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Organizing the studio

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Summer – flashing by so quickly. And soon it will be time to start thinking about getting back to crafting.  From June through October I work on an organic CSA farm near Kingston and devote most of my headspace to the harvest and canning of vegetables.  This year, I have put away three types of pesto, pickled garlic scapes, dilly beans, wasabi beans, and plan to do up some peaches in the next couple of weeks. I made a list of the things I want to can before the season’s done: charred tomato salsa, carrot soup, borscht, and curried eggplant relish. Art in jars, really.

Summer sun, pouring rain (it always seems to pour down in sheets on harvest days!), sore muscles, and mason jars – it’s over halfway through the farm season and boutiques are beginning to contact me with re-stock requests. Craft show organizers are tossing their holiday applications online. Teachers are planning their fall sessions and I’ve been booked for September and October workshops and November shows.  That means I have to start getting focused and spend more time in the studio! Cleaning up and re-organizing is usually the first step

The kitchen in the new place is huge so there’s no problem there. Problem is, I have 50% less space in the new studio compared to the old one.  Moving stuff around before every change of project gets frustrating. IMG_2525
Short inventory: Neckties, silkscreens, workshop supplies, packaging, craft fair displays and manneqins, graphic design and printers, bike bells, 167 1/2 book project and notes, plumbing books and rainscaping resources, custom t-shirt order, frame building supplies, extra vinyl records.
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I guess it’s time to put in some shelving!

A tie to wear to art openings.

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What did I get up to this winter? Made some screens for local DIY projects!

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Jolene Simko from Hearthmakers Energy Co-operative came by to refine her screenprinting skills in a special add-on class ($30!) that went along with the screen special ($30!)  For her shirts, we used a second print of dark green on the house , it was an easy “cheat” for small scale prints: the registration was accomplished by looking through the screen. I saw the shirts’ debut at Earth Hour in Market Square, the volunteers and staff looked great!

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, Kingston area’s newest CSA (community supported agriculture) used the screen I made for them to personalize their wooden share boxes.

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Meet The Modern Forces! Shawn and Julia have a two piece band. They don’t play much in public but they wanted some shirts for their friends. Here’s our easy small run registration method for their higher-detail design. I didn’t manage to get a shot of our best work but here’s a sample of what the final product looked like.

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Finally Blue Heron Books and Zines is a community bookstore and zine distribution shop located in the AKA Autonomous Social Centre at the corner of Queen and Wellington in Kingston. At the moment, open hours are Mondays from 2pm to 6pm. “We strive to provide and promote radical, anarchist and anti-authoritarian books and media less readily available from mainstream sources or local venues such as libraries. Folks are also invited to come by during our open hours to read in the space, and engage in conversations with each other, collective members, and volunteers; we aim to promote the exchange of ideas” Their shirts can be found, among others, at the infoshop!

The last little pile of shirts is a friend referral. Lovely Nadia brought me a couple of her child’s drawings and we selected one to make some presents for Dad. Although I normally never take custom printing jobs, I usually just send people to Ironclad Graphics, I really enjoyed working on this adorable project!

Spring 2013, favourite bicycle bells

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