Valentine’s Day can be a very divisive topic. You love it or you hate it. It does feel like a very commercial holiday that pointlessly makes us buy tons of things covered in little pink and red hearts and end the night with a self-indulgent candy binge. I’ve never been a fan of store bought cards or heart-shaped chocolate boxes. But boy do I love a good old fashioned handcrafted sentiment. That’s why these wire words are the perfect craft for this time of year. Give them as a gift or simply use them in your own home as decoration. This year, make something from the heart to remind those you hold dear how much they mean to you. Go ahead, state the obvious.
“The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say- because they were too obvious.” -Andre Gide
take a look at my crafting outfit: Script Logo Tee, 1889 Double Front Dungaree, & Sandstone Berkley Jacket
In places like Twin Cities, where the winters are often filled with negative temperatures, it’s the perfect time to cozy up in the studio and create. That’s Laura Brown’s mentality. She’s been a part of the Artist Co-op at Minnesota Center for Book Arts since 2011. It’s a wonderland of printmaking and bookbinding. What drew Laura in was the community aspect of the craft. The machinery and equipment is large, expensive, and meant to be shared. In the photos above you can watch Laura’s process as she prints a calendar for the new year. How cool is that? Can you see how she sets the template and runs an inked up roller across it? You can purchase one of these handmade beauties here. There is so much personality in printmaking. It opens up a world of surprises and problem solving. The beautiful letters, rich inks, and the hand-touched nature of each impression (that’s what you call an individual print). Check out more of what Laura’s up to at laurabrownart.com
Laura’s winter workwear: Carhartt Women’s Annapolis Long-Sleeve Shirt, Slim Fit Nyona Jean, & Women’s Skokie Pull Over Sweater