This special edition of the Quarterly Club shirt is a celebration of Angus Graham the enduring impact he has had on our creative community. The artwork on this shirt is a collage of elements directly pulled from his writing and ceramic works created during his time with us as a highly involved member of the arts community in the Roaring Fork Valley. He had a deep love of pottery and the human connection it creates. After his passing in August 2017, the Carbondale Clay Center (with support from his family and friends) created the Angus L. Graham Memorial Fund, which will serve to benefit future developing artists through scholarships, outreach programs, and supplies for educational activities. We encourage you to learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center and the Memorial Fund at carbondaleclay.org
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About the Fund:
Angus Graham is remembered as a talented, passionate, and widely adored member of the Carbondale Clay Center community. After his passing in August 2017, the Carbondale Clay Center (with support from his family and friends) created the Angus L. Graham Memorial Fund, which will serve to benefit future developing artists through scholarships, outreach programs, and supplies for educational activities. Many of the programs supported by the ALG Fund include Stepping Stones, Buddy Program, Yampah Mountain High School, and more. It is an honor to keep Angus’s legacy alive! Find out more about the ALG Fund and how to donate here: https://www.carbondaleclay.org/angusgraham
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As an artist, participating in the Quarterly Club has opened a new window of possibilities. I had the facility, support and mentorship to learn a new printmaking technique that I would not have otherwise had the resources for. It’s been such a privilege to be a student again and learn a new form of expression. I hope you all subscribe
Vanessa Porras, Q2 2020 Featured Artist
The design process:
We began the process of the T-shirt design with an idea that was directly feeding off of my current body of work. Reina helped me bring this idea to life by breaking it up into sections. I first began by writing about it. It was important to identify the different elements and the meaning behind them. I then transitioned into understanding the processes of screen printing and whether my initial idea would translate well or even be possible with screen printing.
As with anything new, it took awhile for me to understand visually what the end result would look like. So naturally, I got to work on paper, I wanted to have something look like mountains and waves simultaneously residing and fading. I had a mental image that I tried to recreate by painting with watercolor. Keeping in mind the mesh count of the screens, I collaged a halftone pattern that would be similar to what I had painted. That portion of the process was like putting together a puzzle without the help of the image on the box to tell you what it’s supposed to look like.
From there, I hand drew the lines on a piece of paper that would be printed to overlap the halftone design. The next step was to figure out how to make the lines in the front of the shirt connect to the lines on the back. As an artist I tend to default with what I know best, initially I wanted to hand draw all the lines on the shirt, however, as part of the learning process I pushed outside of my comfort zone and began to understand how I could achieve a similar effect with the screen. The lines will connecting the front and back prints will be hand drawn elements. Getting to be a student again and learning a new printmaking technique has opened up so many possibilities in my artmaking.
“I’ve learned as much about screen printing as I have learned about myself through this process. When to be soft and when to be strong. To practice patience when things don’t go as planned and to be persistent. I have to leave ego at the door and come in as a child ready to play and learn.”
Throughout the exploration of my work, I continue to be pulled back to the origin. The fertile ground that is the ocean floor; the feminine that continues to give birth.
The give and take of the ocean waves, a communication between undulations. The cleansing and healing of salt water. How can something so nurturing and majestic be simultaneously so unforgiving and tragic.
The mountains I climb challenge my every step as I follow the tradition of engraving trails. In my own journey I try to fill the path I’ve left behind with gold in hopes that my time on earth and the suffering endured will hold meaning and beauty.
The lines that I carve into wood and draw obsessively are a meditation and a prayer. Like humming a bolero while braiding the hair of my ancestors and feeling the power of this lineage in my hands.
Vanessa Porras works as an educator for Aspen Art Museum teaching primarily for AAM’s outreach programs including Mobile Story Art, Pitkin County Jail and Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. A portion of her teaching time is also devoted to VOICES, a non-profit based out of Carbondale, whose mission is to amplify voices through the arts. Vanessa works as a printmaker specializing in woodcuts and abstract ink drawings.
Vanessa obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Colorado Mesa University in 2018. Art has always been an imperative ingredient to the makeup of her character. She initiated her odyssey back to art after graduating from Colorado Mountain College in 2014, where she received an Associate of Arts in Spanish.
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I’ve been really grateful for this opportunity to work with The Project Shop. When I was first asked to be the featured artist, there was so much freedom, I was nervous I would get lost. But Reina was helpful, kind and encouraged me in a direction I could be proud of. These designs are how I feel in my own little world right now, and I hope others will also sense the embrace of these figures. Thank you for giving me a platform to share.
Marin Griffith is an 18 year old creator. She has embraced art through many mediums much of her life. Starting early with daily flower drawings in preschool, to designing and publishing her high school literary and arts magazine, and now finding her voice challenging motifs of race and identity as she discovers herself more closely through art. She will be attending The Rhode Island School of Design in the fall with the goal of gaining perspective and continuing to evoke critical conversations about Blackness, womanhood and normalizing the muse of people that look like her in art.
To understand opposites is to know contrast, we learn that young. It is to compare ourselves to something in existence just to grasp who we think we are. But in tragedy, or loss, or fallen ice cream cones, our reactionary selves lose the radical ability to distinguish what is whole, what is black and white, and what we knew to be binary. Although this feels like contrast, we are experiencing duality. It is a privilege to understand one’s own duality, because oftentimes to see it, we get to be on the other side of the problem.
In an attempt to visualize my own duality, I became more aware that we may not be so different in our current challenges. And if trained in embracing duality instead of separating ourselves so significantly, we at some point will choose to empathize with a hug, not because there is new pain on the other side, but because we have felt it once too. We hold ourselves tightly for a while to understand when others need to be held more. And we pinky promise, because it may actually be the simplest form of accountability and acknowledgement.
When we accept duality, we are in the action of combining things rather than separating them to be opposites of each other. We are learning that our grief can not have sadness against laughter, because they coexist and often look the same. And as we protest hate, you cannot just throw love at it. We can’t stay silent or listen, but instead we speak up and then actively listen. Our duality is a balance, but properly embraced, it can be a palpable tool for empathy and change.
Offered in 2 styles
Gildan – Heavy Blend Crewneck Sweatshirt in Sand
T-Shirt Organic and/or recycled sustainable content in Gray
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This is Katie Browne and I designed the items for this quarter’s Art Club. I’m very excited to be a part of this and would like to share a bit of the process.
The print began as a block print that I made using two of my hand-carved rubber blocks. We digitally scanned the image and burned a screen taking into consideration the placement of the print on the final products. I chose gray for the shirts because it’s my favorite color to wear, seems especially cozy for winter, and is a really nice mid-tone background color so the black and neon pink inks really pop. We found the comfiest, most heavy-weight crewneck sweatshirt for your upgrade option. I highly recommend it.
I’m most excited about the Omni-Pouch! It’s a great non-wearable but totally usable option. I designed the pouch to conveniently hold all the little things you might need such as art supplies, hand tools or it can be used a wallet. I’m very proud of this clever design! It evolved organically over the course of many brainstorming sessions with Reina. I’ve always been super interested in screen printing and have really enjoyed this whole process. I hope you enjoy my designs and thanks for supporting the arts!
Check out our featured artist, Carbondale local Katie Browne. She is a textile artist and printmaker, specializing in block prints. Don’t miss the exclusive Omni Pouch with tool roll and zippered enclosure for all your goodies, designed, sewn and printed by the artist as an upgrade option.
Deadline to signup extended to Jan 5th at midnight.
Your options of blanks for this winter’s delivery.
About the design.
A hand carved block print, printed, scanned, printed, exposed, burnt, washed out, taped off, test printed, artfully placed on high quality blanks, screen printed, flashed, cured, and deeply loved.
Jess is an artist/illustrator/bartender/forklift-operator who lives and works in North Central Washington. There is no shortage of inspiration at the foothills of the North Cascades! Her illustration is influenced by the beauty of the natural world, the bizarreness of human nature and the space that is created where they meet.
Valerie Rose is a muralist, painter, illustrator, and an environmentalist. She was raised in California by Deaf parents and is deaf in one ear. Sign language is her native language. She has always loved to draw, but it was her move to Nicaragua in 2016, where she found herself as an artist. She loves drawing illustrations and comics with india ink, occasionally combining them with watercolors. She started painting murals in June, 2016 and has since painted 31 walls. All of her work is done by hand.