Artsy Fart is the awesome art collaboration between artists Alan Ledford and Alyssa Klash. Meeting by chance both artists realized they shared a similar illustration style as well as artistic vision. The two decided to combine forces and create Artsy Fart! Artsy Fart’s talents include but are not limited to: fashion design, illustration, animation, video production and teaching. It is Artsy Fart's mission to spread fun, creativity, and bring out the inner kid at heart in everyone.
When creating a piece of art Alyssa and Alan will hand a drawing back and forth adding their unique touch until the image is complete. Each piece is then fully rendered using various coloring and printing techniques to create a limited run of work.
The duo have been involved in numerous events including: Renegade Craft Fair @ Pitchfork Music Festival, Art Prize, DIY Ferndale, DIYpsilanti, All Things Detroit, 89X’s 89 Hr Film Festival, Ferndale Pride, Midtown Getdown, Electric Forrest, “The Original” Ann Arbor Art Fair, The Hazel Park Art Fair and many more.
Artsy Fart has also had great success with pop-up retail locations such as Joy Ride Detroit and their current location in the Ferndale Rustbelt Market.
Recent awards include Detroit’s Motor City Match Business Challenge and the Ford’s Meters Made Beautiful contest in Royal Oak. Artsy Fart is currently working towards a brick and mortar location to sell products and teach classes.
Alyssa Klash an illustrator, designer, animator, as well as art instructor at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City Alyssa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. While living in NYC she designed for Betsey Johnson and worked for the artist Tara McPherson in her studio as well as her gallery the Cotton Candy Machine. Since moving back to her hometown Alyssa has curated numerous art exhibits all around the City of Detroit. She has painted murals installed along Woodward Ave in downtown Detroit and as well as downtown Grand Rapids for Art Prize. Ms. Klash has also collaborated with several nationally recognized local musicians such as Lightning Love and Alex Winston to create stop-motion animation music videos. Her animations have won local and national awards and have premiered The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Michigan State Theater and festivals across the country. Her artwork has been featured in The Metro Times, Real Detroit Weekly, MyTv20, StereoGum, Critic Car, The Huffington Post, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Alan Ledford works predominantly in directing and cinematography, but also creates various forms of digital and mixed media illustration and design. Completing his Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in film production from Grand Valley State University 2011, Alan moved across the country for work in Hollywood, California. In LA he gained exposure and national credibility directing and shooting for ZEFR/ Movieclips and Fearless Records.
His personal work has been showcased, with accompanying awards, at both the Detroit Institute of Arts and well as the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Alan's most internationally recognized directing feat was the world’s largest single shot senior citizen music video in which he created and choreographed. The video featured the music of Michael Bublé's "Feeling Good" and gained YouTube top chart status in over 12 countries receiving over 7 million views collectively. He has also been working closely with the band I Prevail shooting and directing the music video Crossroads which was featured in the Detroit Free Press and is now playing in Journey's across the country. Alan has also had a major hand in the advertising game, assisting in all post production for JCPenney within Doner Advertising through 2013-2014 with the tag line "When it fits you feel it".