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.
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.
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.
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.