October 25, 2009

Mohawk Paper Letterpress Show

Last Wednesday, Mohawk Paper hosted a letterpress show featuring the art of seven artists local to Dallas. Each of these artists treat the art form in different ways, either by using traditional wood and metal type, carving images into linoleum, or using a polymer plate, which allows the designer to create an image on the computer that can then be translated onto a raised printable surface.

I happen to be lucky enough to work with one of these artists, Rhonda Warren of Color Box Design. I have been practicing letterpress and other forms of relief printmaking for about 2.5 years now, and I started working for Rhonda a few months ago. We began preparing for this show a while ago and it was so much fun seeing everything come together. It rained all day Wednesday, but that didn't stop people from showing up. The show was hosted by The Apartment, a very posh venue full of white leather sofas and lucite tables with glowy blue lighting everywhere.

I think the show was a great success. Everyone had fantastic work, and this experience has reinforced my desire to have my own press. Even if I have to turn my living room into a studio, it's going to happen soon.

To see more on this show, and work featured by all of the artists, check out Samantha Reitmeyer's blog, style/Swoon. She also took all of these great photos.

October 16, 2009

Daily Drop Cap


y recent inspirations are coming from the extremely talented typographer and illustrator, Jessica Hische. I've been following her work for about a year now and some of my favorite things that I see often in her work is delicate line work, charming character in her illustrations, and the ability to capture detail in simplistic forms. One of her recent ventures is Daily Drop Cap, a site that is dedicated to creating drop cap letterforms (how do you like the M?) She writes on her site, "Each day (or at least each WORK day), a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap will be posted for your enjoyment and for the beautification of blog posts everywhere." I think it's a fantastic idea and I will be checking back often to see what she comes up with.