Inking up!

Inking up!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

What the Plants Say

I have been working on this little book Root, Leaf, & Flower for a quite a while. The boco printing was done a year ago, but the letterpress just added. I haven't sewn one together yet, but all the pages are ready now.

I had some different thoughts about it when I first started the boco printing process from the plants. And it took me a while to realize those ideas were a dead end for me.

It started with the idea of a sampler – each plant isolated on its own page. But the result for me is much more than a sampler, it is a song. Each print is unique, the gesture of the plants expressive with hidden images and colors revealed.

I have worked out the stitching on sample papers, but I am not ready to reveal that one yet. And for those of you that have it, this book: Root, Leaf, & Flower will be akin to Plant Dyes from the Kitchen. (below) Plant Dyes from the Kitchen was also published in the fabulous book Thread Loves Paper by Emily Marks.

Monday, September 25, 2017

On My Very Own Silk Road

From my first attempt botanical contact printing on silk.

Not sure how far down the road I'll go with bo-co printing on silk, but I am having fairly good success so far and feeling more encouraged as I go.

Today, rain. But the vat is calling me back.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Easy Peazy & Hard As Chard

In the studio with Rebeca, having loads of fun while printing for GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) for their fundraiser. You'll have to be quick to get one of these awesome potholders.
Co designing with Rebeca was the most fun I've had collaborating, ever.

 In the studio by myself today, thinking we should have printed "Hard As Chard" instead. Registering dozens of pieces of seam binding is challenging. Phew, finally finished!
It won't say so on this colophon, but this is another Inking Up! for Social & Environmental Justice publications from May Day Press. Had to keep this colophon short as possible to suit our "easy peasy" approach.

Stayed tuned for the finished product. We will be having a sewing bee on Sunday! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

And Comics!

I missed one very important publication this year - and it was for Grab Back Comics. Erma Blood invited me to contribute, and against my better judgement (I don't do comics, after all),  I created a contribution that developed from my embroidered piece for Re-fashioning Identity. Grab Back Comics just came out – and I was mentioned in a very good way, more than once – in the review!

If you want to read the review: it's here: These Comics Grab Back.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Poetry and Prose

I am excited to report that I have had a poem and a piece of short prose published this year. The poem, called Ozette, was published in WA 129, edited by Tod Marshall, our state's poet laureate.

The short prose was published online by 3Elements Literary Review - their Summer issue #15. As much as I love printing, I love writing more!

Stay tuned for news of a new May Day Press publication - out very soon! With cover paper printed from avocado pits!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Abundant Blessings!

May Day Press is celebrating 
25 years of letterpress printing artists' books 
and other misc. this year. 
Big thanks and much gratitude to my sweet friend Pam Elardo 
who has been a blessing in my life in many ways and supporter of 
May Day Press since it was born. It's the love and support of 
friends like Pam that keep me and May Day Press going.