The Life Lessons series is features real people's advice, rooted on their own lived experiences.
The texts are mostly inspired by written submissions from members of the public, who responded to prompts on adversity, coping, and advice to friends in similar situations. A few prints were inspired by the artist's own therapeutic journey.
Artist Christine Wong Yap created the lettering and design, cut the design with an Xacto knife, mixed inks, and physically printed each separate color on a vintage Vandercook letterpress—all by hand (see process photos). To achieve the various colors, all prints had to be printed multiple times using different plates.
Each artwork is available as a signed and numbered limited edition.
- Small prints (8.5 x 11 inches) are available for $100.
- Large prints (12 x 18 inches) are available for $200.
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For over 10 years, Christine has studied of positive psychology by reading established researchers and conducing participatory research with local communities. She conceived of Life Lessons while working alongside the City of Berkeley Mental Wellness and Recovery program's social workers and consumers at Kala Art Institute. She expanded the project as a StudioWorks artist-in-residence at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport (Muselenk), Maine.
Photos may show a version without the number and signature, or with a rubber stamp; however, the prints for sale are signed and numbered limited edition.
Note: Inks used are not lightfast. Avoid direct light or frame under UV protective glass to minimize fading.
*Due to variables in international shipping costs, Life Lessons prints are currently only available to ship to addresses within the US. Please inquire for international orders.
Photo of the artist at work in the StudioWorks Building by Hugh French, courtesy of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, Eastport, Maine.