Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I love making my own holiday cards, and for the first time this year, I letterpressed them! I've been taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book with my friend Sarah for a few years now, and it was really awesome to be able to put everything we learned about rollers, ink, type, furniture, quoins, and the right ratio of kiss to bite into practice.

While we were at it, we made some ornaments and gift tags.

Sarah deserves mucho of the credit for making some of the designs from awesome letterpress site Briar Press work for our ornaments.

Ornament action shots.

In years past, we've used the increasingly rare and temperamental Japanese table top printing device for the masses, Print Gocco, to print our holiday cards. The Save Gocco website claims that, "at one time, nearly 1/3 of all Japanese households owned a Gocco."

Unfortunately, Gocco supplies have become harder and harder to find, but Save Gocco has some good resources.

Next year I'm thinking about printing my own wrapping paper, but printing can be hard work, and I'm not sure I could bear to see it get ripped up. That's not really in the spirit of wrapping paper though, now is it?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Safety Pin Necklace

 I finally finished it! I really have no experience with jewelry making, so it was kind of a challenge to figure out how to turn the idea into a necklace I could actually wear. The clasp is still a little janky, and I had to improvise a way to keep the safety pins from getting separated and messed up, but it's working (for now).

I was inspired by this Vena Cava necklace from a couple seasons ago. It was for sale at a rad 'garage sale' VC did on Subports (other items for sale included a vintage YSL safari coat, weird books from the 70s, and their used Volvo station wagon). 

After seeing it and thinking about it for a few days, when I finally pulled the trigger to buy it it was sold out, so I figured I would just try to make my own. Which, as I see it, is really safety pin design coming full circle, being the kind of craft that originated in the same context as friendship bracelets and lanyards, being elevated to the level of runway fashion, and getting filtered back to DIY with little changes all along the way.

Although, this, by Katy at Dirty Hems has to be the most awesome Vena Cava inspired DIY safety pin project.

 Maybe next I can figure out how to make one of these awesome squash blossom style safety pin necklaces!