abruptly transforms into this:
Now that I am back home and getting organized, I’ve finally put some things on Etsy that have been lurking around for a long time. Big Jump Friends, use the special code YesPlease to get 10% off anything in the shop before May 15th.
Figure Study Proofs:
And population prints from last year’s Kickstarter Campaign:
Sitting behind a table for days can be exhausting. I am always stuck with the age old question: How do I keep myself busy without looking obnoxious? No phones, that is obvious. No checking out and reading a book. But if I just stare at people as they come by, I risk scaring them away with the intensity of my gaze, or coming off as creepy and alarming. Not everyone wants to talk. In fact, a lot of people really don’t want to talk. (Perhaps this is even more true for the UK than the US? This is a new theory after doing Codex and BABE within a couple of months.) Sometimes, though, talking can be the difference between making a sale or not. So I always need a task that allows me to check in when necessary, but makes it easy to back off and let people look privately. Usually I bring books to sew, but I ran out of those on the first day. So I resorted to this:
sewing absolute nonsense into a piece of scrap paper. By the end of Sunday, I had gotten here:
If any of you were there and saw me working diligently on a mysterious project, rest assured it was this piece of garbage that I was so carefully attending to. I could have made it a bit further, but by the end of the afternoon I started stabbing my fingers by accident and decided to call it quits. I may take this same paper to The West Dean Design and Craft Fair, my next big sale, and see how far I can get given three more days. (I am giving a short talk while I am there, by the way. Do you want to come? Saturday, June 20th from 3-4pm. More information on that event to come.)
Despite the photo at the top of this post, which suggests that I had company behind the table, I was on my own for most of the weekend and so didn’t get the chance to do very much hunting around. I get away for a few minutes every now and then, and saw an amazing variety of books. Like this hilarious use of œ wood type ligatures from Semple Press:
(Thanks for telling me, Paperwallah! You made my day.)
I managed to limit my spending and only made one big purchase, a copy of Book Art Object 2 from David Jury’s table. On the way home to Hove I spent some time deep in the book, finding new books and old friends until it got too dark to read.
Thanks for a great weekend, BABE! Now, back to unpacking boxes and preparing to teach some letterpress this week. Over and out, blog friends!