I’ve been slacking on the blog lately, so I figured I’d explain why and do some project updates. I’ll post more details on each as they get finished up. If they get finished up. I probably won’t post anything on them if I end up abandoning them because I’ll feel slightly ashamed :)
So, in no particular order, here are some projects that I’m working on:
This print that I’ve been putting off because of all the work that I made for myself by messing with my blocks. I’m intent on getting a good edition out by the end of the month. I started with the first layer yesterday and was hoping to get the second printed today, but then life happened and I didn’t have time…
Another project I’ve been putting off as I backed myself into a corner I didn’t want to be in and now am not sure which way to go with it. My process, however, traditionally involved messing up and then trying to fix it, so I suppose I’m right on track :) It’s a bit too dark for my liking right now, so I think I’m going to go back into it with water or some sand paper and see what happens…
This project is from my letterpress class, where we are making a book which will combine all the pages we make individually. The theme of the book will be maps and the idea I came up with involved just text (below, without all the arrows. After a lot of brainstorming, that’s the best I could come up with and I still didn’t love it…) but today in class we covered some less traditional ways of using the press, which made me decide to throw this idea out :) So now I’m back on square one and am going to start thinking about what I should do. So, far, I’ve just been looking at maps online, which isn’t really helping, but it’s hard to stop once I start! If anyone’s looking to get me an awesome holiday gift….
Side note, here’s me trying to work with letterpress type… it’s clean and simple and my name changes to Augelika. That’s as creative as I could get myself to be with type on the first project, a business card. I’m not as comfortable with words as I am with images… maybe it’s the ESL? Nah, I couldn’t do it in Polish either.
And then, there’s this beast. I had it all pretty and set up and almost, nearly (probably not) ready to go, but then everything decided to shift all the way to the edge of the screen and it’ no longer pretty or ready (by everything decided, I mean, I got edit-happy and deleted or changed something). I’ve been building this site for a while and the way I’ve been doing it is by messing with the code… without really knowing code. So it’s been… a wonderful learning experience. Let’s call it that :) I’m not getting super frustrated and wanting to scrap the whole thing and just pay someone to fix my mistakes. I’m learning.
I’ve also been working with a friend to get his logo and letterhead and all that figured out. One of the reasons I like working on design and commissioned work is that most of the time I’m making something, I’m doing it by myself, I usually don’t get too much feedback, so I just have to rely on what I like. With projects like these, it’s fun to figure out what other people like. I like the challenge of having someone else describe verbally what they would like and then creating the visual equivalent. It’s challenging and I love challenges.
I did a photo session with this gal last week, in my series of photographing women I like (read: I ask my friends to pose for me so I could play with photo equipment. Here and here). I haven’t gotten a chance to go through them yet completely, but here’s a peek. I had high hopes of migrating all my photography to a new website, but that’s been put on the back burner for now, so they’ll continue showing up here for a while longer :) I’m also excited to try out some new photography toys on some friends that got engaged recently, so I’ll have those up within a month or so!
Last, and most absolutely least, I gilded mini pumpkins. If you’re still reading, first, thanks, that’s flattering, and second, I’m only slightly ashamed that I spent an entire free evening channeling my inner Martha Stewart (but clearly not ashamed enough not to share it with you). Most of my personal projects are very far from cute, so sometimes I just push all that heavier or more serious stuff to the side and like to make something adorable and shiny :) I would like to note that this is not an ongoing project and I will not be updating you on my gilding adventures. You’re welcome.
Somewhere in between all that, I’ll be fitting in letterpress classes, photography classes, dance classes, Thanksgiving, a weekend in San Francisco and then of course, the essentials of eating, sleeping, working and making/devouring cheesecakes. I feel like I’m booked until the New Year, but it’s a nice feeling :)