It’s Not Easy

brian_ai____200___CMYK_Preview_I’ve been looking for a new press. And I’m always looking for new type. And stuff.

So there’s a fine balance between always shopping and finding time to ‘make” and print.

I did finish 25 invitations this week, the first time I’ve done that. And I’m working on a polymer plate for Skin Touch Therapy so we can have cards in the shop that show our collaboration.

Finding time to create as well as manage the business is always a challenge. But it keeps me moving forward and excited about my life and what I do.

Passion

I went walking with a friend today, telling her about the print shop I happened to stop into yesterday. They do all commercial work on offset presses these days–

But I asked if they had any old letterpress equipment. (I’m always on the lookout for a new press.) They had a huge Kluge, way too big for me. But they also had type. Cabinets and cases of type.

My friend asked if seeing it made my heart beat a little faster. “Yes,” I laughed.

“Then you know it’s a passion, don’t you?” she said.

I can’t stop thinking about it. And I’m wondering…well, let’s just say I have a few ideas to run by them.

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Creating Custom- But No Weddings!

When I first started letterpress printing, I wasn’t sure which direction I would go. I love working in wood, metal, and polymer. But I knew one thing I didn’t want to do– weddings!! So I assumed I wouldn’t want to do custom work of any kind.fruit

I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find I LOVE doing prints and cards for people. I’ve had many people ask for specific quotes or themes, and it’s been great fun to work them out.

Here are two about to head out the door! Fruits and veggies for our local organic grocery story, Kickshaws, and a quote card for a fellow artist.

Who knew I’d have so much fun?

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What I Love About Printing

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I’ve been thinking about what it is I love about letterpress printing. If I’m not printing posters or cards or cleaning/buying type, I am reading about it.

For me, it’s the act of creation. And as much as I love playing around with Illustrator design on my computer, that isn’t where I want to spend my time. I love pulling a print off the press and seeing the ink against a white background tell its story. My walls are covered in words that matter to me.

So when I can’t do the work– like now while I am helping my husband recover from his surgery– I am planning the work.

David is coming along well, and it looks like I’ll be back in the shop in a few days. Can you see me doing my happy dance?