Tonight a new show opens at the Akron Art Museum called Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which will run until March. In celebration of the printmaking medium, the museum asked me to do a workshop about screen-printing, which I'm calling, simply, PULL! I'll be giving a brief presentation about the history of the medium and how it relates to the pieces in the show, and also in my work. Then I'll be giving an in-depth run-through the process, with two-print stations setup for participants to print their own 2-color poster. Below is the poster that I made for the event, and also the one that we'll be printing. It's free to the public and you get a free poster! Complete information can be found here.
The members that make up Gifts From Enola have been my friends for a long time now. Having done the artwork for their last four records, and spent weeks on the road, traveling thousands of miles, I'm sad to see them disband. They are playing their final show on Saturday, at the Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I'll be there, selling their merch one last time, along with a pair of posters I screen-printed to commemorate the night. The first poster includes the antique photo from Well Worn, their 2012 split with Caravels. The other features a new antique photo of a destroyed train yard, an image of destruction to illustrate the end of the band. Both posters feature a huge print of the band's logo, printed with metallic silver ink. Each poster is limited to 50 copies each, printed on French's Madero Beach paper, 100lb. They will be first available at the show on Saturday for $20 each, or a special discounted price for the pair. The remaining stock will be available the next day from the Three Bears Design Online Shop.
The next installment of The Mylene Sheath‘s Test-Press contest is You Are the Conductor by Caspian. Originally released in 2005, the label held a contest to redesign the artwork, the winner has their artwork screen-printed and gets one of the test-pressings of the record. Congrats to Petter Sevaldsen for his winning submission! I printed the jackets with two colors on French's Pop Tone Sweet Tooth paper.
I was very excited when Jeff Finley asked me to screen-print a run of posters to sponsor this year's WMC Fest. He designed the fantastic artwork, and it was my pleasure to flatstock print his illustration into poster form. I used French's Timber green paper, with three water-based ink colors. The first run is limited to 50 copies, and will be available at the upcoming benefit show.
The next installment of The Mylene Sheath's Test-Press contest series has been long overdue. Next up is I am Your Bastard Wings by Eksi Ekso. Originally released in 2008, the label held a contest to redesign the artwork, the winner has their artwork screen-printed and gets one of the test-pressings of the record. My good buddy Brian Stowell won the contest with his artwork, and I printed it with two-colors on French Speckletone paper.
One of my first new projects for 2013 is the cover art for a new Cloudkicker digital-EP-single titled, simply, Hello. Ben knew he wanted a space theme for the art, which I thought worked great with the song. The song is available in digital format, and I created some additional imagery for a digital PDF booklet. I also screen-printed a limited-edition of 100 posters, which you can purchase (download included) on Bandcamp.
I briefly pulled myself out of screen-printing hiatus to help out The Mylene Sheath with a quick project. They just released a new 7" titled Southern Comfort by ÆGES. One of the purchase options is to buy a "Collectors Set" and get all of the vinyl colors, with a special screen-printed cover. There's still a few for sale, here!
If you're coming to mewithoutYou's show tonight in Cincinnati, I'll have some posters to sell at the concert. The image is an expansion of the shirt I made last month for the song Fox's Dream of the Log Flume. This fox illustration was originally on the shirt, but we switched it out with a different fox that went to print. The band is a little more flexible with posters than shirts, so I re-used this sleeping-fox illustration for the poster. They are a 4-color screen-print on French's Construction Nightshift Blue, 19" x 25." Come get one from me at the show, or pick one up in our online store!
Yesterday I helped my friend Nick Spolarich screen-print some gig posters for his brother's band, Cloud Nothings. Nick drew the image, and the print is a simple one-screen print on black French construction paper. The fun part about these is that we made the print a blue-to-yellow blend roll. Grab one of these at their upcoming show at Musica!
The Mylene Sheath usually have me screen-print the jackets for the test-pressings of their releases. The latest record is The Bridge by Aeges. Black ink on French's Pink Glo-Tone paper. Subscribe to the Sheath's mailing list, as I'm sure details will be revealed soon on how to win a copy.