Thursday, November 24, 2011
Earlier this month, my husband Michael and I spent the weekend in Austin with three other couples, celebrating his sister Vicki's birthday. It was the first time I'd been to Austin and I liked it a lot. Because we didn't have a car, we weren't the masters of our own destiny, so there were some things we might have done otherwise that we didn't – visit our friend Marcia, or go hear some live music, for example. Still, it's a cool city with lots to see, do and eat. We stayed at the San Jose, a fabulous boutique hotel on South Congress, smack dab in the middle of all the action:
The rooms were super-cool and funky -- modern and retro at the same time. Rock posters served as the artwork throughout the hotel.
The patio was filled every night with people drinking and socializing.
The outdoor spaces were beautiful too:
Jo’s Coffee is right next door to the hotel:
While we were there, we had some tasty pizza at Home Slice, awesome shrimp & grits at The Snack Bar and a transcendent chocolate bread pudding at Woodland.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
paper sculpture, paper artist, bird sculpture, paper art
I have been meaning to post about this artist’s work for a long time.
From the Sundance Channel, here is a lovely interview with Anna:
You can read more about Anna and see more of her beautiful work here.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
make a book, book binding how to, sketchbook, recycled
Last weekend, for the first time in ages, I was able to play in my studio. Not only that, I made something -- something I like. It was NOT an easy project, and I'm happy I stuck with it. I made a longstitch book with a leather cover cut from a pair of old motorcycle pants from the 1930s. It is the second book I've made from these pants. You might remember the first one, here.
For this book, I decided to use paper from an old, turn-of-the-century ledger book for the inside pages. Seemed like a cool idea. All of that incredible pen-and-ink handwriting from a century ago, to become overlaid with sketches and writings from the here and now. Layers of meaning and marks and generations.
OK, this is when the trouble started. Because the paper is over 100 years old, I was halfway through sewing the second signature and the paper started breaking between the holes. Another problem causing strain on the holes was that my thread was too thick.
So I switched to a thinner thread and decided to reinforce the signatures. I wanted to be rather ad hoc and not over-think it -- the way you see old books or old sheet music repaired with no thought for aesthetics, only function. So I reinforced the inside and outside of each signature with drafting tape, which you can see in the fourth photo from the top. I was happy with it and liked the way it looked. But when I went to punch through the drafting tape, it also ripped. Arrggh. At this point, I was thinking I might have to abandon my ledger paper idea. I thought to myself, 'What do I have floating around the studio that is strong enough to reinforce these signatures without ripping?' And I found a roll of espresso brown bookcloth. So I cut it into strips and reinforced the outside of each signature with it:
OK, now we're cooking with gas!
On just one of the signatures, though, the holes were still ripping on the inside of the fold. So I decided to further reinforce them with some vintage postage stamps:
It still ripped through one of the stamps when I sewed, but no matter -- it's a strong enough binding, which was the goal.
I finished sewing, tied it off with a couple of tiny, square shell buttons, and finally, the result!
I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I've listed it for sale in my Etsy shop. It would be such a wonderful journal or sketchbook for someone who does altered books or journaling.
Monday, April 18, 2011
vintage cigar boxes, vintage typography, packaging, lettering, graphic design, design inspiration
Look what my wonderful co-worker and friend Gerry gave me!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Since Spring has sprung (sort of) and love is in the air, I thought I would post about a beautiful Scottish wedding I had the pleasure of being a (very small) part of. Rachel Boyce (now Mrs. Iain McCallum) contacted me last summer about doing a map-covered guest book for her wedding, which was to have a vintage travel theme. We worked together, long-distance via email, to come up with something custom and very personal to her and Iain. Here are a couple of photos of the guest book.
Rachael requested a map of North America for the cover, since she and Iain
have traveled here several times. This map is from a 1920s atlas.
The date on the passport stamp is their wedding day. Travel images illustrated each
page and there was space for guests to write their best wishes for the couple.
And now for the big event! They deftly carried the vintage travel theme through all the details of the wedding:
Beautiful bride Rachael
Happy day! Congratulations to a lovely couple.
All wedding photographs by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography.