So printing of all types has been the obsession around here of late. Most (if not all) of my crafting attempts over the last month have been printing related although not much of my makings have been posted here. I have had a hard time getting things to look just so, you know? And I have a hard time putting myself out there with work that I'm not really perfectly and completely proud of. A couple of times I have posted things and then deleted them right away when I looked at the post and thought that I didn't quite like the look of it. Totally neurotic and semi-weird, I know. And I do apologize for the complete lack of sewing related posts lately, because I know that there are a small number of people out there in the blogiverse who started reading this ridiculous little site because of the fact that I apparently used to find time for sewing...
The thing is, printing is just so satisfying right now because amidst all the thesis writing and life crazy that I've had happening I can get out my gocco and do a little project pretty quickly and then feel productive. Productive, it turns out, is a really good feeling that I need to have sometimes in order to stay emotionally afloat. It is good that I know this now.
Anyway, the above cards were made a few days ago with said gocco and I decided to go ahead and post them because I am happy with them. The picture that I managed to take of them in my not-so-well-lit living room maybe not so much (I really do need to learn how to use my camera- does anyone have good suggestions for this?).
In other printing news, I am in love with the new Lotta Jansdotter book that came out last week. I love all things Lotta actually, so I had pre-ordered this book about eight years ago and anxiously waited and then they finally arrived last Monday. I say "they" because yes, I ordered two copies. But one is for a friend, I swear.
Anyway, it is just the best, coolest book. There is so much information about printing of various kinds and Lotta's designs are (as always) clean, light and simple. Just beautiful. I am seriously ready to start screenprinting in my bathtub exactly right now except for the whole thing where I have a job that I am supposed to go to and a four year old to chase and a thesis to finish and and and... Anyway, you might not know it yet, but you actually really need this book.
But wait! The really big printing news this week? I start my letterpress classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book this Friday. I think that the last time I was looking forward to something quite this much I was having a baby.