Recently I completed 2 custom pieces for a collector. It was a pretty fun project. I've always been a bit of a spastic artist, flip flopping between materials and surfaces. It's nice to get back to a flat surface and this project reminded me how nice it is to just make art....slow art, paint art, illustrative art. As much as I love my digital tools I've been missing the journey of using the analogue tools. These pieces are about 2 feet high and 5ft and 2ft by 3ft.
Hiya Sunshines, We are just about all set up to rock the socks off of Comic Con! Oh yeah, we kinda forgot to tell you...geesh. Well things have really been just that crazies. Guess what, I just posted all the new goodies that I'll have at Comic Con online, so in the case that you didn't get your tickets (they are sold out) and fave anime character costume made, you ca shop butt naked from the comfort of your home (or at least a private place, if you insist on being butt naked). In the case that you are attending Comic Con NY, I'll be holding down booth #3140. Come say hi and hug up on the new Matilda plushies.
Okay so you have an idea and want to print it all over the place. Here's a lil help getting started. Screen Printing Tutorial Below are step-by-step instructions for 2 popular methods used to prepare a screen for screen printing--Drawing Fluid/Screen Filler Method and the Water Based Emulsion Method. MATERIALS 10" × 14" Wooden Screen 9" Plastic Squeegee Fabric Screen Printing Inks Screen Filler, 4 oz Drawing Fluid, 4 oz Photo Emulsion, 4 oz Photo Emulsion Remover, 4 oz Sensitizer, 0.5 g #6 Round Brush Mixing Sticks Iron DRAWING FLUID/SCREEN FILLER METHOD Step 1 on a sheet of plain paper, make up the illustrations or message you wish to print with your screen. Place this layout on a table top or other flat surface. Place your screen over this layout, top side up. Trace your design directly on the screen with a soft lead pencil. Step 2 Select an appropriate brush. This will be determined by the type of line or texture that you want to be produced. You can work using either side of the screen. Remember that your printing will be done from the top (or "ink-fill") side of the screen. Step 3 Be certain that the screen is elevated--not touching the table. Paint the Drawing Fluid over those areas of your layout that you want to print. Leave the screen to dry in a level, flat position. Make sure nothing touches the areas covered with Drawing Fluid. Step 4 After the drawing fluid is completely dry, open the screen filler and mix it thoroughly to a smooth consistency. Spoon it onto the screen fabric on the same side of the screen used for the application of Drawing Fluid. Use the squeegee or the plastic spreader to apply an evenly smooth coating over the entire screen. One pass over the screen should be sufficient. Multiple passes of screen filler will dissolve the Drawing Fluid and prevent character (image) washout. Step 5 Again, put the screen to dry in a horizontal position making sure nothing touches the fabric. It is important that the Screen Filler dry completely. Step 6 When the Screen Filler has dried thoroughly, spray cold water on both sides of the screen. Concentrate the spray on the areas where Drawing Fluid was applied. These areas will dissolve and the screen will become open at those points so that ink can flow through them. Step 7 If some areas remain slightly blocked, scrub them lightly with a small stiff brush on both sides of the screen (an old toothbrush will do a good job). DO NOT USE HOT WATER DURING THIS STAGE. Allow your screen to dry in a level (horizontal) position, bottom-side up. Drying time may be accelerated by using a hair dryer or fan. MAKING PRINTS: PRINTING WITH TEXTILE INKS NOTE: When screen printing on fabrics, use only fabrics that can be subjected to temperatures of at least 275-375 degrees Farentheit. Do not use on nonporous fabrics such as nylon. Pre-test all fabrics. Fabrics with sizing must be washed prior to printing. This will assure proper adhesion of the textile ink to the fabric. The screen frame is usually detached from the base and used by itself. Usually two people should work on the printing process-one holding the screen frame tightly against the fabric, and the other doing the printing. On articles like T-shirts, a piece of cardboard or paper must be put inside each garment to act as a barrier. This guarantees only one thickness of material will be printed by the ink. Step 8 To transparentize or to improve the lubricity (slipperiness) of the ink, you may add the Transparent Base. To slow drying or to prevent screen clogging, add the Retarder Base. Step 9 Wash-up of screens and tools must be done immediately after use. If they are allowed to dry on your screen or tools, they are difficult or impossible to remove. After the textile ink dries on the fabric, set a household iron at the highest heat that will not scorch the fabric and with a cloth or paper between the iron and printed material, iron on each side for 3 to 5 minutes. This will make the ink withstand repeated washings. MULTICOLOR PRINTING Step 10 Multi-color signs can be achieved easily by making one screen with the entire message on it. Prepare the screen by any method you prefer. Once the screen is ready, simply block the words you do not want to print with your first color by putting masking tape or paper on the bottom side of the screen fabric.After you have made your first run of prints, wash the ink from the screen and let it dry. Follow this by blocking out the words you just printed and unblocking words you want to print with your second run of color. After you have made this second run, again wash the screen and let it dry. NOW YOU'VE MADE YOUR OWN SCREEN PRINTED TEES! GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!
Along with Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, I will be doing a free silk screen workshop on June 8th! The following are the deets 😉 Summerfest Kick-Off Party & Silk-Screening Workshop Join your friends, neighbors, and Summerfest grantees for a fun Summer’s night out! Start your night with a free silk-screening workshop with Chanel Kennebrew of Junkprints. Bring a shirt, and Chanel will help you make it into a work of art. Enjoy music by Summerfest grantees Omnia and Bob Wright & Harbortown, and celebrate with refreshments, including a ‘’Make-Your-Own-Sundae-Bar.’’ Bring a blanket or chair to sit! Free for everyone! When: Friday, June 8, 6:30-10pm Where: Tappen Park, intersection of Canal, Bay, and Water Streets in Staten Island
Is thrilled to announce that I will be exhibiting new art work centered around “What If We Re-Made U.S. Economic Policy?” Dates 06/15/2012 Time 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Venue Info Supernova 26-19 Jackson Avenue Long Island City, NY, 11101 In 1944, during World War II, President Roosevelt called for an Economic Bill of Rights. “People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made,” he warned. Today, some would say we have inherited that fate, although they might disagree on the causes and the culprits. In a new world, how would artists create a sustainable and equitable economy to the benefit of citizens, businesses and communities? “What If We Re-Made U.S. Economic Policy?” is a QAX event featuring new collaborative work by Leslie Alfin, Theresa Byrnes, Chanel Kennebrew and Toshi Reagon. Presented by Queens Council on the Arts with generous support from Rockrose Development Corp. QAX After-Party w/ GlobeSonic Sound System: 9-11pm @ Currency, immediately following this New World event.
Hiya Peeps! I have been missing the streets and have decided to do a lil vending this sunday with the F.O.K.U.S Crew and a slew of others. come by and check us out THE FLOCK 2012 IS NEXT SUNDAY!! 1-6 at Putnam Triangle Plaza in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Join FOKUS & NYC Artists - Junkprints, Jessie Levandov of Debris, Kali, Daniela Hernandez-Pedreaza, Suzanne Goldberg of Bon Bon Trust, Zoe Kessler, Johnnie, Breucklen Riesgo, Charlotte Corini, T. Cleo Austin, Marthalicia Matarrita, Aaron Lazansky-Oliva Spaze Craft of SohNup, Alice Mizrachi, Anna the Bumble Be...e, Anny Mefford and Aimee Cox of Sacred Brooklyn - for movement workshops, live music, visual arts market, creative activities and more!! Live performance by Sophia Urista & DJ Lynnee Denise will be spinning all day!! check us out:: bit.ly.theflock2012 #theflock2012 @FOKUS
When it comes to buying property, I must admit that the concept of owning a piece of land sounds a bit absurd to me. I understand that wars have and are being waged in the name of land ownership and that a good chunk of the world believes in the concept of land ownership, but I'm not fully drinking the koolaid. Basically, one can't be 'owner' of land. It existed before us and will probably exist after us. Yes, I do acknowledge the work and resources put into building a structure for occupation, but even that is simple a relocation of resources and contracted services. As far as I'm concerned, that's it. The idea of working 30+ years to own something that can't really be owned sounds silly. Not to mention the housing and financial crisis we are currently experiencing. I do understand that for many systemic reasons a good chunk of Americans were not able to 'own' land. That's not cool we should all be able to engage in foolishness...equally. that's a whole different tangent maybe I'll get back to it one day. There may very well be one thing that is more foolish than the concept of 'owning land' and that is 'renting land'. In many ways I do buy into this system, because I'm renting a space in a building in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Well I have finally jumped off the fence and decided to but a building with some like minded folks . Yep you heard right, buy a building on a piece of land in a place that is currently known as Brooklyn new York. I'm calling this endeavour Project Buy a Building A Brooklyn...duh. And what does this means for Junkprints? Well it means more open studios (maybe a store), a larger work space and maybe some rooftop parties The goal is to be ready to buy no later than this time next year. My hustle is tight right now (real tight, style like crazy, make like crazy, sleep when I can get it, blog on train rides and eat lentils and rice tight) and I'm about 27% there financially, with a great team and 2 months a head of schedule. Guess I'm taking a bite of the apple and drinking the koolaid at the same time.
I spent some time I spent a good chunk of this year restructuring junkprints and developing an awesome team. It's been interesting meeting and working with all types of folks. Honestly I have met with some real goons but the good ones always sift to the surface. I think I've left the knuckleheads behind 😉 Working with a small business is challenging. I've worked with a few as well as my own and it's def a double edge sword. The good part is that everyone and there tasks are quite visible. This is awesome because protocol is determined by real events and the rules are written as you go ie. no corporate bullshit or bureaucracy, just the task at hand and clever way to get it complete. The bad part is that there is no where to hide. If you are accountable for something and it doesn't get done, you can't wait for it to blow over or blame the person in the other cubicle. That includes me...in the utmost way. If I'm sick my business is sick, late orders, compensated discounts to make up for it and a lower profit margin, loss of customers and supporters etc. My friend Mary always says, "you will pay for your lessons some how" and that's never been truer for me than now. Learning how to run a business has been my greatest challenge and I've often think that I run a business because I believe in my work more than working for someone else vs wanting to just run a business. Not quite sure if that's a good head space to run a business in, but for now, it is what it is. This year has been the year of assembling a great team. In many ways I feel like I'm growing up and this is being reflected in my work and the way I interact with folks. Funny part is that I thought I would gain more patience, but I'm discovering that patience spent on nonsense is retarded. Basically, I'm learning to manage my efforts and put my energy into the right places. This year I've been a bit introverted as far as social media outlets have been concerned, guess I've just been putting that energy into the work and team, you know, minding my business. The following are some of the highlights of the year Bikram Yoga, I discovered over the spring that I'm getting older and my knees creak like a haunted house and hurt every time I run so in late august I started doing bikram and hot yoga pretty regularly. I'm getting real flexible and if I keep this up will be like a wet noodle by this time next year. Yep, I'm working on getting to Cirque du Soleil status. So don't be surprised if the next time I see you I'm in a knot. Art in fancy places Over the holiday season I was commissioned to decorate windows for 6 awesome businesses along myrtle ave in Brooklyn Junkprints in a Chelsea gallery? What! Styling for People StyleWatch I've been pinning like crazies for people style watch magazine. The first issue that I styled (way back on october) is this Dec./Jan Issue. This has been pretty regular and I'm currently working on late spring issues. Traveling This year the crew and I took the Junkprints show on the road. Hitting up LA, Philly DC and d town and the goodies were shipping from Toronto to Paris, Mexico and the Netherlands What's next? more art, more up, more traveling, more surprises 😉
I finally had a moment to catch my breath! Over the holiday season I was commissioned to decorate store windows for 6 shops along Myrtle Ave. Here are some pics! The Pillow Cafe Brooklyn Polish Bar The Five Spot Burzh-Wa Hair & Spa Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Hi there! I have some exciting news to share! For the past few months I've been doing some still life styling for People StyleWatch Magazine. Yep you read that right, my lil name is in print is one the most widely distributed magazine! The first issue is this dec./jan issue.