For 21 consecutive years (1986-2006), I designed and produced a suite of 13 hand-pulled screen prints in the form of a calendar under the imprint of Doug's Garage. My edition size ranged from 400 at the outset, down to 200 as the years passed. The price for my calendar was $17 for the first year and crept up to $90 for the last couple of years. I relied on an extensive personal postal mailing to spread the word and sold it, along with assorted hand-carved rubber stamps, greeting cards and ephemera, at an annual one day sale at the Garage each December. It grew out of my love for mail art. It expressed a joie de vivre and offered a celebratory pagan sensibility. It was an epic marathon of printing and piece work, but it was a labour of love. The proceeds got me through the winter allowing me to focus on more esoteric and conceptually-based work.
I thank Open Studio for offering production facilities and collegiality for many of the years that I printed my calendars.