The variety of applications of street-level typography is on full display in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Informational, decorative and sometimes undecipherable, the illusion of permanence makes one yearn to design for public spaces, perhaps a manhole cover, ensuring immortality for toiling in the field of graphic design,.
The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery that is home to over 50,000 resting places. Among the MacDonald, MacLoed, and countless other variations of MacName monuments, are an impressive array of sculpture and sculptural details. A lost art can be found here.
What does it take to get someone to carve your likeness in marble? More than we have to offer I'm afraid. Thankfully, these statesmen, warriors and great thinkers of Scotland led lives that warranted these tributes. Two of these images are contemporary and are plastic, and the non-Scot Ben Franklin was cast from a statue. From the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow and the Scottish National Portrait Museum in Edinburgh.
On a recent trip to Scotland we had a good time documenting and trying to interpret signs and symbols from the streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Nothing too tough to figure out, but intriguing just the same. A favorite? Probably "No walking with a clenched ass".
If you've never heard the music of Philip Glass played live, here's your chance. Leave it to the Chelsea Chamber Players to perform his work along with pieces by Haydn and Schumann. Sunday September 24, 7pm at the Chelsea Depot. What's that? Not into classical music you say? Life's too short to binge watch violent sex and sexualized violence. Take a break from your devices and listen to some real pros play theirs. P.S., we designed the poster.
Thursday nights in Chelsea, from June through August, means live music. Up and down Main Street and tucked into nooks and side streets an array of musicians entertain anyone lucky enough to be on foot downtown. We've helped the Chelsea Area Festival & Events with their promotions for the last two years, including the above banners that line both sides of Main Street.
The Detroit Artists Market continues to produce a remarkable array of exhibitions that show off what Detroit artists have to offer. We've had the good fortune of helping promote their many exhibitions and events, including the $100 Bucks Show (figure it out) in July, as well as their Annual DAM Gala Art Auction that will take place on the 32nd floor of the Guardian Building in October. The DAM is yet another example of Detroit's newfound vitality.
On May 20 and 21 we'll be hosting a studio art sale at our home in Chelsea. Among the available work will be several drawings of 1979 Detroit Tigers, based on the Topps baseball cards (which I have managed to hang on to for almost forty years). Need a Lou Whitaker? Sorry, didn't have his card. However, there are plenty of '79 Tigers to choose from to embellish the walls of your man cave.
Road trips (and air trips for that matter), offer time to draw. It's cave painting vs. photography, is it not? In the car, morning coffee time, waiting for the next activity... might as well grab a pen and get to work. Or play. An early spring trip to Nashville offers the opportunity to fill out a few more pages.
Every April Mr. B (Mark Lincoln Braun) hosts a piano throw-down featuring himself and others of his ilk. This year's show features Mark, Al Hill, Bill Heid and Bob Seeley. Paul Keller and Leonard King will accompany each act (barring Seeley) on bass and drums, respectively. 3x3+1: 3 trios and 1 soloist. Bob Seeley will be the only 88-year-old on the bill, and coincidentally, that's the number of keys on your regulation piano. Get it? These posters, the fruit of our labors, will be on sale at the show. 12" x 18", 2-color letterpress printed on French Muscletone paper.
Chelsea State Bank will be sponsoring Financial Health Fairs this spring to help their customers evaluate their, you guessed it, financial health. 12 Acre Studio figured an EKG/piggy bank combination was in order, and here's the result. Print and online ads, posters, and merchandise to follow.
11 x 17 Stormie poster
On Sunday March 19, the Chelsea Chamber Players will perform the debut of Stormie: A Cinderella Story at the Chelsea Depot. Written by Ann Brill with a score by Brian Brill, this family concert couples an Irish folktale with music that will please young and old alike, as they say. Fifteen plus years and counting of posters; we always enjoy collaborating with the Chelsea Chamber Players.
Want to make someone's day? Parent, friend, state representative? Drop them a line, put a stamp on it, pop it in the mailbox. Your personalized transmittal will emerge from your addressee's junkmail and bills as a beacon of friendship and goodwill. Take a look at the 12 Acre Studio selection of postcards and notecards on etsy.com. Letterpress printed (mostly). Operators are standing by.
An array of new and not-so-new work will be available at our studio sale this coming May. Many pieces, including those pictured here, will be presented in custom, blackened cedar frames.
12 Acre Studio will be represented in the prestigious postcard Exhibition & Salon Sale, which will commence February 23 and run through March 9 at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan. Participants can enter up to five 4" x 6" postcards and then sit back and watch the fur fly as visitors descend in search of original, one-of-a-kind postcards. A flat rate of $30 per postcard applies, with the artists and museum splitting the proceeds.
Along with the big expensive stuff, we'll be offering some modestly priced items at our Studio Sale in May. All natural (except for the ink and varnish) birchbark bookmarks, each with a one-of-a-kind look and feel will be priced to move. We'll display these in the check-out lane to encourage impulse buying.
This coming May we'll host a studio sale that will feature paintings, constructions, drawings and some letterpress printed notecards. Above is a detail from a series of drawings (which will be available at our studio sale) based on Detroit Tiger baseball cards from 1979. The groundwork for the dominant 1984 World Series Championship team was being laid, Sparky Anderson was at the helm and Ernie Harrell was in the booth. There are eight or nine other drawings in the series.
Joan of Arc, Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King have January birthdays. Norman Rockwell, Frederick Douglass and Marian Anderson arrived in the month of February. Who knew? Stop by Foresight Group (formerly White Pine Printers) on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor and pick up the Jan/Feb 2017 calendar designed by 12 Acre Studio. Each day commemorates a person or event that came about on said day. You just may learn something— we did.
President Truman is highly respected by the husband of a friend. Said friend commissioned 12 Acre Studio to create a memento of the the 33rd president of the United States. The bonus to this project was combing through the trove of quotes and utterances that are attributed to Truman, and then wedging as many of them as possible into the side panels. Maybe you are in need of portrait, be it friend, partner, family member or hero. Shall we?
Every December the Detroit Artists Market offers one-of-a-kind creations from local artists and artisans. This year's pop-up retail shop at the Somerset Collection (2801 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy) employs the graphic 12 Acre Studio created for their direct mail campaign. It works big, it works small. Most importantly, it works.