Screen Printing Workshop with Lotta

It took me awhile to get this post up. I had grand plans to create some gifts from the items I made during this workshop, but I never got around to it. Then COVID-19 hit and I’m just trying to adjust. Looking over these photos makes me so thankful for the opportunity to travel, meet new people, try and try new things. Being at home for almost two months, I really do miss them. Hopefully we will get back to normal soon. :)

Last Fall I was on the east coast on a work trip and Lotta happened to have a screen printing workshop in Brooklyn the weekend after my trip. I took advantage of my location and took a quick trip to participate in this awesome workshop.

My mindset going into this workshop was one of more LEARNING and PRACTICING. Trying not to think too much and get in my head. Creating in that space was much more freeing and allowed me to be more creative. Not only was the workshop awesome, I was able to reconnect with a friend from the Aland Retreat earlier this year.

We were able to take materials home with us, including the screen and squeegee. I have gathered up some other supplies to make my own tabletop press (like the one we used in the workshop) so I can keep practicing!

Stay tuned for seeing what I do with the prints from this workshop! But in the meantime, check out more of her workshops on Instagram via #lottasworkshops.

Letterpress with Grapheme and Field Trip Society

Another awesome Field Trip Society class under my belt. :)

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, surrounded by beautiful handcrafted letterpress goods, type drawers, and creativity. I needed this time to get my hands moving on something other than a keyboard. Field Trip Society puts together awesome events, and I am more and more impressed each time I take a class. If you haven’t tried one of their classes you should.

This class we were doing Valentine’s Day Letterpress Cards at Grapheme in Seattle. The shop is so lovely, and the products are absolutely beautiful. If you’re in the area and in need of some cards, stop by!

 

We did two projects, the first was a blind emboss of a heart on one press. We were given the choice to either leave the cards a-la-natural, or do some watercolor on top. They had some examples of potential patterns to paint as inspiration.

 

Our second project was choosing a small phrase to typeset, and/or choose some pre-existing valentines illustrations to go with it. Typesetting is more challenging than it sounds, and it makes you REALLY appreciate how newspapers were entirely set with this type back in the day. I can’t even imagine.

 

To finish off the cards, we were given different colored envelopes to choose from, stickers as accents, or even trace and cut some envelope flap inserts. No details overlooked during this workshop! This is what I love about Field Trip Society’s classes. :)

The finished product…yes, it’s a design pun. :) Hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Lotta’s Creative Workshop & Nature Retreat 2019

This summer I had the chance to go to Lotta Jansdotter‘s creative workshop in the Åland Islands in Scandinavia. Last summer my friend went on the retreat, and had nothing but amazing things to say about it…so this year I signed up. And boy she was right…it was amazing! A once in a lifetime opportunity. Here is a little glimpse into my trip. :)

 

THE ISLAND

The workshop was located on the private island of Silverskär, and it is one of over 6,000 islands that make up the Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland. The island was absolutely beautiful, and the hosts of the resort were absolutely lovely. We stayed in the cabins on the island, gathered in the large barn for the workshop, and ate each day at the dining hall. We had some downtime to explore the island, relax in the sauna and hot tub, as well as get an actual Swedish massage!

 

THE WORKSHOP

I was in my happy place…making things and being creative ALL DAY LONG. It was amazing. :) We spent our mornings and afternoons in the barn learning and practicing printing methods. We started out with potato prints (flashback to elementary school), then to lino block printing, and then finally stenciling.

The amount of creativity that was in one room was astounding. I was so impressed and blown away by everyone’s unique designs. I was in awe of the different styles and patterns they created, and learned that I need to stretch myself to get out of my comfort zone.

 

FOOD & FIKA

First off the food on the island was AMAZING. Here is a glimpse of a few of the dishes we had, as well as my introduction to Fika. What is Fika you ask? It’s a Swedish custom to break from your daily activity to drink coffee, eat cakes or other light snacks, and relax with others.

 

 

THE FRIENDS

Most importantly, I met some beautiful and talented women that I hope to keep in touch with for the long haul. Their creativity inspired me and I hope that we can meet up again in the future. Skål!