This week: First up, Sonnenzimmer! Duncan talks to Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi about the poster scene, the business of art and design and more! Then What’s the T’s Dana B. makes her podcast debut in an interview with Sarah Weber, whose solo exhibition at Rena Sternberg Gallery is open through December 28th.

SARAH WEBER (b. 1988) is an artist currently working in Chicago. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in 2011 and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Her work has recently been exhibited in Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Lloyd Dobler Gallery (Chicago), and Galerie Nord (Berlin). Sarah was the recipient of The Ox-Bow Scholarship, funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her first solo show at Rena Sternberg Gallery (Glencoe) will run through January 2014.

Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Merging backgrounds in typography, printmaking, graphic design and fine art, we create hand-crafted posters, books, and music packaging for a wide array of clients. Most of our projects are screen printed in-house. We are always up for the challenge of creating unique visuals for projects. If you are interested in working with us, don’t hesitate to contact us. To read about our process, check our FAQ page.

We’ve had somewhat of an elastic existence in our 7 year history. Beginning as a shared painting studio, equipped with industrial screen printing equipment, the venture quickly morphed into a design and print studio specializing in hand-crafted prints and design for some of the city’s most recognized cultural institutions. As image making is becoming more and more present in commerce and enjoying a true revival in print making and painting, we hope our mixture of fine and applied art will be looked at as complimentary assets. That people understand they are not mutually exclusive. We are interested in idiosyncratic imagery. This is explored through many lenses of an ongoing practice – may it be of collaborative, experimental, or commercial nature.

Christopher Hudgens