South Pasadena is turning 125 years old and the town will be celebrating all day long with activities during the day and the Art Crawl at night featuring local artists. Come to De Milo’s studio 5-9pm and letterpress a Happy Birthday card on marble paper using vintage wood type. Ambitious printers have the option of personalizing their cards by setting a name of their choice in lead type.
Recently I had the pleasure of printing wine labels for Gypsy Canyon Winery’s latest harvest. Deborah Hall’s relationship with her grapes is rooted in a hundred year old untamed vineyard discovered on her property in Santa Rita Hills near Santa Barbara, CA. After many hours combing through archives in the Santa Barbara library she’s resurrected a piece of wine making history. Deborah’s artistic attention to packaging detail is exquisite—hand blown glass bottles, handmade paper labels, and sealed with beeswax from their own Gypsy Canyon hives. But Gypsy Canyon is more than a pretty face. I took a bottle to Easter Dinner and it was by far the favorite among many on the table.
Posted in Local Artists by sustainandheal
This was my NYC afterhours entertainment this year. After years of researching tattoo artists I finally found one with the right creative muse for me. Leaving Javits Convention Center on 34th and 8th, I hoofed it over to 52nd and Broadway to the New York Tattoo Convention. Trying my best to not look so obviously white-girl-conventional (how does one do that?) I made my way through the awesome display of ink and imagery to Dan DiMattia of Calypso Tattoo. I had to wait a year for this. Dan is from Liege, Belgium. But lucky for me he’s got a huge fan club in the States and comes to New York for this annual show. Fateful timing scheduled both of our shows on the same weekend. I love what he designed for me. He is an artist of the highest order. If you want to ask “What does it mean?” you could go here for five reasons why.
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So much paper, so little time! Read a full rundown on Nole Garey’s oh-so-beautiful blog. My personal show favorite is Maple Street Paper Company. Their first time exhibiting at NSS was 2011, but somehow I missed them last year. Thank goodness for Amy Tan from The TreeSpace Studio, who came by my booth and told me I HAD to go meet these girls.
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My Aunt Sylvia had a wonderful phrase to describe bright people—the kind who are focused, radiate positive energy and are the very opposite of scatterbrain. Lunching today with South Pas marble artist Barb Skoog Aunt Sylvia’s words easily came to mind:
“She’s got all her marbles in one pocket.”
Nevermind that she’s smart (start college in math and science and end up with a writing degree) she’s a person who is open to trying anything that looks interesting. A few years ago the interesting thing was a marble paper show in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since then she’s learned from the best and her papers are gorgeous. Barb is eager to pass on her knowledge. See a marbling demo on her website. Please overlook the pun, Barb’s definitely got her marbles in one pocket! Now, excuse me while I go gather mine up—they’re rolling all over the floor.
What’s an eco-conscious letterpress printer to do when David and Mark order a beautiful Rosetti invitation printed on luxuriously thick museum board double-mounted with fair trade Nepalese Lokta paper and there’s a two inch scrap leftover? You save it, of course…for a year. Then Bill Wenzlau walks into the studio with his groovy retro design for an artisanal batch of wine he’s got fermenting and ready to cork. The two inch scrap has a home!
Posted in Business Cards, Local Artists, New from the Press by sustainandheal
Master typographer Doyald Young died last Thursday. I was not fortunate enough to study under this giant of design. My academic timing was off. He taught at Art Center pre and post me. But I did learn from his students. My first weeks at Art Center in 1992 are a blur save for one day that is clear in my memory. Dana Herkelrath invited her mentor to speak to her (very green) design students. Doyald’s reverence for the letterform and his eagerness to impart his knowledge opened my eyes to a new kind of beauty. Fifteen years later one of his typefaces, with its narrow bold strokes, became the inspiration for my “Sustain & Heal” logotype. A memorial will be held April 10 at Art Center College of Design. And meet with Doyald on youtube.com.
Overheard yesterday at the California Market Center: “I usually hate shopping, but this is fun!”Unique LA lives up to its name and brings out the best of local California artisans. Letterpress, of course, is very much at home in this creatively charged venue. I had fun yakking it up with letterpress friends old and new.
|Of the four printers here I’ve known Sharon from Papermum Press the longest. We met way back in 2000 when she was just across the street from De Milo in Old Town Pasadena as the manager for Mimio Papers.|
|Mabel “Master-of-the-Heidelburg” from Dee & LaLa|
|Tina from Joie Studio does all this beautiful work with an 18-month-old tagging along. How do you manage it?!|
|Tianyi from Tiselle is getting married this year. Can’t wait to see her invitation!|
December 6, 2010 marks five years since letterpress printer/mentor Regis Graden passed away. The news of his Cancer early in 2005 hit me like a pressful of bricks and I tried to write that out in a 2005 blog post. He assured me then that he was carrying out a “serious argument” with the disease. Today I still miss him and am still carrying on that same argument. I started this cobbled together letterpress business during the dot.com bust of the mid-late 90′s when my once-hot art school web design services had cooled. I made so many mistakes. Killer Mistakes. Embarrassing Mistakes. Unforgivable Mistakes. And he had a response to every one of them. My remembered favorites:
“You made a mistake?! That’s unheard of. Why, the last time I made a mistake was [long pause while he computes]…ten o’clock this morning.”
“The only way to never make a mistake is to never do anything.”
Thankfully, my mistakes are much fewer now. But, ironically, I treasure my mistake history (now that it’s mostly…hopefully…over). And when I have the chance to teach new printers you’ll hear Regis’isms spewing forth loud and plentiful. Thank you, Regis.
A College Professor, an Advertising Manager, and an Uptight Letterpress Printer walk into a bar…wait, no, that happens later… Earlier they walked into the alchemy of friends together, three inked up presses, and plentiful fair trade paper that made for a fun day thriving with shared creative energy. Thanks, Friends!
|The College Professor and Ad Manager quickly got the hang of platen press printing
while the uptight Letterpress printer relaxed and took photos.
|Carol’s classic stationery and Karen’s modern holiday complete with snoozing feline.
Both printed on fair trade jute and paired with fair trade marble papers.