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Late, but making good on a 2009 craft fulfillment challenge

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I am finally addressing secondary to-do lists (primary to-do lists being such things as, Purge Closet and Sell at Crossroads Trading Co. or Donate to Goodwill, Return Straus Family Creamery Glass Milk Bottles to the market for Deposit Refund, etc.).  Check this year-old self-imposed deadline out:

fbpayitfwdWhoops!  Was that one year ago?  I had several ideas in mind on what I would make for Rosie, Thy, Phayvanh, Tamiko and Christina in this pay-it-forward craft challenge, had ideas in mind, several false starts, a bold email to them in August that something in the mail was forthcoming (*blush*) and then radio silence.  So hard to motivate even when it’s going to be something that might be fun.

Well, a week or two shy of the year anniversary of the Facebook note, I did manage to put something together, add postage and send something handmade to the gals.

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This is a linocut illustration of a Ball glass mason jar laminated and mounted onto a magnet, suitable for your fridge or workspace.

I decided to take small prints of a tiny linoleum cut of a Ball mason jar and turn them into refrigerator magnets.

How this item was made:

This is an original small edition linocut I carved from a San Francisco Center for the Book “tiny linos” workshop I took a few months ago, taught by artist Marsha Shaw.  What was neat was that, instead of printing press/proof press equipment (very large and industrial) that is usually used to make linocut editions, the “printing press” was actually a modified manual credit card imprinter!  (Check out SFCB’s website: the class is being offered again on May 1.)

20100314crafts 008I cropped the image and applied a magnet backing to the print.  The magnet was made with a small Xyron brand sticker/magnet/laminating manually-operated machine that is widely available at craft and scrapbooking stores, Amazon, eBay, etc.  The price has really gone down ($25-55) since I first bought mine 10 or so years ago!

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Craft to-do: Done!  And, hey, I’m blogging again too!  Do you procrastinate in your creative life?  Or, are crafts or hobbies an exercise in procrastination over other necessary tasks?

Lucky Cat + Linocut = Linocat

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daisoluckycatsWelcome to Linocat, a blog of minor poetry and crafts considerations and an archive of poems and made things of Debbie Yee.

cats and linocuts 058I was inspired to spruce up a previous blog and name it after a linocut print of a contemporary Japanese Lucky Cat illustration I created at a printmaking workshop I took with Billy at 3 Fish Studios in Dogpatch, San Francisco this summer.  The proprietors of 3 Fish Studios, are Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer.  They are a husband-wife artist duo with day jobs. They were so warm and welcoming, each with his and her own artistic style and preferred medium, that Billy and I wanted to be copycats (with the highest regard, of course) and have fantasized about having our own studio one day where we, too, could have people come by just to make stuff.  cats and linocuts 067

cats and linocuts 073For now, seeing as how we aren’t even close to carving out a space in the garage, little projects begun and finished at the kitchen table and the other bedroom will have to do.