Hi friends! My first big art show with RAW a couple weeks ago went so much better than I could have planned. I was the most excited to see the reactions strangers had to my art, and after talking with so many people I have gained a new confidence in myself and in my work. Almost half of my inventory was sold, and people definitely picked up on the Minnesota theme behind my painted clothing. I have decided on the name Brush Stroke Apparel for my hand-painted clothing! Things are going very well, and I have been accepted into a few art fairs/shows this summer in the Twin Cities area. I would absolutely love for anyone and everyone to come meet me and see me! The first art fair is called Art in the Hollow, in St Paul from 10am-5pm on June 2nd. The second is at a brewery called 12welve Eyes in Lowertown St Paul on June 6th at 4pm. I will also have a tent each week at Summer Tuesdays which is in downtown Stillwater on every Tuesday from July 10th - August 21st. If any of these times work with your schedule, come see me! I will be selling mostly my hand-painted clothing and hats. With summer weather finally here, I have been working on some crop top hoodies and t-shirts for the ladies. I also have a ton of snap backs painted now too, so theres plenty of variety in hats and clothes for everyones' taste. I also recently picked up a bunch of canvases from thrift stores that I have been recycling and repurposing for my own paintings! Come check out what I've been working on, and bring your dogs too!! Seriously, bring your dogs!
Anyone who knows me well knows that I take my art to heart. Ideally, I would love to spend my life making a living doing something that love and that I am passionate about. Well, recently I have been given a chance to take another step towards that! I've been selected to participate in the RAWartist art show this May 16th in Minneapolis!! I'm over the moon about this! RAW is an artist community that travels around about 60 countries across the world helping artists gain exposure. I will be showcasing and selling my handprinted hats, jackets, etc. I will most likely also be selling some of my paintings and prints of them as well. I will share some photos with you below of my work. Also I would love love love to see as many people as possible at this show supporting local artists like myself. The shows include all types of visual and performing arts, so there's something for everyones fancy. More info is on the RAW website. If you want to come see me and purchase some one of a kind clothing and paintings from me, get some tickets at www.rawartists.org/ashleybenert ! I don't even have words to express how excited and nervous I am, but I feel these are good emotions to have.
So I decided to switch it up from painting sweatshirts to painting hats. Why? Well I wanted to push my limits of paint, again, and I found that I enjoy painting the hats much much more than hoodies! The hoodies almost felt like more of a task than a fun activity to me... I've been able to sit down for hours and knock out a bunch of dope hats that I'm super proud of and happy about! I think hats are more practical in a way because people don't typically wash hats nearly as frequently as they would a hoodie. I'm basically spending all of my free time right now sitting on my bedroom floor with a towel covering my carpet and painting hat after hat after hat. I keep picturing these awesome combinations of colored skies and trees. The design really works with the shape of a hat! Check em out below in the slideshow I have set up, and please leave some feedback I'd love to hear what you all have to say :) Also you can use the contact page if you would like to purchase or have me paint a custom hat for you! I do plan on adding a page on this website for buying my art in the near future.
While I spend a good chunk of my free time taking photos, painting is also something I could easily spend hours on end losing myself in...
While I spend a good chunk of my free time taking photos, painting is also something I could easily spend hours on end losing myself in. I recently thought of this idea to paint on clothing as opposed to canvas. The question I am most asked is if the paint will hold in the washing machine. My answer to that is YES, I am painting with fabric paint! Something I hadn't tried before, I will say it took a bit to get used to because clothing sucks up and eats so much paint. Nonetheless, I'm proud with how they have turned out and the fact that they are all one of a kind because they're hand painted. I plan to paint hats, t-shirts, crop tops, etc in the near future! Here are some low quality photos of what I have so far. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think of this side project :) Any feedback or constructive criticism is appreciated!
Ashley Benert, age 22, MN