Sunday, August 22, 2010

2011 Forgotten Saints Calendar

As I see, it has been a great while since I posted anything! Starting a world cruise does tend to monopolize time... the 2010 design was not complete until rounding the Baja coast to snatch a photo of the enormous cross, so it is officially the 2011 design. As I told my jealous friend Maia while printing the calendar super early in June--I am always 6 months behind, so it just looks like I am early!

The now 2011 calendar design was inspired by hearing that Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, was "no longer a Catholic saint". I thought that this was bizarre, a widely revered saint is no longer a saint?

Intrigued by this, I did some research, then realized that due to a lack of historical data, quite a few saints were removed from the Roman Catholic General Calendar in the 60's (many are still celebrated on local calendars). I've chosen the ones that seemed most interesting and as well known as I can determine from an outsider's view.

My desire in exploring this calendar design was to recognize, not only Catholic saints, but as a nod to all those who do good deeds and their memory fades away--here is toast to them!

To read more about the calendar, visit here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

calendars for 2009

I love hidden messages and meaning in art and calendars are great mediums for experimenting with type and forms!

New for 2009 is a perpetual calendar for birthdays, anniversaries and such! I've been thinking on this one for awhile--I wanted to make it fun, engaging and purposeful all in one. I stumbled on the idea of using the celestial map for background image and then came across Asa Smith's lovely book with illustrations from the 1850 constellation maps and I'm very happy with the results!

I've also reprinted 2009 editions of my favs, luna and poseidon...

Unlike desktop printing, where you can do a quick change and reprint, when printing letterpress, the elements can effect your final outcome and it is not easy to just "reprint". With the lessons learned on the first runs, luna got an upgrade to a more intense moon image background and poseidon is printed in deeper versions of the same colors.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

bookworks 2008

The past few months I've been kept busy with some great projects, like the logo, signage, labels and catalog for bookworks 2008
as well as my own artists' book nothing which has developed over the past 2 1/2 years to what you can see (part of) here!

photo by kate godfrey

You can see more photos of the exhibit at greenchair press