It’s Monday evening and I’m still looking back on our weekend, misty-eyed, wishing it wasn’t over. Mondays are especially tough after you’ve had the weekend my family and I had. The weekend started with some guilty pleasure watching of Mighty Ducks… all. three. of. them. You read that right. The rest of the weekend followed with Krispy Kreme donuts, burgers, milkshakes, ice cream, leisurely walks in the city’s town center, and lego building. It’s what summers were made for and I still can’t believe we’re already halfway through it! Continue reading
What’s up, friends? These last two weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions. Rather than go thru everything, here is a recap of the ranting side and grateful side of the last 14 days. On top of that, all the insanity happening in the world has me reeling back in all kinds of emotions. All I can think to do is send good vibes into the world and continue to hope for a better world for the next generation. Hoping all of you out there are safe and your loved ones are, too. Continue reading
I had the wonderful pleasure of attending a workshop at Typecase Industries (TCI) recently. I had a blast at their open house earlier in the year so I was thrilled at the chance to head back – this time to put my creative skills to use! For what, you ask? A Peety-ized Christmas card, linocut-style.
The ladies of TCI are pretty rad. Read up on ’em here. They were super helpful in explaining what linocut is, recommendations on our artwork, and guiding us thru each step of the process. Alessandra helped me maximize the quality of a linocut print by suggesting what tools to use for cutting into the linoleum and still retain the look of Peety artwork.
I was in high school the last time I worked with linoleum so I was pretty excited to take another stab at it on a much more technical level. One thing I forgot – how much your hands will ache! Even though my hand cramped up a few times, my adrenaline was making up for it. When I finished carving out the details of my card, Alessandra showed me how to work their press by first locking my linocut block with “furniture” and inking it. After a few runs, I felt like a pro as you can see in this very short video.
I think my cards turned out pretty awesome! Peety’s eyes look a little wonky but that adds to her character. I call it, “The Skeptical Peety Christmas Card.” I designed the cards as shells (per Alessandra’s super smart recommendation) knowing I would write “Merry Christmas” by hand. Eff being politically correct, right? That’s not Peety’s style.
I’m so glad I had the chance to do this! It was refreshing to work with my hands after sitting in front of a computer all day. Follow TCI on Facebook for news on upcoming workshops to score a seat. I highly recommend attending!
This past weekend, I attended the studio opening of Typecase Industries. My friend, Alessandra, is the co-founder of the studio along with her friends, Emily and Stephanie. Their studio specializes in design and letterpress.
Most designers I know, if not all, have a fascination with letterpress. A beautiful and elegant way of printing – it can’t help but elevate your design. So, for me, it’s a pretty big deal to personally know someone who specializes in letterpress printing. Can’t you imagine Peety living in a letterpressed world? ME TOO!
Typecase Industries is located in Northwest D.C. blocks away from Adams Morgan. I’m proud to say, this is also the location of my first time on letterpress! Let me tell you – if you do not have the stamina or guns to crank out large print quantities, the Vandercook press will fix that for you. Alessandra was kind enough to show me the ropes.Their style of printing and humor is very apparent from the artwork adorning their studio walls and in the goodies they had for sale. Check out their Etsy shop and be a proud owner of a TCI piece. I left the studio opening feeling incredibly inspired, excited and happy for these badass ladies. Opening a studio to call your own is a great achievement. Here’s to a happy and super successful future for Typecase Industries!