i met up with the girls on the east side last friday night, and we worked on little books. i decided to do little collages, with a travel theme. i loved the result, especially the last photo above: i wanted to run home and spend the whole weekend creating collages, which didn’t happen, but there’s always this weekend! will share the little book here when construction is complete.
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i was printing minneapolis polaroid cards for a local shop this weekend when i realized i haven’t offered them on my etsy shop yet. done.
i wanted simple & easy: i found a slab of pink speedy-carve in my supplies, and carved 5 triangles. i dug out my stamp pads (chartreuse, gold, aqua, green, grey). i found 4 bar cards in my paper drawer. and i pulled a few packs of kraft envelopes from my papergoods etsy shop. the only thing i needed to venture out and buy was stamps.
i’ve had my new chair polaroid cards for about 2 weeks but the grey days on the weekends have prevented me from taking photos. i finally had a chance this weekend to grab a little light!
the single chair is a vintage eames chair that i found at monument (a vintage furniture store on valencia street) in san francisco last february. i should have paired it with an orange envelope, since the chair is orange, but i’ve already used orange so i went with my second favorite color: chartreuse.
the tulip chairs were a treat to find in front of succotash on raymond avenue in saint paul last january. i chose a deep yellow (bumble bee!) for the envelope, even tho the cushions seemed to be a bit more orange than yellow.
i feel like i’ve been saying that a lot lately.
maybe my to-do lists are unrealistic. maybe i have too many projects/activities. and i keep thinking that if i just stop doing fill-in-the-blank, i’ll have more time in my day to get to the things that i really want to get to. and i have let some things go… and yet…
so anyway, i started carving stamps for my holiday cards, thinking i would have the carvings completed and stamping could begin tonight, but yesterday didn’t go as planned.
i can’t help it, i want to make a ton of laser cut polaroid cards. the latest are minnesota-based: the uptown theater and a water tower in saint paul. i’m awaiting a proof for 2 more designs (the subject rhymes with “air”), and will share them with you very soon.
it’s cyber monday! i’m offering free shipping (domestic & international) in my etsy shop until midnight CST. use coupon code FREESHIP.
another new project i’ve been working on: digitally drawing my polaroids, then having the drawings laser cut into paper. eeee!
i’ve been wanting to do this for over 2 years. the idea came to me shortly after i created my wires t: i knew there was more that i could do with my polaroids, and i loved the idea of playing with negative space. there are many reasons why it took me over 2 years to pull this together, and i did write them out in a draft of this post, but decided it wasn’t very exciting to share. i’ve done it, i love the result, and i’m working on creating more with my collection of polaroids.
yeah, i know, laundromat? it was when i got the proof back it hit me: jen, who the eff is going to buy a greeting card that says laundromat?! and then i brushed that question aside because i LOVE this greeting card, and i don’t care if no one buys it.
but if you want to buy one (or more!) you can find them in my etsy shop.
…when i should have lots of inventory for the holiday season. guess what i’m doing this weekend?
i’ve been taking polaroid photos of random chairs since 2009 (it started with this one) and it’s now an obsession. i want to take an instant photo of a chair in every city i visit. and i still visit the source of the first photo in saint paul on lazy sunday afternoons, looking to see what new chairs might be on the sidewalk.
i kept thinking i’ll do a book when i’m done taking photos of chairs but then i realized i’ll probably never be done taking photos of chairs, so let’s do a book now! life is short!
the book is called chairs : a polaroid collection, and features 35 of my favorite chair polaroids. more than half of the photos haven’t been shared with anyone, so there’s lots of new chair goodness! the book is currently in production, and i’ll share more photos once i have have the book in hand. if you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy, you can purchase via etsy or by clicking the “buy now” button in the sidebar to the right. the book will ship november 19.
balloons on kerkstraat & vijzelstraat
april 11, 2011
expired polaroid 600 film
painted fish studio had 2 big milestones this week!
- monday, october 1: the 5 year anniversary of this silly little blog.
- tuesday, october 2: i had my 600th sale in my etsy shop.
let’s celebrate! use coupon code WOOT25 in my etsy shop to get 25% off your entire order! the coupon code is good until this sunday night (10/07), 10pm central.
thank you so much for reading, cheering, buying, writing, sharing… i couldn’t do it without each and every one of you!
happy weekend! xo
i have been playing with watercolor… not as much as i would like, but i keep everything i need on my dining room table so i can quickly set myself up when the mood strikes.
the east side girls came over on friday night for some bookmaking. i wanted to find a technique that i was pretty sure no one had done before, so i went to kevin smith’s non-adhesive binding, vol. 2: 1- 2- & 3-section sewings, and decided to start simple with a 1 section (8 sheets folded in half) binding, then try a 2 section (2 sets of 8 sheets folded in half) binding. and at the end of the night, we tackled a tricky 3 section binding.
so, while i haven’t felt very creative lately, i’ve been doing my best to facilitate creativity for others.
last saturday’s craftstravaganza was great! i was really happy with my display, and it got a lot of compliments. having my products displayed vertically definitely brought people over to my area, and by limiting my products, it was easier for people to focus on what i make. at previous fairs/sales, i’ve had almost everything i’ve ever made on a table, hoping that there’s something there for everyone. but i think that approach made my table noisy and a little cluttered. so on saturday i focused on my punched cards and books (journals, brag books, photo albums); a tiny bit of polaroid work (magnets and WORD); and spiral bound notebooks with block printed covers (which were a hit with kids). i think i’m on to something and will repeat this set up at future shows.
i made displays! a couple of boards, some dowels, and 2 pairs of hinges… now i’ve got a vertical display for cards and a horizontal display for books. i hope these help my work stand out more… i’m participating in my biggest craft fair yet this month, and my table is tucked into a corner so i could be easy to miss. either this was a brilliant idea or my table will look really cheap. i’m hoping for the former!
i cleaned out my closet over the weekend and found this silk scarf i painted in a surface fabric design class while in college. i still love the colors, but wow, that is too many fish.
and not only are my brag books in it, but there are instructions for how to create your own.
i’m still too scared to read the instructions myself, afraid that i missed a step or wasn’t clear. (silly, i know…)
there’s even a template and i reveal how i make my perfect holes with a japanese drill punch. i was a little worried about telling the world how to make one of my signature pieces, but in the end, i realized that i’d rather inspire someone to create than be worried about copycats.
and in the index, a big bio. i had forgotten about my goofy bio! writing bios is so hard: i don’t want to sound stiff and boring, and yet i want to sound interesting and inspiring without sounding pompous and full of myself. this bio is a little playful, maybe too much so. but it was fun to write. and i’m under kaija‘s bio! i’ve been a huge fan of kaija’s work for years. what an honor to be included with her and so many other great book artists.
aside from my little project, making mini books really is a fun book. there are many different binding types covered: accordion, coptic, stab bound, case bound, match book, and more… there are detailed instructions, diagrams, and templates for over 30 projects. it’s a great add to any maker’s bookshelf. and i’ll use it myself: i sense a mini book themed pARTy in the future.
on tuesday morning, i went to the university of minnesota campus to give a book binding demonstration. i’ve been doing it each spring and fall since november of 2010 for a friend: she teaches a portfolio class for senior architecture students, and they need to figure out a way to present their work for employers or graduate school admissions. the hope is that i come in and show them a couple of ways to create a portfolio by hand.
i’ve gotten pretty good at demonstrating how to cover boards to make a simple folder in which the portfolio would be pamphlet-stitched in… and i do a great japanese stab-binding demonstration. i do feel a little bad, though, because i’ve been playing with my materials and techniques for years and i’m sure i make it look so easy and once they (they’re so young!) sit down to duplicate what i’ve shown them, the frustration and struggle is immense. i wish i could guide them along while they’re making, but i can’t. i can only hope that i’ve engaged/excited them, and presented the techniques and details well enough to get the ideas flowing and their attention to detail and skills will kick in. and i know i made really lame jokes (heh, i went to design school so i wouldn’t have to take math classes, heh, who knew book binding would be so fraction detailed? heh.). do i seem like an old lady to them? am i trying too hard to look hip in an adult way that isn’t weirdly trying to look younger than my age? should i tell them that book binding doesn’t pay my bills and that i’m really an IT nerd by day?
but despite my insecurities about my presentation, i get asked to come back each semester. and i hear from my friend that the students do make some great portfolios. most of the students do seem to listen and take notes while i’m there. and the best part is when they thank me at the end. i think i even got applause once.