Chicago I - Artist Meet-up

Am just back from a fabulous week in the gorgeous and impressive city of Chicago. While there we had an inaugural (Chicago I) meet-up with some RB artists from the the city. As always it was tremendous to get together in person with RB artists and to hear concerns, give them stuff and get suggestions. We are looking forward to hosting more such events in future. Here is a photograph of the dinner taken by “Razorberries”.

The attendees were


Plus Peter, Lauriie and myself from RB.

While we are talking about Chicago, if you are fortunate enough to be there on a summer’s day (or probably any day) visit the remarkable Millennium Park which among its many attractions contains, in my view, two of the most impressive pieces of public art of the last 50 years: Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor and Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa. Their greatness lies in a brilliance of execution, how they engage with their city and how people interact with them. Art on human scale and yet somehow transformative of this.

Finally, if you have got this far, my visit to Chicago was not all play – I was partly there to see our production facilities. So here is a picture of stickers coming off the line.


  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 2 years ago

    I’ve never been to Chicago, but I have seen photos of the Cloud Gate sculpture and wondered where it was… Now I know!
    Great to see lots of smiling faces, and cool stickers, and glad to hear you had fun!!

  • AtomicRocket
    AtomicRocketabout 2 years ago

    I can’t thank you enough for hosting this meetup! It was a real pleasure meeting all of you!!!

  • nickv47
    nickv47about 2 years ago

    It was great meeting all of you!

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 2 years ago

    Don’t know any of you but I am completely jealous! LOL I LOVE Chicago! Looks like awesome fun and super photos you shared! XOXOXOXOXO

    CORA D. MITCHELLabout 2 years ago

    Thank you and just way awesome. I am still smiling from the networking and of course, the lovely dinner.
    Great to meet you all and thanks again. This photo is fabulous.

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 2 years ago

    very cool!! Chicago looks very nice (and I love that you crammed in a small work-related photo)

  • Tanya Pshenychny
    Tanya Pshenychnyabout 2 years ago

    Had no idea there is a RedBubble production facility in Chicago, awesome! Cloud Gate, yes, I love that thing! I go there all the time and even blogged about its brilliance once. It’s true how well it engages the people and the city skyline, just as Anish Kapoor intended it. Did you see how Crown Fountain lights up at night? I love that both pieces of art are like playgrounds for both kids and adults.

    It was so fun meeting and learning about all of you, my brain is still doing the happy dance :) Thanks again, Martin!

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    How exciting! I’ve only met one other member face to face before, and that was almost one year after meeting him on RB! It really does change things when you meet face to face and it is very interesting. Looks like you had a lovely time in Chicago!

  • amak
    amakabout 2 years ago

    There are quite more Chicago artists located here on RedBubble (myself included). And this looks like an interesting event. Perhaps next time you invite everybody? :-)

  • Agree another event and very open will be the way to go.

    – Pilgrim

  • Donna Huntriss
    Donna Huntrissabout 2 years ago

    How cool is that! I love a great Red Bubble Rumble (Meet up) and a rare chance to see the products coming off the printer! You look like you all had a good time meeting in person.

  • Yes it was great. And it is always fascinating to see the printing happening.

    – Pilgrim