Stamp 1-5-15

I spent some time looking through some old graphic design books, did some sketches from them and ended up with this:

The beginning sketches

The beginning sketches

Selecting the sketch.  I chose #5

Selecting the sketch. I chose #5

Without further adieu.  The finished stamp!

Without further adieu. The finished stamp!

Stamp 1-3-15

To start out the week I found an old Magnolia leaf on the ground when I was running this morning.  I was intrigued by the tip of the leaf and the dip of the end of the stem.  Below are the sketches from the leaf with variations on both.

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I originally settled on sketch 15 but could not figure out the design for the stamp, ultimately starting over with new sketches and ending up with sketch 21 that is reminiscent of the tip of the leaf but looking at it now looks like fallopian tubes.  Weird.

Below are the different stages of the stamp as I am working on it.

The beginning...

The beginning…



I had to start over...

I had to start over…

The new design seems to be working...

The new design seems to be working…

It turned out nicely.

It turned out nicely.

Finished and labeled.

Finished and labeled.

Stamp- 1-2-15

So I have been going on regular runs this year and trying to observe small things along the run that will help me stop and slow down a bit.  Today I came across these cool memories from childhood.  I snapped a couple of pictures so I can make a stamp from them. Below is the process:

As a child, these would fall and we would call them "helicopter wings" laughing and chasing after them

As a child, these would fall and we would call them “helicopter wings” laughing and chasing after them.

1st I made some sketches...

1st I made some sketches…

Than I cut off a lump of clay...

Than I cut off a lump of clay…

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Refined the edges and removed some clay

and ended up with this

and ended up with this…

Slow Down!!

As we were kids time passed slowly at least it seemed to.  As adults all it does is speed up!  My theory on this is that as adults we have already seen it and don’t need to take the time to notice it again.  As kids it was all brand new and interesting, we would stop to smell the flowers and wonder at the grasshopper, now we have smelled that flower and know how the grasshopper moves and don’t need to do it again…..  Time passes faster and faster and never seems to slow down.  This year I am attempting to slow it down.  This year each week I am going to design a new stamp or pattern.  I will also make a special vase that is unique, just for the pattern.  At the end of each month I will have 4 new vases and 4 new patterns.  Each vase will be stamped with the week and year and the stamp(s) that have been used to create it will not be used again.

My idea is that at the end of the year I will have 52 new vases with unique patterns that will be available for purchase.  The pattern will be sold with the vase and the person who then owns the pattern can have additional pieces made with it, otherwise it will not be used again.

I am looking forward to this challenge!  No matter what a new pattern will be developed each week.  As I make the patterns I will update the blog with photos as well as the finished pieces as they are done.  I am looking forward to where this will take me in terms of form as well as stretching the boundaries of my designs.   They will be available for sale starting in January 2016!  As the year unfolds people are welcome to reserve them ahead of time.