Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Prints

Monday Prints : Kitchen Craft

Over the past year, I've been creating a line of hand-printed, hand-sewn fiber goods. Kitchen Craft, I've been calling it.

In this line I'm taking my printmaking "off the wall" and merging it with my (admittedly nostalgic) love of kitchen linens.

I aim to make our daily objects a little more beautiful by creating them with an artful, aesthetic experience in mind. I want to bring that aesthetic experience to our home tasks.

The imagery is sometimes inspired by food life: morel mushrooms, the wishbone plucked from the chicken for luck, tractors that bring in the harvest, a gathering of apples about to be made into sauce.

Other times it's birds, nests, old-fashioned cameos, botanicals.

Each piece is made by hand: hand chosen fabrics (some new, often repurposed), hand cut, hand printed, hand sewn. The line includes potholders, table runners, table toppers, tea towels, placemats, and napkins.

Bring art into the everyday.

You can find the line for sale at Absolutely Art in Madison, WI (Atwood), at craft fairs, and occasionally my online Etsy shop.

Please contact me at MondayPrints @ for a retail or wholesale price list.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Super G Carpentry

I *LOVE* taking portfolio pictures for others' creative business endeavors.

I love getting right up close to what people are passionate about.

What they put their time, energy, and intention into.

The things people craft out of their loves, obsessions, interests, needs.

The things people build with their own hands.

Here are images from a new project: Super G Carpentry, a.k.a. Dan Ganch, a fine furniture maker based in Mt. Horeb, WI.

He has a website in the works. You can see the full set of images of his family, his workshop, and his work here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Documenting the Procession

My friend Jet and I are working on a small documentary about the awesome Madison PROCESSION OF THE SPECIES. The community art project is fueled by many, but is directed and inspired by a woman-of-boundless-creative-energy, Laurie Rossbach.

The procession is a parade/party/performance art piece that is held twice annually to celebrate the solstices, bring art to the local community, voice left-leaning politics, and bring attention to environmental concerns.

Right now Jet and I are attending the workshops in which the giant puppets, mask-making, and brainstorming takes place. The workshops are open to the public and happen each Saturday and Wednesday leading up to the event.

A slideshow of my images from the workshops can be found here.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

A little gulp in a period of dormancy

A few recent illustrations.

The one above was commissioned for Good Eater, the latest in the Greetings From Motherland shows.
Good Eater is still up, by the way, at the Eagle Heights Community Garden in Madison, WI. The site specific installation will stay up from July 31st to August 20th (2010).
It's the perfect place to take a picnic- witness the gardens in full bloom, roam under the arbor strung with food narratives. There are plates suspended in the air, a hand stitched and hand printed photographic table cloth swaying in the breeze. It's rather lovely; go on a sun soaked day.

This bookplate was drawn for a friend's book swap gathering. It was fun to draw (and fun to attend!)

Otherwise the summer has been somewhat quiet. A stall. Broken foot for me, while the new walker finds his way. Waiting.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Greetings From Motherland

The time has come to talk about Greetings From Motherland, an art project that I've been involved with for the past few months.

GFM is the conceptual/project baby of Mindy Stricke, an artist from Toronto who is visiting Our-Fair-Madison for a year. She's a community artist, pulling people together to make participatory, interactive art about collective experience. This project is about womans transition into motherhood. In her own words:

"After I gave birth to my daughter... I felt as if I had landed in a foreign country that I had only seen in glossy brochures. Publicly, I was expected to navigate ‘Motherland’ with ease and allowed to express only joy, while privately my acclimation was sometimes overwhelming and an artist, I came across few unsentimental representations of this new landscape. It seemed that by the time women have the energy to make honest art about the full range of experiences of new motherhood, they’ve blocked a lot of it out."

And so in the thick of this early motherhood period, we meet. We gather as artists, as mamas, as women. Each Monday we get together to brainstorm, create, and commiserate. To unwell portions of this rich and, um, very textured experience. Not only do we make things together, but meeting shoves a little fuel into our personal fires; so sometimes we even manage to create things on our own again, at home, amidst the takeover of babyhood.

We are having a show of our outcomes on May 23rd, at the Goodman Community Center in Madison. I hope you'll mark your calendars; come celebrate with us.

I'll leave you with a few pictures I'm working on for the show...

Monday, February 15, 2010


A Rambling Path Cookbook
Recipes, Odes, and Musings: Food Throughout the Year

Well, the cookbook we've been working on did get finished. And actually, it was a lot of fun. 

Lyss kept poking my side to get moving on this project, and in the end we had a mad dash to the printing deadline. Lyss blocked off a long stretch of time (without the boys), A. took charge of our boy, we set up dueling computers, and the layout and final illustrations got pounded out. 
It was nice to work on something intensely for a while, and good to finally see a finished project, what with all these half finished ones cluttering my house.

We have it for sale (at cost, for now) here. You can also see a full preview here. 

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Journey through a year of food with two friends who share their stories, musings, and recipes. Focus on local food and reclaim time-honored home culinary traditions!