There’s something almost therapeutic in the sewing of aprons. I upcycle my color proofing towels into funky one-of-a-kind handles that simply make me smile as I sew them (all those color combinations)…! They take a while to sew but I hope to have enough on hand for this weekend’s show at Vintage & Made Fair www.vintageandmadefair.com for more info.
The Dubuque towel is available via my Etsy Shop and Outside the Lines Art Galleries at 1101 Main St in Dubuque, Iowa. (They just moved from 409 Bluff Street) This gallery is full of beautiful art and gift items.
This Galena towel is available via my Etsy Shop and Outside the Lines Art Galleries at 101 South Main in Galena, Illinois. This gallery space is also full of amazing work and friendly customer service just like their Dubuque, Iowa gallery….!
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And last, but not least… the Quad Cities where we stopped by CraftedQC—such a beautiful and vibrant space full of amazing goods.
This QC towel is available at CraftedQC as well as via my Etsy Shop.
Here’s a little secret: see that fine bassist in the upper right corner of the QC towel? That’s my very talented nephew, David Ostrem. Yes, I like to tuck friends and family into mydesigns when I can!
“How do illustrators get their ideas down on paper? Do the ideas just fall from the sky? Do you just start drawing and end up with a finished product?”
These are some of the questions I get asked about my work process so I thought I’d show some examples of my Work In Progress (WIP) for a project.
I was asked by my wonderful stockists in the Quad Cities, Dubuque and Galena if I’d consider creating towels for each of their areas. I agreed and set out to research their cities to find the top spots to investigate. I traveled to their cities and spent a day shooting reference photos of the spots I thought were the most visually arresting. Then I headed home and started drawing rough “thumbnail” sketches of my overall design. After I had a clearer idea of the spots I wanted to illustrate, I started creating another set of thumbnail sketches for each spot in my overall design.
Once that was done I drew each square and put together the entire design. I created a positive (ink on a clear acetate), coated my silkscreen mesh with photo emulsion, exposed it to light and created a screen. Then I printed the towels with a rich navy blue food-grade ink on my super duper commercial grade flour sack towels. I guess you can tell by now that illustrating and coming up with ideas takes time, years of practice and persistence. Nothing magical about it. It’s joyful work, that’s for sure. But it’s honest work that keeps me happy doing it and looking forward to each new day and the next project around the corner.
Next up: the finished designs!
Hi there! Long time no post! I’m printing up a storm to get ready for my next pop-up shop
at Vintage and Made Fair in Urbandale (Des Moines) Iowa on October 7-8th. Here’s a fun design I just posted via my Etsy Shop.
After my sweetie and I print my kitchen towels, I cure them (drying process) and fold/package them. I know many kitchen towels are sold with a string tied around them but I like to take the extra step of packaging my towels. My customers and stockists tell me they appreciate my tidy packaging—perfect for tucking into a gift bag or envelope to send to a friend. So it’s worth the extra work if it makes y’all happy! ❤😊☉🖑 #caturday #wirefoxterrier
Hope to see you there!
The last few weeks have been full of restocking and adding in my new pups like this sweet #pitbull to my etsy shop and to my stockists like Mohair Pear on the Hill in Cedar Falls. Lots of built-in exercise with my job printing, curing towels, packing towels, carting said towels up and down stairs…😉 Which is good because my “odometer” turns over later this month (birthday). I also think every hands-on printmaker should have their own physical therapist on speed dial. I couldn’t keep up this pace without their guidance…truly!
A shout-out to my great customers in the Northfield, MN area: swag – fine & funky art is fully restocked with my 2017 designs—including these new pups: #germanshepherd #bassethound #pitbull Thanks Swag! <3 (Corrected phone number from initial post. Please use this store number… thanks!)