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Light Grey Art Lab is a multi-faceted art studio / community center geared toward connecting creatives, and showcasing awesome talent.

What is Light Grey Art Lab?


Light Grey Art Lab was founded in September of 2011 by Lindsay Nohl, owner of Paper Bicycle LLC, as a way to involve the arts community in a positive and collaborative way. Light Grey Art Lab offers online and in-classroom courses focused on art, design, and advancing your creative business. The studio will play host to a variety of collaborative art shows, art and craft sales, and lecture series for individuals looking for an engaging way to be involved in the art and design community. Light Grey Art Lab workshops are taught by experienced, talented, high energy instructors that practice what they preach. 

As an adjunct professor for eight and a half years at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Nohl saw an unmet need for people looking to further their arts education in a setting that was more conducive to their schedules, interests, various level of experience and budget.  

“People were approaching me all the time looking for tutoring and one-on-one help outside of the classroom / workplace to build on what they’d already learned," Nohl explains. "Sometimes individuals struggle to forge creative networks outside of their jobs, and Light Grey Art lab will be focused on nurturing a collaborative, art-driven community.”.

Light Grey Art lab not only caters to creatives, but also to individuals that may not have gone to school specifically for art, but that enjoy it and would like it to be a part of their lives. By offering a range of courses from advanced licensing and patternmaking, to pure entertainment courses like painting, and terrarium building, the lab looks to bring in a wide-range of art and design enthusiasts.

Project Status


Light Grey Art Lab is already in full swing. We've got the first session's worth of classes and instructors booked, we've got the space, we've got the know-how and we're ready to open our doors to the public.

Light Grey Art Lab and Paper Bicycle LLC moved into their new space at 26th and Stevens in February, 2012. The studio has been going through extensive renovations to make the space a top-of-the-line learning center, and gallery space. With the Light Grey Art Lab scheduled to open in mid-March, classes are already available online at www.lightgreyartlab.com. In fact, some of the courses – like the immersive workshop trip to the Surtex show in New York – are already sold out.

Why We Need Funding

We're asking for your help in making something amazing.  Your donation will go towards our new computer lab - which we'll be using to teach art and design courses on current, industry standard programs and machines. 

Here is a quick breakdown of what your donation will go towards:
  • A brand new 8 station Apple computer lab
  • Full Adobe Creative Suite for each lab station
  • Wacom Tablets for students to explore digital art making techniques
  • A professional scan / print station

Although it's a short list of demands, these items are necessary in fostering the level of professional education we plan to provide. Your donation, and this equipment, will give a huge community of people the ability to learn new digital techniques and programs, as well as take courses in everything from digital patternmaking, to trend blogging. 

In addition to the technology we plan to furnish our lab with we're also asking for donations to offset the cost of renovating the space. This includes, but is not limited to, the cost purchasing additional art supplies, tables and chairs, lighting, and the replacement of our studio floors. We're working really hard to prepare the space for our artists, teachers, and visitors and are really looking forward to sharing this space with you.


Meet the Team


Lindsay Nohl is a creative visionary with the full spectrum of design skills, pattern-making mastery, and product assortment know-how. She has worked as a Designer for both the Seasonal and Kids teams at Target Corporate Headquarters and then as the Art Director for the Paper Prince Brand of Stationery & Gift Products at D.G. Inventive. 

In addition to her full-time experience, Lindsay has contributed on a freelance basis to nearly 70 manufacturers and retailers including Walmart, JoAnn Fabrics, Kohl's, JC Penney, Babies R Us, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, and Department 56. She is the founder and visionary behind both Light Grey Art Lab, and Paper Bicycle LLC's creative studio. 

Lindsay is in her 8th year of teaching for the Design Department at MCAD both for the BFA program as well as the Continuing Studies program. She has led courses in digital illustration, product design, traditional painting and mediums, licensing, pattern making, and trend forecasting.

Francesca Buchko has been with Paper Bicycle LLC since the beginning in 2007. She's had a hand in projects for some of our most important clients and her work has been featured in retailers like Kohl's Department Stores, JC Penney, and Target. Additionally, she is a regular contributor to the collectible lines for the Bradford Group. Francesca is extremely versatile in creating and mastering different artistic looks and trends as well draw everything from turn-around technical views of licensed figural décor, to painted repeat patterns for kids flannel fabric.

Francesca has been an advanced digital arts instructor at the College of Visual Arts in St Paul, Minnesota, in addition to leading courses and tutoring in Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter. 

Chris Hajny has been working as a product design freelancer and illustrator for the past 5 years. His clients include Department 56, the History Channel, and Target Corporation. He has also had over 200 pieces of licensed product under the brand DRAWLGRAPHIC. He has also been featured in 3x3 magazine, Computer Arts Magazine, Le Toile Magazine, the City Pages, and MNArtists.org's access+ENGAGE.

Alyssa Nassner is an illustrator and surface designer all the way from Baltimore, MD. She is the newest addition to the Paper Bicycle / Light Grey Art Lab crew joining them in October of 2011. Her clients include Chronicle Books, UPPERCASE Magazine, REAL SIMPLE Magazine, Dwell Studio, Galison, and many other great projects. In addition to her illustration and design work, Alyssa co-runs a collaboratative art blog called Ten Paces and Draw, which has gotten a ton of great press since it's start in 2011. 

Music Credit: No Excuses by Justin I'Onn

*Rewards in video may not reflect the final designs. Please refer to our updates page for in depth look at rewards as we add them! 

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    Get your very own Daily Pattern made by the artists at Paper Bicycle and Light Grey Art Lab! You pick the topic, we make the pattern! Not only will you get to see your subject matter brought to life in pattern form, you get a high-res printable version to do whatever you want with*! In addition to a personalized Daily Pattern, you also get an awesome tote, a handwritten 'thank you', and a temporary tattoo! If you'd like to donate more than $40, but would still like the Daily Pattern, please contact us via email at chris(at)paperbicycle(dot)com! *No commercial use, please. **This is a Limited Time Offer to entice new contributors. This reward does not apply to previous contributors.

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    If you are willing to give $250 to fund our project Light Grey Art Lab will offer you a voucher for one free class - either in studio, or online. You'll also receive a a selection of rewards, a handwritten 'thank you' and our eternal gratitude!

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    For your generous $1,000 donation you will receive an exclusive invitation to our charity gala / exhibit (a formal, catered event to be held November 2012). In addition we'll send you a custom 8x10 inch monogram illustration, our $5 - $100 rewards, and your name will become a permanent fixture on our contributors list, both on the website, and in the studio.

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