Playing with Stencils is a how-to book that aims to teach the reader a new art-making technique. Unlike other stencil books that furnish already made templates and a single idea of what to stencil it on, this book encourages the readers to create their own stencils by teaching. Simple instructions for how-to create a stencil combined with ambitious projects for inspiration makes this book unique. You can pre-order your copy now, it will be in stores in May.
I didn't want to tell my Grandpa Ed, a sixth generation dairy farmer I was vegan. When I finally did, his reaction surprised me. He said he understood. He said he was proud of me. He said, “It is pretty neat that we live in an age where you have the luxury (and he emphasized the word luxury) to live such an empathetic lifestyle.” That was almost 20 years ago. He’s been gone six years this spring. Seed catalogues and chickens make me think of my Grandpa Ed and lately I've been thinking about him a lot. He loved chickens. I have a scrapbook he made as a child and it is full of pictures of chickens. This is a photo of him and me and Chicken Alfredo. Chickens liked him too.
Chicken Run Rescue provides the birds with temporary shelter and vet care, locates and screens adopters within 90 miles of the Twin Cities and transports the birds to their new homes. I have been pondering over how Grandpa Ed would feel about Chicken Run Rescue. I think he would find it both absurd and fascinating. I think he would say it was pretty neat to live in an age where people had the luxury to live an empathetic lifestyle. I think Ed would have been down with chicken empathy. I recently decided to un-follow all animal rescue pages on facebook because it caused me too much sorrow to not be able to help. Then a wise friend said, “You don’t need to adopt to help, why you don’t use your art and your
audience instead for now?”
So that is what I will do. In memory of Grandpa Ed and in celebration of an Age of Empathy I will donate 50% of the retail price of all my art that contains a chicken to Chicken Run Rescue. I have just posted 4 new hand-painted Gocco prints on antique journal pages of song lyrics from the 1930’s. I have more chicken art and will continue to add pieces as they sell.
Here is the link in case you missed it in the text: www.etsy.com/shop/amyriceart?section_id=13192785
In the fall of 2009 I found a small antique Line O Scribe sign press machine at an estate sale. I didn't know what I would do with it, but I bought it. When I called my friend and mentor that night to tell him what I had found he said, “That’s a game changer.” He was right.
Sign press machines like this were used in stores to make posters, signs and tags. It uses movable type like a letterpress but the ink delivery method is different and they were not made to leave a strong imprint like a letterpress machine. I played around with it but mostly it was shelved UNTIL
Two winters later I found a giant one just like it at an antique store. Had I not bought the small one I would have never even paid attention. I won’t even tell you what I paid for it because you would hate me. It came with 5 full font sets. It is the heaviest thing I own next to my car.
It was an antiquing weekend and the next day I picked up a stack of antique atlases. I heard “You Can Go Your Own Way” in the car on the way home and it was one of those giant light bulb moments.
I now have 6 saying in the series, they are all song lyrics about direction and I print them on the pages of antique atlas. They have been super popular in my etsy store and have subsidized my art career so that I was able to quit my day job.
I have started to use the letters in my fine art as well.
My goal for 2013 is to design my own type and have it made into letters I can use with my sign press. Anyone with ideas on this…I would love to hear from you!
All my open studio dates and hours between now and Christmas:
Saturday, October 13 noon-4
Thursday, November 1st 5-9
Saturday, October 10th noon-4
Thursday, December 6th 5-9
Saturday, December 8th noon-4
2205 California Street NE in Minneapolis Studio 602
The first time I ever showed my art in a gallery, it was an exhibition curated by Yuri Arajs (Minnesota’s most influential curator according to this. That was over 10 years ago and not only may I now call Yuri a great friend; he continues to put together art shows and art events in unique ways and places. I have been so lucky to have had the opportunity to be included in all sorts of Yuri produced art events throughout the years and I believe the best is yet to come. Yuri is now the director of the new Lunenburg Cultural Centre in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and I am excited to announce that I will be the first featured artist there late this summer. I spent the past week visiting Yuri and checking out the space to plan the art (and accompanying presentation) for this event.
That bird painting in the upper right---that is from the first gallery exhibition. Yuri bought it. The price tag is still on the back---$90!
You can see more pic’s of my trip here if you want:
My first completed painting of 2012!
Spray Paint, Acrylic, Ink, Antique Letters, Antique Maps
On Ampersand Claybord
30” x 40”
A reprise of a piece on paper of the same title
This piece is for the Get Lucky 2012 Annual Fundraising Gala for the Soo Visual Arts Center Saturday, January 28
In conjunction with California Building Second Saturday open studio event (so lots of other art studios to check out too)
I have lots and lots of art; gift giving art, for your own home art, little art, big art. I have prints and originals and letterpress stuff too.
There will be a very special fuzzy guest for some of the day.
Saturday, November 12 from 11am -6pm
AND Saturday, December 10th same hours
California Building Studio 602
2205 California Street NE Minneapolis