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: Peering Forward, Flashing Back

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I’m looking forward to a new year of new work. The ideas keep pouring out and I can’t wait to get back out to the workshop and begin again. While I wait out the frosty winter months and fight off cabin fever by sketching (and by a few brisk hikes), the down time will offer some time to reflect, catalog and post 2016 work, clean out the studio and perhaps tweak the process a bit. All is not lost.

In the meantime, here’s a peek at our last holiday greeting. This was meant to be a three-color print but ballooned out to five or six color variations once we got into it. Some things don’t turn out the way you expect and it was too much fun trying out some different color combinations on the fly.

Here’s to fresh starts, new chapters, leaves turned and the glorious blank white page that awaits.

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Prints: Untitled

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This one came from a quick pencil sketch and a nixed first draft for another job. Blown up, singled out and further finessed, the art fixed up quite nicely in warm earth tones. There’s something simple and satisfying about the symmetry in this one. And it’s signed and dated on the back so you’re free to hang whichever way you choose.

Available now via the shop in an edition of five.

Prints: Severance Package

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Earlier this season, I found some leftover misprints from my Untitled (Corporate Identity) piece just sort of hanging out there in the workshop. I’d stare at them and they’d glare back. They were clearly waiting for something, but I wasn’t sure just what. After some hemming, hawing and dead ends I decided to circle back around and use one of the original screens from the first edition and just let it roll.

The artwork is so dynamic with its mix of hard edges and curves, that flipping the misprints around and overprinting them made for some compelling compositions and color studies. Even more, the stencil just prints so easily and cleanly that each print comes out like butter. It wasn’t by design, but the position of stencil on screen is absolutely perfect. Printing with it has been a pleasure, never a pain.

Now I don’t ever want to overstay my welcome, so when it came time to print I had to make myself a promise: I absolutely had to destroy the screen once all of the misprints were used. So while you might see some more pieces that incorporate this artwork, know that they all came from this last session.

Bon voyage, buddy boy. You done good.