When the live component of our Accent® Opaque Portfolio Exchange was postponed, we decided to take the conversation online. Next up in our series of conversations with the participating exchange artists: The Little Friends of Printmaking.
JW & Melissa Buchanan are two fun-loving illustrators, printmakers and designers who live in Los Angeles and are the husband-and-wife team behind The Little Friends of Printmaking. Their work has been featured in books including New Masters of Poster Design and Handmade Nation and has appeared in magazines including Bloomberg BusinessWeek and WIRED.
About the print they created for this portfolio exchange, The Little Friends said, “Our concept is to have a little rabbit writer who has a rustic, improvised office in a forest clearing. His desk is a stump and his chair is a toadstool; other office accoutrements are hung on nearby trees. Everything should feel overgrown, moss-covered, and so on, with little plants sprouting from unexpected places.” The finished print turned out even more whimsical than we’d imagined, with the bunny hard at work on a tiny typewriter, surrounded by forest friends — a bird, a squirrel, and a frog in a sweater holding a steaming cup of coffee.
We recently caught up with The Little Friends of Printmaking to hear more about this project and how they’re staying creative during the pandemic.