trades

You can go your own way...

If you have never read Ker-Bloom zine, the 20 year project from artnoose, stop reading here, find yourself at least one issue, through etsy or your local zine shop, savor it, and we will meet up in the next paragraph.

my collection of ker-bloom!

my collection of ker-bloom!

 

Ker-bloom is a letterpress printed treasure. Every two months, 4 pages of text are offered, a monologue on a theme, a story, a glimpse.  When I moved to Seattle in 1998, I would use all the money I made in consigning my zines at Left Bank Books for the latest issues of Ker-Bloom. It isn't just the writing, or the letterpress cover and pages, it is holding the package in your hands. It is precious. And bi-montly.

For the 20th anniversary issue artnoose wrote about starting this project and what it has evolved into.  The idea for a project that started small but became their defining work.

I can relate to this. Eight years ago, I left New Orleans to go to college. I left behind a lot of good friends. I wanted to send mail to everyone I missed in New Orleans and my other penpals.  But school kept me busy.  One day in my first semester, I was biking home from class when I thought, what if I sent everyone the same postcard every month? What if I designed it and printed it. I could keep in touch with all my friends and have a creatively challenging project every month. Now it is the project that frames my month, how I set up my weeks. After recently reuniting with a friend I have known since high school but have not seen in years, we realized are both still doing the same work we've always been doing.  He is still writing. I am still sending mail.   Our work might take different forms, and but the essence remains the same. .

 

Now that I have moved back to New Orleans it is i a good time to notice how things have stayed the same, what remains true, how I have found a way within this truth.   This is Keep Writing number 91. Sent a bit late. I am still adjusting to my new old life. But there is mail. And a new po box. An aisle away from my old one.

 

Do you want to receive monthly mail like the card above? subscribe here: www.gutwrenchpress.com/subscribe

Wintertime Views Out the Window

Oh, the quiet of January as I unpack hastily assembled boxes, and take stock of what I have. I bound myself a new datebook, filled in my calendar, and started making my workspace, well, workable.  When I was at Penland this summer, I was lucky to convince a few amazing folks to trade their work for a year of letterpress postcardsErin Curry printed on silk and Georgina Trevino, took a break from her jewelry design to try out some etchings and traded me one mint green lovely.  Also, Constance Metcalf gave me a panel of handmade paper, inspired by a process shown to me by Amy Jacobs.  All together, my windows are little fancied up. Also, with some help, I finally hung a lamp over my desk so I can see what I am doing at night.

January (in California) is great for walking.  Andy discovered a sci-fi themed cafe near out house with coffee and 5 or 6 pinball machines.  There's lots I want to do but it is nice to take a walk every day too, and see what is out there.

etching by georgina trevino

etching by georgina trevino

etching by erin curry on silk on the left, panel of paper by constance on the right

etching by erin curry on silk on the left, panel of paper by constance on the right

through the window as the sun goes down

through the window as the sun goes down

light over the work table! small victories 2015!

light over the work table! small victories 2015!