happenings

documenting the work and activities of an artist + print freak.

leftovers

mini notebooks
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my favorite use for all the paper leftovers I accumulate.   

Below are a bunch of memo pads and notebooks I stitched together today. Their pages are of either extra notebook sheets, sketchbook paper, or ironed out brown packing paper and are bound in scrap screen printed card stock with sewing thread.

I generally make these notebooks in stages, rarely all in one sitting. One day I might size down prints or trimmings I think would look good as covers, some other day I'll spend an hour or two folding a bunch of signatures out of whatever stacks of excess paper I have lying around that isn't much good for printing on, and another day I'll take breaks throughout the day to match, stitch, and size the insides to their outsides.



Fronts and backs. Or backs and fronts. As you will.

Thanks for scrolling through!

Recent Project:

Screen printed chipboard earrings

These earrings started with an idea or two that evolved into four or five that then fought each other, produced a few cumbersome prototypes, and eventually attained a sense of balance between crude and chic, thereby resulting in what you see below. (Apologies for the length of that sentence.)
 

Two months ago, I participated in a screen printing workshop at SHG and printed a number of hand drawn linear designs onto sheets of chipboard. The design and execution are indicative of where a good chunk of my aesthetic preferences lie -- somewhere between sharp and rough around the edges. The material is super light weight which makes the earrings perfect for anyone who loves the look of larger earrings but doesn't like the heaviness that generally comes with them.
All that being said, I'm extremely fond of them and quite excited to finally have some halfway decent images to share. There are some more designs I haven't finished photographing yet but I'll be sure to post as soon as they've been documented.
And now that I've got you wanting a pair, here's where you can obtain them. Enjoy.

Sales pitch over. Thanks for checking things out. Best to you all.

I've been up to somethings...

The past two to three weeks have seen me with my head down and ear buds blaring to get myself ready for two back to back vendor events, one just this past Saturday and the other this coming Saturday. It’s certainly been a month of scheduling print and assembly steps and scribbling multiple exclamation points after noted cut off deadlines in my planner, (especially with the new project I decided to pull out of my sleeve).
  *Wink*
Over all though, I seem to have done a decent job at pacing the work, as I was prepared for this past weekend and am going into the next fairly confident.
At one point during this months whirlwind of preparation I started feeling anti-template. My minor rebellion thus led me to print the same lino piece in a different registration once on each of three cards featured above. The results were refreshing. Top one double printed slightly on one point, alas, however after three randos I had removed the itch from my system and was ready to go back to the stricter positioning tasks on my to-print list. 
Thanks for checking in, gentlefolk! You keep me accountable. 
Best to you all. More again soon!