Is it still handcrafted if it’s from an iPhone?

Photo from Design Taxi


The folks at Lumi have created an iOS app called Lumitype, and used it as the basis for their new silkscreening process.

Read the Design Taxi piece here, and if the pitch gets your tech/craft juices flowing, you can help them out on their Kickstarter. If the idea irks your Handmade Rules ideology, start a conversation in the comments!

Your daily dose of Gemini

Lithograph sketches of the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry, presumably made before he built thing:

Walt Disney Concert Hall , 2009 ( FG08-1589 )
1 color lithograph
14″ x 18″
Edition of 35

$ 1500.00

Ditto to Abu Dhabi, which is currently in development:

Abu Dhabi , 2007 ( FG07-1546 )
1 color lithograph
20″ x 27″
Edition of 35

$ 2000.00

Future works? For now this colorful mish-mash of forms is called “Puzzled”:

Puzzled #5 , 2011 ( FG08-1587 )
2 color lithograph
18″ x 14″
Edition of 35

$ 1250.00

Gemini G.E.L.

Interview with T-shirt design winner Elise Kane

elise kane at handprints opening

Woodland Hills resident Elise Kane is the artist behind “Octopus,” one of the two winning designs that we printed at our silkscreening workshop last month. We followed up with her with a few questions about her experience.

Where did you first learn the art of printmaking, and intaglio specifically?

I learned intaglio and screenprinting while still a student at UC Davis. My intaglio instructor was Stella Ebner and my screenprinting instructor was Malaquias Montoya, who is known for his art activism in and on behalf of the Chicano community.

What was the octopus print originally created for?

We had been given an assignment in Stella Ebner’s class to create a series that demonstrated the development of a drawing on the metal intaglio plate. In other words, everyone created prints for each of six or seven stages of their etchings. When laid side by side in chronological order, your prints told the story of how that drawing came to fruition.

How did it feel first seeing 100+ votes for your design on the website and then seeing people print it on shirts?

To be honest, in my mind, I think those votes were a fluke. However, in the end, I hope people enjoyed the design.

Have you been wearing your octopus shirt every day?

I didn’t make a shirt for myself because I wanted to use ink colors that weren’t available at the demo. I printed shirts for my parents at the demo, though. My dad has one in blue on a white background to evoke the Dodgers, which is his favorite baseball team. My mom has one in green.

Now that you have the octopus silkscreen as a prize, are you going to print more?

Yes! I’ll be buying inks to print the shirts I didn’t get a chance to make for myself, then one for my brother. Maybe I’ll get around to making some greeting cards too. Thank you to coLAb for the unexpected prize! I’m grateful to have been able to share some work alongside some very talented people. It was a neat show.

More of Elise’s artwork and design can be seen on her Coroflot page.

Online submissions still open!

Parliament of Fowls

Are you a Los Angeles artist who just heard about L.A. Handprints? Totally bummed you missed the opportunity to display your work at our installation at Home Room in April? Don’t fret — our online gallery is still up and running and accepting submissions!

Head on over to our submissions page and send us your artwork. The more works you can contribute, the better! LA Handprints hopes to organize more local art events in the future, so your participation in the online portion of our project could lead to your work hanging up at Home Room someday. (Don’t forget to share this website with other local artists who might be interested in submitting work.)

A special thanks to all the artists who have shared their wonderful prints. We could not have done this without you!

Suck it, Dennis Hopper

Gallery 1988 has a pretty striking, off-kilter collection of Hollywood-inspired prints:

And of course, the obligatory alien-bursting-out-of-Kool-Aid-Man’s-Stomach.

Gallery 1988 is located on Melrose and La Brea and on Pier Ave in Santa Monica/Venice. Price for prints are not too shabby at $20-40.

Another Blue Velvet from artist Billy Perkins

“Gene” by artist Brandon Rike, inspired by Wet Hot American Summer

Tyler Durden-approved

From Art is Shit Editions in LA, artist Ryan McIntosh places airplane safety manuals over found photographs of airplane disasters taken from the media.

Tyler Durden: [pointing at an emergency instruction manual on a plane] You know why they put oxygen masks on planes?
Narrator: So you can breathe.
Tyler Durden: Oxygen gets you high. In a catastrophic emergency, you’re taking giant panicked breaths. Suddenly you become euphoric, docile. You accept your fate. It’s all right here. Emergency water landing – 600 miles an hour. Blank faces, calm as Hindu cows.
Narrator: That’s, um… That’s an interesting theory.

Oh Matrushka, what nice polka dots you have!

This Silver Lake boutique prints custom tailored (aprox $80) dresses that range from hipster-safe to hipster-crazy (I support the latter).

Your daily dose of Gemini

Oh hey, Jasper Johns.


Untitled ,  1992  ( JJ92-1305 )
8 color lithograph
38 3/4″ x 31 1/8″
Edition of 74

Oh hey $16,000 price tag. Gemini G.E.L. has some of the finest prints available for all of those super rich art enthusiasts we love to hate.


Untitled ,  1992  ( JJ92-1304 )
8 color lithograph
38 3/4″ x 31 1/8″
Edition of 72


Pyre 2 ,  2004  ( JJ04-1510 )
3 color lithograph
15 1/8″ x 11 1/8″
Edition of 250

This one’s ” cheaper” at: $ 8,500.00. Still a beauty to look at, even saved on my desktop.

That’ll do, buddha pig, that’ll do

These slightly frightening, but also strangely adorable prints by Karen Fiorito at Buddha Cat Press  are meant to express a pig’s inner intelligence. I personally can’t help being reminded of a certain..






But seriously, Ms. Fiorito’s pig dieties are high quality and  guilt-free at $70 a print. Great gifts for your judgmental vegetarian friends!


Sexy new Self Help site now up and running

New and improved with detailed information about classes, events and priced art












The widely recognized Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights just got an online facelift that is a must-see for any novice-to-experienced printmaker interested in workshops, residency or studio space rental. It’s all there, with (cheap!) price points, detailed class descriptions and contact info readily available and, compared to their fairly inert and directionless site before, a million times more professional and user friendly. See for yourself: