Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sneak peek! Two new prints; in non and alcoholic versions.
laying down the drawing (on the black block)
getting crabby (on the red block)
In the Mail Bag...
Sass delivered straight to your mailbox. You'll take it and you'll like it.
The above postcards are a few gems from a collection called FRUITS from Phaidon Press (http://www.phaidon.com/store/fashion-culture/shoichi-aoki-fruits-9780714840833/) which I altered before sending out...
The above card (front top & back bottom) is my own photo and printed postcard which I wrote all over, and over again, before sending out. Sometimes there are those people in your life that are good at (gently) kicking your ass back on track (out of kindness). Sometimes I lose touch with them.
NEW Hand Block Printed Cards in the Etsy Store!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Grandpa Chair
Since I can remember this chair has always sat on the basement's walk out patio. Sun, rain, snow, or wind it sat there. It belonged to my Grandpa and eventually I kind of assumed ownership of it when I was living in the basement and no one else like the chair anymore. I took it with me to my new house in the City where several of the vinyl straps (that are who knows how old) started to crack and break. You could still perch back in the seat but it was getting awkward.
I thought this was the end of the Grandpa Chair, but then it came to my attention that one could buy replacement strapping. I should have known better! This was, after all, a vintage chair and things made in yesteryear were meant to last and built for you to be able to fix them! After watching a few short videos online it became apparent that this was a pretty simple process, order the strapping, boil the strapping, then stretch and screw in the straps on the chair. I sent away for some color strapping samples but ended up deciding to keep the original color scheme of alternating green and white straps.
After measuring all the straps on the chair and placing my order, I took everything off and scrubbed down the chair.
Next I placed a few straps in a lobster pot of boiling water, and the fished them out one by one with a spaghetti spoon.
I screwed one end into the chair and next came the trickiest part... holding the chair while using two hands (if possible) to pull the strapping and stretch it across the chair (without scalding ones hands) and then holding the strap there with one hand while the other reached for the screwdriver and screwed it in. Now, I have to say the men in the videos made it look like they were pulling taffy with one hand, granted I should have taken into consideration that they were twice my size. It wasn't too hard if I had both hands to pull and the strap was still hot.
Once you had the second screw in you could release the strap and it shrunk back pulling taunt across the chair. The hardest part was really figuring out how hold/brace the chair while pulling the hot strap across without one or the other flying across the kitchen. Other than that it was a really simple and very satisfying project to complete. My Grandpa chair will probably keep on going for another 20-40 years.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Studio Spring / Early Summer pic post
Bailey loves our new digs and really LOVES the flock of pigeons that belong to our neighbor. I'm pretty sure she spends all day in the window when I'm not home.
New studio space is a bit of a work in progress, but there is much potential!
I made this canvas rug/floor cloth one weekend just for the heck of it out of some leftovers. It wasn't until a few days later that I found out they are a real thing, like people actually make them, and they even used to be quiet popular for a while. I ended up making a mini Bailey sized one.
this is an in progress shot of Bailey's rug
And then I started thinking about those Tibetan Tiger rugs I'm in love with and decided to make my own version...
The rugs are finished but need to be coated still in poly urethane (so I'm told) before actual use as rugs.
Been drawing a lot of dogs, Bailey mostly since I spend the most time with her.
I feel like there's more. I've been pretty terrible at documenting and uploading stuff lately.
Also this week is the last week in the shop to buy any 2 drawings or prints and get an extra drawing or print of a similar nature included for for free in your package! Sale ends on July 1.
Project: re-upholstery of footstool
This is the hair pin legged foot stool I found at the GBMC Nearly New Sale this spring.
To which someone else did either a shoddy "make-over" or was cobbled together willy-nilly. Either way the only things original are the legs and the zig-zag springs (though not installed in the typical fashion so I think these were put together at a later date).
Current Status: Incomplete: Stripped down to wood and legs and zig-zag springs, springs hand tied together to prevent separation, "frame" sprayed black, trying to decide what end look I want- I'm thinking probably leather or hide of sorts.
Cost: $8 for foot stool so far.
Project: steel table refinish
I found this table on my way to the bar, a scrapper was clearing out a local college renovation and when I expressed interest what he was up to and in the tables (there was a pile of them) he said I could take them if I wanted... But being that I was walking, I only took one.
Decent condition a few small bumps and dents and a few glops of painting medium but otherwise nice. Simple design, not overly heavy, and unobtrusive grey.
Current Status: In hiatus: AKA I ended up needing a small table in my bedroom and this was handy, so now it has stuff on top of it... so it's moved down on the list of things to do. This will be an easy project though, just needs a stripping of the artist gunk on it and a quick repaint and seal. Good as new.
Cost: Free so far!
Project: re-strapping vinyl
This chair belonged to my Grandpa, and lived on my patio for probably longer than I am old, I was the only one who liked it... so I took it to the city with me!
Just this year some of the straps started to break and I decided to investigate how to fix it up.
Current Status: Incomplete: Removed broken straps, saved hardware, ordered color samples of strapping, decided to keep original color scheme of alternating off white and dark green, ordered strapping, awaiting arrival of supplies.
Cost: $43 for strapping, extra hardware, gloves, and shipping.
Project: refinishing wood
Yeah I still haven't finished stripping this table and re-staining it...
Current Status: Incomplete: I only finished stripping about half of this table and then abandoned it. Its still useable but is wide open to damage. I should probably finish it....
Cost: $5( to$10? somewhere in that range) for table.
Project: door turned into to printing table
Current Status: Incomplete: Sorry, no pics yet... Super-duper-heavy old wooden door put up on saw horses. The thought is to cover at least half the door with a piece of sheet metal and 1 set hinge clamps for a screen printing table.
Cost: $35 for door, and two saw horses (Thank you Sparks Studio!) so far.
Project: tree stump turned into foot stool/ end table/ thing
Current Status:COMPLETE! Cleaned and hand sanded stump, then MinWaxed, and air cured.
Cost: FREE! (stump was in back yard and my dad had lots of sand paper and old cans of MinWax)
I love stumpy.