Inside the Studio

Inside the Studio

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Craft in America has posted a one minute promo video - catch it here! I don't know what to say. Bill and I feel very overwhelmed by this grace all over again. The episode airs April 21st on PBS!

Monday, January 2, 2017

To the Nightland

To the Nightland is my newest artist book and will be one of the pieces I talk about in my presentation on Saturday, January 14th, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (3pm) in the auditorium.  

I am appreciating the slowness of sewing book texts, adding bits of lace and beads, finding ways to use all the pieces I've been hoarding for decades, as well as new ways to present a story. I am deeply indebted to Melissa Frykman-Thieme for making the heart around which inspired the design of To the Nightland. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Catherine Alice Michaelis: Imprinted & Unbound

 Pressure printed clothing, including my baby brother's little 
blue outfit and Bill's grandmother's christening dresses. 

 My unofficial autobiography . . . Sola.

Lots of eco-printed paper! 

My show is half over at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. It's been a thrill every day I am there to meet and interact with patrons and staff. I could not imagine a more kind or caring group of people to work with. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Monday, October 3, 2016

Early October Eco-Printing in the Garden

We  got in some eco printing on very large pieces of paper this weekend. 

I felt like I was making a very large bouquet of flowers 
and wrapping them up to go. So fun.

It's always finger crossing time once they go into the vat. 
The paper gets so very fragile and easy to tear. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Where's the Button?

Only a few more buttons left to arrive. It's so exciting. 
I feel extremely grateful to everyone who submitted 
writing (and buttons) for this project.
It is indeed a Magic Land when creating in collaboration.

As soon as all the buttons are in
Jim and I will choose the pieces to become broadsides.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It's a bird! It's a poem! It's a button!

Loving the buttons coming in for Button Box! 
I'm so lucky for the responses to this unusual call for submissions.
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Laughing Dog Press

How precious the memories are from 1990 when I was learning to print letterpress from Rayna Holtz at Laughing Dog Press! Rayna and the ideas behind this press were foundational to the way I started May Day Press. Laughing Dog Press was committed to only printing works that reflected their values of social justice and environmental themes. They infused me with the idea of holding a vision of service in what I created. I am so grateful for all of it.  

Today, I am lucky to be able to collaborate with Rayna's son, Morgan Holtz. He's a gifted woodworker making elegant and functional works.