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Meet Fatherless

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fatherless.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
We are a collaboration of 5 artists from the US and UK working together to create entirely hand-screened artworks which are never duplicated. Although the process of printmaking has been around for ages, we have taken an approach that is counter-intuitive to the ‘mass-production’ aspect. It takes restraint to only use a screen for only a handful of prints at a time. The name Fatherless has to do with those unknown to each individual’s style would not be able to identify who the “father” of the print is.

Please tell us about your art.
Mid-Western culture is reflected in the classic mid-western work ethic. We all come from “blue collar” backgrounds where we were raised to work for opportunity. We see progress and creative maturation as a result of hard work and collective effort. Each of us sees the responsibility to the greater whole as a driving force of the collaboration. Any measure of success we experience comes from our collective efforts. First and foremost, we are all creative. From there we spread out tasks or action items that must be accomplished. We are like a team or a great rock band. Individually we each have our talents but like any good band you take away the subtlety and nuance of each individual member and it effects the end result. Inspiration ranges from yard sales, found ephemera, magazines, newspapers, discarded packaging, sketchbooks, etc. Many times we find things we think the others will get a charge out of. We try to impress/entertain ourselves first, believing that the audience will enjoy the results as much as we do. We like to say “anything goes- but not everything works.”

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Work. Work. Work. Repeat.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Chicago Truborn. Check out our website which also has links to other online retailers. We currently have work installed at Taco Betty’s in downtown Rockford, IL and we will be hosting a live printmaking event with works for sale too in our studio, for Fall ArtScene on October 5-6, 2018.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 210 Kishwaukee St., Rockford, Illinois 61104
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Instagram: wearefatherless
  • Facebook: wearefatherless
  • Twitter: wearefatherless

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