Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Something new.

The new and improved endpaper mitt marches on. I'm still loving it but it hasn't changed much and doesn't make great blog fodder (and the only other knitting going on right now is swatching for Rusted Root, which is even less so), so instead I thought I'd give you a peek at what else I've been up to.

The Earth Day fair where The Lady and I had a booth with a friend of ours wasn't a great success -- even native Cascadians can think of better things to do in the rain the stroll around looking at artisan goods.

But it did prompt me to make up a bunch of linocut cards, and I discovered that I really, really like it. I love the reproducibility and the flexibility, the way the work of minutes to hours can be endlessly reprinted, recombined, and recolored. Lazy perfectionist, remember?

I also love how it's clearly homemade, anyone can do it, and yet it looks crisp and... i don't know... real somehow, in a way that drawings and paintings don't. At least not when I do them.

These thank you cards are my favorites. (The filigree pattern is shamelessly lifted from carvings on the walls of the Alhambra.) I may try to make more, along with some larger prints, and see if I can get a booth at the Sunday Art Mart this year. Even if I don't sell much, getting out and meeting other portland crafters will be fun. And the peoplewatching! How I love to peoplewatch.

In the meantime, I'll probably put these up on Etsy, so keep an eye out if they strike your fancy.


pamela wynne said...

I love these cards! Especially the green trees. And the deer. Oh, and the thank yous.

Macoco said...

Your cards are really nice - I like the deer as well. ;)

You're making great progress on your endpaper mitts!

satsumabug said...

What's your etsy page? :)

Stella said...

Lisa: it WILL be, but there's nothing up yet.

knittingphilistine said...

Nice endpaper progress, and great cards! I love little street fairs, esp. ones that revolve around earth and nature :)