About Friends With Benefits

FWB is a collaborative project in printmaking run by Baltimore-based printer Erin Wallace. Breaking away from the anonymity of the standard printer/artist relationship, FWB creates its own friendships between all collaborators.

The first collection is now available for purchase through this blog.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Collection #1

After weeks of planning and emailing and printing, Friends With Benefits is totally super proud to present Collection #1: Piles. The collection includes seven different artists' interpretation on the theme, piles.

From top-left, clockwise: Andrew Neyer, Sam Alden, Jen Mussari, and John Chae.

From top-left, clockwise: Jordan Bernier, Alyssa Nassner, Luke Pearson, and the colophon (project and edition information).

Each set of eight 5" x 7" prints comes in a folded cardboard holder with a printed belly-band. Hand editioned out of 100. Each set is $60 (+$5 US, $10 International shipping) and can be purchased through PayPal.

Sam Alden

John Chae

 Jordan Bernier

Jen Mussari

Alyssa Nassner

Andrew Neyer

Luke Pearson

Each print has the artist's name printed on the back for easy reference/proper recognition.

Hope you love it! It's super exciting to have this making its way into the world finally!

Eternal thanks to all the contributors and to Typecast Press and Gilah Press.

Purchase via Etsy or PayPal (below).

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Here!

Check it out! The prints are done! More photos to come, along with purchase information.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Contributor: Andrew Neyer

I will totally admit that I have had a huge art crush on Andrew Neyer for a very long time. I've had the pleasure of doing a trade and a little work for him and I am so pumped to print his design for Friends With Benefits.

Andrew is in Cincinatti, OH where he not only creates a huge amount of work and art directs and designs, but also runs a beautiful art space/gallery/shop called YES. The space looks absolutely stunning and is on my list of why the Midwest could totally rule. Just kidding, I'm sure it totally rules on its own.

Check out the giant Connect Four! Andrew is doing some amazing stuff at YES and it should definitely be on your radar of neat places. The current exhibition in the gallery is work featured in Mike Perry's newest book, Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing.

Thrilled to be working with Andrew and can't wait to print his piece!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Contributor: Alyssa Nassner

Originally from Baltimore, Alyssa Nassner is now a Philly-based illustrator with a really adorable style. Her work includes thoughtful color pallets in subtle and sweet combinations.

Alyssa's work floats right between hand-drawn and digital making her portfolio flow seamlessly between the real world and computer screens.

She has quite an impressive list of clients, including Dwell Studio, UPPERCASE Magazine and Chronicle Books. We're super excited for Alyssa's totally adorable print!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Contributor: John Chae

Super excited to start Friends With Benefits this Summer! We've been connecting with some of our favorite artists and working with them to build a totally awesome collection of prints accessible to as many people as possible. In anticipation of the first letterpress printed collection, we want to share who some of the first Friends are.

John Chae is a Brooklyn-based illustrator whose attention to detail accentuates the humor in his pieces.

References from Dragon Ball to goopy-faced baseball players builds an interesting depth to John's portfolio.

Really psyched to print John's contribution to Friends With Benefits!

Monday, June 20, 2011


I am very happy to introduce this very special project. Friends With Benefits is a collaborative printmaking project created to unify the sometimes removed and anonymous nature of the artist and printer relationship. Working with our favorite art crushes, Friends With Benefits' main goal is to bridge the productive gap between the ends of printmaking.

The idea is to produce a collection of simple and fine prints available in both zine/craft and fine art environments. These sets will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to a charitable cause chosen by the contributors. The first set of prints will be letterpress printed at Typecast Press in Baltimore, MD. We want these prints to be real and not some fartsy things you're not allowed to touch!

Until the collection is printed and for sale in late July, we'll be introducing some of the Friends and sneaking a peek at their sweet contributions.

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