A Wandering Disposition and Available Prints! by Aftyn Shah

This past weekend, I visited Austin, TX for the opening reception of Art on 5th's exhibition, "A Wandering Disposition," which runs January 21st to February 15th. I created three pieces (five, if you count each panel of the triptych independently) specifically for the show, so it was a really neat experience seeing them framed and hanging alongside the work of fantastic and generally more established artists. I also loved the opportunity to hear people's responses first-hand and chat.

The obligatory photo with the exhibition info!

The obligatory photo with the exhibition info!

The artwork is, of course, print-based, but I experimented with more color than my usual works. I hand-colored the triptych and Dead Man's Cove with watercolors, while I used multiple blocks for Burlington. Because of the unique and time-intensive nature, each is part of a limited edition run.

I generally operate on an open-edition basis, in that I create my print blocks with the intention to print as many as are desired by customers for as long as the block lasts (in fact, I often print on demand). I love the accessibility (and affordability) this provides. I myself grew up unable to afford original art (Heck! It's often STILL out of my price range!), so I really love the idea of giving someone the opportunity to have original artwork they enjoy in their home or office.

That said, these pieces are more time-intensive, and it's unrealistic to think I can hand-color prints over and over. As such, they are numbered prints, with Art on Fifth having the first print of each edition (I'm currently not selling the rest just yet). I wanted to go through this difference to explain to my customers why the pricing is higher in this instance.  

These are currently available through Art on Fifth, already framed by their in-house framing studio. If you're seriously interested, please reach out to me and I'll put you in touch with the right person at the gallery. I can also send larger or additional photographs, if necessary.

And now, without further ado, the art and info!

"Yosemite Tunnel View," 1/5, 12"x12" (each) Hand-Colored Blockprint, $550

"Yosemite Tunnel View," 1/5, 12"x12" (each) Hand-Colored Blockprint, $550

"Dead Man's Cove," 1/10, 9"x11" Hand-Colored Blockprint, $300

"Dead Man's Cove," 1/10, 9"x11" Hand-Colored Blockprint, $300

"Night at Lake Champlain," 1/10, 12"x18" Multi-Color Blockprint, $400

"Night at Lake Champlain," 1/10, 12"x18" Multi-Color Blockprint, $400

Again, they're available through Art on Fifth, even if you're not in the Austin area. Just send me an email if you're seriously interested. 

Rise + Wander Shirt Pre-Sale! by Aftyn Shah

Shirts!

A lot of you have asked about putting R+W designs on shirts, and after a couple months of research and experimentation they’re finally here!

Well, actually, no, they’re not HERE, but the pre-sale is! What does that mean? Read on, my friend.

Why a Presale?

As I’m a small business (we’re talkin’ tiny, one-woman show), I’m not in a position to maintain large quantities of inventory to accommodate the colors and sizes I want to offer. To solve this, I’ve decided to host a pre-sale for a little over a week, during which you can order your shirt(s) for a discounted price. Once the pre-sale is closed, I will place the blank shirt order and start printing like a mad woman once they arrive. Orders will ship as soon as they’re ready, but no later than November 18th.

Pre-Sale Details

The pre-sale will run from October 14th through the 23rd.  Once the pre-sale closes, shirts will not be available for sale again until around early December.  Ordinarily, short-sleeve shirts will be $28, but the pre-sale price will be $25.

Shirt Details

After researching various options, I settled on American Apparel fine jersey crewneck unisex t-shirts. I appreciate their fair labor practices and that they manufacture (and create jobs) here at home in the United States. Their shirts are also incredibly soft and comfortable to wear, and take screenprint beautifully.

The four colors available are navy blue (white ink), olive green (white ink), ash grey seafoam (black ink), and heather grey (black ink).

The Screenprint Process

I'm known for creating blockprints, so you might wonder why I chose to screenprint these shirts instead. I originally planned to blockprint, just like I would an art print, but ultimately decided to screenprint because of the solid and even color the technique provides. It took some time (and mistakes!), but I figured out the process and developed my own best practices, and I’ve really enjoyed learning something new.

Rest assured, the designs are taken directly from the block! In order to maintain the integrity of the original blockprint, I decided to actually print on a transparency (just like I would paper) to then transfer to the screen via the photo-emulsion method. It would probably have been easier to print digitally, but I think it’s pretty neat that I can say the design is that much closer to being an actual blockprint.

Once the shirts are printed with fabric ink, they’re heat treated and washed, so they’ll be ready to wear when you get them!

Shirt Care

While the design is screenprinted with ink that’s intended to stand up to garment washing, there are steps you can take to lengthen the life of your shirt. Cold water, mild detergent, and turning your shirt inside-out during washes will all help keep the image looking sharp. If your dryer is like mine and the temperature is hot-hot-hot even on low, then maybe pick a delicate setting.

Returns

I completely understand that ordering a shirt online can be tricky, but please review the description and size chart in each listing carefully. If you receive your shirt and find it is the wrong size, please contact me and return it within 30 days and I will gladly exchange it if I have your size available in your color preference. If an exchange isn't an option, I will issue a refund minus the cost of shipping.

What now?

Take advantage of the pre-sale and go buy a shirt!

Print Collaboration with Rachel Roams by Aftyn Shah

I’m extremely excited to share that I’ll be collaborating with super explorer Rachel Rudwall (@rachelroams) on a series of prints. If you’ve seen the Cheena Vala print, you’ve already seen the first one!

 Rachel is a life-long explorer, from her childhood exploring Ohio’s beautiful open spaces and forests, to her worldwide adventures today. I met her as a fellow student in an International Studies class at Miami University and we bonded over a love of travel and exploring. She has gone on to an amazing career of professional wandering (everyone’s dream!).

 As described on her website (RachelRoams.com), “she has traveled six continents, lived in three countries, and journeyed through nearly 60 nations. As TV Host, Producer, EMMY-Nominated Camera Operator, and Social Media Influencer, Rachel regularly drops herself into faraway lands to relate their stories to outsiders.” Her passion for travel and particularly her enthusiasm in sharing the world with everyone is what made me want to collaborate.

 I will be using a total of four of her photos as inspiration for prints. Ten percent of the sales from these prints will go to a charity near and dear to her heart called Girls Not Brides. This awesome organization works to end child marriage and enable girls to live out their potential with a worldwide reach. An excerpt from their website details their efforts:

“Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 600 civil society organizations from over 80 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential.

“Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.

“Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.”

As I said, I’m thrilled to collaborate with Rachel and to share her passion for the world with you through my prints. On a personal note, I believe she’s an incredible role model for anyone, but especially women who want to explore and travel on their terms. In her own words, “We live in an age in which women are permitted more and more freedoms to explore their bliss, their talents, and their world, and I'm grateful to be a part of that collective journey.”

Wonderfully said.