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Year of the Dragon
January 23, 2012, 8:51 am
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Year of the Dragon Stamp

Happy Lunar New Year! The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012, and ends on February 9, 2013.

I love this series of Lunar New Year stamps, and this year’s is no exception. A beautiful paper-cut design combined with grass-style calligraphy and gorgeous color. Doesn’t it just make you want to write letters all year?

Water Dragon

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This is the year of the water dragon. There are 5 elements and 12 animals in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon being the only one that is mythical. By tradition, dragons are not feared, but are considered magical or divine — especially at this time of renewed hope for the future.

The Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated with LUCK being the center of attention. Lucky foods such as kumquats are eaten and given as gifts. Lanterns, colored red for luck, are hung in rows. And teams of skilled puppeteers manipulate giant dragon figures to dance in parades and at parties. The Year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest of all!


First Friday on Pearl Street : Small Press

Tonight! It’s First Friday October 7thBoulder Arts & Crafts welcomes 9 local artists participating in “small press: the art of letterpress“. The show will run through November 6th. We are pleased to have a Chandler & Price Pilot Press in the window!
This show celebrates modern approaches to the time honored art of typesetting and small press printmaking. The artists are: David Ashley, Allison Bozeman, Rick Griffith, Alicia McKim, Kay Moller, Tom Parson, Ray Tomasso, Gail Watson & Matthew Winheld.

A percentage of sales will benefit the Book Arts League, a local group dedicated to preserving the arts of bookbinding, paper making and letterpress printing. From its home base on an historic farm in Lafayette, the Book Arts League offers hands on classes in all the book arts. Letterpress fanatics will be interested in attending the Open House at the Ewing Farm in Lafayette this Saturday October 1st. Visit for more information.

Boulder Arts & Crafts
October 7th – First Friday Artist Reception
1421 Pearl Street Mall – 6 – 8 pm

March is My Month

I love to open a Google Analytics Alert to find a sweet blog post on something I hold dear to my heart. Thank you Kathya of CHOCOLOCATERIA! March is my month too! And you reminded me that I wanted to write an in depth post about each month explaining the inspiration behind each composition this year. I guess I need to get started.

Boulder, Inspired.

Inspired by Swiss Miss {Creative Mornings} and Apartment Therapy {Design Evenings} at Alt Summit, a trio of us were compelled to bring creatives together in Boulder for community, conversations and collaboration. We hope you’ll join us.

Kicking off a series of creative conversations, local assemblage artist, Kristin FitzGerrell of Studio22 will pull you up by your scrappy bootstraps and inspire you to share what you love about the process and the passion of living creative lives.

building blocks. This debut Apartment Therapy Design Evening will be March 16th, 6pm at Design Within Reach. RSVP here or here.

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I’m comin’ Out

I want the world to know, I want to let it show … better hurry to join in the fun! BLOCK PRINTING | COLOR | EMBELLISHMENT | JEWELRY DESIGN | KNITTING | PAINTING | PATTERN DESIGN  | PHOTOGRAPHY | SHOE MAKING | YOGA . . . Register by early February!!

hello sunshine
January 5, 2011, 10:32 pm
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Starting the year off EXTRA BOLD is the way to go. Rick looks good in yellow, eh? Fellow designer/printer/Coloradan on the cover of the Westword. This pretty much captures Rick’s personality. What a fortunate riot.

2011 Heritage Handmade Calendar : Get them THIS Weekend in Boulder!

Barely off the press and into the package, almost half of these 2011 Limited Edition Calendars have found a happy home and a prominent space on the wall! Theresa illustrated and carved a woodcut for each animal in the calendar and I added color, layout and of course feedsack-inspired patterns to each one. It tops the list as one of my favorite and most rewarding collaborative experiences to date! We are so proud of the work that went into them and are so happy to see how well they’ve been received. They are flying out of my vintage market suitcase! Last chance to get them in person and talk to the artists is this weekend at the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market on Pearl Street in Boulder. Or you can order one in my online shoppe and we will ship it to you.

This calendar features 12 months of woodcut heritage breeds {and a few other farm friends for fun}, feedsack-inspired patterns, heirloom crops and moon phases. It is letterpress printed on sustainable bamboo paper and tied with authentic vintage feedsack. Each page becomes 5×7 art print to keep.

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