5 Days Left in Our First Munich Artists Kickstarter

Hi Munich Artists!  We are at 94% for our first Kickstarter.

This is a quick message to ask you to donate to our Kickstarter so we can reach our goal. This is our first time crowdfunding and we are so excited that you have been helping us out.    To reach 100% we need to sell a few more card decks or have someone pick our 150 Euro package which still have one card proof left.

I have a few more artists bios to share with you.  As I mentioned on our Munich Artists Card page, some very generous Munich Artists participated in our projects and have together created a wonderful deck.  I want to thank each and every artist for their hard work creating our first Munich Artists deck.  This is a collaborative project and each artist of the artists below has helped to make the deck a reality.

Alexandra Ritter
Angela Smets
Ines Seidl
Janine Voelkner
Elizabeth Hughes
Berit Opelt
Süyümbike Güvenç-Noris
Penelope Richardson
Isidora Romani
Angelica Zeller-Michaelson
Maximilian Lückenhaus
Brigitte Pruchnow
Emmy Horstkamp

If you would like to see the individual cards, here is a small slideshow of the deck:

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To help artists,  will be trying three other crowdfunding projects before the end of the year. One through Generosity, one through Indegogo and another project on Kickstarter.







Munich Artists Playing Cards Artist -Alexandra Ritter – A Pretzel Makes Everything Better Including Our Deck of Playing Cards

You will get this playing card as part of our Munich Artists Playing Card deck.  The Kickstarter where you can buy the playing cards is here.


A Message from Alexandra Ritter

Hi, I am Alexandra Ritter! After finishing my studies in arts, I came back to Munich, where I’ve been living for 4 years. The best thing about Munich is how close it is to the mountains. Hiking in the mountains is one of the most inspiring things for me and I love drawing them using ink and watercolours.
Besides mountains, I practice figure drawing and I love nearly all kinds of printing methods to produce artworks with an illustrating character which I used in my 4 artworks for the Munich Artists Playing Cards.
Four playing cards created by Alexandra Ritter for Munich Artists Playing Card Deck

Buying a Deck of Cards and Getting A Bonus Gift

If you want one of Alexandra’s Cards on an A4 (glicee) inkjet print, you can put in your order at the 50 Euro pledge.   At this time, they are still available.

If you pledge at 80 Euro, the Early Christmas shopper, you get, an A4 print, a poster with all of the cards, the party deck of cards and the deluxe version of the cards.  We have 7 left of this option.

All printed materials will be ordered, printed and shipped after the Kickstarter. It takes 30 days to get the deluxe playing cards printed so shipment will be middle of November 2016.

Buying a Deck of Cards and Going to 500 Artists Play Cards

Please purchase a deck of cards and join us at 500 Artists Play Cards on October 16, 2016.

Current Project: Munich Artists Playing Cards – Kickstarter Starts Today!

Here is the link to our Kickstarter.  You have until October 9th!  Please Help Us Create Some Amazing Cards and Have a Great Event.

With the help of the above group of artists who were selected from our 500 Artists Say Hello Event, Munich Artists will be printing a party set of Munich inspired artists playing cards and a deluxe set of playing cards.   The deluxe version will be ordered after the kickstarter is completed.   The party version will be ordered this weekend.  What is the difference?

The party cards are smaller in size and are being created specifically for the event.  The deluxe version or American poker sized cards and will have that beautiful box that Elizabeth Hughes designed.  Why the two different versions?  Because I want you to play with the cards and you may feel like the deluxe are too pretty to play with at the event.

HISTORY of 500 Artists Play Cards

At the Beginning of the year, Elizabeth Hughes approached Munich Artists about creating a deck of playing cards.  I (Emmy) told Elizabeth, we could create cards as long as we could throw a Munich Artists Play Cards Party/art happening.  She was on board with the larger idea and she joined the project as a project manager for the creation of the card deck.  Over the last few months, Elizabeth chose the artists, curated their artwork, designed the box, the back of the cards and created all the files to send to the printer.

We have had to make a few changes along the way but the cards are almost ready to be printed on paper.  We are very excited!

Here is the Back of the Card design created by Elizabeth for the cards:

The back of the Munich Artists Card Deck

And here are three cards from the deck:


  • Our Kickstarter starts Today September 16th.  To attend our 500 Artists Play Cards Event, you must purchase your cards through our Kickstarter.  Our cards will be for sale at Haeppy Art but the kickstarter bonus gifts are only available on our Kickstarter.   For the event we are ordering a version of the cards called party cards.  they will come in a metal tin.  The deluxe versions ordered after the kickstarter will be in a box designed by Elizabeth Hughes.
  • The Kickstarter has bonus gifts which will not be available ANYWHERE ELSE.  I have permission from the artists to make prints of their work for the Kickstarter and I would love for you to get a print of some of these cards to put on your wall.



Inspired 2016 Book—Inspired by Brigitte Pruchnow

Munich Artists created an art book called Inspired 2016.

For the first book, artists created an art piece inspired by this artwork by Brigitte Pruchnow.

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Inspiration art piece by Brigitte Pruchnow

A group of around 26  Munich Artists created art pieces based on Brigitte’s artwork.

The following is the tentative list of artists involved (A final list will be shared on the project page when all artwork has been submitted):

Hazel Ang
Anna Blumenkranz
Devaney Claro
Britta Eriskat
Christine Friebe
Emmy Horstkamp
Elizabeth Hughes
Manuela Illera
Angela Josupeit
Christina Corell
Anette Koch
Maximilian Lueckenhaus
Corinna Naumann
Berit Opelt
Niala Orsmond
Simona Petrauskaite
Brigitte Pruchnow
Elke Reis
Alexandra Ritter
Isidora Romani
Gabriele Rothweiler
Rainer Schmitten
Ines Seidel
ursula Singer
Allun Turner
Michaela Wuehr
The book will be published as an A4 Landscape. If you are interested in a copy of the book, please let me know.  We are only printing a limited number.  You can email me emmy@kyfio.com if you are interested. The cost per book will be 50 Euro.  We will only print one run per Inspired book.
If you are interested in purchasing an original piece of artwork from the book, please contact the artists directly.
We will continue working on the inspired series.  For 2017, we will be inspired by a physician’s comment about pain.

Risograph Printing For Print Day in May – An international Print Event

Munich Artists owns a Risograph. It is a monster machine taking up quite a bit of space in our studio but we fell in love with what Risographs can do and we wanted to experiment with the process.  To get other artists excited about Risographing, we opened Frauenstrasse 18 on Saturday May 7, 2016 and invited artists to come in and try the Risograph.

As we discussed in this post about our Risograph, our machine makes a print of your art piece with Soy ink and you can print about 100 prints before the master starts to degrade.

For art printing, the quality of the paper is very important and we suggested artists bring paper with different weights, textures and colours.

Each artists was allowed to make 20 copies of their work on various papers and they experimented using only the black soy ink.

Alexandra Ritter  took advantage of international print day and decided to print a Risograph on top of her screen print created at her studio.  In the image below,you can see our testing paper where we worked setting up the master so that it was as close to where she screen printed as possible.

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Alexandra seemed pretty happy with her completed art pieces.  Below she is holding one example which is a combination of screen print and Risoprinting. We tried printing her artwork on various papers with each paper changing the feeling of the artwork. It was exciting to see a Munich Artist throwing herself into the experimentation process and taking advantage of Munich Print Day in May.Munich Artists risograph for international print day photos may 2016IMG_0107

We had seven artists spend the afternoon printing and seeing the limitations and possibilities of printing with a Risograph machine.  Photographers, painters, and printers played with their artwork to create something different from their normal art practices.

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Elke Reis (L) and Brigitte Hoppstock (R) looking through Brigitte’s print work.

Print day in May is an international event started by MPCprintmakers. Munich Artists is the first group in Munich to join in on the international print day fun.   We will continue to develop this event in Munich and look forward to next year’s Print Day in May.

If you missed Print day in May, you are welcome to come by for a chat but we will not be doing printing until we have collected all of our coloured drums.  We will post an open call once we are ready to create artwork with the machine and we will post on the website when we have another Risograph workshop.

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From Left to Right:  Bobbie Dunn, Brigitte Hoppstock, Alexandra Ritter, Elke Reis, Gina posing with their risograph works on International Print Day.