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Over the past decade, Martin has developed an unmistakable aesthetic combining abstract movement with figurative stencilled compositions.
Just hearing the sad news via Instagram, that artist and all-around lovable gruff, Klutch, has passed on to larger walls and bluer skies.
10/08/61 to 06/08/23 03:47am. Rest in Power. It is with the greatest sadness, relief, and honor that I share with the world that our friend Klutch has passed. He joined the energy that surrounds us incredibly peacefully this morning. Thank you to every single person who shared any part of their spirit with him. Every single interaction you all had with him kept him going and filled with wonderment over how incredible his community is. With love and gratitude on behalf of Klutch.
Though he had dropped his stencil work years ago, his attitude, opinions, and love for creativity and positivity remained an inspiration here at Stencil Archive. His punk smartness and sick style didn't hurt either.
Back in 2004, after Klutch's Vinyl Killers 2 weekend and show, the Stencil Archive got to interview him for the site. We just updated the older post of that interview with minor corrections of typos and grammar. Here is the link to the interview, which also has links to the Stencil Archive Vinyl Killers 1 and 2 archives.
Here are a few quotes from that interview that are still funny and 100% Klutch:
- Money can be a very empty reward when you aren’t doing what makes you happy.
- Roll that shit, light that shit, smoke that shit. And a good mix tape will put you in the right mood.
- I have mad love and respect for anyone who has been at it for a while and are still loving it and giving it their all.
- Now I guess I am Portland’s Graffiti Geezer, minus the silver circle.
Klutch's art, energy, and smile will be missed. We have been blessed to know him, laugh with him, and enjoy his creativity. Having had many recent health issues, his death wasn't too surprising, but it is still sad to know that there will be no more art from his mind and hands.
The craft of paper'cut decoration. Vijay, Ajay, Mohan Kumar Verma's family.
The beauty of Sanjhi rests on the skill of the craftman to cut the paper in such a way that it holds together yet allows the design to show beautifully. The cut patterns also create an interesting play of light. Using a special pair of scissors, the craftsmen work to create intricate patterns on paper.
The Katagami Project presents John Huston’s collection of 2049 original hand-cut stencils in a searchable catalog. Use the website to explore visually curated groups of selected works in shows or to learn more about the collection, history and craft in essays listed here.
Just got word that Chris Stain (his Stencil Archive), long-time supporter of this project, has posted up his helpful and informative book "Stencil Printmaking: History / Info / How To" as a free pdf download.
This caused us to revisit the 2002 conversation we had with him, where we discussed stencils, screen printing, other bits and pieces. That old post has gone through more than one website upgrade, so we just refreshed and revised it to add on to this post about his free book download.
Here is the Justseeds page with a few photos of the book, and the link for the download.
Thanks to: Adam K, Jaime Rojo and BSA, @mensch_huis; @GraffitiRadical; @Louniki_; r/streetart; @mensch_huis; @DJpedrorocks; @papissa2
Spinning: My first Dead show on tape
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