Danni over at oh, hello friend dedicated an entire week of blogging to letterpress printers and studios. She was nice enough to do a little write up about Cleanwash Letterpress. My plan was to wait until my studio was spotless and organized to take and post photos. Then letterpress week came up, and I stopped kidding myself. Here it is, as clean as it gets…
My 1913 12×18 Chandler & Price (we were both born in Cleveland, OH):
I cannot even begin to express what a challenge this speed control was in the beginning (luckily I worked with an amazing electrician):
The perfectly colored challenge paper cutter:
Lifesaver of a platemaker:
Imposing stone/galley/ furniture cabinet (I am convinced that this is the most beautiful one ever made):
My giant work table and fabric covered corner:
No green beer for me today- but I’m okay with that. Instead I worked happily in my office… I feel extremely lucky to have found this building and my current landlords. They have given me free reign to paint walls, rip up carpet, and hang wallpaper and fabric on the walls (you’ll see what I mean when I get around to showing you my studio). These spaces truly feel like mine; I have been able to color and fill them with all of the weird things that I love (snail lamps, owls, silhouettes, bright red pigs). I would never get away with this at my apartment…
The plaid wallpaper has been sitting in the corner of my room for longer than I can remember; it is one of those things that I loved so much I didn’t want to use it. Having just seen a few minutes of the show Hoarders, I scared myself into hanging the wallpaper and then went off to pick out a green paint to match. Then came the chalkboard paint (I love chalkboard paint- it may be my only hope of staying organized.).
This office was an afterthought that I didn’t have until a few months after I moved the presses into my studio. It kept getting more and more crowded, and as soon as I realized I needed more space, this one opened up. Because I didn’t think I needed this space, no money was put aside to decorate it. Luckily, I was able to find nearly everything in the room at thrift stores (cheap and full of character- just the way I like it!) and only spent real money on paint and shelving.
Still a work in progress, but it’s mine.