Sunday, January 30, 2011

Buntings and Boxes

It needs some ironing, and I still can't sew, but I made some fabric bunting flags for my booth this weekend that I still think are better than the paper ones I made over the summer.

I've also finished up a prototype for a box tree ornament (it opens!)

... too soon?


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Brown Paper Packages

With a First Friday craft fair approaching, I'm putting together a few last things... such as punching holes and adding twine and ribbon to letterpress printed gift tags I made earlier this month, like the strawberry tags I posted yesterday. I think these yellow ones would be fun for birthdays (but the design and color match those on my wedding invitations, so I may have to make sure I don't have a use for them myself before I try to sell them!)

And check out these wine gift tags! I'll bring some to the craft fair for sure, but I may not be ale to resist putting a few up on etsy this week.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Strawberries, Sun, and a V-Day Craft Fair

I've been busy cutting and packaging some new letterpress printed cards and gift tags this week! Here's a sneak peek:

Valentine's Day (and spring) inspired.

Ah! Strawberry gift tags! Spring is coming! I love these the best ;)

These designs and more will be premiering next weekend at the "I Heart Art" First Friday Craft Fair in Portland's Sellwood District where I'll have a booth!

And that's what I've been up to on this beautiful week in Portland.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Finally Made A Treasury

My first etsy treasury, A Light from the Shadows, made in honor of lengthening days and approaching spring. Give it a click to see more items!

It was a lot of fun (and more work than I imagined!) to curate it thoughtfully. Enjoy!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sun in Portland makes me want to have an iced tea by the pool.

Nothing like a sunny day in January to make it feel like spring really is on its way to Portland.

I spent the morning enjoying the sun with a trip to the Chinese Gardens downtown, lunch at Lovejoy Bakery, and then a trip up to the Pittock Mansion for arguably the best view of the city and Mt. Hood beyond. I had only been to the mansion on a cloudy day before now, and couldn't have known what I'd see beyond the fog. Portland often has two faces like that.

The Chinese Gardens did a nice job of including plants that were green and colorful even in winter.

Pittock... one of those beautiful, sad views (sad because your camera can't capture it at all). I always find it amazing that things like a full moon or a snowy mountain can look so big and bright to your eye only to become specks in typical camera lens.

But it was lovely. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend,


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Spin That Wheel! at Green Bean

I spent the morning prepping for tomorrow's kids' class at Green Bean Books. At 2:20(ish) and 3:30, I'll be leading kids through the nuts and bolts of constructing a book with a wheel, a structure also known as a volvelle.

The book page has a window through which you can see one of three images as you spin the wheel behind it!

My book is a winter scene... I can't wait to see what kind of environments the kids draw and collage tomorrow! I love, love, love their ideas!

I believe there is still one spot left in the 3:30 slot, for any crafty PDX kids looking for an after school project!

I also created a take home project for my students tomorrow.... it involves brass fasteners (brads), as the wheel book does.

On a brad fix, I pulled out some left over felt from another children's class and constructed this little guy. For someone who doesn't sew, I'm seeing some potential in the ability to connect things without a needle and thread... hmm...


Monday, January 17, 2011

A (Semi) Daily Painting

Finally moved out of my shelf/cubby/drawer at school yesterday. It was all just paper and book board, cloth and linoleum cuts, polymer plates and a giant bunch of reeds I had bought for some unknown purpose... all in all, art supplies. But it felt like I was moving out of an undergrad dorm room with the amount of stuff (much of it fragile) I had to move from the printshop to my apartment!

My time as a Book Arts student is officially over as the new semester starts, but I'm armed with the skills of papermaking, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and box making... and about six yards of reeds... to keep me busy for a while! I got lots of projects "started" at school over break (boards cut, box pieces measured and cut, book cloth purchased) so I can spend the next month or so making albums, journals, boxes... ornaments... finishing up cards.

And of course, there's painting, my other other love, which I don't necessarily need a studio to work on (I use acrylics... less toxic than oil). Why, here's one now: (with a nifty watermark)

2010, acrylic on panel, 8" x 10"

Have a couple of shows lined up for the spring. So begins the year of attempting to eke out a living as an artist!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A (Semi) Daily Painting

White Chocolate Pretzel II

2011, 4" x 4"

A friend for my fish? (I can see them together in a frame.)

Now... off to the printshop!


Monday, January 10, 2011

A (Semi) Daily Painting

Swedish Feesh! Ja!

2011, 4" x 4"

Instead of selling this one right away, I may make a triptych with a lovely custom made frame. I'm trying to build up larger pieces again. We'll see how it goes. (As if 4" x 12" is large! I'm all about the miniatures.)

In other news, individual letterpress printed Valentines now available in the shop.

Sunny day in PDX today <3


Thursday, January 6, 2011

I'm Quite Content With What I'm Doing, Thanks.

Have you seen those posters at craft fairs, etsy, etc. that state what you'd rather be doing?

"I'd Rather Be Drinking Wine!"

"I'd Rather be Sewing!"

"I'd Rather Be Crafting!"

They're big right now. So why not tell the world (or at least that sign collector you know) what you'd rather be doing? Making one of those dang signs and getting in on the wealth.

Lmited edition of seven, signed and numbered. Available at my etsy shop.

Of course for me, it's true... making a sign means printing, which I have sadly fallen in love with just after I've finished my Book Arts certificate program. I am still using the printshop over winter break, however, so I've bee busy printing for the months ahead (my own wedding invitations, perhaps??) and getting jazzed up to maybe apply to a local printshop and keep going.

Plus, there's a great view of the snow-capped Coastal Mountains from the bindery. I don't think the print shops in town have that. Oh, little school on the hill.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pop Ups at Green Bean

Tomorrow starts my run of winter bookmaking classes at Green Bean! We'll make a pop-up spread, and and I'm happy to say response has been so good we'll have two sessions, one at 2:20 and one at 3:30!

In two weeks we'll make a book with a wheel. Check the "Classes" tab at the top of this page for details and call ahead to sign up your bookish Ks and 1sts :)


Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 in Twelve pictures

Other blogs have been doing this, so, here it is: my 2010 in review.


After returning to Portland from a holiday in New England, I spend a hectic and wonderful 72 hours hanging, celebrating, gallery sitting, and taking down strand(ed), an art show I was in with eight friends downtown at The Virtuoso Studios.


It feels like spring has come early to Portland. Visits to Sauvie Island and a Sequoia Grove in Washington Park.


I visit Vancouver, BC for the tail end of the 2010 Olympics, and spend a long weekend surrounded by cherry blossoms, mountains, and the wonderful view from the Museum of Anthropology.


My art dabbles in three dimensions and I make things I've never made before, like paper dresses and bonefolders from elk bone. It reaches 70 degrees F. It snows.


Sure, I went to Vegas. I hurt my foot and began what would be about four months on crutches. But I also went to something called the Annual Pug Crawl in Portland, which was probably the most significant thing I did that month.

I spent an afternoon surrounded by hundreds of pugs--pugs is costume, dressed as food and superheroes on parade; pugs watching pugs on parade; pugs swimming in a kiddie pool, and pugs giving kisses for charity at a pug kissing booth. Nothing else really seems to matter once you've experienced a day like that.


June was perhaps the wine connoisseur month, if there ever was one. With fairly nice weather and little mobility due to crutches, my summer day trips largely consisted of visiting different wineries around the northwest. Washington's Maryhill Winery overlooking the Columbia River Gorge was probably the most beautiful.


I leave my job as a magazine editor. I turn 25.


My mom came to visit, and we spent 72 hours taking in the wonders of Portland and surounds.


After a a few weeks of offering children's book art classes at Green Bean Books over the summer, I started a six class fall curriculum at the store. I hope my class offerings continue to grow in 2011! I leave my crutches in the closet and start on the path of physical therapy.


M and A visit! Shopping, mild hiking, and macaron eating ensues--like these at Ken's Artisan Bakery.


I paint, paint, paint, and print, print, print, as I realize I am wrapping up the last semester of my post bacc. degree, that ether in between undergrad and grad school.


I visit New Mexico to look at the University of NM as a grad school possibility, and realize it doesn't hold a candle to the environment, view, and equipment I've had for the past 18 months at OCAC here in Portland. We get snow.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Decade and a (Semi) Daily Painting

I painted this little guy yesterday, and though I didn't think about it at the time, an egg is a fitting image with which to start off the new year.

acrylic on panel, 2010, 4" x 4"

And I realized it's not just a new year... it's a new decade. There's a lot that little egg holds.

On another note, thank you all for making December a huge success blog-wise, with more hits than ever before! Not many of you are following.... but I know ya'll are there ;)

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