As Boston singer/songwriter Jim Infantino (AKA Jim’s Big Ego) used to sing way back in 1995, “It’s the little things that get you when you weren’t paying attention.”
When I moved into my studio a year and a half ago, I didn’t even have mailing tubes. Who knew people would be walking in wanting to plunk down a credit card and go home with a print? Believe it or not, it didn’t occur to me. I was so caught up in everything involved in renting the studio — getting insurance, signing the lease, paying guild dues, cleaning, figuring out the layout, setting up furniture, unpacking supplies, buying new computer equipment — not to mention getting art up on the walls for the big annual neighborhood-wide open studio weekend happening 2 days after I moved in! That was stressful.
When I lost two sales because studio visitors needed a tube to take their prints on flights home, the light finally clicked on upstairs. Now I always keep plenty of tubes on hand.
Today I experimented with making return address labels (that’s them up there) using some rubber stamps I made earlier in the year. I liked the way they turned out and it reminded me that I’d like adhesive labels to put on the tubes that people take their prints home in. I decided to make a new stamp scene consisting of several Boston-esque rowhouses that fit the dimensions of the mailing label. Here’s the chunk of rubber with my pencil drawing, before I began carving the lines:
Once it was carved, I tried a variety of ink colors and shades. I also varied how firmly I pressed them down. I even did some extra carving on it after I’d made a batch of labels, and then created more labels with the slightly different design. I wanted each one to be slightly different from the next.
I’m happy with them and love that each one is unique. Now I’ve got ideas for more…
But before I go, here’s that aforementioned Jim Infantino song. It’s called Stress.
Paula Ogier Artworks