I was meditating one morning and I found inspiration. It’s an action that everyone can do, in that we breathe. We can inhale for peace, and exhale for joy. It somehow seemed so obvious in the moment to me.
This was the concept for a new Joyful Heart letterpress card. I printed a giant light pink heart and then used typewriter for the inhales and exhales, and my handwriting for the peace and joy.
The press was inked up in the same color scheme as the Gratitude cards. and I hand printed in two letterpress print runs, packaged the cards and sent them off to the foundation, all the while breathing peace and joy. This kind of work seems less like work and more like yoga, honestly….
I hope one day to have a whole line of Joyful Heart cards…. all communicating the messages that the foundation efforts to spread… peace, joy, reunion, gratitude, love….. the list goes on!
(everytime I print for the JHF, I get reminded of the heart pins on the back of the ink fountain…)
I just finished a session in a Meditation Class with Tanda Tashjian. Tanda gives great meditation guidance and the energy in the room is amazing (not to sound too hippy dippy but….)
Tanda is a real cat lover and often asks about my business. One day she asked if I had any cat stationery…. possibly a meditating cat? with a golden aura perhaps? Well, I didn’t. But I have to admit, it was a great idea.
All I could think was “How in the world will i draw a meditating cat.” I do draw a little, but I am certainly not a trained illustrator. Then one day, I could just see the way the cat would sit. and i just sat down and drew that in pencil. The aura was easy – I just imagined what electric energy would look like and made some squiggly lines.
I decided to make this a little gift for my classmates. They were thrilled. I was too.
But it was the dog lovers in the room who felt a tiny bit jilted.
So next… Meditating Dogs! (how in the world am I going to draw a meditating dog…… )
I was so excited to get my copy of Uppercase Magazine because a few months ago, Tiny Pine got a request for 100 or so actual printed samples which would be included within the pages…. I thought that was super exciting for recipients to get an actual little piece of limited edition art hiding there.
I knew that the TPP contribution would have to be special… showing off the things that I like best. The only obstacle was timing – the deadline landed right in the middle of holiday card season. Because of severe block from being creative for everyone else, I couldn’t figure out what my piece would say.
I was going on a hike one sunday afternoon when I got a text from my boyfriend. A question answered and a wish for my hike in one text message was instantly inspiring.
“And yes. Salute the sunset for me.”
I took out a period and it was the perfect poetic message… I drew a sunset, wrote out the message in my handwriting, tore down sheets of somerset buff printing making paper, printed letterpress in two runs, and stitched the horizon line.
It occurred to me that this was also the perfect holiday greeting, so I made some extra for mailing.
Anyways, that’s the story. and now there are 100 or so people receiving those little pieces. I hope they enjoy looking at them as much as I did making them.
I was so excited to see one of my favorite friends and her new sweet husband in The Knot magazine for their engagement photos. Leisl Henrichsen of Photo Pink took this amazing photo for Holiday and Mohan’s engagement. This one was great and one of many print worth shots.
Here’s just a sweet little guest book idea created for one of my favorite brides. Andrea chose the ingredients in her recipe for marriage, and left it to the guest to fill in the directions. I think this is so sweet idea….
I realize that it’s been a couple of weeks since this news broke but I have been too much flurrying around the workshop to post it here… but it’s definitely worth hollering about – betther late than never!
It’s fun that my personality shines through in the written interview so if you just miss talking to me, check out this feature. It tells the story of how Tiny Pine Press was started, and then goes into all the inspirations.
Here are a couple of the photos that were featured but check it out and look at all the pretty pictures! (thanks to Gia Canali!)
I was so excited and grateful when Tiny Pine Press was to be included in Charlotte Rivers new book “Little Book of Letterpress”. What an amazing honor to be situated next to the most innovative and captivating letterpress designers from all over the world.
Yesterday I was poking around a bookstore and I saw it on the shelf. That was the moment when it hit me that this artful social stationery which is usually marking a one time event in someone’s life has made it into a slightly permanent slot in a book which will be used as reference for awhile.
This makes me feel good! You can get a copy for your house at amazon.