November 17, 2010

Holiday Art Shows!

Posted in Shop tagged , , , at 5:16 pm by onetinyacorn

This one’s for my Wyoming/Colorado peeps:

I’ll be showcasing my jewelry at two art shows this holiday season, both in Laramie. I’ll have lots of new items that aren’t on my website yet, as well as some discounted items, so check ’em out.


First up is the Laramie Winter Farmer’s Market
Saturday, November 20th, 12-4 p.m.
Laramie Plains Civic Center, South Gym: 710 E. Garfield Street, between 7th and 8th Streets.
There will be locally-grown produce, and treats for yourself and your loved ones.


Next, we have the 2010 Holiday Market
Thursday and Friday, December 2nd and 3rd. 10-5:30 on Thursday, and 9-4 on Friday.
University of Wyoming Student Union, 2nd floor. Driving directions.
This one’s huge—over 75 vendors, with lots of variety. I’ll be at booth 18 in the Family Room (one of the first people you’ll see upon entering the Market).


Hope to see you there!

February 8, 2009

A Day at Toast Letterpress

Posted in Look tagged , , , , , , at 9:40 pm by onetinyacorn

The people at Pittsburgh Craft Collective have been putting together many affordable one-time classes on all sorts of crafty things: fused glass, bookbinding, knitting, etc.  My first experience with one of these events was an amazing demonstration at Toast Letterpress. The owners spent two hours with us, explaining step-by-step how they produce the lucious impressions that define letterpress today (in contrast to older letterpress fashions, which favored no indentation in the paper). Then, we got to create our own Valentine’s Day cards! I learned a ton of information, and the owners were extremely nice (and talented–they have a portfolio in their office that was filled with gorgeous work). And, as if this weren’t enough, they had heart-shaped cookies for us.

While I quickly realized that I should have been taking notes (I was too transfixed by the machinery), here is a glimpse inside the studio:

Contemporary Plate

A contemporary letterpress plate. In the past, wood was used. Wood gave way to metal plates, which are still sometimes used today.

Inks

The inks for the press, which are either rubber-based or oil-based. Rubber-based ink is generally preferred.

A Vandercook press, inked up and ready for action. This is what we used to create our cards. The plate is laying down, and I hand-cranked paper over it. This press is suitable for small runs.

A Vandercook press, inked up and ready for action. This is what we used to create our cards. The plate is laying down, and I hand-cranked paper over it (with the help of rollers). This press is suitable for small runs.

A windmill press: the Original Heidelburg (a platen press). This thing is amazing. It has mechanical arms to auto-fee paper, and it self-adjusts as the stack of paper gets lower. It was a whirl of activity, the sort of contraption that Willy Wonka might have thought up if he had turned to printing. Or, you know, been a real person. On this one, the type and/or images are kept in a vertical case, and it meets the paper. There's a glass funnel and hose, which was originally used to spray a chemical fixative so that the ink didn't smear on the paper. This is not necessary any more, of course. Built in the 1950s.

A windmill press: the Original Heidelburg (a platen press). This thing is amazing. It has mechanical arms to auto-feed paper, and it self-adjusts as the stack of paper gets lower. It was a whirl of activity, the sort of contraption that Willy Wonka might have thought up if he had turned to printing. Or, you know, been a real person. On this one, the type and/or images are kept in a vertical case, and it meets the paper. There's a glass funnel and hose, which was originally used to spray a chemical fixative so that the ink didn't smear on the paper. This is not necessary any more, of course.

Both of those presses were built in the 1950s. We also got to view an industrial paper-cutter, which instantly made me think of severed hands for some reason. I was assured that there’s a safety feature that makes it impossible for that to occur. We also got to use the corner-rounder, a cute little machine that produces the rounded corners that the kids like so much.

Here is my final product:

finishedcard

What a fun way to spend an afternoon! Thanks to Toast Letterpress and the Pittsburgh Craft Collective for putting this together.

If you want to see a letterpress firsthand, there are some good videos on YouTube (like this one). There’s also a really extensive introduction to all things letterpress here.

December 3, 2008

I Made It Market–Saturday, Dec. 6

Posted in Make, Shop tagged , , , , at 1:36 pm by onetinyacorn

Say, whatcha doing this Saturday? Coming to see me at the I Made It Market? How sweet of you.

I Made It Market

December 6th, 12-5 p.m.

at the Union Project–801 North Negley Ave. (corner of Negley and Stanton Avenues, in the Highland Park neighborhood)

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Map

It looks like there will be about 50 artists participating; I’ll have a lot of jewelry at discounted prices (including some items that aren’t on my website yet). Kat Milbrodt will be participating alongside me, with her lovely handmade bags. It should be a good stop for handmade goods that won’t break the bank.

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