Letterpress! I am so psyched for this class. It's starting really slowly, but hopefully it'll pick up and we'll make some great stuff. I have a pretty solid idea as to what I would like the theme of my letterpress adventures to be, but I'll update you more on that later. I'm printing my first poster next week, so I'll just let you see it. This post has to be very quick today. My thumb muscle on my right hand and the mid-forearm on my left arm are both killing me. Jerks.
Anyway, I'm the only person in my section of the class who isn't in Illustration. Intimidated? Uh, yeah. Buuuut... We just did cyanotypes today! So, I can use photography as an image, which is very relieving. Also, we'll be doing block carving, so I can carve blocks of my repeat patterns from last semester as well as images from photographs. I'm excited to see how the heck you translate a photo into a linoleum block.
Sadly, I had to leave my cyanotype at school to dry, so I have no image of it today. But, I can tell you that the first image I printed was the corn photo from Greenfield Village (looking over at you, Lisa!). Something to look forward to tomorrow, no?
I must stop functioning now.
I'm reading "Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation" by Sharon Astyk. I'm only on the second chapter, but I'm in love. The points she makes are spot on, if not a little dramatic (she talks about preparing for emergencies a lot, which is relevant, but not quite to this degree, I think) and I really like the style of her writing. She doesn't talk down, she doesn't preach, it's like a conversation. I'm feeling so motivated right now! I think I'll even go down to the Ann Arbor farmer's market on Saturday, since I haven't gone all winter. I'm also going to join a CSA this year. I haven't decided on which one yet... If anyone in the area has any recommendations? Jen?
Don't forget about my giveaway for a pair of handwoven fingerless mittens! It's open til 7pm Friday night, so don't delay, my friends!