Friday, July 30, 2010

{Fabric Friday} Backyard Purple...

The weather has been gorgeous lately and we have been spending a lot of time in the backyard. When I was playing with Sayer yesterday, I noticed one color being fairly predominant .... purple. We have all sorts of shades of purple in bloom right now- the biggest clusters being in the forms of large lavender & butterfly bushes. But there are also little small pops of purple as well. So, I went to my klt:fabric stash and pulled out a collection of  fabrics inspired by some photos that I took of our backyard purple, for Fabric Friday.

It seems like I am continuously drawn to purple ( often when it is paired with green) and add little bits of fabric to my purple stash every now and then. In this collection you will find: some pieces of wool felt, some KOKKA *Trefle* fabric, and a piece from the Alexander Henry- bauhaus collection. Looks like there will be some purple pulled into some klt:plush soon.

Sounds like Sayer is waking up from his nap. I think it is time for a little snack and lavender picking in the backyard. So what colors are you noticing this summer? Any purple? Enjoy your weekend - Happy Fabric Friday! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

{Fun} All about glasses...

You may remember the post I wrote awhile back about glasses. I had just made a glasses wearing Ollie Owl and was reminiscing about wearing glasses since I was 4 years old. It became clear to me after writing the post, that even though I felt alone in my glasses wearing trials & tribulations over the years, that I most certainly was not. From the responses that I received, I am now aware that there seems to be a large group of us out there in the world. - A special group at that. We are the kind of people that smile and compliment a small child that is wearing glasses any time we see one. You know who you are...I created this  Etsy treasury is for you.
View:  "I wear glasses too", here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

{Letterpress} The smile behind the print...

Letterpress is a form of printmaking that I absolutely adore. I respond to the tactile quality, the way it looks, the process, and the lovely paper used. Over the years, I patiently waited for the most appropriate klt:project to utilize this gorgeous way of printing. When I decided to have prints made from my thread drawings, it seemed like the match that I had been waiting for. When my drawing is done in thread, the image is raised- when made into a letterpress print, the image is impressed in the paper. I love that they are both tactile in different ways. Today I am happy to introduce to you, 5 more klt:letterpress prints (owl bride & groom, german pointer, sandpiper, & squirrel). I used a different paper this time around that I just fell in love with- 100% cotton, white pearl - Crane Lettra  paper... & oh it is yummy!

But there is another reason that I'm thrilled to have letterpress prints made from my thread drawings- I get to work with the wonderfully talented, creative & witty,  Amy E. Redmond- the smile behind my prints. Amy and I met years ago when I was working at the Museum of Northwest Art. I was so excited to reconnect with her on this project (she also prints all of my hangtags & business cards). Amy prints from her home studio on her 1903 Colts Armory Press. Amy purchased this press from her dear pals at Stern & Faye, Printers and it's her favorite of the 3 presses that she has owned (above picture taken in the Fall '08- the first time she printed on it). You've probably seen and enjoyed Amy's work and not even known it was hers. She does all of the letterpress printing for Kata Golda and has a press in her Port Townsend (WA) studio that she uses as well. Here is a little 30 second video of Amy printing. 

I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but really, I love what I do! Collaboration is what makes klt:works extra special. When I can meet and work with true & honest artists that are working with their hands, from the heart, I couldn't be more lucky. It just makes my day all that more interesting.  For that reason, I plan on working with Amy for as long as I can keep the ideas coming and she wants to take them on. So, be prepared to see many more klt:letterpress projects in the future. And as if you weren't already sold on how cool the letterpress process is, just press play... 

{images & video of Amy: property of Amy E. Redmond}

Sunday, July 25, 2010

{Music Monday} Ice Cream Man...

This weekend was all about trips to the park, the smell of sunscreen, & the sound of the ice cream man circling the neighborhood. Growing up, the ice cream man coming to our neighborhood was an exciting thing. We lived on a hill, outside of the city limits, so it wasn't as often that we would see him. But boy when we did cruise up our hill, pockets and change jars were emptied! I snapped this photo of my guys at the water park on Saturday and it inspired my two Music Monday song selections.

Jonathan Richman always comes to mind in the summertime and I was humming his "ice cream man" song all weekend. I never knew about Jonathan Richman (gasp) until I met Chris. I think it is safe to say that he is one of Chris' all time favorite musicians. I have been lucky enough to go to a Jonathan Richman concert with Chris and the guy knows how to put on a show! As I was trying really hard to find a music video for the song, other than still shots, I ran across a great Tom Waits "ice cream man" song that, surprisingly, I wasn't familiar with - so it was a bonus discovery. I think both songs will get your toes tappin' though. 
Happy Music Monday! 


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