Prints: Match & Mix

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Back at the office, new business cards we had printed up arrived with cover-weight protective inserts placed between each card. That’s how precious these business cards were. Duplexed. Letter pressed. With protection. Between. Each. And. Every. Card. Even these protective inserts were nice. Thick. Smooth. Bright white. Perfect for something. And there they sat. A stack of them gleaming, beaming, waiting for action. To my mind they deserved a future beyond mere fodder for sketches, grocery lists or the recycle bin.

I taped up a grid of them into a large sheet and screen printed as I would’ve any other new thing. So yeah, that was cool. That was fun. Tricky at times. But the best part was dismantling the sheet back into a set of small cards.

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The original design was obliterated into an array of smaller originals I never intended nor would’ve conceived. Better yet, the cards could be reconfigured into a number of additional unique compositions.

I love that. Locking into one concept and then deconstructing the whole thing to reveal a totally new idea. It lets you see things in a new way. Which leads to new ideas. So further down the rabbit hole you go.

Prints: Monoprint #17, 2015

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We’re gearing up for what looks to be another stellar year for Cherokee Heights Arts Festival this Saturday in Marietta, Georgia. It should be a beautiful day—bright, sunny and cool—perfect for celebrating the creativity that abounds in our neighborhood.

Knits and Prints will have a ton of new work to share, so come out and stop by our booth. With that in mind, here’s a new monoprint fresh from the studio—eight colors on white.

Prints: Salvaged Chevron

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When Serena & Lily commissioned a custom run of “Untitled (Chevron)” a couple years back, I ended up with a few extras—misprints tossed aside in the scratch n’ dent file. There they lingered, stuck in limbo on the stack as they couldn’t be used in the official print run nor sold elsewhere. Fast forward one year when I was printing a chevron in metallic gold. On a lark, I overprinted on one of the discarded prints. The gold looked good paired with the white and orange so I printed a few more, cut them down and made them available as a set of three-color miniature prints.

One of my favorite things about screenprinting is having the chance to revisit old work with fresh eyes and potentially create something new. Sometimes the old work holds up on its own and I wonder why I dismissed it in the first place. Other times an additional layer of color is just enough to push it to the next level. This proved to be the case with Chevron 2.0.

These salvaged prints—along with many new hand-screened editioned prints and monoprints—will be available at Cherokee Heights Arts Festival in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 14.