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?
It’s been a tough few days. A series of events can make you feel drained and exhausted. So I’m doing some self-talk about not being too hard on myself and allowing myself to rest.
I have a box of letterpress type to sort, letters to send, and books to read. I love Jill Bolte Taylor’s thoughts about inner peace. Jill is a brain researcher and neuron-anatomist who had a stroke at age 37 and spent eight years coming back from that.
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” – Jill Bolte Taylor
We spent last week in the Caribbean, and once again, I was drawn into the turquoise, teal, and pale blue colors of the sea. Sitting in my chair, hours upon hours, was actually relaxing. Oh, we walked. And ate. And drank. But mostly we stared at the water.
I am not surprised how many of my cards and prints are done in shades of teal.