Saturday, May 23, 2015

Organic Food, Italian Markets, Gardens and Printing Inspiration

Juggling a new little being in the house has made getting back to the studio slower than I first imagined. Actually just getting out the door can sometimes be tricky. Having said that, I do add on more responsibility to my “to do list” that increases the workload and perhaps marginalizes time in my studio.

It’s baby food making mode here lately. It’s a bit of a paradox finding organic food living in Italy, and you’d clearly expect for every Italian mother to make her own baby food (yeah, 25 years ago). I mean, EXPO is being held this year, and everyone should be conscious of healthy eating habits (that should start at birth) right? Still, there are two main producers of canned baby food and a lot of mothers opt for it. Actually I think it’s probably more of a trend in America making homemade baby food, but I could be wrong.

Another paradox I’ve found is locating organic food here. Yes, we have farmers markets and yes families in rural areas generally have plots dedicated to food for big folk, but living in the north means there are pockets when there are no veggies growing in the garden and all depends on the weather. This year, for instance we have tons of cherries! And like the weather, studio time comes in pockets when I can sit down to sketch or typeset and start to think about what colors to use on the next project. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Papê :: A Pre-Cool Stationery Shop and Lab

We spent Sunday afternoon in Genova to visit friends Nora and Marco - aka Manolab. Nora has just ventured into opening Papê, a boutique stationery shop in Genova. It’s no ordinary card shop and showcases some fun & unique graphic design pieces as well as screen printed t-shirts and children's art books. I picked up the one and only children’s book illustrated by Saul Bass...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spencerian Calligraphy at Castello di Morozzo

Today I spent some hours at an introductory course on Spencerian style calligraphy with Simona Picciotto at the equally romantic events location Castello di Morozzo. During these short months away from my press, I'm interested in taking my doodling one step or two forward. At first we did an exercise I found fun and visually interesting. We taped together two pencils to simulate the behavior of calligraphy nibs. Then, just like in grade school, we spent a great deal of time copying letters again and again until we felt more rhymic in our wrists.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines :: Doodling, Hand-Lettering and Coloring Book Style

Valentines must be one of my favorite holidays...a day set aside to just say I love you and share something nice. Yes, I know everyday should be so sweet. This year, no printed cards! My little Maya has consumed me and I’m alright with it. Actually it’s given me the time to practice doodling again and creating things “handmade”. Typically, I think of my cards as handmade, and they are, but sketching entails no machines.

Pushing myself, or exploring the romanic and softer side of things too. Botanicals are a theme I’ve been wanting to play with and here I drew tons of tiny rosettes which could be colored in to your liking and varied--kinda like a coloring book.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Letterpress Bomboniere

These letterpress “bomboniere” (fancy sweet box) were made for a baby who was born about a month after Maya. In Italy, it’s common to give back a little treat to those who gave you and your baby a gift. Here in Italy that gift is typically given after the baby is showers are a newish thing here.

I’d really like to add more of these wooden vintage toys to a collection soon!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Letterpress on T-shirts

I had fun experimenting with letterpress on t-shirts with other creatives. The shirts were designed and made by Korai. It wasn't the easiest because letterpress in my opinion isn’t made for t-shirt type material. Still I had to try it out for myself to understand the pros and cons. The pros were the modern/vintage effects obtained. The cons were the difficulty in obtaining a clean print or making sure the roller didn’t get snagged on the cloth.