Thursday, December 23, 2010

One Hundred Birds

So here's my final project for my fourth year printmaking class. I worked on this all semester long so I put a lot of work into it. I started by drawing twenty five birds. I then silk screened those birds onto four different colours of fabric. Then I mentally prepared to get carpel tunnel from sewing 100 birds.

Here's a picture of my make-shift light table a piece of white paper taped to my lamp. Using tailors chalks I traced the birds.

Then I pinned all the white ribbons to each and every bird and sewed them!

Here is where my beautiful and lovely roommate Nicki helped me by turning all the birds inside out and stuffing them! After I sewed all the bottoms closed by hand, which took way more time than I anticipated! I wasn't sure if my fingertips would ever feel the same. Nicki is also an awesome artist! Check out her blog if you're smart.

Then I ventured to school to find my beautiful tree, which I had already picked out before hand.

Thanks again Nicki, who took most of these pictures! My gratitude and love is undying for all your help!

And this is my tree! I really loved the way it turned out! Although I wish it had been snowing on the day of install, because that's how I pictured it. I came back after the weekend on the first substantial snow and almost half of the birds were already gone. They flew away into people hands I think. Which I don't mind at all, its kind of beautiful that people wanted them so much. My christmas gift to the patrons of Grange Park. Happy holidays everyone!

Monday, December 6, 2010

One, Two, Three

Just a quick little update about a letterpress project I did for school. Done on vandercook press with handset type. It is a play on the way I used to send notes in high school, all folded up inside a paper crane. Now that I'm all grown up, I will pass grown up notes.

The ones without colour turned out to be my favourite. They're done in a blind emboss, which is just using the form of the type to make an indent on your paper. Even though that wasn't my original vision and they don't work well with the paper crane idea I still like them best.

Also here's a little preview of whats coming next...