About Clockworks Press®
Clockworks Press® was founded in 2016 by Brooklyn-based artist and printmaker Holly E. Brown. Holly’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 Holly'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). You can listen to Holly speak about her work at the NY Denim Hangs Podcast (2020)
Holly 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. Holly was an Artist-in-Residence at Grafische Werkplaats, The Hague (2016) and The Cooper Union, NYC (2005). She had a studio at the Textile Arts Center from 2019-2020 and continues to keep strong ties with the community there.
Holly’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. Holly'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 went on to launch their second accessory, The W28 Tote October 2019 in a limited edition of just 25 bags which are available in the web shop. Holly's work was accepted into the juried exhibition The Blues, at The Painting Center, NYC (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, Holly has been a full-time art teacher at the Convent of the Sacred Heart for over 20 years and teaches printmaking workshops at Atelier Indrukwekkend in Delft, Netherlands. Holly is a featured and sponsored relief printmaking artist with the Speedball Professional Artist Network. She produced her first denim printing and sewing tutorial as part of Speedball's Create in Place Campaign in response to the Covid-19 pandemic during spring 2020.
In 2020, Holly also collaborated with artist Ian Berry for the #iclapfor project recognizing the dedication of frontline healthcare workers across the globe.
The Clockworks Press Studio is located in Brooklyn, NY and a proud member of Made in NYC.
Holly E Brown, founder and owner of Clockworks Press