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Essie Letterpress Share Their Artist’s Almanac for 2016

Ben and Vanessa Grib run their design and print studio Essie Letterpress from an old shed on a beautiful farm in the Piekenierskloof Mountains near Citrusdal. Each year, they rally 13 South African artists, illustrators and designers to jointly compile a calendar for the months to come. The 2016 edition is now complete and forms a diverse showcase of established and up-and-coming talent from around the country.

Given only one guideline – to interpret the month allocated to them in their signature style – the 2016 contributors are Ninjabreadboy, Russell Abrahams, Andrew Footit, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Megan Bird, Si Maclennan, Quintin Weyer, Annika de Korte, Jesse Breytenbach, Rudi de Wet, South and Frane Els. Am I Collective did the cover artwork. Each design is letterpressed on thick cotten rich paper and they’re all held together with a small wooden stand. Take a peek below, and purchase an almanac online here.


1 - AM I COLLECTIVE 11 - AM I COLLECTIVE 22 - January by Ninja Bread Boy 12 - January by Ninja Bread Boy 23 - February by Russel Abrahams 13 - February by Russel Abrahams 24 - March By Andrew Footit 14 - March By Andrew Footit 25 - April by Karabo Poppy Moletsane 15 - April by Karabo Poppy Moletsane 26 - May by Megan Bird 16 - May by Megan Bird 27 - June by Si Maclennan 17 - June by Si Maclennan 28 - July by Quintin Weyer 18 - July by Quintin Weyer 29 - August by Annika de Korte 19 - August by Annika de Korte 210 - September By Jesse Breytenbach 110 - September By Jesse Breytenbach 211 - October by Rudi de Wet 111 - October by Rudi de Wet 212 - November by South 112 - November by South 213 - December by Frane Els 113 - December by Frane Els 2

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