Friday, October 29, 2010
This is the real inspiration for my stamp shop and something I wish to remind myself of whenever I'm at a loss for what I'm doing or why...
This shop is truly an ode to my grandmother Irma. She came from a family of Hungarian immigrants and married my grandfather who was part of a long lineage of a New England farming family. On this farm, a magical place that was the playground of my youth, she raised three daughters, canned and froze their harvest, tended to bountiful flower gardens, and in the meantime painted in her later years. She was a phenomenal painter. Not just in her still lives and landscapes, but also in her folk art applications to plates and pitchers, let alone her embroidered designs on linens. As a child, I was so enamored by her books about Hungarian folk art - they were bold, beautiful, floral designs that sang to me in a vivid color palette. This influence - the folk art of my heritage, the appreciation of gardening and art all contributed to making this shop what it is. I hope that her legacy of pure grace and simple beauty will live on through my creations in her honor.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Clear acrylic mounts are a great tool to compliment my unmounted floral rubber stamps. With a little double sided tape, you can adhere stamps temporarily to the mount in a set pattern to be repeated as a border or intricate pattern. The best part is that you can use and re-use the mount as much as you want. It allows for more storage space for new stamps rather than bulky mounts. Another asset of acrylic mounts is the ability to see where you are stamping.
How do you like to use rubber stamps?