Cherie Lester

Magnolia Leaves
Magnolia Leaves

Cherie Lester is a collage artist and photographer working out of Washington, D.C. I’m just infatuated with her “Magnolia Leaves” photo — the colors are gorgeous and the forms are so beautiful you could get lost in them. Plus she manages to capture amazing detail and the atmosphere of this tiny environment.

Purchases & Productivity

Left to right: A funky vintage owl cut, wood type, vintage world cut.

Yesterday, I drove to Racine to purchase some letterpress paraphernalia I found (once again) on craigslist. Tom had a TON of stuff, all in really great condition, and I got two drawers of lead type, an assortment of large wood type (that I cannot wait to try out) and several vintage cuts (technical term for blocks with images on them). I can’t wait to get printing!

I also got a ton of printing done this weekend. I finished up all four holiday card runs that I had started (more to come on that later this week) and completed two custom orders, below. On the left, Save the Dates that the bride, a graphic designer, designed herself, which are probably the best technically correct printing I’ve put out to date–they’re lovely. And then on the right are some earring cards for Ashley Akers Jewelry.

Custom pieces
Custom pieces

Star of the East

Sterling Silver Grey Urchin Ring
Sterling Silver Grey Urchin Ring

Star of the East is a mother-daughter duo in Turkey creating quite a variety of work with local materials. My favorite pieces by Esther and Estella are their urchin rings made of found shells. They’re so intricate and perfect — absolutely beautiful. They are lucky ladies to live where they do!

My favorite again, Sterling Silver White Ring and Mini Pinkish Brown Copper Urchin Ring
Left to right: My favorite again, the Sterling Silver Grey Urchin Ring, Sterling Silver White Ring and Mini Pinkish Brown Copper Urchin Ring


"Topo in Olive"

Another Madisonian (who recently moved to MN — we won’t hold it against her) whose work I cannot get enough of is Marnie of Crafterall. I have admired her cut paper “Topo” pieces for quite some time and they just keep getting better and better. I love the way the paper seems fluid and her color selection is impeccable.

"Topo in Brown" and "Topo in Olive" again because that's my favorite
Left: "Topo in Red," Top right: "Topo in Brown" and "Topo in Olive" again, because that's my favorite.

Limited Editions

Last week, I finished printing one of my new favorite cards. Using original illustrations I drew just over a year ago, I’m creating a series of limited edition, numbered cards. This first edition is very small, just 25 cards plus one artist’s proof, shown here, a couple of which have already been claimed (the first one was claimed by my grandma before the ink was even dry!). And I’m just in love with them, so I’ll need to keep several for myself! The rest you can purchase here.

Limited Edition 'Marine' Letterpress Notecard
Limited Edition "Marine" Letterpress Notecard