Binary Winter Press

Binary Winter Press produces screen printed apparel and hand pressed books. All the designs are the original work of Cody Vrosh and Sheatiel Sarao and are handmade in their eco-friendly and vegan workshop.  They're at Comic-Con this week, and you can find them at the Alternative Press Expo October 16-17, 2010.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Cody.
I always made art, couldn't help it.  I got into stenciling when I was teenager, mostly street graffiti which then turned to clothes, making shirts for bands I was in.  A friend gave me a beat up speedball screenprinting kit and after much experimenting I discovered how versatile it is.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Cut wood.  To build the screens used in the printing and also for my own art.

I also really like laying on hard wood floors.  It's zen.

Draw.  Dance.  Get my hands stained with pretty colors.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Staying focused.  There are many facets to what we do with art, apparel, books, etc. so it's hard to stay on track.  Not to mention balancing creative time with administrative duties.  You have to make sure you put time aside to create, despite the time consuming businessy-ness.  Besides, who wants to work on a spreadsheet when you could be drawing, right? 

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

Artist.  I knew.  There's only so many times a teacher can scold you for drawing in class before you realize what you need to be doing.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Probably the Nevermore Hoodie.  That things sweet.

Otherwise I think both of our favorites is the Little Red, I thought I'd be the only boy who'd want to wear a fairy tale but apparently there's plenty.

What other artists out there do you love?
Emonic and UglyGerbil for sure

There are far too many artists to mention but Sam Weber, Barron Storey, Mike Mignola and James Jean definitely come to mind.

...and have you heard Emily Wells' music?  It's blowing my mind lately.

What does your future hold?
I see...banana and agave nectar sammich in the near future.

After we get a few new summer shirt designs finished, we want to push wholesale a little more.  Get up in a more shops and boutiques.  I'm finding I really enjoy the relationships forged with shop owners, it's great meeting people with excellent taste.  I think a new illustrated book is in order.  Personally I want to make myself more available for freelance work as well.

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