My Cyanotype Sun Print Wall Hanging is Featured in The Simple Things Magazine!

I'm so surprised and excited to have my work featured in The Simple Things, a lovely, thoughtful magazine and blog put out in the UK each month. They found me through my Etsy shop and asked to include one of my feather cyanotype sun print wall hangings in a story that they were doing about sun printing. Duh, of course I said yes! It's so fun to see my work alongside other artists who love this process too. One of the first pages has a "Could Do List" and it made me laugh immediately because it sounds like something I should start making because I hate being told what to do even by a to-do list! I love the tag line on the cover too, "Taking time to live well." Such a great moto to live by, right? You can read their blog at www.thesimplethings.com and subscribe to digital or print issues there too.  

TheSimpleThingsMagazineEmmaFreeman
TheSimpleThingsMagazineEmmaFreeman
CyanotypeTheSimpleThingsEmmaFreeman
CyanotypeSunPrintingTheSimpleThingsEmmaFreeman
CyanotypeSunPrintingTheSimpleThingsEmmaFreeman
Source: www.thesimplethings.com

Botanical Notecard Class: Printing with Plants!

I taught my first Botanical Notecards Class this week at Minnetonka Community Education and it was such a wonderful experience! Five of us sat around a table, playing with plants and inks, stamping on notecards and talking about being creative. I learned this process from two books, Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials by Laura Donnelly Bethmann and Lotta Prints by Lotta Jansdotter, my new favorite artist/designer. It is a simple, beautiful process that can be used to make stationary, curtains, pillowcases, napkins, dish towels, clothing...so many possibilities! I'll be teaching another one of these classes at Artistry in Bloomington, Minnesota, if you're in the Twin Cities and want to learn!

BotanicalPrintingClasswithEmmaFreeman
BotanicalPrintingNoteCardswithEmmaFreeman
BotanicalPrintingClassPlants
BotanicalPrintingNotecards
BotanicalNotecardsClassEmmaFreeman
BotanicalNotecardsPrintingEucalyptus
BotanicalNotecardsPrintingClass

New Pen & Ink Drawings of Food

This week I was feeling overwhelmed and stuck while thinking about how to make a sustainable living as an artist. I have so many ideas, so many notes in different places and things I could be doing but I felt frozen. Making a living as an artist feels like a constant puzzle, which is often times really exciting and fun to try and plug away at each day, but there are moments, a lot of them, where it is just really hard. So, the other day, I was trying to think about what else I could make and share that I would enjoy and may bring in some income. I have been making hand drawn notebooks for a few months that have been really fun but I realized that I hadn't yet tried making original drawings on art paper and sharing those. A light bulb went off and I poured a glass of wine, put on some music, shut my studio door and cracked open some of my sketchbooks to see if anything sparked inspiration and voila! A new series of pen and ink drawings has been born. Each one is 4x6, because I want it to be really easy for people to frame them and I also really like working on a small scale. The paper is thick and slightly textured, which I love the feel of. All of them are black and white and the contrast is so satisfying to my eye, I can't get enough! These are the ones I have drawn so far of food. I think I'm going to continue with these and try to build a bigger collection, but we'll see where I end up going. For now, these have been a wonderfully therapeutic, calming part of a week full of so much political madness. If you're interested in any of them, they are available in my shop, www.etsy.com/shop/emmakfreeman. Happy Friday, friends. 

AlmondsPenandInkDrawingEmmaFreeman
BeetsDrawingPenandInkEmmaFreemanDesigns
CoffeeBeansCoffeeArtEmmaFreemanDesigns
CucumberDrawingEmmaFreemanDesigns
ShallotOnionDrawingEmmaFreemanDesigns