Month: May 2016

Monstress Studio Clear-Out Sale

I am starting a new career, moving my family to a new town, and rebuilding my studio this year as I embark on a new suite of work. Buy some art, support Monstress!

Biography 

Sharon E. (Libby) Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking and BA and French from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design / Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Artist As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. In 2000, she was awarded a project grant from the NEA to produce the first major showcase of these, the Monstress Activities Box. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally. Educator Libby is the Director of the Studio School at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She began teaching around New York City at FIT, NYU, AINYC, and GSS, teaching subjects such as web design, typography, drawing, and printmaking.  She served as an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. for five years. She has given lectures on her work at the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, California State University, the Southern Graphics Council International Conference, and …

Community Building: Workshop for GSS Members

I coordinated a workshop for Gowanus Studio Space members called Grant Writing for Artists which was led by Andrea Petrini. It’s all a part of my effort to give the studio quality programming that deals directly with the business of being an artist. Andrea is an expert on the subject, being both an accomplished artist and grant writer on the individual and organizational levels. Overall, we all were shocked at how logical the process is; personally, it is hard to think of so many of my regular activities as being worthy of funding. I’d never think of putting a stipend for myself in the budget, for instance. This starvation mentality is from years of doubting my creative output’s value while dealing with the overall scepticism or apathy the world generally seems to be filled with. How amazing it is to consider that organizations are genuinely interested in supporting our work! I came away determined and renewed. Andrea will be giving another workshop in June for GSS members, then we may schedule in a few for …

Typography Through Printmaking Workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery

I’m coming to the Brooklyn Brainery! I have the opportunity to bring my research-driven typography lessons to the public, so sign up and learn some loveliness! Learn Typography Through Printmaking! Sunday, May 22, 11:00am-1:00pm A steal at $26! Click here to register! In this class, you will learn the basics of typography through an engaging printmaking exercise: you will carve some letters of your own! You will discover first hand the concepts which make even the lowliest letters fall into a lovely composition. You will master the basics of setting type in a welcoming, informative setting while learning about the basic history and anatomy of type. You will walk away with any cards or papers you print upon and the handouts you need to continue to do this at home. Class Size: 12 No materials needed, but be prepared to get ink on your hands! Former Sessions January 17, 2016 December 20, 2015 3:30-5:30pm