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Local Resident makes News for DACA Protest

DACA Protest

Last week we got a next day rush order request for a custom sweatshirt, here is the message: “My mom is going to be protesting in DC on her 78th birthday on 1/17. I would like to have a sweatshirt made for her that says “I WANT A CLEAN DACA BILL FOR MY BIRTHDAY” with a picture of a birthday cake with 78 on it.”  We were able to accommodate their rush request, and this morning they followed up with us and shared an NBC Nightly News clip, view here.

A group of over 100 Jewish activists travelled to DC to participate in a pro-DACA demonstration in support of Dreamers this week. After staging a peaceful sit-in, 86 people Daca Protestwere arrested, including several residents from the Champaign area. If you’re interested in learning more about this story, here is a Fox News video, as well as a video from Bend the Arc Jewish Action.  You can read more about the story on WAND 17.

If you have a t-shirt story you’d like us to share, please contact us.

Donate Sweatshirts to Those In Need

Donate Sweatshirts to those in need

Have you heard about the Daily Bread Backpack Giveaway?  For the past 9 years, the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen has organized and accepted donations of clothing, socks, and toiletries – and fills around 800-1000 backpacks to be given away to folks in need.  Last year, we were approached to donate any warm clothing we could.  To spread awareness about this kind and generous local organization and event, we are encouraging anyone who can afford to donate towards a few sweatshirts to please do so, and we’ll match your donation.
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2018 Weiskamp Garage Sales

Mark your calendars for not one but two Epic Weiskamp Garage Sales! The first one is Saturday, September 15thth from 8-1PM. The second sale is Saturday, October 6th from 8-1PM.   We’re clearing out our warehouse and offering BRAND NEW blank and decorated garments in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Hats, basic t-shirts, dry fit tees, polos, dress shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, quarter zips, full zips, athletic wear and more!  Whether you’re looking for some misprint t-shirts to wear while gardening or looking for a great deal on some nicer items, we bet you’ll find something you like.


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LIGHTBOX – Matt Wiley

LIGHTBOX Matt Wiley

This month we welcomed Matt Wiley as our newest Lightbox artist! Walk, bike, or drive by Weiskamp at 312 S Neil St in Champaign IL to see his newest piece, on display now through April 15th.

If you’re involved in the Arts community in Champaign-Urbana, you’ve probably met Matt or have seen his art around the community.  You may have seen his Pechakucha GenderSwap!, or his beautiful windows at the CU Adventures in Time & Space.
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Pop-Up Poster Printing – Imbibe Urbana

Imbibe Urbana

Have you been to Urbana First Fridays, organized by Imbibe Urbana?  Every first Friday of each month, Imbibe Urbana hosts all kinds of fun and cool community events in and around downtown Urbana! In February we were invited to host a pop-up poster printing mini-workshop for everyone, from 5:30-8:00.  Folks got hands on and screen printed their own LOVE FOR ALL poster to take home with you.   We were set up in the Cohen Building, across the street from Bohemia at the corner of Race & Vine in downtown Urbana. We were in the same space as Lumen Events, who hosted cocktails for the evening, plus a black-out poetry craft table.


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Happy Holidays from Weiskamp!

Happy Holidays from Weiskamp

This time of the year we reflect back and appreciate the many things to be grateful for.  As a local business, one of our favorite things about Weiskamp is being able to get to know people in and around our extended community.  We wouldn’t be Weiskamp without our friendly and loyal customers – thank you so much for your business this year, you guys are truly awesome.
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Sweatshirts Donated to Daily Bread Backpack Giveaway

Daily Bread Backpack Giveaway

A big THANK YOU to everyone for their generous sweatshirt donations for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Backpack giveaway! By dollar for dollar matching all the donations, $1,440 worth of hooded sweatshirts, or 153 sweatshirts in various sizes and colors were donated the week of December 14th. We couldn’t have done it without you, thank you!!


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Prairie Fruits Farm Opens New Store

Prairie-Fruits-Farms-Opens-New-Store

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, an awesome local farm that makes their own delicious cheeses, is a favorite outdoor destination for the Champaign-Urbana community.  Visiting their farm is always an experience, where you can often taste their cheeses, see how cheese is made, and best of all, visit with their friendly goats! Their brand new store, The Real Stand, offers even more of an experience when you visit.


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USS Indianapolis Film at The Virginia Theatre

USS Indianapolis

We’ve had the great honor of printing t-shirts and providing embroidered garments for the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization for the past few years.  Local organizer and daughter of Don McCall, one of the survivors, Peggy Campo shared this description for the new documentary film screening this weekend at the Virginia Theatre. 
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Artist Edition Pygmalion Tees and Totes

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We are proud to sponsor  The Pygmalion Festival and a be a local vendor at The Made Fest for the third year in a row. What we love most about Pygmalion and The Made Fest is the expression of creativity and sense of community created by the festival. Not only does Pygmalion celebrate music, writing, food, technology, and handmade crafts as creative expression, it brings people together from within and beyond our community.  It’s definitely a treat to be involved with Pygmalion!


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Proposal T-Shirt Story

Proposal T-Shirt Story

This picture says it all! There’s always a story behind every t-shirt, and this one in particular was so sweet we just had to share it.  Jake came in asking if we could do just one custom infant t-shirt, and since we have no minimum for orders, we were glad we could help him out with his proposal t-shirt!

 


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Weiskamp Garage Sale

Mark your calendars for our Epic Weiskamp Garage Sale on Saturday, June 18th from 9AM-4PM!  We’re spring cleaning our warehouse and offering BRAND NEW blank and decorated garments in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Hats, basic t-shirts, dry fit tees, polos, dress shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, quarter zips, full zips, athletic wear and more!  Whether you’re looking for some misprint t-shirts to wear while gardening or looking for a great deal on some nicer items, we bet you’ll find something you like.


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Homer Soda Fest T-Shirts

Homer Soda Fest T-Shirts

We’re excited to be live screen printing Homer Soda Fest t-shirts this year!  Our booth will have four different t-shirt designs you can choose from, and we’ll screen print it right in front of you. If you’re curious about screen printing, we love to answer questions.  Some people like to get more hands on and give screen printing a try themselves!


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LIGHTBOX – Jenna Richards

Jenna RIchards LIGHTBOX

We’re delighted to welcome our newest LIGHTBOX artist, Jenna Leigh Richards! Jenna earned her BFA in Ceramics and Fibers from Hite Art Institute at University of Louisville in Kentucky, and currently resides and creates art here in Champaign-Urbana.  Walk or drive by our 312 S. Neil St. storefront to view Jenna Richards’ creative art installation made from knitted fabric remnants, on display March 16 – June 15, 2016. 
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It’s a Champaign Life: Business Backstage

It's a Champaign Life T-Shirt

Would you like your own It’s a Champaign Life t-shirt?  How about actually screen printing it yourself, perhaps while sipping on some delicious wine from Miga? The best part: it’s free! On Tuesday, October 20th from 6:00-7:30, we’re hosting the first of Champaign Center Partnership’s new series It’s a Champaign Life: Business Backstage that explores what goes on behind the scenes at our local businesses in our community.  Register here today, there’s only a few spots left!


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Poster Printing Workshop – Fall 2015

Poster Printing Workshop

Are you interested in learning about the craft of screen printing? Would you like to screen print your own design on a poster? Now’s your chance! On Saturday, October 24 from 10-4 PM, we are hosting a FREE Poster Printing Workshop! RSVP to email@weiskamp.com by October 22 to reserve your slot at this fun hands-on experience.
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C-U Oktoberfest

C-U Oktoberfest Baseball Shirts

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 3pm kicks off the third annual C-U Oktoberfest in downtown Champaign. Live music, dancing, local beer and delicious food are just a few of the things you’ll find at the C-U Oktoberfest this year.  And the best part?  All proceeds will benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities through the Developmental Services Center in Champaign.
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Heartland Maker Fest

Heartland Maker Fest Screen Print Poster

This awesome Haunted House illustration was designed by Thomas (ghostsandyetis on Instagram), one of our talented artists at Weiskamp.  We had the pleasure of hosting a live screen printing demo at the 4th annual Heartland Maker Fest  this fall.  Visitors to our booth had the chance to screen print this poster, then bring it home to color!


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Vet Med at Illinois Open House 2015

When was the last time you had the chance to see geckos, goats, horses, cows, snakes, bunnies, sheep, birds of prey, dogs and cats? Now’s your chance! At the Vet Med at Illinois Open House on Sunday, October 4th from 10:00-4pm you have the chance to join thousands of visitors to see awesome demos and learn about the incredible science, research, and education happening at Vet Med.

Would you like to see a cow or goat being milked? How about meeting owls, a hawk, and an American Kestrel? Or learning about taking care of reptiles, dog obedience, or service dogs? Discover all the cool things you can see here. 


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CLAW: Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling

CLAW T-shirt

It all started with a Facebook comment.  A friend of one of the founders of CLAW used to wrestle in Kalamazoo back in the nineties, and mentioned on Facebook how she was thinking of ladies wrestling again. That started the gears turning…how fun would it be to have a bunch of lady friends get together in outrageous costumes and wrestle? Turns out, SUPER FUN – for the bad-a$$ lady wrestlers, AND the audience.
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Pygmalion Festival T-Shirt Designs

Pygmalion T-Shirt

The Made Fest is one of our favorite events of the year- we love sharing our craft with the community and seeing other vendors creativity at work! For Pygmalion 2015, 8 Weiskamp artists entered an internal design contest for the limited edition t-shirt designs that we’ll be live screen printing at Pygmalion Festival, and our staff voted on our two favorites.
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CU Pride Fest 2015

CU Pride Fest T-shirts

We’re excited for the CU Pride Fest 2015, happening this Saturday, September 19! In addition to the parade at 5:00 PM in downtown Champaign,  there are educational workshops and seminars, children’s entertainment sponsored by Chambanamoms, an open-mic event by That’s What She Said, a Drag Fest, a Comedy Show, live music and more! Make sure to check out their schedule for all the events. 
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Ellnora Guitar Festival

To involve area artists in the Ellnora Guitar Festival, Krannert Center invites people of all ages to design a 4 foot flat wooden guitar to be displayed during Ellnora in Champaign-Urbana. Two of our staff artists, Niccole and Thomas, took advantage of this open call and used their artistic skills to participate in Ellnora. 
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Sophie McMahan Art on Tees and Totes

Sophie McMahan

If you’ve been in Chambana a while, chances are you’ve seen artwork, t-shirts, pins and more by Sophie McMahan around town being worn and at places like Furniture Lounge, Art Coop, and Cafeteria & Co. Her style is entirely one-of-a-kind, and it really makes a bold impression! In fact, one of our Weiskampers received 8 compliments from total strangers within one night of wearing a freshly screen-printed t-shirt with art by Sophie McMahan.  
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Your C-U Community Print Shop!

Having taken roots in Champaign-Urbana in 1982, Weiskamp Screen Printing has been involved with the C-U community for over 30 years.  We continue to engage with the community whenever possible, often hosting free poster workshops to teach students and community members about the art of screen printing. If you’re interested in bringing your organization or class for a screen printing demo to see your custom t-shirts printed in-house, contact us!


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LIGHTBOX – Melonie Mulkey

“Estranged Love” by Melonie Mulkey is the second art installation featured in our LIGHTBOX program. Melonie’s practice is based in photography and sculpture using familiar items in our daily lives.


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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival – Live Screen Printing

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

The 40th annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival 2015, is happening Friday 5-11pm & Saturday from 11am-11pm, August 28-29! Live music, art, crafts, community, delicious food… what more could we ask for in the largest free festival in Champaign County? How about custom t-shirts? Since so many people have asked where they can get the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival t-shirts the staff wears, for the very first time, Weiskamp Screen Printing has been asked to print on-site festival t-shirts for you! When was the last time you had the chance to see live screen printing?


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LIGHTBOX – Laura Wennstrom

Our very first LIGHTBOX artist, Laura Wennstrom has done a fantastic job with this beautiful window display.  Her work often incorporates discarded or forgotten items that she gives new life to in her creative works. Can you guess the key ingredient for this work of art?
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The Art of Dancing Dog Eatery

Dancing Dog Eatery T-shirts

Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery is the newest and one of only two entirely vegan restaurants in the C-U area. Whether you’re vegan or not, their menu is so creative and delicious you’ll probably forget it’s vegan. Only a food-artist can pull that off, and their chefs do a splendid job (head chef is Karen Sherwood).


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Pens to Lens: Empowering Students Creativity

pens to lens t shirt

When you were young, did you ever create fantastical story lines and engage in imaginative play? Perhaps you imagined your stories on the big screen, brought to life for others to see.  Chances are that for you, this was just a fantasy. Unless, of course, you actually became a film maker. However, K-12 students today (if they have the fortune of living in East Central Illinois) actually do have the opportunity to turn their creative inspiration into real films.

 


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