My favorite thing I have made (lately)…
Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for another Nice To Meet You Link Up!
This time, link up participants were asked to each answer the same question with six photos:
I am cheating a little, showing 6 photos of one thing I made this week.
I’m a designer by trade, and spend a lot of time working with typography. I’ve always known I wanted to learn more about the history of printed type, and the past two weeks I’ve been doing just that.
I signed up for my very first letterpress class at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond. My teacher is the knowledgeable and patient Jason Taylor of Thousand Pound Press – and I’ve learned quite a lot from him already. I’m really enjoying getting ink on my hands and painstakingly arranging rows of lead and wood type to compose designs. The workshop smells deliciously of pigment and paper, and I could spend HOURS poring over the drawers and cases of letterforms and decorative flourishes.
Letterpress is no joke, y’all. Maybe I’m spoiled by having ultimate control over my type on a computer screen, but painstakingly adjusting the spacing between every letter by hand in a type tray is hard work! Having to be so conscious of every decision makes you connect to a design in a completely different way than I am accustomed to on a computer. Every decision is considered and intentional, rather than playful and improvisational on a screen.
This week I made my very first hand-typeset letterpress poster, of one of my favorite phrases. It may not be impressive or lovely – I have a LONG way to go and much to learn, but the learning this process is already making me think about my work differently, and opening my imagination for new projects.
And I’m a little proud for getting outside my comfort zone and trying something completely new. At some point, you have to go from always wishing you knew how to do something, to actually trying it out. So here’s to new adventures – the best is yet to come.
Now it’s your turn. If you have a blog and would like to join the linkup, here’s how it works:
- Post about the same topic: “What do you like to do at home?” with several original images
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- If you don’t have a blog but want to participate, answer with a list below or make a Pinterest board
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- There are PRIZES, Y’all.
The Link Up Participants:
Lauren @ Elleby Design
Erika @ Foxtrot Press
Ashley @ Bricks & Baubles
Lindsay @ Shrimp Salad Circus
Lianne @ A Content Housewife
Jeanette @ Artchoo
Ashley @ She Makes A Home
Suzannah @ Adventures in Dressmaking
Sentrell @ Suite Seven
Dani @ The Future Reynolds
Jenny @ House Full of Pretty
Haeley @ Design Improvised
Eva @ Build House Home