Q&A with 2017 Outlaw designer Mute & Gold

Hopefully you’ve seen this image around town or popping up on your social media channels. It was designed by Addie Cheges who runs her creative shop Mute & Gold. We are always excited to work with local designers and as Addie has been a longtime vendor we asked her if she was willing to take on the job. We are delighted with what she has crafted for us, which was a simple but beautiful design that captures her whimsy and personality while making Outlaws appear a little softer around the edges. She switched up the design from spring to winter to reflect the seasonal change.

Get to know a little bit more about her background and find her on TOP 5 makers for the upcoming event.

Q. How did you get started with your design business?

A. Since I was 11ish years old I’ve sold my art, whether it was small clay figurines or commissioned portraits of friends or family. After graduating from The Columbus College of Art & Design I started making and selling jewelry, illustrations and typography work under the name Mute & Gold. It was a way of supplementing my post-graduate low wage jobs while also being creative and doing something that I loved. Now it’s become a full fledged small business, which is both demanding and awesome.


-Q. Is design your fulltime gig?

A. By day, I work as a illustrator/graphic artist at a t-shirt company in Lewis Center. But by night (and on weekends), I make new products for Mute & Gold and work on freelance design projects.

-Q. What was the process like for designing the Outlaw poster?

A. I wanted to design a poster that was general enough to encompass all of the different kinds of vendors at Craftin Outlaws, but that was also visually appealing and easy to read. I started by sketching monstera leaves and inking them in pen. Then they were scanned, edited and recolored. I designed the typography to intertwine with the leaves.


-Q. What’s your most popular product?

A. Everyone gets a little angsty once in a while, so my little pink enamel conversation heart pin with a certain four letter word is a crowd favorite.


-Q. Where can people find your work?

A. My work is sold through my Etsy shop, Wholly Craft, One Six Five and at various craft shows I attend around Columbus.

Q. What are your favorite tools of the trade.

A. There are no better tools than a blank page and a cheap mechanical pencil.


-Q. What vendors are you looking forward to at Craftin’ Outlaws?

A. I’m super excited to see everyone, but specifically Wholly Craft, Alison Rose, Leigh Cox Illustration, Logan Schmitt Illustration, Under Aurora One Six Five and Olliver Candles.

Find Addie working on more sassy greeting cards and empowering typography prints to have for the upcoming holiday season and of course find her set up for our 12th annual event on November 11-12, 2017 at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. Visit us at www.craftinoutlaws.com to learn more about upcoming events and sign up to our newsletter.

Published by Megan Green

Megan Green is creative minded entrepreneur with a passion for supporting other creatives based in Columbus, Ohio. She's the Executive Director behind Midwest Craft Con and Craftin' Outlaws. She's also the founder of Stinkybomb Soap, a novelty soap business.

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