Babes Ride Out

Artist Series | Meet Elizabeth McGrane

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Babes Ride Out Artist Series highlights the talented people in our community. Every artist donates their time and creativity to create a custom piece for the BRO6 Raffle. We are so happy to be able to support Moto F.A.M. through the proceeds of the raffle each year. Moto FAM raises funds for riders that have been hurt in a motorcycle related accident, or the family of a fallen rider. Thank you so much to Atwyld for contributing the military jacket for the Artist Series this year! Meet Elizabeth!

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Liz McGrane 

Instagram Handle:

@mylifeasliz/ @deadmatterpress

Where are you from originally?

Agoura Hills, CA

Where do you live now?

Portland, OR

What first got you into art?

I was always in art classes when I was really young and quickly learned to love screen-printing in middle school when helping print some band shirts. From there I kept printing gig-posters and shirts throughout high school. I went on to study printmaking at Pacific Northwest Collage of Art in Portland, OR. Now my partner and I run a printing press called Dead Matter Press.

How would you describe your style?

Light muted colors with starch black line work, a lot of repeating patterns and geometric design work.   

What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?

I take a lot of design styles from old printed matter in my father’s collection of everything automobile, motorcycle, or airplane related. I love traditional wallpaper and textile designs that use repeating patterns and light muted colors as well. Growing up in California, I was very inspired by the old school skateboard, surf, and street art culture. I worked for Master Printer Paul Mullowney in San Francisco in 2014 and he really changed the way I made imagery and printed after that.  Now I look at a lot of Sister Corita Kent’s screen prints, Sol Lewitt and John Cage’s systems of making, and a number of old classic tattoo artists from all around the world.

What is your favorite medium?

Anything printmaking! I love processes that are done the same way now, as they were hundreds of years ago. I work mostly in letterpress using hand set type, hand carved woodblocks, and screen-printing.

When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?

I started following Babes Ride Out 2 or 3 years ago and always wanted to go and hang out with so many awesome ladies. I’m very excited to be able to attend this year.

What is your connection to the motorcycle community?

My father is a car guy and I grew up going to car shows and motorcycle races. My whole upbringing revolved around vehicles that go fast and look good.

Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?

I have a 2002 Harley Sportster.

If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?

I love the style to build of first Harley’s ever built in the early 1900.

Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there?

I use to camp in Joshua Tree in high school but haven’t been back since 2011. So many great memories with long time friends, cant wait to go back to make some new ones.

 What will you be contributing to this years raffle?

I am contributing a jacket that incorporates screen printing, woodblock prints with some hand embellishments

Tell us about what inspired you to create it?

I wanted to make a classic style jacket with a new twist. Using some images inspired by old race posters, some cool background designs, and a few special touches.