Archive for November, 2007

Luba – Out on a Limb

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007


I’m so excited about the beautiful frame that arrived today for my little Luba painting. I did this painting quite some time ago, and just couldn’t decide on the right way to present it. Finally, I found the perfect frame and now Luba is ready for a new home.

1-2-3 More Fabric Books

Sunday, November 18th, 2007


Three more fabric books are ready for a new home! I did hesitate to give up #3 though, as I have a soft spot for typography. All of these covers are reclaimed from fabrics destined for who-knows-what or where. The first is from a damaged vintage tablecloth, the second from an old curtain, the third from a discarded mail bag. Although I have the raw materials for making a series of eight books this size, I want each one to be distinctly different. The first book is quilted and pillowy, the second has a special pocket that runs the length of the cover, and the third is unique because of the printing on the plastic canvas.


Thursday, November 15th, 2007




After moving, unpacking, arranging, etc. the studio is finally ready to be unveiled! I share a studio space with my husband, Ben Schlitter, although most of the time I am the one who has my stuff all over the place. Between the two of us we use this space to design, paint, draw, illustrate, photograph, screen print, bind books, sew, make various things out of paper, pack up our Etsy orders, you name it. This is the perfect place for a couple of art nerds to hang out.

One of my favorite things in the room is the red table (click on the top image to see a larger view), which was originally found by Ben, brown and ugly. A fresh coat of red paint spiced it up. This is the spot that I’m constantly trying to keep clean, but as you can see, no matter how hard I try, it always ends up covered with stuff! I am also quite fond of the small poster section in the corner, which includes beauties from Hatch Show Print and Gardner Design. Let’s not forget the “shelf of goodies” above the computer. A selection of goodies near a Mac is a necessity for every graphic designer. Some of these include: packaging for a real Russian robot and mini parking garage, little wire bicycles from Thailand, a few wind up toys and bobblehead creatures, and the obligatory rubber chicken.

Sifting Through the Recycle Bin

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007


Here I am again, pulling things from the recycle bin! I couldn’t resist these materials, though. The brown book, which I named Ecopak, is created from a paper tray used to hold produce from the grocery store. My favorite part is how the pages are cut different sizes to fit inside. The blue book is made from an interesting piece of packaging foam, enhanced with an illustration of an oil rig. Fitting, since that’s where this foam’s life began.

Ecopak sold already, but the oil rig book and another book similar to it are still available through Etsy.

Original Drawings by Studiobenben

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007


Ben Schlitter is posting new drawings daily, all of which are whimsical and straight out of his imagination. Although I love them all, his most recent post caught my eye. The names are cool too. This one is called Egnaro.

Fabric Books

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007


Finally! After months, and even years of creating a stash of fun and unique fabric scraps, I am putting them to use. In the works is a small series of books made from this very pile of textiles. Here are the first two, made from vintage drapery samples discovered this past summer in a 2nd hand store. More to come!