I am designing a pop up book for students of a local elementary school to make. They are studying the sun and moon and writing poetry about what they have learned. I found this video while searching for a guide for a page I want to create. It's wonderful!
First off, thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth to buy books and cards and to say hello. I appreciate your business and had a great time meeting you. The event was really fun, and as always, ran smoothly thanks to the organizers Nicole and Delilah. Putting together a multi location show takes a tremendous amount of work.
Besides being able to sell my work, my favorite part of the day was a chat I had with a gentleman during a brief lull. He came to my booth and picked up a business card. He pretend-glared at me and shook his head as he ran his finger over the deep impression of the text. He was a pressman years ago. I get this from old timers and it makes me crack up every time. The letterpress process was never intended to create such a deep impression on a substrate. Doing so would ruin your metal type. With the advent of photo-polymer plates and the general public's demand for a piece that 'feels' handmade, printing deep impressions are pretty much the norm these days (at least for business cards, invites, and such). We talked shop and joked while his wife shopped for jewelry across the aisle. He even told me he had a lead on a good quality and low priced Kwik Print hot foil stamp machine.
The coming weeks are packed and I promise I'll post links to the events Pickypockets Press will be at.
It's that time of year again: Craft Fair Season! I can't believe we are already halfway through October. It's been a very busy past two months. Teaching after school classes with the fabulous Origami Mami, a temporary studio move, taking care of my three girls, and one injured cat, and most importantly, Getting Married!!! (technically we've been fake-married for 17 years but we decided to make it all legal this year).
Phew! Ok, now on to business:
It's officially ON! My calendar is quite weighty with shows the next few months. Here is where I'll be next weekend:
Yes! The East Bay Mini Maker Faire! I am a huge fan of this event. It's everything good that the bigger Maker Faire has minus the ridiculously huge crowds, heat, and parking nightmares. There is so much to see and do here, you'll be amazed how quickly time slips by. There are so many projects to try out, crafts to do, things to play on, and good food to eat. Bring your kids and celebrate the joy of learning, making, and playing on this early Fall Sunday.
I will have new hardbound books with letterpress printed covers, more books covered with vintage papers and maps, stickers, boxed cards, and stationery sets. I can't wait to see you there.
Hopefully my little table top press will be up and running so you can print your own keepsake to take home.
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 10 am to 5pm
Where: Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland, CA and at
Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street,Oakland, CA 94609.
Faire entrance is at corner of 42nd & Opal.
One more thing! Here is an abridged list of the places you can find me at through December 2014. More info about these events coming soon.
San Francisco Bazaar
San Francisco Center for the Book Holiday Fair
Glenview Holiday Fair
Finishing up on these for Sunday's event at the San Francisco Center for the Book.
It always makes me happy to be at this event. What a great way to start the busy holiday season. Crazy, right? It's just barely Fall...
Coming to SF streets very soon!
Below is info taken from San Francisco Center for the Book's events page.
EVENT :: 2014 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival DATE :: Sunday, September 28, 2014 TIME :: 11:00am - 4:00pm PLACE :: Rhode Island Street (between 16th & 17th Streets) in San Francsico WHAT :: 1 Seven-Ton Steamroller :: 6 Featured Artists :: 40 Arts & Crafts Vendors COST :: FREE fun for everyone!
(and my own addition to their wordage)
WHY? Because when was the last time saw a steamroller used for its intended use? (in this case, its intended use is as a printing press.)
I am happily vending there again and will be showing new books and printed goods!
Last weekend I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon with my friend and my eldest daughter at the San Francisco Zine Fest. It was an overload of color, design, and inspiration. I saw so many beautiful things that had to come home with me. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Business cards, and more business cards. I cannot say enough how important a business card is to your work and brand. Sometimes clients are passionate about their own design and just need a little help getting it made with paper and ink. Sometimes the client gives your the reins and says, "Go for it!". Either way, it is a lovely experience giving folks what they want.