Two Crow Press will have a booth at the Mini Maker Faire in Aggieville this Saturday, September 20th. The Maker Faire is only part of the festivities being held in honor of Aggieville’s 125th Birthday. I will be in Booth #4, near The Dusty Bookshelf.
This is something I’ve had churning around in my head for awhile. I’ve wanted to make a set of postcards/prints celebrating our native wildlife. In addition to the American bison, I’m planning to definitely make one of the Greater prairie chicken. Other possibilities are White-tailed Deer, Bobcat, Coyote, Red Fox, Great Blue Heron, Northern Bobwhite, Killdeer, Eastern Screech-Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-Winged Blackbird, Common Nighthawk, Poor-Will, Tiger Salamander, Ornate Box Turle, the list goes on. We have a lots of great indigenous species.
If you have any favorites, I’m definitely open to suggestions.
UPDATE: Refining the sketch and playing with brushes. This is my first time working with a Wacom tablet. It is able to capture my mark making really well, the result looks very close to what a sketch with a dip pen and ink looks like. The bison will continue to get better as I get to know the tablet.
I started work on letterpressing this beautiful set of invitations for Julie Sperfslage. She is a graphic designer, and you should check out more of her work here, who is getting married and decided to have Two Crow Press print her invitations. Her handwritten script with decorative swash on these invitations is really beautiful and playful. She chose the super thick cotton Lettra 220#DTC in Fluorescent White for her paper stock. My hands were K-State purple after cleaning the rollers (my cuticles are still stained, certain pigments definitely have staying power)! Here’s a preview of the invitations, the RSVPs she designed are just as good. I steamed the paper before printing to open up the fibers more, but I love the little bit of saltiness that is still there. Lettra is a pretty textured paper, so it’s difficult to create enough pressure to get rid of the saltiness, especially with a human-powered tabletop platen press. I wanted a Heidelberg Windmill so badly after pressing almost 300 of these. Whew! Someday.
The Manhattan Arts Center is opening their annual art exhibit and holiday sale on Friday. I have even more cards for sale (and better ones) than I did last year. If you attended the MAC’s Art Happens fundraiser, you got a nice preview of the my holiday cards. If you are local, please come support the MAC, local artists and artisans, and get some great gifts for your friends and family. It’s a win-win situation! There are some beautiful hats made of Japanese fabric, blankets woven from wool that was gathered from sheep that the artisan raises herself, carved gourd vessels, watercolors, silk-paintings, awesome wood boxes, ceramics of all shapes and sizes, and more jewelry than you can shake a stick at.
I made this video specifically for the Next Big Thing Contest, but it gives you a good idea of what letterpress is at Two Crow Press.I was sick, so I couldn’t do any voice overs. I kind of like the effect though…
please watch in all it’s HD (but low tech) glory