Well I had an interesting week. Thanks to Gizmodo. So let's start at the beginning. Way back, in the time machine to last week.
It was my last full week to work in the letterpress studio before I move. I reprinted some serval cat thank you cards in new color combinations. Halftones are not the easiest thing to print on a Vandercook. You have the have just the right amount of ink and just the right amount of pressure. Otherwise, the tiny raised dots that make up the image will overflow and fill up and you have to clean the plate and start over.
And then Mike, Mark, and I drove to Delaware. In the snow storm of the century, during a state of emergency. It took 19 hours (normally it's a 10 hour drive) to get to Wilmington. It was rough. We ate Tastykakes in the car.
There was a great deal of snow.
So back to Gizmodo. We got to Delaware at midnight, a little shaken, had some scotch, and fell asleep. The next morning, I checked my email and I had many messages of congratulations and many orders, many many orders for Robocop Valentines. So I checked a link and found this!
Apparently read by many men. Many men who wanted Robocop Valentines for their girlfriends. I promptly sold out of everything. And enlisted the help of my dear roommate, Jessica, to help me send off the rest of my stock. Thank you Jessica! And thank you Gizmodo, you just bought me a board shear.
While all that was going on, we went for a walk in Rockford Park, where there is a giant stone water tower that strangely happened to be unlocked that day (it's not supposed to be). So we walked up to see the view.
I've added some new letterpress goods to my Etsy shop, including two different Robocop theme cards. As usually everything is printed on 100% recycled paper from French Paper. I'm now also listing more items in sets at lower prices.
*Click on the pictures to purchase them through Etsy*
So why Robocop? This last year I've been watching all the heavy pop culture movies that I somehow managed not to see during my 27 years on earth. These include Die Hard (watched that last night), Top Gun, Terminator, Total Recall, Roadhouse, The Road Warrior, Predator (that's coming on Monday), Wall Street, Robocop, etc. Yeah. I'd never seen any of those movies.
I discovered that I really like Paul Verhoeven movies...SO good!
Three color linoleum block cut and wood type.
And if you're wondering if I'm ever going to make books again, well I am. Time to switch gears and start binding again. I'm going to have a line of affordable letterpress notebooks to show you soon and more.