Wednesday, December 7, 2011

inspire me... Mary Kate McDevitt


Mary Kate McDevitt does the kind of work that I would give my left foot to be paid to do. Her text based pieces are fun and lighthearted, and manage to capture essence of whatever message they are trying to convey.



"It is also worthy to note that this poster was all hand lettered and hand printed without the help of a computer." - from Mary Kate's site.

You can tell when a work is hand made. It's the imperfections that give it away. By imperfections, I'm not referring to mistakes. Instead, I am referring to the lack of symmetry, the unevenness of the printing, or the fact that not all the lines are vector-straight. I'm a strong believer that "imperfections" like these that show that a piece was made with a hand that loved what it was doing, which makes the art worth so much more in my book.


Bridal Shower Invite (made for a client)



Another thing I like is that the "quotes" she uses seem to just be messages to herself. Her work is not just inspiring for the artistic aspects.It's inspiring for living.


Cheers. I hope you have an inspired day.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

printing at home

I've been dreaming of having my own printing press ever since I did my independent study using a Vandercook printing press my last semester of college. And since I visited the type truck this fall... well that only fed the flame.


Above was the print I made while in the type truck. It was so amazing to work with a press again. Have a look Movable Type blog. The owner is SO nice, and her work is awesome. It's definitely worth the drive if the truck is ever in your area.



To have a printing press in my home? I would swoon.  This drop dead goregous space is for Studio on Fire. (They do gorgeous work btw. Check them out if you have time.)


But for now I'm looking into printing methods that aren't so... heavy.


So here's a round up of at home printing methods I've found. I know there's tons more floating around the internet, and if you happen to have some links that you think I would be gaga over (you'll most likely be right) please leave a comment.



1. Block Printing Demonstration by Urban Outfitters DIY


2. Kitchen Lithography by Ă‰milion


3. How-to: Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer from the Craft: blog


4. diy Print Your Own Fabric from poppytalk 


5. Lego Letterpress from Public School


6. How to Screen Print with Masking Tape  from Tater Tots and Jello


7.  Mini Screens from  Lil Blue Boo


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