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Monday Muse: Skinny laMinx

18 Nov

To say that I enjoyed this quick glimpse into Heather Moore’s (aka Skinny laMinx) studio and home is an understatement!  I’ve been a big fan of Heather’s work for many years and really enjoyed seeing her talk about her work and inspiration in such a beautiful environment.  If you haven’t discovered Skinny laMinx’s crisp tea towels, check them out here.  Enjoy!

 

Monday Muse: Sometimes She Does

2 Aug


Hey everybody!  It’s good to be back.  The last few weeks have kept me very busy with several projects that I can’t wait to share with you, but first things first!  I found a wonderful new ceramics company the other day that I wanted to tell you about… Sometimes She Does.

Designer Re Jin Lee offers ceramic dishes, mugs and wall art, colorfully decorated with fun and organic shapes.

I was excited to see that she that she recently added some new wall pendants to her collection.  These ain’t your momma’s wall plates!  Illustrated by artist Gabriella Garson, they feature bullied school boys, sex kittens and saucy molls on the lam.  Items are created in Lee’s New York studio and shipped in eco-friendly packaging (yes!).  Check out Sometimes She Does on Etsy and Big Cartel along with Lee’s other splendid company:  Bailey Doesn’t Bark.

Screen + Printing Suppliers: New York Edition

2 Jul

Shhhhh!  I’m about to give you a great screen-printing resource!

For those of you in the New York area, a great place to get your screens made (stretched with fabric and burned with your design) is Standard Screen.  I’ve used them for many years now and they always do a great job.  Their turnaround is pretty quick, usually a day or two, and they can make tiny to giiiiigantic screens (I once saw an eight foot screen in the back of the shop for a designer’s sign).  They can also make transparencies for you (although their fees for this can be a little pricey), re-stretch old screens, and supply new ones.

Another friend of mine swears by Victory Factory.  Unlike Standard, they deliver to your door and sell more supplies if you’re burning your screens at home.

If you’re living outside of Victory’s delivery range, I just checked Etsy and there are a number of people making screens-to-order.

Check out these guys:

KickandScreen.etsy.com

CraftChi.etsy.com

I haven’t tried either of them, but their prices look reasonable and they also sell Gocco mesh if you want to refresh your screens.  Let me know how it goes if you try them out.  Happy screening!

Screen-Printing Tips: Gocco and Yudu

13 May

Hey there!  I’m starting a little series on screen-printing tips.  I’m a self-professed amateur screen-printer, but have learned a few things here and there that I’d love to share with you.  I’ll be listing them under the “Screen + Printing Tips” in the Categories tab on the sidebar to this blog.    Here’s the first entry!

So you want to screen-print but you have no idea how to get started?  Or maybe you’re intimidated by all the gear you need to stretch and burn your own screens?  Here are two devices that many artists and crafters use to create screen-prints at home without the mess of coating and burning their own screens:

The Gocco is a compact screening station + exposure unit that is the perfect size for printing cards, moleskine notebooks and small-sized prints.  Most kits come with an exposure unit, several screens you can expose, print-making paint (although thick, screen-printing paint for paper also works as well), a plastic squeegee, and a file holder for holding your finished prints.  You can even find kits that will print fabric.  Zakka Zakka has compiled a list of the diffent Goccos here, along with brief rundown of the Gocco’s history.

Although the Japanese company that created them has discontinued making them, they still continue to create the supplies.  You can also find Goccos and supplies for sale on Etsy and Ebay.

More information on the Gocco (along with a campaign to save it started by artist Jill Bliss) is here on the Save Gocco website:  http://www.savegocco.com/

Julie Schneider of Etsy does a great job showing you how to use the Gocco in this wonderful video!

Nancy Flynn for GetCrafty.com also has step-by-step instructions here.

Another screening station you might want to consider if you’re printing on t-shirts or textiles is the…

Yudu!  This all-in-one unit came out around 2008 and basically does the same thing the Gocco does.  Instead of exposing screens within an instant by holding down a bright, disposable lighbulb, the Yudu exposes them over a period of minutes through a lighting system underneath.  It works more like your standard screen-printing lightbox, but without the mess of coating your own screens.  The Yudu has a larger printing area and can print on fabric or paper, depending on the type of paint you use.

**Overall, the Gocco and Yudu are great tools if you’re getting started with screen-printing and don’t want to deal with the messier elements of exposing and burning your own screens.  After looking at a cost break-down, I think a traditional screen-printing set-up would probably be cheaper over time if you’re printing more than a few items a month.  But both are wonderful tools to try things out instantly.  Here are some links for you to get started!

For more info on the Gocco:

www.squidoo.com/printgocco

www.thesmallobject.com

Gocco Flickr Group

Paper Source:  Gocco Ink and Supplies

For more info on the Yudu:

www.whatdoyudu.com

www.hellocraft.com

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Hand-printed clutches by sveika

28 Mar

I love bold, graphic design.  These hand-printed clutches from sveika are so simple and beautiful.  Love ‘em!  Plus, they expose all the silk-screens they use to make their beautiful printed patterns in the sun.  Not an easy task!  Check out her shop here: sveika

Cloche Hats by Behida Dolić of Yellowfield7

22 Mar

Seeing so many 20’s inspired fashions popping up in stores recently has me in a tizzy! Right now I’m in love with Yellowfield7’s felt cloches. Simple yet elegant, each is hand-blocked by designer Behida Dolić. My great-grandmother used to wear a more prim version back in the day, velvet black with some hand-sewn fabric flowers from what I remember. The Jazz Age was an adventurous time for fashion, especially if you were a milliner. Starlets, shopgirls and seamstresses tucked their newly bobbed hair into reinvented versions of turbans, toques, berets and kokoshniks. The look became a statement of confidence, assertiveness and a subtle outrageousness at the time American women were on the verge of earning the right to vote.