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Urban Craft Uprising Summer 2010

Remember this post? Well it’s that time of year again. Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising Event.

Very similar to the famous Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco, Brooklyn, L.A. and Chicago. It should not be missed.

I love local art and design and supporting local artists. This is the place to see what’s hot in the handmade world right now. And when I say handmade, you will not believe your eyes at some of the creations at this event.

Kari Chapin will be available to sign her book, The Handmade Marketplace, each day from 12pm – 4pm. I’m definitely getting that.

I have a long list of vendors to at least stop and look at. Here they are:

If you’d like to see the full list of vendors before you go click here.

So get your gift giving lists together, and remember it’s never too early to plan for the winter holidays.

After all that shopping I’m sure you’ll be hungry. Just around the corner, near the Experience Music Project, Seattle is hosting a Mobile Chowdown on Saturday, July 10th beginning at 11:00am. Some of the best street eats from Seattle & Portland will be there.

Oh! And in case you think the heat will keep you away, think again. The exhibition hall is air conditioned and there’s a vendor selling ice cream! Mmmm!

Also, don’t forget to watch the World Cup Sunday, 11:30am PDT on ABC. With the way Germany had been playing, I was really thinking they were going to be in the finals. Let’s hope they can take 3rd. I know I should be cheering on Spain in the final match, that’s what my sister would want anyway, but The Netherlands have been on fire!

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Letterpress Lust

Found this video recently, really enjoyed it and thought I’d share it with you.

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He’s working on a Vandercook, not sure what kind, but I had the chance to work on an SP20 recently and loved it! First, I want that corner rounder! Gotta get one of those!

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Wayz That Goose In Seattle

Hello everyone! Just a little break from these busy few weeks to fill you in on something I did this last weekend with my company in town.

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It was a full on steamroller smackdown at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. Well, it wasn’t an actual steamroller using steam…it was noisy diesel.

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But it was still a smackdown and still loads of fun.

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Even for the kids!

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And also for the young at heart (Don’t you just love her outfit on the left? The skirt had a blue poofy slip underneath. So cute!). Seriously, it made me so happy to be around the smell of ink and the clickity clank of letterpress printers again.

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It’s been a while since I’ve had time to play with Clark, my letterpress printer.

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But the whole experience at Wayzgoose put a huge smile on my face to be thinking about letterpress printing again.

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They even had old time blue grass music playing in the background to set the mood (I love the type used to make his music book cover, don’t you?).

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For those of you that don’t know, this is how the steamroller works, just in case you’ve got an ol’ steamroller layin’ around. First ya gotta ink up your plate. Lay that down on a smooth surface, which acts like your chase bed.

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Carefully align and lay your paper on top. Lay a protective plywood board on top of the paper…

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Then here rolls the steamroller, which acts like the platen.

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And voila!

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Hang to dry and there’s your poster size print! We really had a good time.

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There were vendors there showing their work (This poster cracked me up!), selling prints, cards, books, even type…both wood & metal. There was even someone selling a Chandler & Price floor standing platen press! It was too soon for me to invest in one and it needed a fair amount of work, but hopefully someone scored the great deal being offered for that.

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We also got to use a Vandercook press to make our own print to take home.

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I just realized that I totally forgot to take a close up photo of the finished product, but here is a cropped and zoomed in one. Sorry for the lack of quality. I’ll try to remember to take a photo of it for next time.

I’ll also try my best to post whenever humanly possible these next couple weeks while I have company in the country. This week I should be able to get some work done that I can share with you later.

Until then…Ciao!

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Urban Uprising Findings

I know, I know, I’ve been away for a while. But I’m back now, at least until tomorrow. I’m jetting off tomorrow to Lopez Island, one of the beautiful San Juan Islands here in the Pacific Northwest, for a few days. If you’re coming this way for the Vancouver B.C. 2010 Olympics, this would be a lovely, relaxing, nice and quiet spot to wrap up the trip. Shortly after that I’ll have some company in town for a few weeks, so I may be in and out, but I’ll try my best to keep up with blogging. Hopefully I’ll actually have time to work and share some of that with you too.

Today I’d like to go way back. Back to the beginning of the month on the weekend of the Urban Craft Uprising. Can I just say, why have I not been to this before?! It was amazing! I took my camera, but I think I was in such a state that I forgot to take any photos! Ugh! But I’ll share with you some of the amazing booths there.

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I was first drawn to Mugwump. Suzanne Keolker is the amazingly talented designer from Portland and she is so clever and creative.

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I can’t share the item I purchased, because it’s a gift for someone who reads this blog. But I will say that what I bought I received so many compliments on! First it was, “I love your ___, where did you get it?”

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Almost as soon as I could point them into the direction of the Mugwump booth they were making a B line in that direction.SublimeStitchingHow-ToNext up, Sublime Stitching. Their trademark really says it all, “This ain’t your gramma’s embroidery!” You may have heard or read about them before because in addition to their totally awesome and updated embroidery patterns, they also have a book.

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I purchased a pattern as a gift for someone, but I couldn’t resist buying this one here for myself.  I think I’m going to buy some of those flour sack dish towels and embroider them. I’m sure I’ll find other items to embroider too. Here are some good suggestions to embroider on.

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If you’re planning a wedding, how about embroidering one of the above patterns on a tote bag for your out-of-town guests?

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There were a couple letterpress artists there. I met Carol Clifford of Orange House Press and we talked letterpress and calligraphy for a while. She reminded me that the Letterpress Wayzgoose & Steamroller Smackdown is coming up on Saturday, August 29th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. I think I may take my out-of-town guests to it. Maybe you should go too! It’s free.

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Another gift I bought for someone was from a Seattle artist, Uzura. All the products are made from hemp and organic cotton and screen printed with nature inspired designs.pupcakemix_giant

Do you have a best friend with four legs? Yes, I do mean a dog. I had to stop at local baker, Petit Four Legs because my crazy Kosmo had an upcoming birthday (He’s 7-years-old now!!!) and they make doggie cupcake mixes, or rather pupcake mixes! Ba-dump-bump!! They also make petit fours, hence the name. As dogs can’t have chocolate, this is no doubt the next best thing. Made by a professional pastry chef with some of the profits donated to Homeward Pet, a local no-kill shelter for animals, you can feel happy to purchase their treats for any occassion.

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There were a butt load of jewelry artists, there always are at these types of things. But my favorite one by far was Dotted Line Jewels. I must say, Annie Huntley makes the most gorgeous pieces with the most beautiful gems and she is so kind and so friendly too. Yes, I couldn’t resist buying one more thing for myself, a pair of earrings.

I really could go on and on, but I’ll just briefly suggest you check out Rachel Austin Paintings & other lovelies from Portland, OR for some very original artwork that I fell in love with. For a good laugh look up the local artwork from Ugly Baby shower art. We all could use a good chuckle to begin our day, unless you shower at night, but a good laugh before we go to bed is always nice too.

Everyone have a great week. It’s off to Lopez for me!

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Joy & Thanks

Would you care to see my 2008 Christmas card?

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The card’s theme this year was silver & gold.

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Do you remember I shared the gold envelopes in a previous post?

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Letterpress printed on Clark, my new letterpress, in silver ink. Printed on Crane’s 110 lb. paper. They say it gives a good “bite”. The ‘O’ was also decorated with some Stickles.

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I used antique wooden letterpress blocks, found at the Fremont Market, Fremont is a part of Seattle. I love that market. It’s open year round, rain or shine. I only wish it were closer to me.

The next printing on the press should be my new business cards. I’ve been working hard on a new logo the past little while when I have the time and it’s slowly coming together.

On a different topic, congratulations on a job well done to the pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, of US Airways flight 1549, the crew, the passengers and the rescue crews. It gives me chill bumps hearing that everyone survived. Now there’s a pilot & crew I’d be thankful to fly with.

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Days Gone By

2009. Can you believe it? Neither can I! I’ve been trying to think of something profound to say, but instead I’ll just share some memories of 2008 with you.

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And here’s to looking to the future too.

To close, I leave you with something I’ve thought about each year around midnight on December 31st regarding that song we sing and hear each year, Auld Lang Syne. Harry says it best in one of the best films ever made, When Harry Met Sally.

Harry: What does this song mean? For my whole life
I don't know what this song means. I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot".
Does that mean we should forget old acquaintances or does it mean if we happen to
forget them we should remember them, which is not possible because we already
forgot them!?
Sally: Well may be it just means that we should remember
that we forgot them or something. Anyway it's about old friends.

I know, I know, I can easily look up the meaning on Wikipedia, but I’d rather keep wondering each year, it’s tradition after all.



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Written With Love & Filled With Snow

I’ve been under snow for what feels like a month! But it was nice to have a white Christmas, a rare event in the Pacific Northwest.

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The snow got so deep that Mom worried we wouldn’t be able to reach her to pick her up and bring her back to my home in order to spend Christmas Day with us. So a couple days before Christmas we went to pick her up and sooth her nerves. She brought along her snow shovel and the plowing began!

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Talk about a big dig! But first thing’s first, I promised to show some of my envelopes from my Christmas cards.

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Sorry for having to blur so much, but I want to keep others privacy.

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Silver & gold, that was the color scheme for this years card.

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I letterpress printed the card and I’ll show you those once they’re all sent.

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But I can show you the Christmas 2007 card.

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I had extra 2007 cards so I sent some to some new folks on my list this year.

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My 2007 Christmas card was all handmade and designed by me.

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Water color painted in gouache paints. With a little sparkle added here & there with Stickles.

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Calligraphy was written in a flourished blackletter letterhand. This is another favorite letterhand of mine. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve used it, however.

I have a couple things to finish up before the year comes to a close.

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One thing is to thaw out from this constant snow fall, but first I need to finish sending out my Christmas cards.

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In case I don’t post before the new year, everyone have a safe and happy new year! Oh! And before I forget, I resolved the trouble with seeing these photos larger! Now you can once again click on the photos to see a larger image! Yay!!!

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