The latest: whyncha subscribe to the Wertzeen?//February 8, 2017

Friendlies,

I miss this page. I really do.

Making the posts is great fun, and I’ve hardly even had time to make newsletters, let alone posts. That said, we have a new Wertzeen coming out tomorrow at 8am. If you haven’t subscribed (heh, like anyone actually reads this thing), you should do so. That will get you the latest bits, bites and hoo-hahs.

In the meantime, you can look at this list of links I prepared for my students at CCA; there’s some goody-goodies in there.

Oh: I just added a few new prints to the shop page. That page is very well attended to. It has a staff.

Also, here’s some amazing footage of the Women’s March in Oakland. OAKLAND SHOWED UP.

Here’s a link to all the published Wertzeens to see what you’re missing.

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The Wertzateria Redbubble Shop : we’re live//September 1, 2016

FAVE~Exactly one year ago we adopted this 56-pound ball of pure energy named Blue. The photo on the left was taken by Amanda Jones about a week after we had adopted her (for a cover shoot for The Bark magazine), and we were still getting to know her. We still are. She is affectionate, exuberant, lovely, goofy, and frustrating. You know: a puppy. It’s lots of work (naturally).

Well, (as my dear Grandfather once said) Blue is two years old now. It’s time that she get herself a job. Since she has no thumbs, she’s going to have to get creative. To pay for her care and feeding (read: trail walks), I’ve started a redbubble shop featuring some of my designs. I’ve ordered a few of the products, and I’m happy to report that the quality is top-notch. Peep some samples below.

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Queen For Two Weeks: Book//July 11, 2016

Friendlies:

are you sitting comfortably? Good. Let me tell you a story.

Back in 2011 (my, how time flies), Jim Winters and I set out to make a follow-up book to his artists’ book Queen for a Day. Jim Worked up a set of coats-of-arms, and I did portraits of my favorite queens. We hand printed the whole shebang at Inky Oxnard Studios on Rives BFK and trimmed and glued the prints into accordion-folded books. Behold.

 

 

On the left, my queens (interspersed with Jim’s coats-of-arms) :

The B-52′s. Siouxsie Sioux. Elizabeth Taylor from the movie Boom. Lynda Barry. Helen Lawson from the movie Valley of the Dolls. Pepper LaBeija. Rosalind Russell from Auntie Mame.

If you don’t know who they are, then you haven’t lived.

These are the colorful, talented, quirky, smart-as-a-whip ladies who inspire me to keep on making stuff every day.

Get yours in the shop right here.

My thanks.

online silkscreening resources (updated 6.16)//July 6, 2016

this is a very quick list of stuff. there’s so much more on the webs than there was when i first made this list (2007)!

* first off:

buy yourself a copy of this book. andy macdougall also created squeegeeville. take a look.

* local shops:

the grease diner

bloom press

the w.o.r.k.s.

creative screen technologies

* online tutorials

here’s a tutorial about reduction screen printing by artist Jim Winters.

here’s a really great online primer for xerography, silk screening, and offset printing from reddingk.

another online tutorial that has a cool little section at the end on troubleshooting.

an online (comic) pdf called diy silkscreening.

how to silkscreen posters and shirts

psprint’s history and resources

* materials

dick blick screen supplies page

tubelite

need a detailed screen burned? ask the kind folks at creative screen technologies. you can even email a black and white jpg to be made into a screen!

cheap tee shirts

* inspiration

gigposters. a very active community of artists lives here.

reinventing screenprinting

the little friends of printmaking

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Vegas in Space//May 31, 2016

Friendlies,

come along on a weird trip to a planet without men!

If you know me at all, you know that I have a special place in my heart for Phillip R. Ford’s epic drag queen space adventure Vegas in Space starring the ever-glamourous Doris Fish. You can imagine my thrill when I was asked by Peaches Christ herself to create a commemorative poster to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this sparkly gem of a movie. Nat Swope from Bloom Press and I decided that neon colors were a must (see below for the final print).

San Francisco is the city where New Wave will never die. Generations of inspired weirdoes flock here to hot glue things to other things at 3 am. If you listen close (even now) you can hear the neon ghosts on Market Street singing. Vegas in Space is truly a magical gem of a film, a sparkling time machine, an anarchic mishmash of glitter, glamour, and girlinium. Thanks to Peaches Christ for bringing it back to to the big screen, and for asking me to participate.

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For the film’s 25th anniversary, Frameline, in association with Peaches Christ Productions and Troma Entertainment, is proud to present a fully fledged celebration of the movie that took us to the stars. Featuring an accompanying pre-show with Vegas in Space cast and crew in person, including director Phillip R. Ford, Miss X, Ramona Fischer, Lori Naslund, Timmy Spence, Kate Guthorn, Silvana Nova, and Connie Champagne! Get your tickets here.

This movie took nine years to complete. Phil Ford documented the entire production here.

I have a weird history with this film: in 2007, artist Jim Winters and myself made a set of prints of the legendary Doris Fish. The wood-frame screens (there were several!) were found in a box on the streets of San Francisco. I believe that Doris herself made the screens, and they found their way into Jim’s hands. With Philip Ford’s blessing, Jim and I created a set of prints using the screens and some spraypaint and donated a set of the prints and the screens to the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

Here they are:

Glamour first, Glamour last, Glamour always,

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