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Letter B made of feathers

Brackish is a collaborative zine project made by Houston-based artists Katie Mulholland and Sarah Welch in 2015. Over a five month period Mulholland and Welch created a massive pile of ink drawings imaging the past, present, and sometimes invented future of the Houston landscape. They curated this drawing collection to compile the Brackish zine. Drawings of special interest were chosen to become risograph or letterpress prints paired alongside the book (see the Brackish Box Set link for more info). The book features local and invasive flora & fauna, architecture, interior spaces, city infrastructure, industry, and residential vignettes. Special attention is lavished on locations with ancient, sometimes futuristic presence. Think 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Jurassic Park.

  • Photo of "Brackish" boxed set with the box open and the zine cover with golden vines on a fence visible
  • "Brackish" boxed set showing custom letter B box and risograph zine cover with golden vines on a chain link fence
  • "Brackish" zine inner page detail showing a dystopian, overgrown astrodome filled with swampy plants
  • Detail of three prints including two toads in love, a dystopian astrodome, and an olympic clover hotel swimming pool
  • Letterpress print of a vine covered silhouette
  • "Brackish" boxed set items laid out, showing the zine, frog love print, swamp man print, astrodome print, and clover pool print
  • Endangered Houston Toad Couple risograph framed print showing two green frogs, one on the larger's back
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A Fabled Evening

Invitation with illustrated plants

We were very honored to have this opportunity to work on a custom letterpress invitation for local arts nonprofit Diverseworks. Founded by artists in 1982, Diverseworks is well known for fostering new and daring art without restraints in our hometown, Houston, Texas.

This custom letterpress invitation suite was designed by Sarah Welch and printed on our Kluge letterpress in vibrant dark blue. Printed on 110# Crane’s Lettra, we love the tactile feel of this invite and its matching envelope. We were especially happy to have some room to play with on the depth of impression, since this invite was specifically designed with letterpress in mind– by leaving the back of the card’s face blank, we were able to work deeper than normal without the need to worry about show-through or distortion of elements on the opposite side.

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Cry Me a River Part I & II

"Cry Me a River" risograph comic front cover with two women performing a diy haircut

Cry Me a River is the second chapter of author and illustrator, Sarah Welch‘s Endless Monsoon saga. Originally planned as a single book, we decided to split the story in two parts because of the length.

In Chapter 2 of the Endless Monsoon story we find Jess re-settled, living temporarily with Angela, but still struggling to achieve stability in the murky environs that seem hell bent on breaking her spirit. The pair manage to make their own fun despite the circumstances.

  • "Cry Me a River" risograph comic inner detail of a plant in a sack and friends watching tv on the couch
  • "Cry Me a River" risograph comic inner detail two different bedroom scenes side by side
  • "Cry Me a River" risograph comic inner detail of two women sitting at a bus stop bench
  • "Cry Me a River" risograph comic inner detail of two friends sharing an umbrella on the street
  • "Cry Me a River" risograph comic inner detail oftwo women sitting on a porch talking about swamp mold
  • "Cry Me a River" risograph comic inner detail of streets, duplexs and apartments after rains in Houston

"Cry Me a River II" risograph zine front cover with a hatchback and text written in cracks of pavement
“Cry Me a River” part two by Sarah Welch

Why is Endless Monsoon Chapter 2 split into two parts you ask? Necessity. This chapter ran longer than all the others and we were forced to make two books because we did not own a stapler that could handle the overflowing volume of pages. Self-publishing is like that my friends. CMAR Part 2 picks up with a conflict for our dear protagonist that ends with a wild night in a warehouse turned punk venue.

  • "Cry Me a River II" risograph zine inner detail of faces and chuga chuga sound effect
  • "Cry Me a River II" risograph zine inner detail of a car being loaded and prepared for a move
  • "Cry Me a River II" risograph zine wrap around cover showing a hatchback, elephant ear foilage, and streetside curb
  • "Cry Me a River II" risograph zine inner detail of a house party punk show
  • "Cry Me a River II" risograph zine inner detail of mega bass car stereo button and tropical overpass scenery
  • "Cry Me a River II" risograph zine inner detail of palm tree scene and character leaving for work