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
This is a really simple DIY that only takes a few minutes. A mini, portable bulletin board is such a simple concept, and it’s incredibly useful. You can use it to display some fun pictures and keepsakes or even keep track of receipts and important papers. If you drop by your local hardware store, they usually have a scrap bin they’ll let you pick through for free. Grab a small block of wood, cover the front side in cork, and you have a mini bulletin board! Get creative and see how you can put your own spin on this project.
On another note, it’s time for fall clothes to get mixed into your outfits. Check out what’s new for Carhartt Women this season. I’m so ready for sweater weather!