art & design

Letterpress :: Love

When I first began working at Blue Barnhouse back in Spring 2009 I knew nothing of Letterpress and only a little about printmaking in general. After a few crash sessions on the Vandercook and the C&P, a little hanging around the shop, and a modicum of historical letterpress education, I fell in love. It was the smell of the ink, the clankety-clack of the C&P and the side-stepping necessary while operating the Vandercook. The feel of the different grains of paper and how they accepted ink. The little bit of fear that gripped my heart every time I fed the motorized C&P and the exhaustion of my body after operating the foot-pedal C&P.

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Ladycrush: Emily Carroll & Vera Bee

Emily Carroll and Vera Brosgo interpret photos of outfits into drawings of outfits. They are lovely and amazing and I really enjoy this collaborative illustration blog of theirs. There's something truly magical about breathing new life into these forgotten or historic garments, and adding a little personality to the characters who may have worn them. This dress I saw last week at the MFA and it has stuck with me, which is why I was so excited when I saw it illustrated by Ms. Carroll. I love the mummy-lady, I love her super casual "who, me?" gesture and how the texture of the dress was rendered.

by emily carroll: http://emcarroll.com/

Beadnet dress, Egyptian Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu —so neat! (via defunctfashion)

Beadnet dress | Egyptian Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu |2551–2528 B.C.

Depictions of women in Egyptian art occasionally feature garments decorated with an overall lozenge pattern. This design is believed to represent beadwork, which was either sewn onto a linen dress or worked into a separate net worn over the linen. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of such a garment. It has been painstakingly reassembled from approximately seven thousand beads found in an undisturbed burial of a female contemporary of King Khufu. Although their string had disintegrated, a few beads still lay in their original pattern on and around the mummy, permitting an accurate reconstruction. The color of the beads has faded, but the beadnet was originally blue and blue green in imitation of lapis lazuli and turquoise. (Boston MFA)

Print Project :: The Wasteland

Two plexiglass plates each with a layer of my take on "St. Severin” by Robert Delaunay. Drypoint with oil-based inks, Peacock Blue and Bone Black. The print was printed on Rives BFK with the Poster type set in Illustrator and printed over. Typeface is Tiza.

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presspauseplay :: check out this documentary, download for free

The industry as we know it is collapsing, we as artists have a rare opportunity to move forward on our own terms. The task at hand is being the speck of quality in the black hole of digital dissonance.PressPausePlay is relevant to anyone in a creative field: from graphic designers to photographers, musicians to filmmakers, artists in general. Hoever, it's larger potential effect is the consumer, who may now begin to understand the difference between music and the "music industry," or a singular, independently produced, released, etc. feature film compared to the "film industry."

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