Monday, February 25, 2008

More handsome than the javalinas!

I just had to post this picture. My friend DJ was giving me a hard time about the photos I posted about the javalinas that came up to our back windows. This is what stopped by her back door. I must admit those deer are a smidge cuter! But mostly I love how the kitty is right there nose to nose with the deer!

Books Gone Wild Reception

We had a nice reception for the Books Gone Wild Show. A number of the artists came and talked about what inspired them to create the work. That is always my favorite part! It's interesting all the themes--excess packaging in the US where the cheese liners were the pages of the book, subtraction/reduction where things were cut out of the book to the lotus flower inspired by a book's end pages. The show is up until March 1st so get down here and see it before it is gone, gone, gone! You can also see the show online at under current exhibitions.


Gary and I went to Port Townsend at the end of January for a weekend of PLAY. The event was hosted by the talented Teesha & Tracy Moore.
We've been so busy (note lack of posting!) that we were like yes, no, yes, no on whether we could go to the event. Finally it was YES and we got to get away for a few days. It was really cold there (compared to Phoenix) and we had to dig out hats and gloves from Chicago days. It was really great to spend a few days with a bunch of artists hanging out & making stuff. Here are some pics from our trip.
Here's Vynnie (who only brought sharpies) antagonizing us by calling us "Constructionists" because we don't journal--we make books!
Gary with a way cool book he made.
At the beach, gorgeous but cold!
I was fascinated with these!
One of the many black birds in the area.

The rainbow we saw on the way home from the Phoenix airport.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Letterpress is Everywhere...seriously!

Somerset Studios recently released a special publication called artists' cafe in late December 2007 where they went back and pulled out some of their favorite articles from the past as well as profiling current artists and new processes. There is a nice article on letterpress--from the Nov/Dec 2003 issue. 4+ years ago...I don't think letterpress was anywhere near as popular as it is now!

Now I've Seen it All--DIY Letterpress

Check out the latest issue of Ready Made. I was at the airport bookstore and thought...what are they doing on that cover? There's an article on how to make your own letterpress. So like the professor on Gillian's island! You can see the article online at For those of you in the Phoenix area that may not be so invention inclinded, you can come and take a lettepress class with us!