Sunday, December 28, 2008

Post-Christmas Fun Tidbits

posted by ADRIENNE
I have been busy for a while and have a few things to share so bear with me. 
Firstly, I got two great books today with a giftcard I got for Christmas.  

An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
(tagline states: "drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators, and designers") 
You can watch a video about it here.
Its pretty cool, featuring everyone from James Jean to Stefan Sagmeister. Each artist speaks about their way of journaling their thoughts and what brand sketchbooks they use/what pen brands/what watercolors/etc. Very inspirational.


Hand Job: A Catalog of Type by Michael Perry
Showcases a gajillion (yes a gajillion) examples of hand rendered type. Actually alot of Sagmeister Inc. work in there too. . .of course. Visual Overload. 

These should all be quite handy since a few of us are working on a neato sketchbook project and I'm working on drawing/collages myself. 

Speaking of, here are a couple images of things I have been haphazardly working on. I told Ann I would put them up. I feel like I am WILLING new work to come out of me, albeit slowly. 
(Frogman's is my deadline, I have to have plenty of new work by then.)

 Counting the Times, collage, gouache, graphite, thread, 2008

Back Then I Was Too Young To See, collage, thread, graphite, colored pencil, 2008 

My handmade-letterpressed christmas card
Last, but not least, Brad and I are trying to get an Etsy store up and running to get rid of all the mounds of old work that we both have laying around. There will be tons of letterpress/printmaking/photo paraphenelia to buy cheap! Check on us periodically and see what we are up to:

Hope everyone has a grand New Years and celebrates the opening of 2009 appropriately. I'll be in Louisville celebrating and attending Betsy's wedding most of the week, so if you're around that area give me a call.  For Auld Land Syne, everybody!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

To end the semester...

Jerry B. Phillips

stuck in the middle with you
Jerry B. Phillips

color proportion 02
Jerry B. Phillips

Jerry B. Phillips

Jerry B. Phillips

color proportion 01
Jerry B. Phillips

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Blast from the past!

Remember when Ann and I were in charge of a class exchange?

I thought in honor of my new found appreciation of colour....this old image from the good ol'days would make for a great coloring book page!

so people, colour away!

Submission will be featured in my Facebook as it's own project album!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jerry continues his love affair with color...

Yes! I did it!, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
engraving w/ hand coloring (gauche)

...and he's having one hell of a time!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

and it continues...

posted by: jerry
look inside, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
mezzotint, etching

And so the life without bone black continues.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Vegetable 01a

posted by: jerry

drew some more and did a tag team with a mysterious guest.

Friday, November 21, 2008

don't forget the veggies

posted by: jerry

celery stick, mushrrooms, notes, math, and.....ribbon? hm.

asked the students in my drawing class what i should draw in the sketchbook. this is what we came up with.

jerry does color

posted by: jerry

color studies - two color palette, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips

I'm taking a class on color, and I've been working with color all semester. I'll admit I was extremely terrified that first couple of weeks, but now I'm completely approaching color with a more confident mind set.

Seriously. I started making print where I am negating the black ink for the process and product.

out of the aquarium, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
multiple plate etching, mezzotint

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Frogman's 2009

Posted By Adrienne: 
I'm mailing my Frogman's assistantship application today.  (holding my breath) 

Either way, I'll be in South Dakota next summer with at least Jerry, Ann, Nicole, Jim, and Oscar for the first week. Hurrah! Print reunion!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Back Hatch-a! (Get it?)

Posted By Adrienne: 
Brad and I collaborated on this Hatch poster a while back but I found it posted on Gigposters just recently. We brainstormed, I carved, he typeset. It worked out. 

They were actually pretty incredible in concert, not to mention adorably in love. If you haven't seen the movie Once yet, go rent it. 

Jerry, I am done with the Mineral sketchbook - lets get this show on the road, guys!
Ann, you better update on here and let us/me know how hanging out with Mr. Hosford this week goes, since he's your visiting artist and all. I actually reminded him as he was headed out the door on Thursday to tell you hello and how much I missed you. I said "Her last name is Flowers, she draws alot of rainbows, she'll find you. " 

Hope everyone is doing splendidly. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama - Oh yeah!

he did it!

treading water...trying not to drown

Posted By: Jerry

I don't what it is about this semester but, i feel like my life just doubled in speed and i was completely caught off guard.

I feel like the boat i'm riding suddenly burst into speed, spilling me in the ocean, and I'm just treading water watching the boat leave me behind.

I need to learn to tread water better, so i can wait for the coast guard. Does a unit even exist here in Peoria?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

AnD Poster

posted by alex g.

Hey guys. Jer gave me the heads up, so this is my first post. Things are going well in Cali. Having to swear myself to secrecy keeps me from showing anyone anything, unless it makes it to finish. So, I'm happy to share with you this piece that I worked on. Look for it in the coming weeks:

This poster isn't 100 percent good to go, because it was leaked. I dare not upload the finished one. Anyway, good to see people's stuff. Jer and Adrienne, looking forward to more sketchbooks. Good luck with the grad schools Adrienne, I , however, have no help to offer.

EDIT: apparently, the website I linked the image from didnt appreciate the broadband "theft", so I just uploaded the same image.

Friday, October 24, 2008

And So It Begins

I decided last night that I need to start being serious about my grad school research. Until now I have flirted with the idea, gotten lots of pretty packets in the mail, but haven't made any serious commitment about looking at the pros and cons of each program. 

Since I know a few people are here are gradschool experienced, any suggestions about how I should go about making decisions would be extremely helpful. 

I think I want my grad degree to be in Printmaking/Book Arts/Papermaking but I want a school that has a working letterpress area. I'm also interested in Museum need to make up my mind and.or figure out how to do ALL of that at once. If I'm going back to school, I'm definitely planning on making it worth it. (obviously)

I've gotten info from everywhere: 
Montana State
Univ. of the Arts
Agnes Scott
Wisconsin Madison

I need help. 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I'm back with a brand new invention!

This is a blog by Ann Flowers. I'm not sure if I'm suppose to say that so abruptly but it's true! It's me!
Jerry and Adrienne have done an amazing job with this blog and then I went and messed it up by never posting here. Sorry, guys! Ya'll are great.
But now I have a blog I'm maintaining so I figure I can work on both, right? I'll give it a go.
My blog is here.
Check it out!
The image above is some new work. I love working on manilla envelopes. They make a great shape. They sort of look like houses and I dig houses right now.
So that's a little bit of me. And another thanks to Jerry and Adrienne for being so blogtastic!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mid-America Print Council 2008: Fargo


So it's the final night of MAPC 2008: Fargo and I must say that it was by far the smallest conference I've been too, but I had a blast never-the-last. I have met so many people and particularly other students. The Herron School of Art kids are pretty awesome.

SGC is going to be pretty awesome. There are going to be so many people I'm going to remember.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sketchbook Exchange Project


BOOK: Animal

Here's the first entry in the animal book for this project.

なんですか。(nan desu ka?), 2008
Jerry Phillips
book: animal

I drew this while on a plane to japan this august, continued in a mall while a little kid yelled at me, "Nan desu ka?!" - it's kind of like saying, "what is that?"

this kid was brat, but his mom spoke some English and apologized.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Not my Art, BUT. . .

Maybe this isn't REALLY following blog rules, but its related. 
A friend of mine recently sent me these videos of friends of mine. These are people who inspire me on a daily basis and make me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 

My incredible boyfriend talking about how typesetting for letterpress works: 

My friend Agnes with a video about handcarved portraits for Etsy: 

I also recently made a beautiful art aquisition. I traded the wonderful Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing for his handcarved, 18x24, 4 color, Gillian Welch poster. See here at a Prints Gone Wild Exhibition: 

I'm making work for a book exhibit, working on our sketchbook exchange, and making work for a print show in Colorado. Hope everyone else is doing just as well!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Some New work!


abled unable, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
drypoint on sentra

creation tale, 2007
Jerry B. Phillips

carnal heroic acts, 2007
Jerry B.Phillips
mezzotint, monotype

after talking with Adrienne, I have finally uploaded these! Heading to Murray on Tuesday...the good ol' graduate school visiting artist program. Nathan and I are taking three other Bradley grads down to see the home stead of Murray's Art Department.


Even Though You Missed It...

I thought you'd like to know. A small blurb on a show I was in last weekend:

TAG art gallery & Isle of Printing present
Bi-Annual Nashville Print & Poster Parade

Featuring affordable artworks on paper for everyone!

August 29th & 30th
Reception – Friday Night, August 29th, 6 to 9 pm
Saturday Hours - 10am to 6pm
Venue – Ruby Green, Nashville, TN

If the economy crunch is affecting your art collecting or home decorating, well this is the answer to your problems! Tag art gallery’s Jerry Dale McFadden and Isle of Printing’s Bryce McCloud have put together another print and poster art extravaganza coming up at the end of August for one weekend only. The show will feature some of the hottest printmakers from around the country together under one roof. The artwork will be exhibited at Nashville’s only non-profit art center, Ruby Green. A portion of sales from the show will benefit Ruby Green.

This is the show for folks looking for unique and affordable artwork for their home, dorm room, office or wherever. There will be lots of gig posters/rock posters as well as art prints of all kinds, whether made from screenprinting, letterpress or stenciled artwork. Average prices range between $20 to $40. Just in time for back-to-school!

Some of the fine printmakers that will be featured include Nashville’s own Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing. McCloud, who has helped pull similar shows together with TAG, is a renowned guru of printmaking here and around the world. McCloud apprenticed at Hatch Show Print years ago before venturing out on his own and continues in the tradition of vintage letterpress, woodcut and linocut prints. McCloud was featured in Chronicle Books’ “The Art of Modern Rock” along with some of the other artists that will be featured in this exhibit.

Other artists exhibiting include Lesley Patterson-Marx, Emily Leonard, Laura Baisden, Dan Grzeca, Dirk Fowler of f2design, Allison Glancey of Strawberryluna, Burlesque of North America, Mike Davis and Sasha Barr just to name a few.

Ruby Green is located at 514 5th Ave S., Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 244-7179

Though TAG art gallery no longer has an actual gallery space, this is the first installment and example of Jerry Dale McFadden’s plan to continue curating interesting art shows in the Nashville area as well as around the country. Other upcoming events include an exhibit of new work by New York artist Lori Field along with Nashville favorite Anna Jaap, to be held at Estel Gallery, September 6th – October 4th. Also, McFadden has arranged a show of new paintings by Samuel Dunson to be held in October at the Vanderbilt Divinity School, Oct. 9th through Nov. 7th.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Wedding Bells


My friend and roommate from college is getting married in January and asked me to design her wedding invitations and programs. Having access to Hatch Show in this case turns out to be totally invaluable. Who doesn't want hand printed wedding invitations!? 

It will eventually be trifold, with a perforated/tear-off rsvp postcard. Printed with the florishes in a split fountain bright blue/lightblue and all the type in black. Heres some shots of the rough mockup:

 (YES, I am aware of the typos, if you know Betsy...I have no idea who really reads this blog. There weren't any more "a's" in the typeface I needed so I had to temporarily substitute "e's" instead so I could get the spacing right.)

Saturday, August 2, 2008



I was given quite a surprise ladies and gents.  Today, I was contacted by a young Palauan in the arts.  My parents somehow know her parents, but that's not really surprising. Palauans seem to know everyone who is somewhat of Palauan decent.

The surprise is far more exciting. There are more Palauans in the world of art!  I'm so excited, that I don't have to think I'm the only one anymore.  This is big news!

To top it off, I was asked to provide a bio, so me and my work can be used in a class presentation! I feel so professional!  It's exciting, but also weird. I've been been used in a presentation before.  

freaking awesome!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ahoy Tomato

Check out my super silly submissions for the Tomato Show: 
(some of the really light colored pencil work on my rives bfk wasn't cooperating with the scan, but enjoy anyway.)

Tomatoes On My Mind, xerox transfer/pen/graphite/silkscreen ink/colored pencil, 2008
Good Morning, Tomato!, xerox transfer/graphite/ink/colored pencil/silkscreen ink, 2008
Fruit or Vegetable?, xerox transfer/graphite/ink/colored pencil/silkscreen ink, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hi Ho, Hi Ho. . .

I've been making work again. Granted its really silly work, but its work none-the-less. I feel like its totally different from my work in undergrad as far as mood and intention goes but some of the imagery is the same.  I'm drawing much more than normal. 

Also, currently making art for the Tomato Art Festival Show that is held in East Nashville on August 9th. I'll be posting those as soon as they are finished.  I could not be more glad to have a deadline again. 

Another announcement: Jerry Phillips, our friend Alex Griendling, and I are collaborating on a sort of traveling sketchbook project that we created. The theme is "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral" I'm sure we'll be periodically posting things about that as well. 

And heres a few of my sketches as of late: 
(unfinished), old letterpress/tea/ink/graphite/colored pencil/marker, 2008

Thoughtful Accusations, pencil/tea/ink/old letterpress,2008

Train of Thought,  chalk/tea/color pencil/ink/graphite/old letterpress, 2008

(unfinished), color pencil/graphite/ink, 2008

field studies, color pencil/ink/old letterpress, 2008

P.S. My 24th birthday is on Friday. If you want to get me something wonderful, I suggest going to Etsy. (just kidding. but seriously.) 

Friday, May 23, 2008

New image and NEWS

dance, 2008
graphite on paper
Jerry B. Phillips

As you may have guessed I have finished my first year of graduate school. Instead of boring you with the details, I'll let you glimpse a tad into my next semester. Imagine a classroom with kids , ready to tackle a blank page and create.

I was asked two days ago, if I would teach a beginning drawing class Monday and Wednesday nights in the Fall! My first real class!!! I'm so excited.

Also, crazy peeps, me and the Robyn are headed to South Dakota this July....who's going to be there?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

First Year of Grad School...over?

In four days, I will take part in the end of the semester graduate critiques.

This crit is something rather special. It's officially called, "The Advancement to Candidacy" crit, which all Murray Kids can relate to. Back in Murray, we called it "Mid-degree Review."

Basically, I'll show my work and talk about where I think it's heading and how the changes in imagery and idea are related to this direction. They will then decide whether or not I can continue with the program.

I sat down with Nathan today, and we both had the same reflections about grad school at Bradley. Murray treated the BFA students like Graduate Students. So we're actually not having trouble at Bradley, that's not including the working at developin concepts and experimenting with new processes and such. you get the deal.

I'm not really concerned with the semester ending...I'm really shocked that I'm already through 1/3 of my Graduate School Career...that's incredible.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

MAPC Conference Fall of 2008

Mid-America Print Council Conference

It's going to be in the beginning of October....

It's another gathering of printmakers and I must say I'm really excited about it.

I've never been to North Dakota, let alone Fargo.

I have never seen the movie Fargo (but this will be remedied soon).

But I'm most excited about being around a bunch of Printmakers when I turn  26.

That's right folks, Jerry turns 26 during the MAPC festivities!!! Hope you all can be there! I'm going to go eat some sushi on the night of Oct. 3!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Southern Graphics

SGC is here and I'll be taking three classmates to events!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

final version. i hope.

entangled, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
poyester organza, matte medium collograph
one viscosity roll, selective wiping

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

from the west

Hey Friends!

LMU's on spring break, which means I am having an intense, uninterupted week of productivity....both making work and tending to computer-business like my Blog, and my Etsy shop. It feels springy in LA. One would think there wouldn't be a perceivable change in weather, but there totally is.

Also working on my plan to attend Southern Graphics Council at the end of the month. I can't wait.

Hey Emily! Are you going? And don't you owe me a print?

Here's a picture from Athens, dug up from the archive:

Love, Michelle.

Friday, February 29, 2008


I am learning how to make books in the book art course. I am learning how to repair damaged book from circulation at the school library.

I'm all about books this semester.

It's completely taken over my reals.

pictures will be up soon of book I made and of my work place.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Some Drawings...

cocoon buddies, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
acrylic, silkscreen ink, graphite

too much, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
acrylic, silkscreen ink

Just some more little drawings. I have a bout 21 total I am working on. They are fun, and keeping my busy while I'm trying to find my way through this crazy art world.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

More work and fog...also fainting goats

born of the jelly 2, 2008
21 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches
Jerry B. Phillips

Collograph (polyester organza, matte medium)

About two weeks ago, Peoria was hit with a thick dense fog. Note that the time this picture was taken was around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Bradley graduate students sometimes like to pretend they are fainting goats.

New work

entangled, 2008
9 5/16 x 7 9/16 inches
Jerry B. Phillips
collograph (polyester organza, matte medium)

born from the jelly, 2008
4 x 3 inches
Jerry B. Phillips
etching, aquatint, drypoint

So here's some new work. The etching was the first of the semester. I'm still tweaking it , so it is not editioned but I'm really excited about this little guy. It still has a basis in the jellyfish forms I love, but I feel it is growing beyond just representing the animal. There was a feeling of change I kept experiencing when I was working on this. This little guy is precious.

The collograph is some new technique Oscar has shown me. It works very similarly to mezzotint, but eliminates the tedious preparation of the plate (also it is way cheaper to make). I'm growing quite fond of this acquired knowledge and have complete a large one I just proofed last night. I'll scan that and upload it in a little bit.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blue, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
silkscreen ink, acrylic, graphite

I've been doing a lot of thinking this break. It all started with one little phrase that came up during dinner at my Grandmother's house. I even more confused as to where I'm going with art.

red, 2008
Jerry B. Phillips
silkscreen ink, acrylic, graphite