The Vintage t-shirt story…
When the fundraising group of Blue Skies volunteers were thinking of ideas, we were willing to sell the shirts off our backs! Then we realized that it would be fun to reproduce some of the earliest t-shirts, especially in light of the upcoming
You may not be surprised to find that the best collection of t-shirts is in Magoo’s astounding wardrobe collection. You may also be unsurprised to find that the original files are well… blowing in the wind? So we re-created them.
Magoo’s Blue Skies t-shirt collection barely fits on his line!
Then a thoroughly unscientific poll was done on the non-official Facebook site… and the fundraising group chose the following t-shirts. We hope you like them!
Vintage T-Shirts reprints for sale only until the 2021 festival
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Re-creation of the first Blue Skies 1982 t-shirt by David Cavaliere
Re-creation of the 1985 Blue Skies t-shirt design by Claudia Radmore
Re-creation of the first Blue Skies 1987 t-shirt by Kathleen Dorner, who graciously re-created her design! The 1987 T-shirt design was inspired by that part of Blue Skies that happens after the blue sky darkens, the campfires are lit, and the sharing of music continues long into the night. My first experience of Blue Skies was in 1982, when each camp had its own little fire. Danny and I arrived after dark, and as we wandered from fire to fire looking for friends who had set up a tent for us, we were welcomed at each campfire by total strangers who offered us hospitality and music…it was a magical experience. I realize now that the depiction of a coniferous tree is not typical of the trees at Blue Skies – call it artistic license! But I do recall taking the time back in 1987 to make sure the phase of the moon in the design would match the moon at the festival that year. We didn’t have money to spare in those days, so we were grateful when, at the end of the festival, Annie Creighton gave us a pair of leftover t-shirts for our two oldest daughters, toddlers at the time, to wear as nightgowns. We still have them! -Kathleen Dorner
The Blue Skies 1991 t-shirt by Rebecca Barclay, who graciously re-created her design! The healing, and living earth stewardship workshops at Blue Skies festival made a big impression on me the first times I visited about 40 years ago. This design was first created for the 1991 year of the festival, and an ecosphere full of mother trees, on a living planet seemed to me a good context for the T-shirt background. Then it’s about elements of community. I tried to capture the dancers, always brilliant, including the small kids who storm the front of the main stage. My lettering was inspired by my first ever album I received, and of course, what music festival doesn’t have a fiddler? For this 2021 version I have changed the hands of the small girl on the right to form a heart, to pay tribute to what we all have been going through in the past year. – Rebecca Barclay