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Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Adda Coffee Wooden Menu Boards

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    Adda is a coffee and tea shop located in Pittsburgh. Adda is a Bengali word that means to indulge in informal or friendly conversation with a group of people, which is very suiting for a coffee and tea shop. They want to build a space where local neighbors, artists, and innovators can come in and relax with a cup of coffee. Adda really supports their local innovators and entrepreneurs by allowing them to book a table without a fee to meet their clients. Adda not only cares about the locals, but they also care about charities. Adda donates a percentage of their monthly earnings to two different charities. You would've never thought a cup of coffee can do so much!

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    We had the opportunity to help Adda out by creating their wooden menu signs. We have created menus for many coffee shops because wood prints frequently match the interior of the shop. Adda has three different drink categories, coffee, specialty drinks, and teas, which each got their own wood print. Wood prints make great menus because they are durable and they can print the text in quality. Also, menu wood prints are unique and can make your coffee shop more hip! Although menus do not seem like a big deal, it is definitely the most important and looked at object when a customer walks in.addacoffee menu wood prints2

  • Inside Scoop: Find Out MEAR ONE's Inspirations for Latest Release, "New World Revolution"

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    First produced as a live art piece back in 2007, acclaimed street and gallery artist, MEAR ONE, debuted his first Prints On Wood collaboration titled, "New World Revolution."

    In 2011, MEAR decided to recreate the live art piece as as a large format silkscreen with the late, great Richard Duardo of Modern Multiples. In 2013 he was invited to participate in Paris Digard's Urban Contemporary Sale where the acrylic version of his Mother and Child went under the hammer. MEAR once again worked with the imagery during London's Dulwich Outdoor Gallery Festival (DOG), where he painted a mural iteration of "New World Revolution."

    Available until Friday, May 12th, MEAR ONE, DOG and Prints On Wood happily present this 13.5 x 18 in. print on 1/2 in. thick sustainable birch wood for international audiences to enjoy. On the topic of this print release, MEAR ONE has this to share:

    "I am thrilled to announce my latest release with the good folks over at Prints on Wood. With Mother's Day coming up, I wanted to bring back one of my most memorable images celebrating this extraordinary woman in our lives. She is a blazing beacon of motherly love to guide humanity into a future of profound transformation. Her golden halo bathes us in a warmth of spiritual wisdom, positivity, and choice, fist raised in the sky, not in anger, but universal solidarity and strength, perhaps serving as a reminder to us all that a revolutionary time is upon us, drawing focus upon the courageous role that women and children play in this politically charged era." 

    -MEAR ONE

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  • New Print Alert! Mear One Releases "New World Revolution"

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    Just in time for the spring season, which always ushers in plenty of transformative vibes, revered graffiti and political artist, Mear One, hits us with his first Prints on Wood released, "New World Revolution."

    Mear One is one Los Angeles' most celebrated graffiti/street art natives, having made his mark on the city throughout the allies of Melrose Ave in the 1980s, helping birth a localized culture that has since set the tone for community aesthetics in major ways. As a pioneer of his style, Mear boasts countless murals on numerous walls, giving him inarguable clout in the street realm, but as well holds an impactful fine art career-- one of the first graffiti artists to truly bridge the gap.

     

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    Mear holds his place in history as the first graffiti artist to exhibit at Melrose's infamous and highly influential 01 Gallery, as well as Silverlake's 33 1/3 Gallery, where Banksy would later debut his first North American show. Setting a new trend of blurring the lines between "high" and "low brow art," Mear acted as a early component in the art world shift.

    So to begin the spring season off with a bang, Mear greets the POW audience with his very first Prints on Woods release, entitled, "New World Revolution."

     

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    "New World Revolution" embodies strong vibes of strength and rebirth, depicting a woman -- adorned with a yellow rose playing host to a butterfly -- fist raised. In her arms, a seemingly very aware infant mirrors her raised fist, giving off feelings of full circle understanding of revolutionary inclinations. Deep-seated messages aside, the artistry showcased in the new print is totally worth a mention, with its warm shades and lush tones, Mear One makes each of those tricky brush strokes look comically simple.

    Hitting the streets as a 7-day timed release print this week, you can purchase "New World Revolution" beginning May 6th through May 13th by simply clicking here!

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  • POW Chats: A Conversation with Cartoonist and Illustrator Renee French

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    Renee French is revered for her uncanny ability to work with detailed and meticulous cross-hatching illustration methods to create tiny characters and beloved cartoons with anthropomorphic tendencies. Well-known as a respected illustrator and cartoonist, Renee is as well a treasured author, constructing children's books under the pen name Rainy Dohaney for little art enthusiasts in the making. Scroll below for a conversation with Renee about her inspirations, dream oddities and more.  

    1. Hi Renee. Tell me about your first print release with POW titled "Stu." Who is this little guy, how did he come about and what's his backstory?

    Hi Kim! The whole POW process was a great experience. Stu was part of a collection of animal portraits that started with my muse, Ivey Breiman -- an incredibly cute, tiny, round, chihuahua with her tongue sticking out -- and morphed into other animals who had similar emotional pull for me. I fall in love with each character as I'm working on them. I really wish they'd just start walking around in the real world, but I guess that would be terrifying.

    2. What ideas or themes do you find are consistently revisited in your work, if any?

    Cute animals with tiny hands and emotional eyes. Swarms of insects, and sometimes those things together. 1970s hair, unrealistic facial deformity, water, islands, and cliffs. And flies.

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    3. When beginning on an illustration, how do you prepare for the story you're looking to evoke?

    It depends on what kind of image it is, but almost always, it's got to do with my mood when I sit down. If it's a character, it doesn't matter how much I try to control the emotion, it ends up looking the way I feel at the time, and it can change midstream since the drawings rarely take less than a day to finish.
    4. Can you describe your current studio/work space for readers?

    Mostly I end up working in rooms other than my workspace; wherever there's a comfy chair or couch, or in hotel rooms on the bed. I draw on a board on my lap, on top of throw pillows, or a rolled up jacket, or whatever, and I wear magnifying glasses and listen to podcasts while I draw, so it can be almost anywhere. My workspace is a little room with a stand up desk, and a computer and a tiny tv.
    5. What artists do you find yourself inspired by in this era of your life?

    I love the whole LA art scene lately, but the artists I look at the most lately are Scott Teplin (@steplin ), Benjamin Constantine (@plumpe_ostere ), Allison Sommers ( @allisonsommers ), Mike Lee ( @immikelee ), Matt Gordon ( @mattgordon_paintings ) William Kentridge, Anke Feuchtenberger, and Paul Barnes, and the ones I forgot.

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    6. Do you dream? If so, do you remember any of your recent ones? Do you have any reoccurring dreams by chance?

    Yes, for sure. I have a lot of cliffs in my dreams. Pushing Mark Ruffalo off a cliff (I love Mark Ruffalo so that was a nightmare, man!), flying up to the edge of a cliff and seeing it covered in snails so I couldn't grab on... and last night I dreamed that I was living in a carnival tent that was half hanging over the edge of a cliff, and training tiny monkeys to drink from tea cups, and apparantly it was a crucial job, like serious Interpol business with tea drinking monkeys.

    7. What themes/lessons of life do you feel you're encountering right now? 

    Life is short. Do what you love. The classics.
    8. What work/ creative projects do you have coming up that you're looking forward to?

    Scott Teplin -- an amazing New York artist and friend -- and I are working on a 2 person show where we're drawing and painting our school teachers from memory. Some are hazy, pretty, giant hair studies (the hair is giant not the drawings) and some are grotesque and some are sad. I think the exhibition will be at La Luz De Jesus.

    I'm also working on a portrait for the Archibald Prize in Australia, and some portraits for the next issue of Tiny Pencil Magazine, and a secret picture book project that involves tiny animal hands.

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  • App Review: PicsArt

    I can’t help but notice the swarm of Tumblr images that have been sneaking their way onto my Facebook stream and Instagram feed. In lieu of the "inspirational" quote pics, telling me to “keep calm and carry on,” then “dance like no one’s watching,” I’ve decided to make my very own tumblr “inspirational” image to print as a custom wooden sign. And I’ll be doing it with the popular  photo editing app, PicsArt. From what I’ve heard, this App has received a lot of buzz for the creative freedom it allows so let’s check it out.

    From the get go, this app provides four options for the user. Edit, Capture, Collage, and Draw. I went with edit because that’s the main focus of today’s review.

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    A photo I took while road-tripping through Arizona has been sitting in my photo stream for some time now. Let’s see what I can do with it on PicsArt.

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    On the surface, the editing page seems simplistic and limited. Like many photo editing apps, an options bar sits below the page. While scrolling and clicking around I came to find that this app is anything but your average photo editing app. It’s loaded with features similar to those from Photoshop. If anything, this app is pretty much a computer image editing suite shrunk into a free photo editing app. I toyed around a bit with a few of the photoshop-like tools like curves.

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    In the tools tab you've got your basic options like adjust, enhance, resize, etc. you've also got a few unique touches like shape crop which I found pretty refreshing for a photo editing app. Here's a quick sample of the feature.

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    Next up, is the Effects tab which holds over 15 filters, pop art, color, and distortion effects. I'm usually on the hunt for more subtle filters so some of these didn't catch too much of my attention. After testing out a few samples I decided to go with the Dodger filter and topped it off with Cinerama.

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    The tabs list goes on and on with this powerful app, providing a lot of creative variety. Mask tools lay at the bottom of the photo, providing you with the option of adding impressive quality effects such as lights, bokeh and texture. Tested out a couple of filters then decided to go with a subtle bokeh mask instead.

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    I'm pretty much amazed at how PicsArt manages to somehow fit hundreds of tools and options into smooth and simple interface. A few other bells and whistles included are the shape mask tool and ability to add frames, text clipart and much more. I thought these would come in handy for my quote pic so I added a few shape masks and the text "Wanderlust"

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    And here's the final product! Looks pretty tumblr-esque if you ask me.

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    This brings me to the end of the app review and I must say, PicsArt was a fun one to work with. the plethora of editing options opened up a lot of creative freedom that your basic photo app doesn't allow. It's got a smooth, simplistic interface and speedy loading time to boot! The only down side was limited number of steps you can undo while editing. With that'd I'd give PicsArt 3 logs.

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    Priced at free ninety nine, PicsArt's quite a steal and will definitely be going in my photo editing tool kit.

    For more information on PicsArt please visit, www.picsart.com

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