Art-A-Whirl 2014
Fri–Sun, May 16–18

Blood. Sweat. Tears. Design. Printing. Dreams.

Art-A-Whirl is an annual demonstration of the heart poured into a community by local creatives; creatives that believe in the power of art and design to promote social and economic growth, celebrate and reflect the community, and create connections between individuals, businesses, and artists. Through creative interpretation, problem solving, and risk taking, we are makers of dreams. Both ours and yours.

If you believe in hard work, ingenuity, authenticity, and the persistence of pursuing dreams, join us at Art-A-Whirl.

With a plethora of stories to be told, show your support for your neighbors and learn how their goods and services came to be. Support their endeavors and commission them to help support yours.

“Multiple studies have shown that each dollar spent at local, independent businesses on average generates at least three times more direct local economic benefit as a dollar spent at absentee-owned formula businesses.”
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SPECIAL ART-A-WHIRL EVENTS AT ANGEL BOMB

Print Your Own Letterpressed Stationery

Stop into Angel Bomb with family or friends and flex those muscles while you pull your own letterpressed monogrammed notecards on our vintage Vandercook press. While you’re in, browse local, handmade artwork, award-winning design and letterpressed goods.

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Letterpress Demonstrations

We'll be demonstrating the old-fashioned way of printing on one of our Heidelberg Windmills. Come see this beautiful press in action and take home a freshly printed souvenir.

LK Hanson Visiting Artist

Saturday, May 17 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Come see Minneapolis favorite, LK Hanson at Angel Bomb on Saturday May 17th. LK will be selling a collection of letterpress prints individually and in full sets of 6 that come in a beautifully embossed portfolio. Visit with the artist and find out what makes him tick.

Posted on May 5, 2014 .

American Manifesto Update

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Since we've released American Manifesto, time has flown by and we've been bombarded with an overwhelmingly positive response. We'd like to extend a wholehearted thank you to everyone involved. It's been such an amazing experience to see the conversations that have spurred as a result of people either purchasing or interacting with the book.

The launch party was hosted in conjunction with an AIGA Minnesota Cocktails with Creatives event with around 100 guests. Shortly after, Todd was invited to discuss American Manifesto during the morning show on local radio station, AM 950. You can listen to the segment below. We've been sending out copies to politicians and public figures while continuing to seek out opportunities for new press coverage to continue the dispersal of his message encouraging social change. The end goal is for the Manifesto to serve as both a starting point and fuel to a larger conversation that needs to happen regarding current American policies.

At the launch party, book sales were high and there were fantastic, engaging conversations among guests regarding both the content and the design and production of the book. Following the radio spot, we also had a wave of inquiries and sales. The book is drawing attention from the creative community as well as the general progressive public. 

If you'd like to view the book in more detail, we have posted the book under our design portfolio, which you can check out here. We still have copies of American Manifesto for sale, which you can purchase in person during our studio hours or you can buy it online!

American Manifesto Launch

Now we’ve done it. Todd’s pissed and is doing something about it.

Angel Bomb proudly announces the launch of American Manifesto, Todd Thyberg’s second publication made possible through a 2013 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Nearly 250 years after the distribution of Thomas Paine’s history-altering pamphlet, Common Sense, we release American Manifesto. With a tip of the hat to printers and activists of the past, this pamphlet calls the United States citizens to action on a number of current national concerns. Our country’s health, leadership, and environment, to name a few, are on a rather sharp decline and we the people must do our part or be held accountable.

Join us on March 6 from 6-9pm 
for a launch party in conjunction with 
AIGA Minnesota’s Cocktails with Creatives

Minnesota Center for Book Arts 
Located in the Open Book Building
1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis

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Come discuss, celebrate and enjoy this handcrafted, vintage letterpress printed work of art complete with modern design and illustration straight from the Angel Bomb studio.

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The 12-page pamphlet, American Manifesto, was printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White and bound in Cordenons So…Wool Red Tartan. Typefaces used were Solano, Gotham, and Kaine. This 3-color book was letterpressed on a Heidelberg 10×15 Windmill at Angel Bomb in Minneapolis, MN. 

“If America really is the best country on earth…why do so many of our people go hungry? Why do our leaders consistently work for corporate interests rather than individuals’ rights? How can our leaders, the media, and we the public still be ignorant to the factual reality of climate change? Why can someone go to prison for a minor drug offense while the people who brought our economy to its knees still receive bonuses? Why are we still taking off our shoes to fly? How can 2/3 of America’s population be overweight when people here and around the world are going hungry? How is it acceptable to make fuel from food? Why don’t we Americans question policies?”

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Angel Bomb is now accepting pre-orders.

In the spirit of the pamphlet, we would like the information in American Manifesto to be easily accessible to all. Pre-order your copies for only $25 by emailing info@angelbomb.com or pick ‘em up at the launch party on March 6th.

Todd Thyberg is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Posted on February 12, 2014 .

Fruition Chocolate Packaging

Fruition Chocolate is a fantastic handmade bean to bar chocolate company out of New York. When they reached out to us to print their beautiful new packaging, we were super excited. This was a really complicated project for us, that helped us stretch our skills and utilize quite a few of our many capabilities. We printed three different packages for them. Two of them utilized six inks each, and the third was a white foil stamp into a colored stock. After our lengthy printing process, we used a custom die and die-cut each of the packages. This gave their already beautiful package a unique finish.

Posted on December 9, 2013 .

Russian Rock Tsars

A few weeks back, we were approached by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) to design their holiday party invitations! This year, it is being held at the Museum of Russian Art with the theme of Rock Tsars. Since we always appreciate the clever pun here at Angel Bomb, we knew this project was a match made in heaven. Inspired by traditional Russian architecture, specifically the Red Square, we created a bold graphic invite suite complete with commemorative coasters. With their party coming up soon, we hope they have enough vodka for the masses of YPO members sure to flock to this gathering with beautiful invites like these.

Posted on December 5, 2013 .