Wisconsin flags are now up in my shop! As a collaboration with Patchwork Printshop out of Madison, Wisconsin we have been working on the design, printing and flag making since the idea came to me way back in July.
I met Leslie of Patchwork Printshop through Maker Market - a monthly market I organize in the summer months here in Milwaukee. I was immediately drawn to her style of bright colors with finely articulated layering + her hand-drawn aesthetic. I asked her if she would ever consider re-interpreting the crest of the Wisconsin flag for me.
After going through a few different ideas, we finally decided on a design. It ended up being the perfect partnership of two people who were uniquely on the same page. I am very proud to announce they are made it into my shop just in time for the holiday season.
Lesley finds her inspiration from song lyrics, book passages or random phrases that resonate with her. She will usually let the words stew for awhile and think up images in moments of quiet. She finds inspiration from children's book illustrations, local plants, folk art, vintage textiles and objects and people in her life. For these Wisconsin crests, she fell in love with they Byrd's album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. "My main desires are to create art that is thoughtful, playful, and engaging and to contribute to the local creative community through collaborations," explains Lesley.
Leslie pulled her first screenprint in high school and immediately fell in love with the medium. "I never thought I could be an artists, whatever that means, so I studied Community Art in New York city and Asheville, North Carolina and eventually got my degree in Art Education at UW-Madison. Over the years, I studied printmaking when I could, attending workshops and apprenticing at a letterpress studio. After the birth of my daughter, something shifted inside of me and I felt this urgency to make my own art and found the courage to start putting it out into the world."