Positive Energy 2018 Calendars

by Laura Brown

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Artist Statement

I love the fresh start of a new year, and as I work on calendars each fall, I think about what the current year has brought and all the potential the next one holds. We are living in strange times, to say the least, and I often find myself at a loss for words in response to the rise of so much hatred and darkness in the last couple of years. Sister Corita Kent, patron saint of screen printing and eternal provider of inspiration, made a lot of prints in her lifetime. One of them simply reads “positive energy” in the center of radiating colors and lines. I couldn’t get those words out of my head as I thought about what I need—what we all need—moving into the next year and beyond. Instead of radiating colors, I chose concentric rainbow circle-blobs because I can never resist the magic of transparent layers of colors in letterpress printing.


+ Each calendar is an original letterpress print fed by hand through an antique printing press by the artist. Because of this, colors may vary slightly—a major plus in our book!
+ Bonus: snip off the top half of your calendar at the end of the year and frame it for ongoing good vibes.
+ All orders for this edition are final sale and not eligible for discount or return.

Medium: Neenah Paper's Sundance Felt 80 lb Text

Laura Brown

Laura Brown is a printmaker, book artist, collaborator and teacher. Currently, her work uses the vocabulary of ubiquitous construction signage as a way of investigating social and political upheaval in today's American society. She draws inspiration from everyday experience, from the most mundane and routine patterns of life. She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has participated in residencies at the Myren Graffikk in Kristiansand, Norway; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Her work appears in collections... Read More
at Yale University and the Library of Congress, among others. Her work has been shown internationally, nationally, and locally, most recently at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN. She teaches at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Augsburg University and is an active member of the print collective Proof Public, which aims to amplify marginalized voices through letterpress printing.
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