Wendell August Forge is America’s oldest and largest forge, producing hand-wrought ornamental metalware and elegant giftware in aluminum and other metals since 1923.

It’s here! I’ve been working with Wendell August since early this year and I’m excited and proud to announce the first launch: Gifts from the Sea. A hearty thanks goes out to Hilary Meurer for hooking me up with the great team at Wendell August and making this collaboration possible.

The first step was to create a thumbnail sketch for a 9×12 piece of art featuring shells and their names. Below is my sketch.

And here is the final illustration:

From there the craftsmen at Wendell August made their magic happen and hand-hammered the design to create a mold from which to cast the products in the collection. I am going to head up north soon and take the tour of the factory and learn more about the production but in the meantime their website says this: “This process includes Die Engraving by a master engraver, Material Selection and Cutting, Repousse (Hammering), Surface Anvilling, Edging, Carbon Coloring, a three step polishing process, and Forming. ”

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with Wendell August as so few things seem to be made in America anymore, let alone made with care by artists and craftsmen who love what they do and take pride in it.

Today feels good.

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After the big push to get TO the National Stationery Show and then get home FROM the show and unpack, decompress, etc, we then hopped a plane to Boston and spent some time exploring much of what New England has to offer. My baby brother tied the knot (I was a groomswoman!) in New Hampshire and then the entire crew went to York, Maine for a day trip to unwind. After that we headed to a college-friend’s farm and hung out with her family which includes two horses, six guinea hens, a herd/school/smack/murder of ducks, a dog and a cat. Three days of bird calls, owls at night, fresh air and good sleep = delight. AND I have a huge new crush on the Maine coast.

Now we’re home and the reality of filling all those awesome orders from the Show is setting in. I also have some projects that I really want to dig into while it’s still 2011. We’ll see how it all plays out. In the meantime I just got word that one of the projects I worked on a few months back is set to launch imminently. I was hoping to have some behind-the-scenes photos and all sort of good details on said project but life got in the way. I’ll have to sit on my hands and wait to see what the company rolls out.

Until later.

 

 

Oh, little orphan blog. I haven’t forgotten but I have been wrapped up in living. Whistle and I took a week-long trip to New York and upon our return I jumped into preparing for the National Stationery Show next month. And Spring is springing so I’m constantly outside checking out the progress of the perennials.

The sort-of-secret project I was working on is coming to fruition and I hope to have some new photos and info about that soon.

I also swear that we have been making progress on the house. I just have been terribly remiss at posting pictures. Well, actually I’ve been remiss at cleaning enough to take pictures. No sooner than we get a room “done” we fill it with our messy life.

So – thanks for your patience and I swear to get busy on this soon. In the meantime, some NYC photos.

Whistle took this one.

(and this one)

I probably shouldn’t be jinxing myself like this. In fact, I think I’ll shut it and just put up a little snippet of a new project that is in the works. When it’s all said and done, I will be happy to report back on it.

I’m carving and inking and printing and I love it so much.

Here’s a rough version of one of the guys.

Happy Wednesday, all!

 

Whistle loves to take pictures. He has his own little point + shoot digital camera and he spends a good deal of time roaming around the house, setting up his shots and taking pictures. I never know what he’s shot until I download all the photos. Enjoy a sampling:

Happy holidays, all.

You may remember that when we bought our house it had two kitchens. “Ooh la la” you might say. You would be wrong. Both were/are totally gross (but workable). The upstairs kitchen is now well on it’s way to being a super awesome big-boy room for Whistle. I’m too busy getting ready for my show next week to go into much detail but here are some pictures of the before and during. The after will have to come later.

Kitchen: before. To me this was the cutest room in the whole house when we bought it. But we didn’t actually need two kitchens, let alone one on the second floor.

These cabinets/counters/sink caused  a small bidding war on Craigslist. Believe it.

Steve took up the vinyl flooring and we had the floors redone and the plaster walls/ceiling repaired. The former owners used 3″ nails for every home “improvement” project so when we removed the cabinets we destroyed the walls.

View where the cabinets used to be. Steve cut new baseboards and put down new 1/4 round in the room. The after pictures will show that.

Now, back to work for me.

Opening Friday, NOV 19, 2010

I am busy busy busy getting ready for my upcoming show at Wildcard in Lawrenceville. I am collaging and sanding boxes and burning screens and mixing ink and printing and repeating. And repeating. And repeating. I am so thankful to Rebecca and Brian for giving me this opportunity.

Now, back to work.

More details and photos (maybe NOT from my phone?) to come. Until then…

Last week my friend, Ryan, posted some phone pictures that his cool wife has been taking around the house. One of the pictures included a bag that I made for their adorable daughter, Tessa Tangerine.

Wait, you probably already know this which is why you’re here in the first place. I know this because you are not related to me and you’re reading my blog and that only happens when Ryan posts something that includes my name.

So I won’t waste your time. You know Ryan. You know Cole. You know LB. You know Tessa. Enough said.

I am very touched that my bag made it into the Panic Family Photo Archives and that a few of you have reached out to me to make bags for your sweet spring-offs or spring-offs-of-friends.

Long story short: I would LOVE to make bags for each and every one of you (that want one).

Shoot me an email foxbury at mac dot com and let’s work it out. I’m easy. A small sampling of bags that I’ve made in the past.

Recently a super terrific woman contact me through my etsy store and asked if I would be open to creating four “boxes” for her son’s room. The jumping off point was this print:

She requested that I use this and another illustration of a tractor that I had already done. Additionally she wanted a hay truck and a hay squeeze. “Oh sure, a hay squeeze,” I said. Of course. A hay squeeze. Who doesn’t know what a hay squeeze looks like? I could draw one from memory, with my eyes closed – like those art class exercises where you had to do “contour drawings.”  But fret not, Fox, she was kind enough to send me some photos of the very hay squeeze that her husband drives.

I loved this project. I was super bummed to package them up and ship them off. But just last week she sent an email and said (and I’m for real quoting – hope she doesn’t mind) “they are perfect! My son and husband are completely mesmerized with them.”

I am blushing.

14″x14″ screenprints on wood. Four coats of varnish.