Collaborate & Dream: Oven Fresh Dreams X Yema Yema

I’ve been a fan of the Oven Fresh Dreams Collaborate & Dream series for a long time now. Recently, Mr. EasyBake (the man behind the brand), unveiled the latest addition to this collection. The T-Shirt is a collaboration between OFD and Yema Yema. If you haven’t heard of Yema Yema then you definitely need to get out from under that rock and check out her stuff. Yema Yema specializes in crazy monster-ish creature-based designs that are super fun. In the OFD calloborate tee she uses this strength to turn Mr. EasyBakes passion of cooking into a work of art. Think cookies gone insane!

The artistic mind who brought this shirt to life is none other than the talented Yema. She is a mother and a full-time graphic designer/illustrator. I had the pleasure of meeting her through my network of t-shirt buddies and I am forever grateful. Yema’s style is fun and youthful, which is why we get along so well. Ever since I started baking under Oven Fresh Dreams, I have felt very “alive” and working with Yema took that feeling a notch further. The art of baking is similar to designing because it allows you to make your dreams into a delicious looking reality!

The shirt isn’t available for sale just yet, but when it does you can be sure that I’ll let you know about it. If the other tees in the OFD store are any indication, you can expect to spend about $24.99 for the tee.

By the way, I highly suggest that you check out the official Oven Fresh Dreams Tumblr. It will make you drool.

As a side note, I thought this was pretty cool. It’s printed useable parchment paper featuring step-by-step instructions on how to make a pie crust. It was created by Ashley Ross of the Pastry Training Center (Vancouver, B.C.) to promote classes. Nifty!

The Art & The Bake: OFD X Nick Automatic Design Process

I really love when brands give us a behind the scenes look at their design process and inspirations. It’s so fun to see something go from concept to finish product, and I can only imagine what it feels like to be involved in such a project. And so I was pretty stoked when our friend, Mr. Easybake himself, posted his latest blog entry. In the post, he shows off the design process that went into making his latest collaboration tee with Nick Automatic.

When it comes to designing on the other hand things are not so easy. If there’s anyone who would agree with me, it is my dear friend Nicolo Nimor. We started discussing our second collaboration together back in November and the design process was lengthy to say the least. I am the biggest sucker for a behind the scene look of designing and I am glad Nicolo let me into his creative world. There is something intimate about watching the steps an artist takes in order to bring his vision to life. -Oven Fresh Dreams

The Collaborate & Dream Series: Nicolo Nimor/Nick Automatic Part 2 is available now for sale at Oven Fresh Dreams for $24.99. If you are interested in picking one up, be sure to do so soon because a very limited amount were printed (35 made for US customers and 70 made for international customers).

Oven Fresh Dreams: Where Dreams Are Made

You remember my friend Carlos J. EasyBake, right? He not only makes wonderful baked goods, but is also the purveyor of some damn sexy T-Shirts. Carlos has really been pumping out some awesome stuff with the Oven Fresh Dreams “Collaborate & Dream” Series. Oven Fresh Dreams isn’t a clothing brand per se, but OFD does collaborate with some of the best indie designers. You just need to look at his recent collaborations with Reuben Levi of GRITS Apparel, Nick Automatic and Filipino designer Chad Manzo to see how serious OFD really is. The latest OFD shirt is called Gritty Dreams and was a collaboration between a friend that he made while living in Houston, Texas.

“Levi (GRITS designer & owner) & I have been good friends for several months now. We met through mutual friends while I living in Houston. We instantly gained respect for each other during one of my weekly dinner parties. The “Gritty Dreams” collaboration shows the connection between the New York City & Houston lifestyles. It also symbolizes the bond I made with Levi & Houston. We are both dreamers, who know how to keep it trill & you can too!” – Carlos J. Easybake

The Oven Fresh Dreams X GRITS Apparel tee, Gritty Dreams comes in two colorways. The New York Knicks colorway (top) is available at Oven Fresh Dreams for $20, while the Houston Oilers (bottom) colorway is available over at GRITS Apparel for $25.

Below are two sneak peeks at some upcoming Oven Fresh Dreams pieces. The purple Star Wars / Legend of Zelda mashup was designed by Filipino artist Chad Manzo. Below that, is the second Oven Fresh Dreams X Nick Automatic collaboration tee. I’ve got their first collab tee, and trust me when I say that I want version 2.0.

I’ll keep you guys updated and let you all know when these two go on sale. Keep an eye out! Now, go bake stuff.

The Seal of Dreams

Dreams are a funny thing. For some people, dreams tend unravel quickly. For others, dreams take some time and come true at the most surprising of moments. For Carlos J. EasyBake, Oven Fresh Dreams is a dream in progress that was born out of his passion for baking, tattoos and T-Shirts. Oven Fresh Dreams was inspired by clothing lines such as Paul Frank, Johnny Cupcakes, and Benny Gold, with the hope of intertwining the t-shirt, tattoo, and baking community.

I had the opportunity to meet up with Mr. EasyBaske on a recent visit to New York and he invited me to meet up with him at the bakery that he works at. We chatted about out common interests: T-Shirts and food! It was awesome to learn that Carlos was a foodie like myself and I had a great time picking Carlos’ brain on all things food and restaurant related in NYC. We even had a chance to stop by a few of his recommended dining spots, and of course, they were amazing experiences. The one thing that I did get from my visit with Carlos was that his passion for the things that he loves (baking, tees, family) is 100% pure.

The big dream for Carlos is to one day open his own bake shop, and fuse T-Shirt and skate culture into it. The Seal of Dreams T-Shirt is an indication that Mr. EasyBake is taking the right steps into the right direction. He has done a great job at branding Oven Fresh Dreams so far (he has over 1600 fans on Facebook) and has made connections with some amazing people within the T-Shirt community, like Nicolo Nimor of Nick Automatic, who designed one of his first collaboration tees.

“This shirt represents the dreams we carry with us every day. Oven Fresh Dreams is much more than a baking, lifestyle company. It’s a movement that embraces individuality & achieving anything we put our minds to. By wearing this shirt you’re letting everyone know you’re not afraid to take risks because you’re a dreamer!”

The Seal of Dreams is printed on a white American Apparel tee and is available now from Oven Fresh Dreams for $15.99. Go pick one up now and start to make your dreams a reality!

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