Those Things 010: Sanya Glisic

Today’s feature is someone I personally know: Sanya Glisic. She was my teacher for screenprinting and I absolutely adore her work (and of course, she was an excellent teacher at Spudnik Press). In addition to screenprinting, she also does linoleum block printing and illustration.

Sanya’s submission for the Blue Moon label competition:

These next few prints I’m obsessed with because of their geometric nature:

Those Things 008: Tom Pigeon

Created by Pete and Kristy Thomas, Tom Pigeon is a creative studio that makes minimalistic jewelry, stationary, and prints. As a big fan of simple geometric statements, this makes me want to jump into creating geometric screen prints, stat.

The fabric of this necklace (copper and formica) and their contrast is stunning:

Their abstract prints are also amazing. Below is “Harbour”:

“Sol Dawn”:

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++ Print ++

There is nothing better than a strong desire to create paper from scratch. How much more hands on can you get? Bucket list status.

++ Fashion ++

As a sucker for geometric designs, I had to feature this gorgeous set of bracelets from Adorn Milk.

++ Blog ++

Thanks to Pink Pot, this will definitely be on my September’s To Do list: creating and/or finding a wood background for Space Thyme photos.

++ Design ++

My main takeaway from this article about infographic colors is that I should be focusing on using more shades, rather than giving into the temptation of using a multitude of colors.

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Now off to go take a couple of friends on a tour of Chicago! Wish me luck.

Resource Run 08/09/2015

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++ Typography ++

Somewhat bored? Play this silly little game called Shoot the Serif. You get to shoot, yup you guessed it, theserif.

On a more serious note – looking to brush up on your typography terminology? Look no further than this Fontroduction guide.

++ Clothing ++

Wait, this is amazing. Modernized Korean han-bok outfits? I am so tempted to buy one as a proud Korean. Definitely worth checking out the article and the store itself

++ Print ++

This is a fascinating interview with Amelie Mancini (featured recently in one of my Those Things posts). She discusses the difficulty of going wholesale and the decisions she’s had to make in the process of developing in her identity and her market.

++ Design ++

love this website for selecting color palettes. The space bar feature makes it very convenient to scroll through color combinations, and you can “lock” color(s) in place so that they have to be part of the color palate generation. Super nifty.

What useful resources did you come across this week?

Those Things 005: Amelie Mancini

Am I super weird for being in love with these beautiful arrow spoons from Amelie Mancini? Is it almost too much of an obsession with arrows?

Well so be it. These are amazing.

Brass, copper, silver, you name it. There is something here for you to find.

Amelie Mancini is a French artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. She makes all of her work by hand in her studio, be it woodworking, printing on fabric or paper and painting. She privileges playfulness and creativity in her work and enjoys exploring a variety of mediums.

Just in case you were wondering, she creates numerous other goodies besides arrow themed eating utensils. And they are just as gorgeous.

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++ Blog/Coding ++

I am no master of CSS, but I found this list of 12 little-known CSS facts to be rather interesting.

Also, was doing a bit of research myself on blog post timing. Came across this website with a lot of interesting facts (not sure how true it is, but nevertheless worth a peek).

++ Motivation ++

It’s funny, as everything on the list is pretty obvious. But Camille Style’s “How to Start the Day on a Happy Note” is a great reminder of the things I should be doing each morning. I might even make a handlettered list when I get the chance.

My fav? Be Lavish with Affection. Definitely making this a priority, not just for the boyfriend and pet toucan, but also for my long-distance friends.

++ Read ++

Just finished an amazing book: The Birth of the Pill. Relentlessly driven by the thought of revolutionizing sex and womanhood, four off-beat folks come together to pursue something previously unimaginable: a simple pill to prevent pregnancy.

This book features extremely important history about feminism and what it meant to be a woman in the world less than 100 years ago. Reading this book definitely opened my eyes and made me extremely thankful for those who fought for a woman’s right to sexual freedom and control of her own body. Every woman should read this book (and men, so they can better understand and respect us ladies).

++ Print ++

Totally in love with Gingiber’s screenprinted items that are covered in animals. Definitely makes me want to make some tea towels.

Baby Stepping into Letterpress

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I am super excited to be writing this post, as this marks the beginning of my letterpress documentation. You get to sit in shotgun and watch me stumble and learn how to letterpress.

If some of you were curious – I am hoping to be able to create my own stationary. I am especially interested in creating letterpressed cards featuring whimsical, weird messages (think unicorns, narwhals, and such) and/or science-nerd-love cards. I am more than slightly obsessed with the beautiful texture letterpress provides, which is unachievable through screen printing. Correct me if I’m wrong.

How did this interest begin?

Well, I surprised my boyfriend with a letterpress workshop last year as a present. Then several months later, I took it upon myself to learn screen printing. I slowly developed a strong desire to create adorable cards, but realized most places producing beautiful, imprinted cards used some type of press. So of course, I immediately signed up for a letterpress class.

Let me introduce you to a couple of my friends over at Spudnik Press:

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Meet The Pearl. By spinning the wheel on the side, you move the rollers up and down so it collects ink from the circle above. You are also probably not paying attention to what I am saying at this point, and instead thinking about Pirates of the Caribbean. I don’t blame you.

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Meet her sister, The Pilot. She operates with the side lever, which makes it a tad clunky to use. Moving the lever down brings the two rollers up (thus inking the letters) and your paper is pressed into the type. At the roller’s highest point, it makes contact with the inked surface, thus collecting ink. When the lever is brought down, it sets a new layer of ink on the type and your piece is moved away from the set type.

As you can see, my project was set up on The Pilot. We were only focusing on setting Linear Type: having the same type of character and point height on the same line.

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While setting the type, it was super important to make sure everything fit tightly and that no pieces could fall out when lifted. I even snuck in some thin pieces of copper to make the type more snug.

The wood pieces surrounding the type are known as furniture. These are blocks of wood used to help hold the type in place.

The little alligator teeth are known as quoins. These are screwed tightly together using a quoin key (not pictured), so as to lock the furniture in place.

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I didn’t personally mix any ink this time around, but a few of my classmates mixed colors together based on the Pantone Color Guide. In letterpress printing, a little bit of ink goes a very long way.

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And here we go! First official print job ever – a simple business card for my blog and dream print company.

Baby steps, y’all.