Tea time ghosts

I’ve been thinking in prints more than books lately so I’ve been going with the flow. The latest: Tea Time.

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If you look closely, you can see the order I printed the layers. First black, then pink, then white, then green, then a little more black for the faces. This process lets the characters and objects live independently of each other which is one of my favorite aspects of silkscreen. Despite being a flat image, the layers add nice subtle dimension.

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When I set up my Etsy shop, hopefully early next year, I’ll drop this in and let you know!

Tea Time
11″ x 17″
4 color screenprint (black, white, pink, green)
Edition of 15

Tapestry, part two!

It’s been cloudy for the past few days, which makes for sad picture taking conditions of some new work, so here’s a Tapestry update. I’ve talked about this before but Tapestry is a phone/web app where you tell stories by tapping/clicking through them. The caveat: you can’t go backwards so be careful how your fingers are tapping.

That being said, take your time and enjoy the stories. :)

 

 

The Odyssey: A pop-up book adventure

The odyssey of the pop-up book, the Odyssey.

1. Generally, I start without an expectation. All I wanted to do was make a pop-up book with all the new techniques I learned for the past few weeks. First I thought I could make funny hats and then I liked how a certain pop-up would make a great umbrella. From there, I challenged myself to think of all the ways someone could find shelter from the rain and suddenly, the Odyssey was conceived!

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2. Make a mini. Once the idea was there, I made a mini mockup. How mini, you ask? Let the dollar bill shed some light and show off my riches.

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3. Make it big. Once I was happy with a layout, I made a full-size version and the broke it apart to prep it for silkscreen separations.

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4. Make separations. At this stage, I knew how I’d be separating the colors, but not necessarily what colors I’d use to print.

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5. Screenprint. You know how that goes.

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6. Cut, fold, score, cut, fold, score. I don’t have any pictures but it deserves its own painstaking step. I timed myself like a proper scientist and it took me 25 minutes to cut, score, fold, and assemble my first book, which I streamlined to 7 minutes by my last book.

7. Behold, The Odyssey!

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Of note:

  • In the end, 15 books survived to the end of the journey.
  • I’ll be making some additional packaging to wrap the books in soon.
  • Pop-up books are tiring to make but I really like them.
  • The same dollar bill was used for all the above images.

Summer of slants

I’m pretty happy about summer flying by. I can’t wait to say goodbye to sticky, humid weather and hello to light jackets and scarves. Meanwhile, I’ve been keeping myself busy.

In April, a friend took me to the Antiquarian Book Fair and I was introduced to the world of collecting books. I didn’t know what to expect but I found many inspiring books from the olden days that I wanted to spin into my own work.

This is one of them:
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The Slant Book’s images and text are also slanted on the slanted pages to tell a story about what happens when a stroller, with a baby boy inside, is inadvertently rolled down a long hill. What a genius idea! How could I use that slant to tell a story in my own way?

1. Ghost Seasons
In this case, the slant lets me showcase all the seasons at once.

slantseason-01From top to bottom: Winter, spring, summer, fall.

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Summer to fall

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Winter to summer

2. Ghost City
Here, the slant make the buildings look more epic. I think this book looks best open on display.
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More soon!

Aches, finally complete.

Remember the old project Aches that I was working on a few months ago? It was a series of 5 prints about aches and ghosts. The prints themselves came so easily to me, but I have been toiling for months trying to find the proper box/folder/cover to house them in. I bought grommets, folders, rubber bands, and other experimental items just to toss them aside.

In the end, I came up with a pocket folder that looks like a medical folder. It doesn’t have any fancy doodads, but I think it’s appropriately simple:

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Fast facts:

  • Edition of 10
  • Prints: Peschia White paper
  • Folder: Stonehenge Black paper
  • Size: 6.5″ x 8.5″

Making of Ghost Neighborhood (part 2)

Silkscreening Ghost Neighborhood came and went without a hitch. A good print day always makes my week. :)

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Then comes individually cutting and assembling all the pages, which is just as labor intensive as the printing.

This was my mock book test to see how the final product would look. I really wanted Ghost Neighborhood to look like you were looking down a seemingly quiet suburban street when the book is flat as well as open on display.

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It took me a day to cut down the other 24  prints. Tomorrow, a few more cuts and hours of assembling.

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Final post with more glam shots and details soon!

Making of: Ghost Neighborhood (part 1)

Ghost Neighborhood started because I wanted to make an uneven accordion book that made you feel like you were looking down an unsuspecting suburban street. Look closer, things will look awry, and hopefully that’ll make you want to open the book and look inside.

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From the initial little sketch to the to-scale sketch, I changed the shape pretty dramatically… I thought the houses looked more interesting if they weren’t all ranch houses and the new book shape is easier to hold and open. I had a bad feeling the original shape would be too floppy at full size.

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Making separations feel like old hat now. I can put on some music, turn my brain off, and get it done.

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So did it work? Do you want to look inside? I hope so. :)

I’ll update again when I start printing.

Ghost Stew

I haven’t had time to work on Ghost Hotel in the studio. It’s been giving me some extreme anxiety though so I promised myself I’d try to put in a few hours this week.

Today, I was sitting in the park and got bored of all the responsible adult things I was doing so I started drawing more ghosts.

I’ll never get bored of ghosts.