We have been working with Will Bryant for several years and have loved every moment of it. Will is super creative, easy going, and loads of fun. Not sure who Will Bryant is?... here's the nutshell version:
Will makes work about language, nostalgia, the senses, and nonsenses. This includes and is not limited to 90s basketball, cats, pop culture, art history, and self-deprecation. With interests in commercial work, and art practice he aims to breakdown barriers while creating piles of work that create a dialogue between the two. His work can be experienced in various forms such as drawing, painting, printmaking, publications, sculpture, and events. Whatever form it takes, his work remains light-hearted and full of personality. - Will's site
Here are a couple of our favorite examples of Will's artwork:
As luck would have it, Michael Jordan turned 50 years old on 2/17/13 and Will was invited to create a piece of art for Mj's birthday party. As even more luck would have it, Will asked us to help out! You can follow the the making of His Airness' 50th birthday gift from Will below:
Measure twice, cut once. Those are bags of sawdust in the back, not trash. All our sawdust gets recycled :)
Cutting the panel to size on the table saw. We use a Saw Stop table saw to save Plywerkers fingers... plus they are local.
Rough sanding. Note: this is not the actual Jordan panel. Our marketing guy is dumb and didn't get the shot the first time.
We use an actual hot branding iron to apply the Plywerk logo on our pieces.
We also apply a small Woodstamp so people know each piece is handmade in Portland.
We sand the piece three times. This is the final hand sanding
After the final sand, the piece leaves the woodshop and comes to the studio where the PH neutral adhesive is applied
We trim off the extra adhesive and make it into clear double sided mustaches. There's not much demand for them... Yet.
A print of Will's beautiful artwork and our handcrafted bamboo art panel meet for the first time.
Through the cold mount machine to bond the print to the panel. Weak Jordan tongue by Chris, but it's the thought that counts
Trimming the bleed off the print to give a super clean edge.
Pure hotness on the quality control table for final inspection
Done and done! Ship it to New York for the party. Excellent jumpman and tongue by JJ.