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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

12.08.2011

Hanukkah: Letterpress Options


Nine candles are represented in a design from Ohio-based Oddball Press that is reminiscent of old cut paper silhouettes. These cards are offered in black and ochre on a warm grey stock.

This interpretation, available from Just a Jar over at Etsy, is all about light. The abstract pattern conveys myriad flickering points and was printed from a two-color woodcut.  Happy Hanukkah, in lowercase, was printed from hand-set lead type with heavy embossment. Based in the U.S., Just a Jar creates all of their wares using a hand-cranked printing press.


L.A.-based Flora and Fauna's cleaned-lined option began with her original hand-drawn illustration. The cards are hand-printed on an antique Vandercook press using shades of cobalt blue and yellow.

BTW, the Bard Graduate Center's fall exhibition, American Christmas Cards 1900-1960, remains on view for just a few more weeks -- through December 31 in the Focus Gallery. And in Atlanta we have an internationally respected paper-related resource: The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech. Click here to learn about workshops.

2 comments:

Ivy Lane said...

The first one is my fave...

Happy Happy to you and yours!

Tokyo Jinja said...

Feel like I forced your hand on this one! :-)