Roberta Pinna: Costumata in Red

Released Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Costumata in Red, by Roberta Pinna.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Restore NYC.

Roberta Pinna has been creating art since she was a small child, undertaking her studies in Italy, France, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. From the hundreds of photos she takes, she picks out individuals and isolates figures from their original settings, painting them onto gesso backgrounds. Her figures are suffused in an expanse of white or colored space. Bodies are often denied any identity or relationship with their environment.

About the print:
Divers are one my favorite subjects. The plunge of a dive inspires me with a sense of power, freedom, creativity, and possibility. To challenge gravity and transform a "fall" into a "fly" and a body performance is something that fascinates me and inspired this Costumata in Red and most of my artworks.

I paint on canvas, board, or paper surfaces which are often prepared with a gesso background and then drawn or painted onto using mixed media such as acrylic, oil, charcoal, gouache, or pencil.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
There are four words that can be used to identify my artistic research: Fall and Fly, Swimsuit and Costume. The leading meaning behind them and the border line of their possibilities is what inspires me and my art.

Why did you choose to pair Restore NYC with your print?
I choose to pair my print with Restore NYC for their work with international survivors of sex trafficking in New York City. Where there isn't freedom, identity, or safety, people live in fear - which is a way to take control of someone and paralyze them. I want to support and encourage people, women, and minorities to convey their needs. Only where human rights and dignity exist can people express their personal best, establish democracy, and a solid future.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I think that art always transforms the world in some way. The job of many artists is what I call "beautification". Of course, artists communicate their ideas in different ways, but in my opinion there is a common denominator: the process of making improvements to the world.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
There are many, many artists that I love, most of them contemporary and perfectly unknown. But, above all, there are two big names that I would love to mentor me: Antonello Da Messina and Chagall. Their artworks are so fragile and delicate yet so strong all at the same time: an unbelievably touching and powerful combination.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Maria Lai, who makes art by composing sewing threads, and Sabrina D'Alessandro, who makes art by using obsolete Italian words.

Stacey Rozich: The Builders

Released Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Builders, by Stacey Rozich.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Puppies Behind Bars.

Stacey Rozich is a native to the Pacific Northwest who currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She attended California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she studied illustration, and recently graduated from Seattle Central for graphic design. Combining what she learned in school with years of drawing from her over-active imagination, Stacey has created a storybook narrative of beasts and patterns all playing into a world of cultural folktales.

Over the past couple of years, she has taken a strong interest in her own ethnic heritage (Stacey's father is Croatian) and in exploring the history of the traditions and folklore of Yugoslavia. From her research, Stacey discovered beautiful yet frightening carnival masks that utilize strong colors and textures to evoke a certain feeling of awe and reverence. She was intrigued that these creatures were displayed among beautifully garmented young women dancing in costumes of wool vests, draped shawls, and large triangular hats all adorned with woven designs. Stacey likes to think that she's channeling an ancestor from way back in her family history that has helped her to create some of these pieces that she finds so compelling. Aside from the Balkan influence, she has spread her feelers out to different cultures – Russian and Scandinavian, to the Native American cultures of the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, which are most evident in her recent work.

About the print:
The Builders was originally commissioned by Seattle-based design studioIacoli & McAllister. When I set out to make this piece for Jamie and Bryan, I wanted to convey the work ethic and the ingenuity that I see in all of the things that they create. The Builders features two strong figures, imposing in their stance and costuming, who are holding tools - a subtle nod to Jamie and Bryan's craft. I snuck in Jamie's little white dog as the creature between the figures.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What have you been up to since we last worked together?
So much! I can't even keep track of everything that has happened since my last print with The Working Proof. I've done a few more album covers, shown work in some galleries around the United States, licensed my work for a couple of products, illustrated a paperback book cover for a Random House UK book (which will be out soon), and been published in some magazines! Oh, and I also have a top-secret animated short coming out soon, too. So, in short: A LOT! Be sure to check back with my blog for more updates.

You just finished a program at Seattle Central Community College - what is next for you?
I just graduated from a design program at SCCC which totally kicked my butt. It was an intensive two-year program in a top-notch design facility in the Seattle. I think that my background in Illustration helped me visualize things a bit differently (I previously studied at the California College of Arts in San Francisco). Design school has really influenced my aesthetic, as well as my work ethic. Not to toot my own horn, but I was doing all of the aforementioned things with my personal work, while I was finishing up school. I was definitely a little crazed at the end of the program, but it really showed me that I like to work with tight deadlines and that I have a lot cooking. Toot toot!

How has your work developed over the last year?
I see that it has developed tremendously. Not only have my ideas developed, but I can look at my technique on pieces from a year ago and see that I've really gotten a lot tighter with my lines and color choices today. Producing work for commercial jobs and gallery shows, all the while cranking out illustrations for the animated short, has me operating on a higher level than ever before.

What is inspiring you these days?
Religious iconography of Russia and Greece, cult imagery, West African textiles, Japanese wood block prints, this scientific illustration tumblr, Fall 2011 runway shows. I could go on and on!

Why did you choose to pair your print with Puppies Behind Bars?
I chose to pair my print with Puppies Behind Bars, again. I featured Jamie's dog in the print, which was an easy decision because just about every piece I do has an animal or animal representation in it. Personally, this charity resonates with me because I am a bleeding-heart animal lover. No dog on a leash or cat snoozing on a chair goes unnoticed without me making all sorts of obnoxious noises or trying to hug them. I grew up in a small house with a lot of animals, and can't imagine not having a small creature in my life. To give you an example of the menagerie that was my childhood home, one of my friends in high school came out of my bathroom looking kind of puzzled and amused. She said "I just went into the bathroom and found one cat laying in the sink, one kitten in the closet, and another cat behind the toilet." Priceless!

Stacey's previous (almost sold out!) edition: A Day's Catch.

Ana Montiel: En Las Nubes (In the Clouds)

Released Tuesday, September 13, 2011

En Las Nubes (In the Clouds), by Ana Montiel.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Ana Montiel (Logroño, La Rioja 1981) is a London-based Spanish visual artist and designer. Her work enbraces a universe of materials and media that range from screen printing to ceramics, to surface design, video art and collage. Her influences are as diverse as David Lynch and his holistic approach to creativity, Wiener Werkstatte and Art Deco with their way of understanding Fine Arts and Decorative Arts as being part of the same thing, antique wildlife illustrations, African textile designs, Astrology, Yoga, Ayurveda and life in general.

Through Ana’s latest art project Visual Mantras (ongoing) she has explored repetitive drawing as a meditation itself, and has developed a series of absorbing and richly coloured geometries based upon the cyclical and rhythmic flow of life. Ana also works as an illustrator, art director and designer, and has collaborated with brands such as Nina Ricci, Jo Malone and L’Oréal Professionnel.

In 2008 she created Pattern Tales, a wallpaper brand whose first product,Topo Azul, was selected as a ‘key product to watch’ in the New York Times’ Home & Garden supplement. Her art work has been exhibited in Europe and North America (e.g. Cranbrook Academy of Art - Michigan USA, Mad is Mad - Madrid) and has been recognised in several contests, including ‘Periodic'03: Concurso público de proyectos artísticos’ held at Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB). Ana has been interviewed on numerous occasions and her work has featured in international digital and print media such as Xfuns Magazine (China), Grand Designs (UK), Elle Interiör (Sweden), El País (Spain), Rolling Stone (Italia) and Rum (Denmark).

About the print:
The people featured in En Las Nubes (In the Clouds) are dreamers. I wanted to illustrate the "having your head in the clouds" feeling, but in a funny way.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
I feel inspired by plenty of things everyday. Lately I'm passionate about astronomy, astrology, permaculture and raw food. These subjects are influencing my life quite a lot and therefore my work.

Why did you choose to pair Doctors Without Borders with your print?
Doctors Without Borders' role is fundamental. They work miracles with very little (although I would suggest that they embrace holistic and alternative medical treatments more).

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
In my opinion, art is present all the time in our lives. We are all creative beings by nature. Nature asks questions, provokes changes, brings beauty, inspires us… it is a road to self-knowledge and communion with others.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Wassily Kandinsky, because of his spiritual way of understanding art.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I frequently feature artists that I like on my blog. You can check them outhere.

Amy Borrell - Sprinkles

Released Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sprinkles, by Amy Borrell.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Pablove Foundation.

Amy Borrell is a freelance illustrator and designer living in Melbourne, Australia. She spends her days working in a little studio making bits and pieces for all kinds of interesting and lovely clients, while also pursuing her own personal projects (and drinking lots of tea!). At the moment she is working on her first children's book, dabbling in a little furniture making, mastering her Nikon FG, and dreaming of far away lands.

About the print:
Candy coloured skiers drift gently down snow covered slopes beneath a pink moon.

This is an archival print on 300gsm, 100% cotton, acid-free Museo paper.


What has inspired you recently?
A trip to Belgium - with cotton clouds, windmills in paddocks and winding cobbled laneways. The colours of those days have been filling my drawings.

Why did you choose to pair The Pablove Foundation with your print?
I'm a big supporter of any organization which aims to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer, and Pablove is working hard to do this.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
It would be difficult to pick just one, but I love the work of Maira Kalman. She can say the most profound things with her illustrations, and make me giggle like crazy. I think she would be a wonderful teacher, and lovely company, too!

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I've been particularly fond of Susie Cowie's lacework and embroidery lately.