Saturday, October 26, 2013

Yes, More Sketchbooks

Yesterday I stopped by Bluebird to pick up my payment from some of my books that have already sold and I took these new books to put out for sale. I have been surprised and overjoyed to find out that people are willing to give me money for these things.
And here is a little peek inside the books I make for my own personal use. I hope this might inspire or give ideas to those of you who maybe don’t sketch or don't consider yourselves artists.

 Below are some of my favorite covers. I hope anyone who has bought one of my books will feel free to customize and make it your own. And I would love to see the awesome stuff you put in it too, so email me photos or links, leave comments, or tweets, or send carrier pigeons, and whatever else you can think of



Friday, October 25, 2013

Art House Press + Bluebird Arthouse

For those of you who didn’t know, I have been selling my small handmade books at Bluebird ArtHouse here in Wichita. Since starting our little shop on storenvy we have received a lot of likes, gained a few followers, but have sold absolutely nothing. Thanks to one of our good friends who works at Bluebird, we found out that the awesome people of Bluebird Arthouse were interested in my books so I took all of them to the store. That was two months ago and by now most all of those books have sold.
Since then I’ve made a few more, so those of you not in the area can still purchase a book from our storenvy site.  And if you are in the area, you should definitely visit Bluebird to buy supplies, to support local artists, to support small businesses, and to pet the animals.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Show Updates

I found out that two prints that I had submitted for a letterpress show in Alabama were accepted for the show. This is the first juried show I have entered and it’s kind of like my first real art show since so far I’ve only been in a couple of student shows, and even those were a long time ago. The .918 Letterpress Ephemera Show is now on view at Samford Art Gallery in Birmingham. The opening reception was last Friday, but the show will be up through November 29. Click here for gallery info and hours

 .918 is a reference to the exact height (in inches) a piece of type must be in order to print correctly, this is called type high. I’m somewhat ashamed that I didn’t know that already, I’ve used the term “type high” plenty of times and always thought it was about an inch. 
My professor/boss/letterpress mentor also had 3 of his prints in the show and he received an honorable mention for one of them. The people at Samford sent this letterpress show poster (left) to everyone who had work accepted for display.

You can see all the work in the catalog here

A few weeks ago I spent all of a Friday in the design studio photographing prints for another letterpress show, which I helped organize and name, Printeraction. Last week the prints made it to Australia where the show will be set up. Hopefully once it is done in Australia and our prints come back, we can send the show to other places, or maybe even have a show here, too. I have four prints in the show and many of the other prints were made by my friends and classmates as the show is made up of student work from the past few years.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Let's Catch Up: Christmas Cards and Workspace

Lately it's been tough to find even 10 minutes of free time. We’ve all been busy designing fake re-brands of businesses, fake iPad apps, fake postage stamps, and fake websites. Since I just finished the fake stamps last week and now my second fake website, I have almost a whole hour free and thought I would take a moment to update you guys on what’s going on at the art house press. And when I say you guys I mean you, one of probably two people (at most) who have ever visited this blog.

A few weeks back, I finally printed that linocut illustration for the second Christmas card design. I also finished up details on the prints from the first design. So far I have a total of 58 Christmas cards printed and still have the trays set up to print more if needed.

New organization projects are also happening in our letterpress studio. We had to give up some storage space and now have several half cases of type (like the ones below) that need to be combined into the proper California job cases, as well as a bunch of spacing that needs sorting. Stay tuned for letterpress art show updates!