Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Design*Sponge on Letterpressing

Design*Sponge, a blog I love, has a great post about making a letterpress printed product: here.

Images are from Design*Sponge. Please hop over and see the whole post there! The image in the bottom left corner is a tabletop platen press very similar to my own.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rollers have arrived!

There is a saying that sometimes gives me great comfort: Even delays can prove beneficial.

I hope that is the case here. Though my excitement about my letterpress has not faded, it has been tempered by reality, which is to say that there are many things besides the press itself to consider.

But, at long last, the rubber rollers arrived!

The rollers have arrived!

I can't show them fitted on the press because the press needs adjusting - by, hopefully, a professional. If I mounted the rollers now, they'd knock against things they aren't meant to touch.

My Boxcar Base finally came too, after being back-ordered and then lost in the hubbub of the holidays.

Boxcar Base

It's heavy. And magnetic. Card designs and type will be turned into thin polymer plates that will mount onto this base. As beautiful as wood and metal type are, this nifty base eliminates the need for sets of fonts.

Sometimes small victories should be celebrated, no?  I have yet to find somewhere to put the press besides the living room floor, or a table large and strong enough to hold its weight, and I need to order some custom ink, and, certainly not last and not least - design something to be made into a printing plate!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is a big weekend of holidays: Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, President's day... Whatever you celebrate, wishing you a good weekend.


To quote Oly: "This is not an end, it's another new beginning."

The year of the ox ended with a family brunch, a night at the San Francisco ballet, viewing the Balanchine Masterworks (lovely!), and a delicious dinner and wine with girlfriends. The year of the tiger began just as beautifully. The sun is out and the air is warm. We had waffles for breakfast, read and napped in the sun, and will hole up soon in what's got to be San Francisco's smallest and coziest pizzeria. I feel very lucky.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Signs of Spring

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.  
                         ~ Matsuo Bashō

life is beautiful

Quince flowers

Qunice buds

Early Spring

While the rest of the world is apparently carpeted in powder and experiencing a blizzard for the ages, sunny California is, well, mostly sunny. It's been raining a lot in San Francisco so flowers are beginning to replace the bare winter branches.
In the spirit of new beginnings, you'll notice I'm revamping my blog. Sometimes when stalled in one area of life, it's a good time to attack another area. I'm not quite done with the blog, and since I'm not sure when I will be (I have a lot more to learn but was helped immensely by Nichole of littlebrownpen, who takes gorgeous photographs, and sometimes of Paris!), I thought I'd leave the blog mostly up. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

new workspace!

Well, not really a new space, exactly, but a new way to be in the same space.

My husband and I share an office/studio space in one room of our apartment. He takes up most of it with his music equipment, but I have my own little corner. After we moved in, I began tacking up photos and greeting cards as inspiration, along with vintage maps of Paris and San Francisco. Eventually, though, it began to feel messy: the wall, the desktop, under and around the desk...

Then, around Christmastime, I received a calendar as a gift when I ordered Little Italy by Jennifer Altman, which is a lovely book of travel writing, recipes, and Polaroid photos taken in Italy (my reigning favorite country, with France, Mexico and England close behind). The calendar turned out to be equal in quality and beauty to the book. So, although I had at first envisioned adding the current month's photo to my motley collection of images, I changed my mind and decided I wanted them all up, year round. It's not only time for new inspiration, but for some order.

Although I can't seem to keep my desk clean or organized, no matter how hard I try, I have at least uncluttered the wall. Healthy habits start somewhere, right?