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 born...baby showers are a newish thing here.

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


LETTERPRESS BOMBONIERE | TWO COLORS BLOSSOM PINK & STEEL GREY
PRINTED ON CLASSIC CREST 110 LB PAPER | BESPOKE DESIGN



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.

WILLIAM BLAKE’S ‘TIGER TIGER’
LETTERPRESS AND HANDSET IN WOOD  TYPE

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Baby Shower Invitation

New Year upon us and if you are like me, you’ve got plenty of design inspiration and desperately seeking for time to do it all. Like mentioned on a previous post, being a creative means enjoying just about all acts of creating, which can be daunting but very satisfying!

Lately it’s been pretty baby centric here. Before we welcomed Maya, a baby shower was given to her back in Texas. Needless to say, stationery is my specialty and I wanted to design her cards. This time round, I decided to focus on the design and leave the printing to Sire Press who did a great job screen printing! I absolutely love the gold ink on French Paper's Whip Cream!

The design is available for letterpress or flat printing.
Send inquiries at pirouettepress@gmail.com




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas :: Buon Natale free download

Merry Christmas to all! For those of you who want a festive screen saver, send an e-greeting or even print next years Christmas greetings, here’s a free download for you (also available in Italian). 
ENLISH DOWNLOAD | ITALIAN DOWNLOAD