PAR-TAY!

Saturday marks a full year since Good Citizen and Hard-Pressed Studio first opened shop on Jefferson Street in Clinton, MS. To celebrate, I’m throwing a craft party all day in the studio complete with stamps, markers, paper, and cup cakes.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Saturday March 10th
Craft Party! 
310 Jefferson Street Clinton, MS
10 AM – 4 PM

February and March Classes

February Class: Stamp Making

Classes begin February 24th with a Stamp Carving Class. Create your own custom stamp to use on paper for personalized note cards or use it on fabric to add a touch of whimsy to your home. Hand carved stamps are easy and fun to make and use for kids craft projects as well. What will you put your stamp on?

In the class we’ll go over some carving basics and you’ll get to create your design using a linoleum cutter with interchangeable blades and an easy cutting stamp material. You’ll have butcher paper to test it on and a couple of blank cards with matching envelopes to get a start on your own custom stationery.

For Ages 12 years and older due to the sharp carving tools.

Location: Hard-Pressed Studio in Good Citizen
310 Jefferson St. Clinton, MS
Time: 2 PM – 4 PM

Price: $40

Buy tickets for Stamp Carving Class

 

March Class: Woodblock Carving

Learn the basics of carving a design into wood for printing on paper or fabric. Woodblock carving produces not only a block for printing designs but also a piece of artwork in itself. You can use it to create artwork and designs on other materials or paint it and enjoy the block for its own qualities.

In the class we’ll cover basic techniques before you begin to carve your design . Birch plywood and basic carving tools will be provided, but if you have a set of wood carving tools feel free to bring them along. Once you carve your block we can do a test print or two on butcher paper.

For Ages 12 years and older due to the sharp carving tools.

Location: Hard-Pressed Studio in Good Citizen
310 Jefferson St. Clinton, MS

Time: 2 PM – 4 PM

Price: $100

Buy tickets for Wood Block Carving Workshop

Show Your Love

February quickly approaches and despite winter’s fierce cold, everyone’s feeling a little warmer on the inside thanks to love. Most of us no longer restrict Valentine’s Day to a celebration of romantic love, but instead make it a celebration of LOVE. Thanks to society’s embracing of the “Parks and Recreation” holiday for women’s friendships, Galentine’s Day, a portion of LOVE can be specifically celebrated along side the romantic love of Valentine’s Day. In a way it hearkens back to grade school days of giving ALL your classmates those little themed valentine cards. We got to show all of our friends and acquaintances our appreciation for them.

Ladies, celebrate your friendships. Male friends and partners are great, but they’ll never be able to commiserate about first day period cramps, bottomless stomach days, or the seemingly endless quest for great bras. Your women friends appreciate your small daily wins of getting to work looking professional, pretty, and being confident enough to take back the work conversation from the office interrupt-a-saurus. Friend-girl, you rock!

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Personality Through Style

You don’t need to be an archaeologist to appreciate how the things that we wear, use to decorate our house, and generally associate with help us convey our personality to others. Isn’t it funny how something designed and made by others can resonate so well with you? Then there are the items we accumulate to communicate to others like that book that always seems to be out on the coffee table when guests visit. Then there are items that truly make us feel connected to other people like a family heirloom.

Two items come to mind for myself: a unique side table that belonged to my maternal grandmother and a silver Celtic hound bracelet made by Michael Hayman a Louisiana craftsman. The table, part of my grandmother’s belongings as long as I can remember, helps me feel connected to her legacy and helps me remember a loving household in my past. The bracelet connects me to a skilled person and an old tradition of jewelry making that utilizes lost wax casting and Celtic motifs. It taps into my love of the long durée.

The way we craft our surroundings keeps us connected to others and our own history while also communicating parts of that history with those we meet. What items keep you feeling connected?

Happy New Year!

For most of us the beginning of the new year brings reflection on the outgoing year and hope for the new one. Hopefully you reflections contain happy memories of adventures and loved ones. Perhaps wonderful hosts and gift-givers filled your holiday season as well. Why not start the year with gratitude? Whether thanking someone for a thoughtful gift or a wonderful meal a handwritten thank-you note always delivers your gratitude right to their heart.

Particularly now that most of us read as much or more on our digital tablets as on paper a handwritten letter truly stands out as something special for the recipient. Don’t be daunted by writer’s block. A simple sentence stating your thankfulness for their kindness should get the ballpoint rolling.

Helping your kids create this generous habit? Make it a craft party! Help them make their own thank you cards as well as write the notes. Decorate blank card stock or take advantage of a DIY card kit like the cat themed kits in the shop.

What are you grateful for this January?

Spooky

I’m absolutely loving the Fall decorations in the Good Citizen shop. Anna and her intern have done a fantastic job combining traditional pretty fall themes with pop culture whimsy that only we Millennials might relish. I feel lucky to be in this shop and see my prints in such good company.

Friday night we are hosting a community Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) Pumpkin Carving Party! We couldn’t let an October Friday the 13th go to waste. We’ll have sharpies for everyone to use to draw their design and a carving station where adults can carve out the patterns. Naturally there will be refreshments, a few trick-or-treat goodies and old scary movies playing in the studio. If you’re near Clinton, MS this Friday then come by with or without your pumpkin and join us!

Don’t worry, Olde Towne is actually quite pretty right now.

A Garden of Inspiration

Flowers can really brighten the day. One of my favorite spots in the Jackson, MS metro is the Mississippi Museum of Art. The works displayed inside are amazing, and the garden outside is a relaxing delight. Various ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and blooming plants envelope you along paths with benches and water features. All of it inviting you to explore and then sit and stay a while. I hope all of you enjoy a similar garden from time to time.

    

I’ve enjoyed drawing and carving and printing blooms all over everything the past couple years. You can find prints of chrysanthemums, sun flowers, and coffee flowers in the shop. Each with its unique form and variety of color. Of course the other plants like ornamental grasses add an intriguing mix of texture and color to compliment the blossoms.

 

                 

Spider Lilies currently dot yards here, adding a pop of color to the green grass and the first felled leaves of Fall. Perhaps I’ll soon add those to the print bouquet. What blossoms would you like to see added to the printed garden?

Join me for Summer Workshops!

June 24th I’m offering a Kitchen Lithography workshop. This uses household items and is a kid-friendly event. We’ll meet in the class space at Good Citizen and you’ll get to print your own lithograph. You can sign up here: http://hard-pressedstudio.brownpapertickets.com/

 

July 29th You can come learn to make your own notebook or rebind a book using Japanese Stab Binding. This class is limited to people ages 12 and up due to the sharp objects required. Come create your custom notebook and learn a new craft:
http://hardpressedstudiobinding.brownpapertickets.com/

I look forward to meeting you and creating with you!

First Press

I’ve been hand printing for over a year and decided that before 2016 ended, that I should build a press. A fellow craftsman made the suggestion in 2015 and now, a year later, I’ve taken that advice.

I put together a simple bottle jack press based on the instructions from Charles Morgan of Mossworks Studio. His design has two things going for it. First, his design is simple. Second, he is a professional printmaker. However, even if you are just wanting to print as a hobby, building this press is a good choice.

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Nurseries, Nostalgia, and Knitting

Many friends and family members are welcoming new lives into the world now and many others stop by the booth at markets in search of nursery decor. Well friends, I will soon have more to offer you! Keep an eye out on the shop or Etsy or Amazon Handmade for unique nursery themed prints.

Pink Chrysanthemum

One of the many joys of being an aunt is sharing the things you enjoyed about childhood with your nieces and nephews. For about two weeks my brother and I reveled in playing Pong on our dad’s Atari. After about two weeks the machine died, but those were a fun two weeks! My brother’s kids are a bit young for controllers or joysticks at the moment, but I can at least start familiarizing them with the concept.

Atari

A last bit of inspiration comes from a new hobby with which I’m completely smitten: knitting. That people figured out a way to weave a string with two sticks so that it becomes clothing just sets my imagination on fire. Until you cast off, the entire work can unravel and yet, once you pull that last loop through it stays fast. How fantastic! Then there is the whole business before knitting that goes into making the yarn…I’ll spare you that rabbit trail for now. Sheep and spindles and stitches will undoubtedly make their way into the blocks.

Knit Love

Where are you finding inspiration? Join the conversation on Twitter (@hardprsdstudio)!

Stay Awesome!