Fine Print

My plan this week was to chronicle Arts & Crafts San Francisco, the city’s annual sale of all things bungalow style. But after staying up past 3 a.m. the night before (my boyfriend’s band had a late gig) we just couldn’t convince ourselves to tackle an early 2-1/2 hour trek on a crowded freeway.

I’m sorry to have missed the chance to photograph all the handcrafted furniture, the pottery, the Native American art – but I’m most bummed about missing Yoshiko Yamamoto.

Colvos Passage Sunrise

Yamamoto hand carves her Japanese-influenced arts and crafts designs into wood and linoleum blocks, then prints the images on letterpress. The results are the most simple but stunning scenes of animals, botanicals and landscapes.

Here’s Autumn Leaves, a small print I picked up at the show last year (I promise it looks much better in real life).

And the pair of circle prints I got a few Christmases ago.

From cute little mice to moody ravens, I can’t wait to add another of her nature prints to my collection.

Mice - Yamamoto

Early Spring - Yamamoto

 Or 0ne the landscapes that seem to capture California’s rolling hills, oak groves and late afternoon light effortlessly.

Evening Oak - Yamamoto

Speaking of arts and crafts-inspired prints that features my favorite places, is anyone else smitten with Ranger Doug’s line of reproduction WPA National Park posters?

 

I’m really digging the vintage colors schemes. I’ve got a 2010 WPA poster art planner/calendar, and I’m thinking of tearing out the best 8 by 6 cards (I think there are about 37 in all) and framing them for some cheap wall art. Now I’ve just got to figure out where to put them.

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5 responses to “Fine Print

  1. Nadia

    Just thought you might like some of these. These are also mono blocked , signed by the artist, Rick Kolb. I am selling a selection of these on my site at Ruby Plaza.(ps, not trying to hard sell you… just thought you would enjoy! 🙂 ) http://www.rubyplaza.com/item/652080-100409SM/Mono-Blocked-Art-Print-Easel

  2. Nadia

    Rick is very talanted. I will be adding more of them in the near future… I will let you know.. 🙂

  3. Oh my… those National Park prints are to DIE for. I worked at Sequoia/Kings Canyon a long time ago, and MUST HAVE that… and several of the others.

    In case you can’t tell, I stumbled on your blog today and rather than working, I’m reading all your posts 😉

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