A Few Weeks In Pictures

January Recap: Wooly Mastadon

I’ve been gone for a while once again. Truth be told I am learning to juggle some new things and not always succeeding but that’s okay because in January of 2016 I was reminded that I not only have an amazing network of friends in different states but I have also made some wonderful friends in my own hometown once again. I have had so much fun at a best friend’s wedding, at a work party that turned out to be amazing, and just with everyday goofiness. It was a pretty good first month of 2016 and if the rest of the year continues this way it’s going to be an amazing one. Since this would be an extremely long post if I explained everything I figured I would just include photos of what I have been up to here. I’ve been knitting and spinning, not near as much as I’d like but it’s a start. I’ve been working on other projects in the letterpress studio. It’s been fun. I’ll be back to share an awesome FO quite soon (still need to take those beautiful photos, haha) so watch for that. It’s the middle of the week, halfway there to the weekend!

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Letterpress for the Season

Christmas Letterpress: Wooly Mastadon

December is almost over but hey, it’s still technically the holiday season so I can still share this here, right? My latest letterpress creation was a holiday card my local community arts center could sell to promote the studio. I really had my eye on the wood type and this fantastic S and the design just fell in place around it. A bit of fiddling and the text was spaced just right. Tis the season after all. I hope that this last bit of 2015 is filled with many blessings.

~Stay Inspired

A Letterpress Pop-Up Show

Letterpress Pop-up Show: Wooly Mastadon

As I had hinted in my last post, I was looking forward to an even this week that would boost my spirits and just simply be fun. That event: a mini poster pop-up show in a local coffee shop. Why was this exciting? Well, because my work was going to be in it. As part of the apprenticeship program I went through at my local letterpress studio, we all thought it would be cool to put together a pop-up show of some work. Mini 5*7 inch posters were printed by each of us to sell to benefit the arts center and the letterpress studio. It was such a fun event. The show was held at a new local coffee shop/old fashioned toy store. It was just so much fun to look at the posters, get a drink, and go into the toy section to just play. They had juggling equipment that the staff showed everyone how to use, wind-up toys, old wooden train sets (my favorite!), puzzles, awesome board games, just everything. It was a lot of fun. The fact that my work could be in such a joyous and fun space was the best thing for me this week. Although I didn’t take photos of people there (it’s a small space so I didn’t feel like getting in people’s faces) I still had fun and got some photos of the work.

Letterpress Pop-up Show: Wooly Mastadon

In short, I have been busy with letterpress. I just didn’t share it here until the posters went up in the show. I also have a reject piece I did that just didn’t fit the evening, the text was far too somber. I can share that here at a later date, as I still like it. Well, that is all for now. I’m going to try to finish my Splitstone, the deadline is fast approaching! Have a wonderful weekend.

Oh yes, if you understood the reference I made in my poster in the first picture, you are amazing. Spoilers…Labyrinth is the best movie, the little worm in the brick-work is the cutest.

~Stay Inspired

Letterpress: Printing Cuts

Letterpress: Wooly Mastadon

You all probably guessed this was coming but here it is, more letterpress (first round here). In my latest ‘class’ the project was to pick out a cut (an image either cut from wood or brass or lead, normally mounted on a wood back), lock it up, and print it on one of the presses. I thoroughly enjoyed searched through all of the options, wondering in amazement at the finest details on each cut, and finally making the hard decision of what to print. There were so many options. In the end, I was in a silly mood so I decided, why not print the gorilla. That is exactly what I did. Apparently no one had yet printed this cut at our little studio so it was fun to see how it turned out.

Letterpress: Wooly Mastadon

I also thought I’d share a little tidbit here. One of the things we focused on during this session was how to make the cuts print the best, with the most clarity. I took a progression shot of 3 runs I did on newsprint as a test to get this guy to print correctly. You can tell it took a little tweaking, but we got it to print. Then I printed it on better stock.

Although I think I enjoy printing with type better, the novelty aspect of these cuts is just so much fun. I will definitely have to throw in a few of these into my printing every once in a while. Hope you have a wonderful and maybe even letterpress filled Monday.

~Stay Inspired

Letterpress: A New Obsession

Letterpress: Wooly Mastadon

In my last pretty heavy thought post last week I mentioned that I had a lot going on lately and really wasn’t sure what I was doing with my life. Well, I’ve been in that rut for a while and thought, why not add something? Perhaps not the most logical idea but when the opportunity to get into a letterpress apprenticeship program arose, I jumped at it no questions asked. Now, you may be wondering what letterpress is. Letterpress is an old fashioned printing method. Think type-setting. Think meticulous spacing, the smell of old equipment, and the feeling of a connection to times past that is intoxicating and wonderful. Can you tell I love it already?

Letterpress: Wooly Mastadon

I don’t have images of the studio to share with you, that may come later, but I do have an image of a first small assignment that I think turned out decently well. We were asked to bring a short text to set and print, and I immediately thought of Imogen Heaps Neglected Space. I knew the lyrics would be a perfect fit to be set in type and printed using an old method. Thus I chose the phrase ‘I’m a story in mourning, and you’re the author / so pour out your masterpiece.’ I love how the small project turned out and am eager to try another (my sketchbook is overflowing with ideas but I will have to learn more to carry them out). But for now, I must say that I am excited to learn such a detail oriented and historical craft. I am learning in an up-and-coming studio and can’t wait until I am able to roam free and print my own projects.

One thing I can certainly say is this, graphic design has so much more meaning now. Settings that were normally very abstract in programs on the computer are now very, very real. Changing the leading of type literally means adding another piece of metal, often lead. Most of the intangible ideas of graphic design on the computer are now tangible and mean so much more. If you are in graphic design, and get the chance to work in a letterpress studio, even for a one day workshop, do it. It is worth every second. Who knows where this will take me.

~Stay Inspired