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We're All Normal, 19x25 in., silkscreen
More Badgers, Less Weasels, 19x25 in., silkscreen

Bio

You can easily spot The Little Friends of Printmaking in a crowd--their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway. Their artwork is just as distinctive. Husband-and-wife team JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, these art-school refugees continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists' residencies throughout North America, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen. Their awards include honors from the Art Directors' Club, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. Also, their work has been published in the books New Masters of Poster Design [Rockport], Juxtapoz: Poster Art [Gingko Press], and Handmade Nation [Princeton Architectural Press], among others. The Little Friends currently live in Milwaukee, WI with two very round cats.

 

Work Statement

"We're All Normal" is an expression of outrage over the then-concurrent debates in the United States over marriage equality and health care. Wrote the Little Friends, "If we ran the country, this would be the flag, or the Constitution."

"More Badgers, Less Weasels" was produced initially as a giveaway placard for protesters during the 2011 occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol building and the statewide protests that followed, "More Badgers, Less Weasels" is a simple graphic that unites the myriad concerns of the pro-Wisconsin protesters into a simple sentiment-- a call for fair play.