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Dance Party is an awesome print by Heisuke Kitazawa, an illustrator that I have long since admired, ever since spotting his wallet series for Poketo. Dance Party is about how we coexist with others. It expresses how Heisuke feels about communication:
Animals or humans it’s all the same. It’s all about sincerity – how we treat others and not about knowing the language or other communication methods.
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. 15% of each print sold will benefit Puppies Behind Bars. Read our interview with Heisuke here, and buy the print here.
I love the simplicity of this print edition by Jez Burrows - a series of maritime elements that make up a nautical dream. Sea Dream is a four-color Gocco screenprint on 140 lb Canaletto Liscia paper. 15% of each print sold will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.
One of the best things about running The Working Proof is being introduced to new artists. When Harry Diaz sent us a link to his portfolio, I was super stoked. His artwork is influenced by Mayan textiles and hieroglyphs, and incorporates an amazing amount of texture, layer, and color. The edition he made for us evolved from his memories of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Guatemala (where he is originally from), which were happy and celebratory events, despite the fact that dealing with the passing of loved ones is always a tough ordeal. Same Sun is about the forces of nature, life and death, and the afterlife.
This is a four-color screenprint on 140 lb Muscletone cover paper from French Paper. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist. 15% of each print sold will be donated to Teach For America. Read our interview with Harry here, and buy the print here.
A light-hearted print by Laszlito Kovacs for your Tuesday afternoon, and good reminder in this fast-paced day and age: Vida Lenta, or “Slow Life”. According to Laszlito, “It is a set of words for a way of living: slow, without stress, in a contemplative way.” I need that reminder especially – with a three-month old baby, I’m trying to figure out how to balance work and life these days.
15% of each print sold will be donated to 826 National, a fantastic non-profit that encourages kids’ interest in reading and writing. They also have an awesome set of themed shops, including the Superhero Supply Company in Brooklyn, which sells capes, masks, and grappling hooks, muscles, antimatter, secret identity kits, and suction cups. The website appears to be under construction, but you can check out all of the other shops supporting 826 National here. Read our interview with Laszlito here, and buy the print here.
This print, The Visitor, by Santiago Uceda started out as a gig poster for the band Finn Riggins. This simplified version is about travel and discovery in other worlds. The theme of travel and outer space has been of interest to Santiago ever since he did a poster last year for a science and arts festival, for which the theme was the cosmos.
I am a longtime Blanca Gómez fan, so I am thrilled to share today’s print edition, Village, with you. Village was created by Blanca as a simple and calm portrait of her ideal landscape. As with all of her artwork, the landscape features simple geometric shapes and bright colors.
I’m so excited to launch this amazing print by bee things. Jeff and Shay are a husband and wife duo from Dallas, TX, who create beautiful, nature-inspired products. Animal Medley is a four-color screenprint featuring all kinds of exotic animals. The print is perfectly paired with the Jane Goodall Institute, because Jeff and Shay were delighted to hear about the Institute’s philosophies and mission of inspiring and educating young people around the world to be stewards of our small planet and advocates for our fellow organisms.
This new print by Mark Warren Jacques reminds me of Native American dream catchers, a symbol of protection that “caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider’s web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it” (Wikipedia). Rather than catching harmful things, The Things I Think Dangle From Me Like This captures and displays the positive elements of our selves – beliefs, knowledge, truth. As Mark describes the piece:
The Things I Think Dangle From Me Like This is a piece about self awareness and self exploration. The diamond shape with descending steps of blue into outer space represents the mind and its structured infinite nature. The dangling charms are our beliefs, our knowledge, and our truths, if you will. We wear these truths for all to see – they are our history, and in many ways, our self-worth.