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Printmaking Friends You Will Love March 15, 2009

Posted by leskanturek in Handmade, Printmaking, Student Post, Visually Cool & Relevant.
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Post by Julie Pinzur

When I was home for winter break in January, I went to the Threadless store in Chicago for The Little Friends of Printmaking opening which consists of J W & Melissa Buchanan, a husband-and-wife team of artists & designers based out of Milwaukee, WI.  They were originally trained as fine art print makers, but their love of making silk screened concert posters quickly turned into a design career. In 2006, they received the Young Guns award from the Art Directors’ Club, honoring the world’s finest emerging creatives under 30.  While they still hand screen all of their posters, they have branched out into web design, animation, toy design, illustration, and graphic design.  The show was called “Tough Luck” and featured a lot of really cool prints.  All of which are available in their webstore at:     www.thelittlefriendsofprintmaking.com


But that’s not all.  The Little Friends of Printmaking are also featured in the book Handmade Nation, written by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl which is a documentation on today’s craft world and how it has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the DIY ethos, also influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism, and art.


Along with a video crew, Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities and interviewed 80 individuals (including The Little Friends of Printmaking), documenting the rise of D.I.Y. art, craft, and design that exists through websites, blogs, and online stores.  It was made into an hour-long movie that is now being premiered throughout the country.  The opening in NYC was on February 12th, and if you can’t get to any of the screenings which are posted here:


I highly recommend that you get the book, here: www.amazon.com/Handmade-Nation-Rise-Craft-Design/
It is creatively inspiring and just fun to look through.  You should at least check out the website at www.handmadenationmovie.com/

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