Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Mail & Roben-Marie Smith

There is nothing more fun than getting gorgeous mail! In the our techie world of texting, face book and emails, we seem to get less and less interesting tactile mail. So when a note from Roben-Marie Smith arrive, I couldn't wait to open it. Not only was it gorgeous on the outside but such wonderful color on the inside.
I love that she stitched together paper and fabric for her note card. (upper left)Here's a sample of a couple of the postcards she sent. You can get a series of four of her post cards for under $4.00! Roben-Marie is the proprietor of Paperbag Studios where she blogs, teaches on-line classes and has nice video section on how to make several projects.
Roben-Marie is also doing a year-long collaboration call "Points of Two". The project explores two points of view in creating art. Nice!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New prints from the Tacoma Wayzgoose

You can never have too much letterpress work! We picked up a couple of prints at the Tacoma Wayzgoose. There was lots to choose from so it was hard to decide!I love this bear print by JR Adler. He was in letterpress at PLU. I love the composition and color. You can get this print on JR's new etsy site.
I put the print on our metal door to photograph it. When I stepped back, the whole scene struck me as funny--because the print says "go inside" on our door that leads outside and the pinhole photography piece to the left is by Chandon Thorell which has a dressed up couple sitting on a couch in their yard. All the juxtapositions made my day, I'm leaving the print on the door!As I mentioned in the last post, the Beautiful Angle letterpress booth was a mob scene at the wayzgoose. If you haven't heard of them, they are graphic designer Lance Kagey and writer Tom Llewelleyn who create and distribute letterpress posters around Tacoma. Their work is wildly sought after and hard to obtain via the seek and find route. Thankfully, they brought prints to sell. Here's the print we got based on the 7 deadly sins.

The printing is lovely and the writing sublime. Again, I love the juxtaposition of image and text.
Check out Beautiful Angle's website. Really cool stuff!

Tacoma Wayzgoose April 2010

I'm a little late in posting this--it happened at the end of April! But I want to post some photos of the Tacoma Wayzgoose. A very well attended event with lots of activities with the highlight being steamroller printing. The event was held at a local bookstore - Kings Books - so if you see a wayzgoose in your area, definitely attend! It's a great way to see some fine printing, book arts, papermaking and even make some stuff for free!
Steamroller printing was the big deal of the day. (Literally!)
That is a LOT of linoleum to carve!The bird print is so lovely!Screen printing your own tee shirt was wildly popular!These guys brought some very heavy equipment to sell!Nothing says fun like Pie on a Stick! See, I made this print at the Springtide Press booth. Note the bear print hanging on the line in the background. I'll talk more about this in my next post.This is the calm before the storm. The Anagram Press booth was swamped with people from start to finish!
Also more discussion about Beautiful Angle's booth. It was definitely the busiest booth--they had folks making posters on Nolan press! People were lined up all day.
There were also local book arts groups and a book arts display by the PLU students.You can see more photos of the event on our flickr site.