Inking up!

Inking up!

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Grab Back Comics – Re-Refashioning Identity

I submitted a piece to Grab Back Comics, a comics anthology on sexual assault, harassment, rape culture, and advocacy by Erma Blood of Seattle, WA. Erma had seen the piece I made for Re-Fashioning Identity and encouraged me to keep working it.

Refashioning Identity was a stitching project guided by 
artist Diana Weymar for the University of Puget Sound, 
Tacoma community. Each contributor was given one 
cotton-lined page upon which to stitch their concept. My 
page was inspired by paper dolls and the messages that 
are projected onto our clothing choices, as well as the 
messages we tell ourselves when we wear them.

My piece for Grab Back Comics is a conflation of thoughts that bombard me each morning while getting dressed: the what to wear vs. should wear, fun vs. fear, and what makes the culture feel safe, even if it makes me feel fake.

Erma will be presenting Grab Back Comics at a Comics & Medicine conference in Seattle mid-June. I'm excited my piece was included!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My week in Los Angeles


Arrived on Monday, April 17th, as a guest in a beautiful Mission style house built in 1926. 


Hand crafted details throughout.


Tuesday, April 18th I taught 5th graders about color, emotion, and the senses 
through rubbings we made using shapes and crayons.


After class I headed to the Craft & Folk Art Museum. 
They are hosting a great book arts show as well as a gallery of Iranian artists. 

Wednesday I spent much of the day at the Getty Museum. 
Loved that concrete poetry exhibit! 
(I only took pictures of flowers.)


And then the Fowler Museum which has an excellent group of shows at the present.

Thursday it was back to school, to make rubbings with crayon and ink

as well as printing from wood and metal type. 

We designed faces and landscapes (for the most part).

Friday I spent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
This is from Monsoon: Indian paintings of the Rainy Season.
I also saw Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso, 
The Inner Eye: Vision and transcendence in African Arts
and Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause.
This last was remarkably powerful. 

The evening wrapped up with the Craft in America "Nature" 
episode premier on PBS.
I was on Cloud 10 when I went to bed. 

Saturday was a print action for Earth Day at the 
Craft in America Center.
Here I am with Katherine Ng and Gaye West.
Anyone that wanted could come in and print on two 
presses I drove down to L.A. in my trunk. 
It was a very fun time meeting so many lovely people.

The next morning it was time to head home. 





Friday, February 10, 2017

Re-Fashioning Identity

Thanks to the University of Puget Sound community I am taking part in this project introduced to us by Diana Weymar who creates inspiring collaborative community stitch projects.

This is due the end of next week, so I must get stitchin' to finish. (Binder paper lines provided, the rest is up to me.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Speechless


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