Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2014 Christmas Cards

One of these years, I won't be so last minute about things. I actually had a Christmas card design prepared months earlier but, when push came to shove, I was feeling a little art deco and switched things around.

The cards are simple, and I had a two-hour window while my daughter napped to do the make ready and run 100 cards through the press twice. Miraculously, I just barely made it.

They're not perfect and they didn't all arrive at their destinations before Christmas, but... we had a card! (And a lovely new family photo, thanks to James Everett Photography.)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On timing, letterpress, and the theory of everything

A few nights ago I wanted to give my husband and his visiting friend some privacy, so I took myself to a late night movie. I used to do this more often, but now that I have a toddler, going to the movies is kind of a rare treat. That said, I wasn't particularly excited about the film and, once there, I found myself completely alone in the theatre. Which kind of creeped me out (think: old theatre, smallish screen, red velvet curtains on every wall). But once I chose a seat, the screen immediately lit up with this:

Then they got right to the previews. So I had this weird reaction of simultaneously feeling impressed that the video found an appreciative audience (of one), mixed with some cosmic mumbo-jumbo about feeling like I was clearly in the right place at the right time, mixed with some paranoia about targeted advertising (which, of course, this wasn't). That I was there to see the Stephen Hawking biography, The Theory of Everything, also felt relevant to this whole experience somehow.

All of this to say, Local Local's short video on Green Girl Press is lovely and worth a watch.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

You're a Gem

It's been a long time since I've posted here, but I loved happening upon this design from Cartolina Cards:

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Maurice Sendak Posters to Promote Reading

I had a little staycation this weekend as my husband spent some concentrated time with our daughter. I spent the morning in bed, drinking coffee and reading Paul Yoon's gorgeous new novel, Snow Hunters.

I also came across this fun post by Brain Pickings, showcasing a series of posters by Maurice Sendak promoting reading to children. These are my two favorites:

Friday, August 9, 2013

The San Francisco Center for the Book posted this artwork on their Facebook page today. I love it.

Somehow, we're a third into August. That means I should be thinking about a Christmas card, as far as the letterpress is concerned. My goal was to open an Etsy shop in 2013 with at least a small inventory, so I have only a few months left to do so.

Speaking of a love rush, my time home with Isobel has been amazing and though it seems like I should have a lot of printing time, my days are mostly filled with play and meals, and my free time on freelance writing work, not to mention keeping track of the plethora of photos we've amassed in the past year. So, the printing days are out there, and I'll get to them, eventually.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An Iconic Letterpress Moment

Also a mysterious one. My husband came across this image on Tumblr:

She's working on a floor model platen press (so, like mine, but bigger) and all I have to say is, Look at those shoes!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Crush on: Sugarboo Designs

It's always a pleasure to come across a new-to-me designer whose work I want to scoop up in large amounts, which is exactly how I feel about Sugarboo Design's vintage engraving-inspired notecards and postcards.