Sunday, December 2, 2012

In the works

The past couple weeks I've been working on a long post and it still won't be ready for some time yet. It's for a new soap recipe: a tutorial on how to make hand milled vegetable based soaps. I don't want to give away too much, but my experiments this afternoon involve chai, beetroot powder, and dried hibiscus blossoms among other surprises. As I've mentioned before, I've been really busy working on my MFA thesis project, but I think I'm finally settling in to a good balance between school productivity and fun project productivity. Really, I just love making stuff; whether I'm running a press, baking bread, or making soap I'm in a pretty happy place. 

Here's a bit of what I've been up to in my real, non-blogular life. Setting metal type for letterpress printing, making handmade paper, and working on my first ever offset book art project.

I spent nearly 6 hours pulling out damaged type from this lock-up!

Below are a couple steps in Asian papermaking from hand pounded kudzu.

The offset press. What a glorious, loud, dangerous, complicated, and beautiful machine!

More typesetting and letterpress printing, my first love.

After working in the studios this weekend, I walked around my neighborhood to catch the last bits of fall in the city.

And I made a pizza. Well, two.

All in all a great weekend. Now I need to go check on that soap. . .

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