Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Inspire Me, Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey has been an inspiration to me beginning 7 years ago when I stumbled upon a copy of Amphigorey Also in a used bookstore (and almost stupidly didn’t buy it because it was 12 whole dollars; at the time I didn’t know it was somewhat rare, especially being in hardcover form). My favorite Gorey story, The Doubtful Guest, can be found in his compendium Amphigorey, luckily my local public library owns that volume as well as Amphigorey Too.
In 1974, a Doubtful Guest creature was manufactured and sold in a very limited edition of 50. Gorey even signed the tags attached to the scarf of each one. Can I please have one? Or if someone wants to make me one, that would be cool too.

I love Gorey's illustrations, his Victorian settings, mysterious characters, and his style of writing, which is often darkly humorous. Sometimes a bit too disturbing, most of his stories are definitely not for children, despite having a picture book appearance at first glance. Gorey once said, “My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that's what the world is like.” 
If you’re just as inspired by Edward Gorey's work as I am, I would recommend reading Ascending Peculiarity, which is a collection of interviews. Gorey was quite an interesting character, much like the ones he created, and he was known for having many cats and wearing large furs on the rare occasions that he left his home. If you can get past lengthy passages about his obsession with the New York City Ballet, it is a fascinating look into the mind of a genius.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Shop Update: 9 New Books

All of these little books were just listed in the Art House Press Shop

Some of these new books are different than the ones I have made in the past. They were made with pages from Anthropologie catalogs, some also have pages of map paper. Two of the new books were made with prints from an old French calendar. Using different recycled papers makes each book one-of-a-kind. I use catalog pages in the books I make for my own use and I write over top of the images, I think the addition of writing or collage enhances the look of the page. It's a fun way to make use of the piles of catalogs I have laying around, I just can't throw them away because they have so many beautiful images and the pages have a nice texture. Now, don't you want to buy one?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Type Sketches

Over the last couple of years, lettering has taken over my sketchbooks. Instead of drawing things and people, I now mainly draw words and letters. Many are based off of song lyrics, like the ones below. It is also a fun break from working in letterpress because each drawn letter is imperfect and unique.

On a somewhat related note, I am really excited to go see the Sign Painters movie at tonight's AIGA event! From watching this trailer it looks like it will be really interesting for someone like me who appreciates typography in many different forms.

P.S. These are my favorite books to get inspired for hand lettering:
Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Back To Work

This week I'm finally back in the studio and actually making stuff! How exciting!