Laura Brown

Laura Brown

is creating Art

10

patrons
Welcome to the home of the Postcard of the Month Club!

Postcard Club is many things: a regular assignment in printing, a means of connection through the mail, a way to mark the passage of a year, an experiment in building sustained financial support for the work I do as an artist.

My name is Laura Brown, and I am an artist in Minneapolis, MN. My work usually takes the form of printed matter (mostly letterpress prints, screen prints, artist book) but also sometimes projects are large-scale installations in public places or performance-y social practice type things. My lifelong interests in textiles, writing, and creating community creep in there, too. There is a lot of seriousness in the art world, and being an artist is a lot of work, especially if it’s also one’s way of making a living, so I am on a mission to incorporate as much playfulness, humor, and fun into my work as I possibly can.

I created the Postcard Club for a few reasons:
1. I love sending postcards. Who doesn’t like to get a tiny piece of art in the mail?
2. I really love printing! There are infinite possibilities of compositions to create, colors to layer, phrases to print. Creating a monthly “assignment” for myself keeps me accountable to get in the studio and play around, loosen up, and try new things.
3. I am in the process of building my repertoire of classes to teach, projects to work on, and determining how I want to spend my days as an artist and a human being. This is a long, not linear process of experimentation, which means doing a lot of work for which there is no guarantee of getting paid. I know that by creating a steady income stream—even if it’s small—will help to even out the highs and lows of unpredictable and inconsistent income.

I will also use Patreon as a place to share my process and practice with supporters, so even joining at the $3 level allows you access to what I am currently working on, both in business and art. Again, I need some accountability to start a regular writing practice (another goal for 2019) and posting pieces here for patrons is a wonderful way for me to stick to that goal. What I share here will likely evolve, and may lead to other tiers of membership, depending on feedback and what I am working on and towards in the coming year. I will likely also share larger works in progress and insights or reflections I might not share in other outlets (on Instagram. I mean on Instagram. It’s really my only other outlet, though I do keep my website updated and I’m trying to send a regular email newsletter).
Tiers
Paperless (mostly)
$2 or more per month

Get access to regular online updates about projects I'm working on, experiments I am trying, early access to class registrations and prints for sale, and occasional postcards in the mail.

Card Carrying
$8 or more per month

Each month in 2019, receive a different handmade postcard in the mail, sent on or around the 15th of each month. Cards will range in size from 3.5” x 5” to 5” x 7”, made with either screen printing or letterpress printing processes. Postcards might reflect larger projects I am working on, my responses to world or personal events, snippets of poetry, etc. By December of 2019, you will have acquired a series of twelve small prints that show movement over the course of the year (though it is likely you will get one or two bonus postcards during that time, too).

Also, get access to regular online updates about projects I'm working on, experiments I am trying, early access to class registrations and prints for sale, and occasional extra postcards throughout the year.

Welcome to the home of the Postcard of the Month Club!

Postcard Club is many things: a regular assignment in printing, a means of connection through the mail, a way to mark the passage of a year, an experiment in building sustained financial support for the work I do as an artist.

My name is Laura Brown, and I am an artist in Minneapolis, MN. My work usually takes the form of printed matter (mostly letterpress prints, screen prints, artist book) but also sometimes projects are large-scale installations in public places or performance-y social practice type things. My lifelong interests in textiles, writing, and creating community creep in there, too. There is a lot of seriousness in the art world, and being an artist is a lot of work, especially if it’s also one’s way of making a living, so I am on a mission to incorporate as much playfulness, humor, and fun into my work as I possibly can.

I created the Postcard Club for a few reasons:
1. I love sending postcards. Who doesn’t like to get a tiny piece of art in the mail?
2. I really love printing! There are infinite possibilities of compositions to create, colors to layer, phrases to print. Creating a monthly “assignment” for myself keeps me accountable to get in the studio and play around, loosen up, and try new things.
3. I am in the process of building my repertoire of classes to teach, projects to work on, and determining how I want to spend my days as an artist and a human being. This is a long, not linear process of experimentation, which means doing a lot of work for which there is no guarantee of getting paid. I know that by creating a steady income stream—even if it’s small—will help to even out the highs and lows of unpredictable and inconsistent income.

I will also use Patreon as a place to share my process and practice with supporters, so even joining at the $3 level allows you access to what I am currently working on, both in business and art. Again, I need some accountability to start a regular writing practice (another goal for 2019) and posting pieces here for patrons is a wonderful way for me to stick to that goal. What I share here will likely evolve, and may lead to other tiers of membership, depending on feedback and what I am working on and towards in the coming year. I will likely also share larger works in progress and insights or reflections I might not share in other outlets (on Instagram. I mean on Instagram. It’s really my only other outlet, though I do keep my website updated and I’m trying to send a regular email newsletter).

Recent posts by Laura Brown

Tiers
Paperless (mostly)
$2 or more per month

Get access to regular online updates about projects I'm working on, experiments I am trying, early access to class registrations and prints for sale, and occasional postcards in the mail.

Card Carrying
$8 or more per month

Each month in 2019, receive a different handmade postcard in the mail, sent on or around the 15th of each month. Cards will range in size from 3.5” x 5” to 5” x 7”, made with either screen printing or letterpress printing processes. Postcards might reflect larger projects I am working on, my responses to world or personal events, snippets of poetry, etc. By December of 2019, you will have acquired a series of twelve small prints that show movement over the course of the year (though it is likely you will get one or two bonus postcards during that time, too).

Also, get access to regular online updates about projects I'm working on, experiments I am trying, early access to class registrations and prints for sale, and occasional extra postcards throughout the year.