Well, September has come (and practically gone!) I’ve spent the month wandering different stationery stores in preparation for my first “back-to-school” day of teaching! The semester kicked off without a hitch, and now I spend my time divided: three days at the studio, two days in the classroom. Oh luxurious days of summer, how quickly you flew by!
Once my work for SF Zine Fest wrapped up at the beginning of September, it was time to jump into production mode for the NY Art Book Fair (I’ll be vending there next week). But first, I wanted to squeeze a couple of extra projects into the mix (because, you know…I wasn’t quite busy enough…)
Long time postal pal Mr. Jazz has been involved with the Burning Man PO for quite some time; one could say that he was one of the original postmasters of the BRC PO. As a special favor, he carried SF Correspondence Co-op mail up to the BRC PO, so that it could receive special Burning Man cancellation, and be sent to addressees. AWESOME.
I’ve also been doing more soft block carving, gaining inspiration from artists such as Julie Hagen Bloch and Carroll Woods. I love the fact that printed, these small size blocks look as good as a wood block print – without all the hassle of actually carving wood blocks. Plus it’s “no muss, no fuss”; I can literally carve a block in 15 minutes or so, depending on how elaborate the design is.
But the main thing that’s been taking up practically all of my time is prep for the upcoming NY Art Book Fair. Brainstorming, stamping, constructing, printing: I’ve spent untold hours in the studio lately, creating an avalanche of new items to tempt! (more photos tomorrow, I promise…)
I’m also thrilled to be teaching two evening classes at The Ink Pad in NYC – what a treat! Putting together class kits and goodie bags, carefully planning all sorts of demos, and selectively choosing artwork for show-n-tell have been additional matters to take care of – but oh what fun! As I taped up my boxes to send to NYC, I made sure to put a little bit of SF mojo in as well.
So there you have it! I’ll post photos tomorrow of the new artistamps, zines, and items that I’ve been working on throughout the month. And if you happen to be in NYC next weekend, be sure to drop by the Art Book Fair and say hello! I’ll be located in “The Schoolyard”, table A17.
PS: classes held at The Ink Pad are currently sold out, but you can give a call to the store and put your name on the wait list…