So, what did I like as a kid? I loved playing post office and collecting labels and stamps. These things have manifested themselves into my first medium of collage (and you can find much of my collage work on my other blog, Ephemeraology!). I also loved to do cross-stitch patterns, and spent hours with my Fashion Plates toy (which I recently bought again on Ebay). As a matter of fact, I was embroidering up until I discovered knitting, in 1999 (which turned into collage, in 2006). I recently returned to embroidery for a project called The Exquisite Uterus Project, which highlights women's reproductive rights. You can see my entry here.
I was further inspired by "Stitch", an exhibit that was recently held at our two-year state school, UW-Fond du Lac. All of the artists were from my alma mater, UW-Green Bay! As I saw all of their beautiful work, I began to wonder....
What would happen if I took my vintage letterpress plates and put them through my press - with fabric?
My fab friend Amy Jarvis had given me two vintage plates of very fancy ladies in furs - a PERFECT beginning. This one in particular struck my fancy.
I attached it to a wood block to raise it to type height, mixed a creamy brown ink, and placed some linen atop the plate. Now, the moment of truth - would my backpack press work?
SUCCESS!!!! I am SO excited to begin embroidering/embellishing this image today! I will post photos when it's done!
Oh my gosh - the possibilities with this press and my blocks!! I can't wait to experiment further! :D
P.S. Remember when I mentioned my Fashion Plates toy in the second paragraph? Well, I got to thinking - how would the texture side of the plates hold up under pressure? I affixed one to a wood block, and PRESTO!!
So - what ELSE can I use? :D