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, Sound of Silence, 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 is a creative jack of all trades. He works within the realms of writing, directing, cinematography, post production as well as creating various forms of digital illustration and design. In 2011 Alan graduated with honors in film production from Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley, Alan created two award winning senior thesis producitons and shot all of the university sports/events. Soon after graduating, he moved across the country to direct and edit for ZEFR/ Movieclips as well as Fearless Records in Hollywood California. He even won an 89X Homie Award for “Best Music Video of The Year” for I Prevail’s “Crossroads”.
His personal work has been showcased, with accompanying awards, at both the Detroit Institute of Arts as 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 directed and choreographed. The video featured the music of Michael Bublé's "Feeling Good" and gained YouTube top chart status in over 12 countries receiving millions of views collectively. Alan has also had a major hand in the advertising game, shooting for Chrysler and editing/ assistant editing on 300+ tier 1-3 JCPenney commercials within Doner Advertising.