About Clockworks Press®
Clockworks Press® was founded in 2016 by Brooklyn-based artist and printmaker Holly E. Brown. Ms. Brown’s graphic prints and drawings are inspired by architecture, and balance the rhythm between the rawness of reality and the abstract. Through her dynamic compositions Ms. Brown’s work evokes a precise structure and control of the urban environment. Using a reductive approach to collagraph printmaking she juxtaposes a positive and negative environment where space, form, and perspective are carefully interwoven. Her passion for sustainability got her working with repurposed denim. She was most recently featured on Tencel's™ denim blog Carved in Blue (2020) and the Long-John Denim Blog (2020). She was also interviewed by Ani Wells of Simply Suzette (2019) and Rivet Magazine (2019).
Ms. Brown received a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and an M.A. from Brooklyn College. Her solo exhibition “Recente Werken” at Ray Brandstore, a denim boutique in Delft (2016) debuted her work in the Netherlands and sparked her strong interest in working with repurposed denim and creating a more sustainable printmaking practice. She has since gone on to also up-cycle US Navy camouflage for her latest project, The W28 Tote.
She has exhibited in several group shows throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Brown was an Artist-in-Residence at Grafische Werkplaats, The Hague (2016) and The Cooper Union, NYC (2005).
Ms. Brown’s prints can be found in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, Yale University, Princeton University and University of New Hampshire among others. She collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic on the portfolios "The Pieces of the Clock Lie Scattered" and "Three Poems." Clockworks Press collaborated with artist De Ver Azul, Tonello and Officina +39 on a collection of sustainably produced denim artworks and garments for New York Denim Days 2018. In addition, Clockworks launched its first denim accessory, The Denim Clutch at the same event. Clockworks Press launched its first four piece capsule collection in collaboration with AndAgain in late October 2018. Ms. Brown's collagraph print "De Hef" (2018) was on view at The 37th Bradley International Juried Print and Drawing Exhibition from March 9-April 12, 2019 in Peoria, Illinois. Clockworks Press launched their second accessory, The W28 Tote October 2019 in a limited edition of just 25 bags which are available on the site. She was accepted into the juried exhibition The Blues, at The Painting Center, NYC which runs from January 28, 2020- Feb 22, 2020 with her piece "Looking Up" created in collaboration with artist Juan Manuel Gomez.
In addition to running Clockworks Press, Ms. Brown has been a full-time art teacher at the Convent of the Sacred Heart for over 19 years and teaches printmaking workshops at Atelier Indrukwekkend in Delft, Netherlands. Holly is a featured relief printmaking artist with the Speedball Professional Artist Network. She recently produced her first denim printing and sewing tutorial as part of Speedball's Create in Place Campaign in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Clockworks Press (Studio 5) is located in the Textile Center for the Arts in Brooklyn, NYC.
Holly E Brown, founder and owner of Clockworks Press