Thursday, March 5, 2015

Printed Things

Hers and Hers love cards on press.

I have several new products and projects that I will be releasing soon in my Etsy shop and on my website, many of which are letterpress printed. I am saving the final product shots for the official release, so you will have to be patient, but here are some in-progress shots to whet your appetite.  

 I made a mini love card series because love comes in shapes and sizes.

 Believe it or not, one of my larger projects for the year was an 11 piece coaster set/book art project. I'll go into more detail in a future post solely about this project.

My old gift tag designs are nearly sold out so I did a new, 3 design set that is rather literal and somewhat in your face.

Make-ready for the love card series

 Love card series lock-up

 Gift tags on press.

 Who doesn't love a little sarcasm when they're being sincere?

 I rarely do a card run that's large enough to make ruining a tympan with a scoring matrix worth it. That means whipping out the ol' bone folder and straight edge for a bit of hand-scoring action.

Wood type is just as nice on its own as when it's printed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meandering


Every once in a while I get up a bit early (yes, I am sometimes capable of getting up early), leave behind my beloved bike and take a walk from place to place. I like this occasional change of pace because it gives me time to discover something I might otherwise have missed.

The images below are in no particular order and, while some locations will be quite obvious, I purposely left out descriptions so they can be discovered by the viewer who can then make up their own story and meander in their own, virtual, way.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Craft Fairs, I'm Back!


After a little over a year off, in which I focused on teaching and job transitioning, I rejoined the craft fair game with San Francisco Center for the Book's annual Holiday Fair this past December (yes, yes, I am super late getting these images posted, don't hate me!). 


Since I no longer have a car, I have to rely on public transit (AC Transit, BART, and Muni here in the Bay Area) to schlep all my stuff to and fro. While it's obviously not ideal, I never back down from a challenge and one's display can always use improvement. 


Traveling on public transit also meant that I had to re-assess just how much I took both in terms of product quantity, and display materials. The card holders were a must but everything else I was bringing from items to sell to my tablecloth and 'Santa's cookies' all had to fit in a single rolling suitcase. This meant playing more with surface level display as opposed to building up with stands and supports.  


Instead of having back-up product stashed below the table, I actually used it to stack items on top of themselves within the table display to give a leveled/layered appearance. Finding a balance between looking professional and putting my products' best feet forward while maintaining a fun, slightly chaotic feel was a challenge with this set-up and I can definitely perfect what I've done for future set-ups. I do think this style adds to the 'garage sale' nature of my booth design which, with handmade chalk board price tags (made on playing cards this time), table cloth, etc, has been my aim for the most recent shows I've participated in. 


I found the show to be a lot of fun, and also a great success. Of course, a lot of this can be attributed to the lovely attendees to the event, but I'd like to think my display and design contributed to my success, at least a bit.

While I'm 'back in the game', I am still new to the art and craft world and the craft fair world. I don't as of yet have anything else booked for 2015 but don't worry, you can bet there will be more and more chances for you to see my work in person (and say hi!) in the future instead of being restricted only to my Etsy shop. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Creatures


As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have this as yet amorphous project that I'm calling 'Behind Glass' involving photographing items in museums, conservatories, etc. to delve into the human obsession with collecting and looking at things of all sorts. As I've begun working, I realized it's not just taxidermied, dried, or otherwise no-longer living things that are collected, there are also zoos and aquariums that collect fauna and put them on display. 

On my latest trip to the California Academy of Sciences I was able to get some rather interesting images and views of the normal and unusual species they had on display. 

(This is another photo heavy post so I have once again shrunk the image size so I could incorporate a larger quantity of pictures)


That yellow and brown spotted thing on the right is actually a very big eel that has an awesome symbiotic relationship with the shrimp crawling on it. 

I just love sea dragons (and sea horses).

Look closely, there's a tadpole in there!

I know spiders make some people squeamish but I tend to find them fascinating and beautiful (and yes, I'm 'one of those people that catches and releases spiders found inside my home). This orb spider was utterly gorgeous.

In my mind this dart frog was totally posing for me, sexy calendar style.

The textures and patterns in this set up fascinate me as much as the snake itself.

This catfish was bigger than me. 

There was no way I could get this anaconda all in one frame.