I am happy to announce that I will be having another show at the Blue Danube cafe this December and January! Let’s be honest, I don’t actually know if this is an every year thing yet… but it does seem to have become an annual event.
Stay tuned for an announcement about the official opening! In the meantime, a tidbit from my sketchbook…
I’m taking a class at the San Francisco Center for the Book (one of the cooler studios I’ve seen in the bay area), and after only the first class I am in HEAVEN. We’re learning to hand set lead and wooden type and print it on a 60-year-old Vandercook press. Yeah, it’s pretty cool.
Seriously, if you’re into books, and especially hand-printed, hand-bound, drool-worthy beautiful precious hand made objects, look at their course listings. Or their events, or exhibitions. Anything really.
This is a good opportunity to tackle my fear of typography - or rather, the fear that I’m no good at it. There’s always room to grow and learn and improve.
Well, the Barlow Street Fair was a definite success. For myself, as well as for Sebastopol. I met a lot of wonderful people, I made some money, and I learned a lot about how to run/set up a booth at a windy, busy location!
Thank you to all those who came out to support and who surprised me by showing up. And especially thanks to Joanna for lending me the tent! It proved a very useful element.
I had a lot of fun observing the demographics most interested in different parts of my work. In an internet-dominated world, seeing people’s real-life observations can be incredibly rewarding. Note to self, and my generation: staying at home on your computer DOES NOT COUNT AS LIVING, in case you were unaware. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy my online activities, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be a part of a moment, really experience it, without immediately thinking “let’s instagram this.” That’s all.
Anyway! Existential rant complete, I will leave you to look at these pictures… one of which I did use on my instagram account…. oops.
So I made the discovery this week that getting a banner professionally printed is EXPENSIVE. The cheapest I found online was $23, but then, oh yeah, shipping is $25 if you want it within a few days. Kinkos makes nice ones, and you can pick it up yourself (no shipping) but their bare minimum is $80.
But if you’re willing to get motivated - saving money is always motivating for me - and you have half a day to spare, you can make something unique and beautiful for under $20. $16.60 to be exact. Plus, I got to go to Discount Fabric in Berkeley, which is a heavenly place.
I have finished my mural project at the Circle of Hands toy store in Sebastopol, CA. Inspired by the works of Elsa Beskow, Beatrix Potter, Barbara Helen Berger and other classic children’s book artists, this style was right up my alley.
I enjoyed this project so much, I just might have to start painting more murals.