Thursday, December 23, 2010

Clay Wood and Cotton

You can now see a selection of my cards online (or in the store) at Clay Wood and Cotton! You can click here to see the full selection of Katharine Watson goods they are carrying. Very exciting!

Friday, December 17, 2010

ToyCam in the Studio

Now that I am no longer using my circa-1985 flip phone, I can actually take pictures with my phone! Who knew they invented such amazing technology? Apparently Christmas is a crazy time when you sell stuff, and I feel like I can't package orders fast enough. I thought I was well prepared for the holiday season, but I have even bigger plans for next year. I'm going to start getting ready for next next Christmas on January 1st 2011. For the last few weeks I have been working like a printmaking robot, so I thought I would share a little of the organized chaos with you.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thanks Joe!

Cheesy post alert! Last night I took Joe out for a super fancy dinner to say thanks for helping me at every craft show this year, but I thought a public thank you was in order too. So, thank you Joe for lifting ten heavy boxes while I struggle with one, going on bagel and coffee runs, correcting my math when I give people wildly incorrect change, waking up at 5am and then driving all night, and for sitting outside in 20 degree weather. I couldn't do it without you!

Here are some of the pictures I secretly take at craft shows (although none of them show blizzards or exhaustion):

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas and New Year Collage

I just stumbled on these Christmas cards from alltheluckintheworld via Poppytalk and I love the idea of making a collage for the front of your Christmas cards. Or any cards. It looks like it came together so easily but it probably took forever to make it look that way. It would be cool to put together a collage like this using things you had found in the last year, so start planning now for next Christmas!

Ever since seeing this journal I've been wanting to make more collages. I had an idea to make a collage every week with things I collected or found, similar to the daily scrapbook I made a few years ago (which is still one of my favorite possessions) so here's to collecting even more ticket stubs and coasters in 2011! Maybe I'll eventually get around to making something out of them.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Back from Bust with a Platter of BBQ

After one of the most exhausting weekends I've had in my whole life, we are back from the Bust Craftacular in NYC. The rain put a damper on things and the show wasn't quite as packed as I had hoped, but we got to go to possibly the best restaurant on the planet. I had been looking forward to it for months. If you live within a 1000 mile radius of New York, get in a car right now and drive to Fette Sau, order the pork belly and allow the food coma to sink in. Amazing. I would move my apartment into the restaurant if I could.

The pork was definitely the highlight of the trip, but I also loved seeing the prints from YeeHaw Industries which I have had my eye on for a while. Their musician prints are my favorite, and I love the way they use text in images. Text is something I always shy away from in linoleum prints because it can come out looking like a five-year-old wrote it, but they pull it off so well and it really goes with the folk-y look of the faces. 

I was excited to see them there because of the new book that I was just flipping through, the Little Book of Letterpress. The book has a page on each of the big names in letterpress, and the YeeHaw team wrote the introduction. It's a really nice book, and now I just need to write to Chronicle Books and ask to be the author of the Little Book of Block Printing. So Chronicle Books, if you're reading this, I'll do it!
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