Mark Lincoln Braun, a.k.a. Mr. B, has been playing blues and boogie woogie piano for the sweaty mobs at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (Ingalls Mall) since 1980. He gets rolling around 9am and finishes up at 6 pm all day, every day. This year marks his 40th consecutive year, and we were given the task of designing commemorative tee shirts. Make sure to stop by, enjoy the music, and since you’re there, get yourself a new tee.
We were asked to help promote Collected Detroit’s exhibit Deeply Detroit, which presents work by area artists and artists from around the world who have local ties. When the term “Detroit roots” surfaced, the main image quickly emerged and we applied it to a full-page print ad, posters, and several online applications.
Unless you are a professional in the hospitality business, you probably don't recognize the name Horst Schulze. Think maverick combined with titan and you're getting warm. The design of his logo and business cards was meant to reflect the legendary hotelier: simple, sophisticated, classy. Thanks to Ann Arbor's Foresight Group for the foil stamped cards.
Trust your pets to the person who invests in their corporate identity, a motto to live by for sure. We designed the logo and business cards to reflect Rebecca Indianer's business, and her personality: sharp, fresh, and to the point.
Six boxes of our art, twenty-one pieces in all, have been prepped and are ready for delivery for a showing at the University of Michigan Hospital main corridor on Floor 2. Portraits of friends, baseball players, blues and country musicians. Even some all-star athlete recipes. You could literally stuff a stocking with just one purchase, so think about that. The work will be on view from December 18 through March 11, 2018.
Sunday December 3 at 3 and 7pm at the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. I urge you to stay home so I can get a good seat--- this holiday concert is always packed, and for good reason. Go shopping, take a nap, spend the afternoon on Facebook, don't show up to the best holiday tradition money can't buy. We did the poster, BTW.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chelsea Chamber Players gather once again on Sunday, December 4 for two performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. And they needed a poster, which is where 12 Acre Studio comes in. If you have an opportunity to attend you will not be disappointed. Be prepared to experience holiday joy in your heart that doesn't involve shopping or booze. Imagine that. The performance will feature the First United Methodist Church choir as well as students from the Chelsea High School orchestra and choir.
Vox's The Weeds is an open-ended discussion of current events. The inability of the hosts to LIKE refrain from saying LIKE in almost every utterance was LIKE too much. As the LIKEs piled up I was unable to focus on the topic at hand. I'm now monitoring my own LIKE output in conversation, and I can sympathize with the transgressors--- but I'm not irritating an audience of thousands, only my wife and dog. Loudon Wainwright III addressed this social ill in his song Cobwebs.
Be on the lookout for a navy blue trailer being pulled by a silver pickup truck. If it has the above-pictured logo on the back and driver's side, please note there's a badass piano mounted to a bicycle apparatus within. Your best bet would be to follow this rig until it stops and then gawk with wonder as the world's only piano bike, Mr. B's Joybox Express, emerges and hits the pavement. Blues and boogie boogie piano, the likes of which don't get out much any more, will ensue.