I've been dragging my feet on these (remember when I posted last fall about it being "almost ready"? hahahaha). Now that they're stacked up in their neat little finished piles it's the BEST feeling and they're ready to make their way out into the world.
As Always, a collection of small collages and medium sized thoughts. Full color, 4.25 x 5.5" 20 pages. Available on Etsy, $7 plus shipping.
Every once in a while I toy around with the idea of putting collages up for sale... I always come to the eventual decision that it's not the right idea, for me, right now. But this zine is kind of like getting 16 tiny prints of my collages, in a convenient book form.
Cinnamon Toast, a perzine // number one! Black and white, 4.25 x 3.75", 16 pages. Available on Etsy, $2 plus shipping
This one is just a teensy-cute little sweetheart. Some collages and lists and personal thoughts for the winter. It's like getting a tangible blogpost in your mailbox. I really hope to make this into a quarterly publication for me.
OH ALSO! I'm doing a little giveaway today on my instagram (@katielicht). No need to tell a friend, post it on your facebook, or sell me your firstborn... just leave a comment and you're in the running. Open internationally too; three cheers for making stuff that's not crazy expensive to ship! Hip hip hooray!
I forced myself out of a rut this weekend and finished this collage book. I'm still feeling a bit ambivalent about my art-making at the moment, so I don't have a lot of commentary here.
I recently purged the entire contents of my art closet, threw out/recycled bags and bags of paper, moved boxes of bits and pieces to the attic... and now I'm left with a small box of papers and a few bins for my Etsy stuff and the most basic of supplies (scissors, glue sticks, a few stamps, pens and pencils.) It makes our house feel lighter, something I'm always pushing towards. I think the lack of choices will help force my collages in a new direction. I think constraints are always good for creativity.
Six years ago I was waiting for a baby and making some collages. January 17 was David's due date, and I still think about it as an anniversary of sorts.
I'm so happy I have these journal pages to look back on. I haven't had much drive lately to make work like this. I don't try to push myself, because forced work seems to lack a certain spark to me.
So yes. My son is almost 6. I've been a stay at home mom for almost 4 years. I feel like I'm at a turning point in my life but not sure where it's turning to. Maybe it's time to make some new collages and figure it out.
L is for launch! The letters are IN THE SHOP.
So many things to say! I thought I'd do a little FAQ about the letters (and yes, these are the frequently asked questions of friends, relatives, and shoppers who have seen the letters at a few craft shows.)
Q. Did you draw all these?
A. Yes. And it was really fun.
Q. Where are I, Q, U, V, W, X, Y and Z?
A. They are in progress. I and W will be finished soon. If you are dying to see any of the rest, send me a request (via comment here or email email@example.com) and I'll move it to the top of the list.
Q. Does everything in the picture start with the letter?
A. Actually, no. Most of them are about 90%, but the rest of the little doodles are my personal standbys: suns, flowers, little bugs and birds, some angels, weird jellyfish-type creatures, etc. There is also a narwhal in every single letter, it is kind of my signature.
Each order will come with a list of all the items in the drawing that start with the letter. It's a fun interactive project for kids to look through and try to find them all.
Q. How much are they?
Q. Do you have any other sizes?
A. Unfortunately, not right now. If there's enough demand I might look into offering a slightly larger version, but for now, all prints are 8x10.
All orders placed over the weekend will be sent out on Monday, December 1.
I am incredibly happy to finally be launching this product. Here's the thing: at some point I'd like to do some better photography and styling for my product shots, and offer a few more variations on this theme, but for now, I needed to JUST DO IT. So this is it! It's here, mostly ready, let's do this thing.
More pages, more patterns, more silly faced paint daubs.
So here's the thing. It turned crazy cold this week, and one or all of our family members has been sick for more than a week now. All non-essential activites have been put on hold, and if David didn't have school there are days we wouldn't even leave the house. While I'd love to have a little more energy every day, my inner lazy person is really loving this slowed-down pace for now.
I'm still really enjoying this little collage book. Painting and cutting, gluing and cutting, painting and taping. Giving myself permission to just play and be kind of weird. Which is sort of my parenting philosophy, too, come to think of it.
Always drawing faces on things. My son has been drawing A TON lately (which is basically my mothering dream come true) and it's interesting now how he observes my own work. "Mommy, you always have eyes and a mouth on your drawings."
Yes, it's true.
There are some Ashley Goldberg papers on this page. Try as I might, I still have trouble using an entire page of printed paper. Everything in my world gets cut up and repurposed. If I have a "style", I guess that's it.
Things have slowed down a bit in my life and now that it's the season of spending dark hours indoors, I'm looking forward to filling up this book and just relaxing into wherever it takes me.
well hello there! I have some pages to share today, but let's start with a few other bits of news.
1. I updated by "about" page, or rather, I actually made an about page. It's here, or you can click on my little speech bubble profile picture over to the left. I never really know what to write, but I do know that I personally ALWAYS read profile pages whenever I discover a new blog, so it was kinda silly to not have my own.
2. EXCITEMENT!! And other words with exclamation points!! I am over the moon to be a contributor to Ashley Goldberg's new class from Studio Calico, called paint.plan.play. It's gonna be super fun, I can already tell. The class doesn't start until November 1 so you still have plenty of time to check it out.
3. I'm somewhere between "busy beaver" and "chicken with it's head cut off" on the scale of anthropomorphized levels of activity around here. I'm working to get materials ready for a holiday show in November, volunteering for our local PTA, organizing a bridal shower, AND still trying to finish up a new zine for my etsy shop. The sheer quantity of STUFF i have to do/make/go to for all these things really hit me this week. My normal lifestyle is more sloth/manatee than beaver/beheaded chicken, so I'm just trying to keep it all in order without freaking out and/or neglecting my family and personal hygiene. Wish me luck.
Now onto the art! Which I made to keep my mind off all that other stuff!
I'm pretty stoked on this new sketchbook I bought from Kinokuniya, the amazing Japanese book/stationery store my friend Robyn and I went to last weekend. It has everything I look for in a sketchbook: smallish, unique page size, high quality paper, and spiral binding. I did a quick search and it looks like my size (about 5.5" x 7.5") isn't available online, but different sizes are here (good ol' Amazon.)
It feels good to just make things without any kind of real necessity. Just for fun, just for me (and I guess, you know, YOU, reading this...). In some ways they remind me of the work I did years ago when I first started to make mixed media journals. I think getting back to your roots is always a good thing, right?
I'm sooo close to being done with my new zine. It's turning out so differently than I initially envisioned, but I should have expected that, as my projects usually tend to take a pretty circuitous route.
The tentative title is: "as always.: a collection of small collages and medium-sized thoughts"
My process with all my zines so far has been to make a big pile of individual pages (4.5" x 5.25", one quarter of an 8.5" x 11"), and afterwards put them in an order that makes sense. This is a fun part for me, because the story and pacing of the project really come out in this phase.
This will also be my first full-color zine. The price will be a bit higher, but after I finished making all these collages I realized printing them in black and white just wouldn't do them justice.
I'm shooting to update my etsy shop this coming Wednesday, October 15, with this new one, and a reprint of my Collage & Art Journal Ideas zine. I'll update my twitter and instagram (@katielicht for both) when they're ready.
[If you're curious about how it all comes together and how you can make your own zine, I created a PDF of my 20 -page zine pagination, and you can download it here. ]
I've showed bits of my letter project on Instagram from time to time. It's getting soooo close to being done & I've gained a lot of momentum, especially now that I do have a little more child-free time when Davids at Kindergarten and Norah's in preschool a few mornings a week.
One of the best parts of this is that I've discovered so many awesome new animals. That weird looking bird up there is a Hornbill. Isn't it amazing? The things you discover when your google search history is filled with queries such as "animals that start with h"!
At my current rate of about 2-3 letters per week, I'll have prints ready by the end of October. I know I've said it before, but, I'm REALLY excited about this project.