The cards are done! The cards are done!

The project that has been my focus for the better part of a year is finally complete, and it is ready to be revealed at PRESS: Letterpress as a Public Art Project in North Adams, MA as part of the Markings exhibition, featuring work by the artists who work and volunteer at the hybrid gallery & teaching space. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 6-8PM. The show will be on display until Sunday, October 27. Each of the nine postcards are available for sale at PRESS, individually or as a set.

postcard series
Reduction cut linoleum print
with 12 pt. Centaur & Arrighi
on French Paper
$5 each
$35 for set

Series includes:
T. Rex
Western Black Rhinoceros
Pinta Island Tortoise
Dodo Bird
Xerces Blue Butterfly
Baiji River Dolphin
Golden Toad
Wooly Mammoth

What began as a series of embroidered patches featuring endangered animals developed into a more functional object upon learning of the death of Lonesome George (the last remaining giant tortoise in his subspecies) in the summer of 2012. Missing depicts a group of nine extinct animals who have all been lost from prehistoric times to present day. My intentions are to raise awareness toward the range of creatures disappearing from our planet as each card moves from sender to receiver, and through each person in between. Some of the creatures, like the dinosaur and mammoth, are not at all surprising while the dolphin and tortoise may come as a surprise to many. Each hand that a card passes through has the ability to influence, either positively or negatively, the creatures that all too often go missing. 

The cards were printed at PRESS in North Adams, and at The Goosefish Press in Boston, Massachusetts. A huge, ginormous thanks goes out to Melanie and Rob for granting me the privilege of printing on their beautiful machines: a Vandercook Universal III and a Chandler & Price jobber.

we could all use some of this today. Boston Strong.
I took this photograph on Thursday evening, on my way home, outside of the Boston Garden. 

we could all use some of this today. Boston Strong.

I took this photograph on Thursday evening, on my way home, outside of the Boston Garden. 

For my cousin’s upcoming wedding, she wanted to put a twist on the traditional guest book and have something that would be enjoyed more often. Let’s face it - how many of you married folk out there look through your guest books? That one time after your wedding, am I right?

I designed for her and her fiance this puzzle in the shape of an oak tree. It totals 108 pieces with a few extra hearts in the trunk so they can choose their favorite. They prepared the wood, a great piece of 1/8” baltic birch plywood, by staining the front and painting the reverse black so no one would mistakenly sign the wrong side of a piece. Then I brought the wood to a laser cutting/etching studio called Danger!Awesome in Cambridge, gave them my files, and voila! After a few minutes under the laser the puzzle was cut. It was separated onto two pieces of wood - the laser bed fit 18” x 24”, and the puzzle measures approximately 33” x 26”.

Personalized, local, and much more economical than those crazy, wedding puzzle-makers on Etsy. 

Happy (almost!) Wedding, Brenna & Randy! <3

This past Christmas I quilted of stocking. I was lucky enough to make it to Candlelite Quilts before the shop closed at the end of 2012 for this wondrous fabric and a pattern to fit exactly what I was imagining. The fabric had the perfect vintage look to it, down to the baubles and the soft colors. I cut, pieced, quilted and embroidered it. Look! One of the corners line up almost perfectly! For the name, I found a sampler alphabet online and transfered the letters. aww, so cute. Maybe next year I’ll finish that tree skirt I started last year…

Candlelite Quilts is where I took quilting lessons while my senior thesis, storyquilting, was in the works. The store front has now closed <tear> so while there is no longer floor to ceiling room-after-room of gorgeous fabric to ponder over, Cathy is still teaching classes and selling patterns. If you’re in the eastern Massachusetts area and have even the tiniest interest in learning how to quilt, you should learn. Quilting is amazing, and Cathy is the nicest person to learn from. 

The months of November and December [wait, it’s already February?] were spent working on so many projects. Seriously, so many.  The end of November meant it was time to start thinking about the holidays. I whipped up this embroidery for my company’s holiday card. Actually, it is more accurate to say that I slowly stirred it up over the course of a few days because I decided to turn it into a stop-motion greeting for those who would not be receiving a physical card. And, it did make it to our customers in time for the holiday season - I’ve just been too busy to update.  

You check out this book I made (and purchase a copy!) at Night in the Box, a MassArt Graduate Auction, Thursday, November 15 from 7-10pm. The auction will be a pop-up gallery featured at 240 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.

I am for an art.
Words by Claes Oldenburg, 1961. 
Visual interpretation by Hayley Parker, 2011-2012.

/ edition number 3 
/ hand set and letterpress printed on Rives BKF through a Vandercook
/ machine- and hand-bound artist book with a vinyl cover

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago, 2012.

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago, 2012.

project: embroidered endangered animals series
part four: Cuban Parrot
part five: African Elephant 

These are the last two animals I had planned for the set of endangered embroideries. I’m thrilled with how the feathers of the parrot turned out. The span of the series reaches the oceans, skies, jungles and grasslands. It highlights animals that aren’t immediately recognized by most as endangered, and those who have so blatantly diminished. Save the whales (and everything else), folks.

DIY Book of the Week, week 3: Wire-Hinge Tetrahedron

This week the group, based out of PRESS, worked on a book with a wire-hinge binding technique that allows the panels to fold both back and forth, lay flat, and fold into a tetrahedron. The design, developed by book artist Daniel Kelm, includes a wire that is held against the book board when wrapping it, and one panel is attached to another by a figure-8 stitch around the wires.

DIY Sketchbook: The book that started Book of the Week Club.
Upcycled cardboard and paper, with book tape and waxed thread.

A day meant for cleaning the shop turning into a day of bookmaking and no cleaning, with this sketchbook as the result. The signatures are sewn directly into the spine of the book, showcasing the stitches on the outside. Colored book tape was used to hold the skeleton of the book together rather then a whole sheet of book cloth. Gotta show off that cardboard.