I enjoyed running my press again for the first time in several months. I had a commission to print -- an edition of prints for Dixon Gallery and Gardens, but I can't show those yet until they unveil them. It was only 140 or so, and I still had energy and ink, so I decided to get a jump on Christmas presents and run some stationery as well. I always enjoy having something nice to use, and I had a bunch of paper that was a bit too light for postcards, and stationery is the perfect use. These are all solo letters I've either been given or picked up at a huge, marvelous flea market in Paris. I adore the "k" and wish I had a full font of that, but antique dealers routinely break up sets and sell off individual letters. I don't often reward that behavior, but I have occasionally picked up one or two letters. I've also gotten some nice wooden decorations to use with my posters.
I used my iPad (new to me this summer, since I was doing so much work on the road) to record my press in action. It was fun to get a little video. It's a beauty when it's moving, so silently and gracefully.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
Get occasional studio email updates.