit and technical knowledge to our team and we know she’s going to be a great asset to our already stellar Support Fort. Welcome, Lucie!

SFS Contest submission: Chapz

The SFS contest showed us just how clever you can be when it comes to documenting and promoting your hard work. We’ll be showcasing our favorites over the next 2 weeks, leading up to the announcement of the winners on Feb. 24th. We’ll kick things off here with this amazing effort from the fellas at Chapz Clobber, contender for the submission with the best name.

Shop the full line of handmade bucket hats at: chapzclobber.bigcartel.com

Vanessa starts a social experiment

For her Employee Art Grant, our trusty office manager, Vanessa decided to embark on a social experiment, by leaving letters for strangers and asking them to respond in some way, either by answering questions included in the envelope or sending along whatever they’d like. So far, she’s distributed letters in Utah, Kansas, New York and mailed letters to friends and strangers to help distribute in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, and California.

Read people’s written responses, see where letters have been left and follow along as the project unfolds here and here. And, hey, if you want to get involved, shoot her an email.

Welcome Andy Borsz

The Big Cartel family continues to grow as we’ve just added Andy Borsz to our team of developers. A studious practitioner of agile software development, we’re beyond excited to be adding his expertise to our dev team.

As a bona fide nomad, Andy grew up all over. He called Brooklyn home for eight years and just relocated to Chicago by way of Jacksonville during the Polar Vortex of 2014. An experimental music lover and musician, you can find him destroying the sound of his guitar in the duo Slasher Risk, or revamping and readying his bus conversion for international touring adventures.

Let’s all give Andy the warmest of welcomes, as we couldn’t be happier to have him joining our ranks.

Rails Girls course in Salt Lake City

On March 21st, Rails Girls is coming to SLC by way of Big Cartel with help from some of our favorite friends, Freshly Picked, and CityHome Collective. Getting more women into programming is a big deal to us - and with this free course, we take a big step to make that happen. So ladies, no matter your skill level, you can come to this fun course and leave with your own bonafide web app that YOU built - from the ground up - with your own beautiful brain.

The course is totally free, you just need a laptop and, well, you! Space is limited so apply now to be considered for Rails Girls SLC.

For full information and to apply, visit railsgirls.com/slc