My latest children’s gift: organic cotton onesies and toddler T’s with the Yiddish word zisele, meaning “little sweetie” written on it. The shirt with a Yiddish lesson embedded in it! Put the best, kindest cloth next to your baby’s skin. Now you can give one to the toddler in the family, too, to be included in the love that comes with this shirt
Sizes: Onesies come in newborn, 6 mo., 12 mo., 18 mo., T-shirts are sized in 2T, 3T, 4T, 5/6. Cost: $25 for one shirt, $3 shipping. $25 each for 2 or more shirts with free shipping. 10% DISCOUNT THROUGH THANKSGIVING FOR ANYTHING FROM MY WEBSITE OR BLOG. Call me at 413-624-3204 to order.
The shirt was screen-printed locally by Moonlight Designs in Greenfield MA.
The lettering was inspired by hearing a podcast interview with the designer Louise Fili, then perusing her books showing the signage and label lettering from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods in Europe that inspire her work.
Here are more items from our gallery.
New this year: four magnet designs: Earth Hamsa, Garden Hamsa,the Bridge of Flowers of Shelburne Falls from a colored pencil drawing, and the Shelburne Falls trolley, photo by Joe Kurland. $2.00 each.
The Shelburne Falls drawing can be seen behind the magnets on a card, $7.00, framed baby amulet behind that, hamsa hanging on the right.
Shown here, two of four inspirational, motivational quotations. Available on cards, $7.00 each, or as a giclée print, 13.25 x 8.25,” in an acetate envlope.
Sunday Nov. 10 was the day of the Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour that our Ganeydn Gallery was open, and I want to thank everyone who visited us as part of the tour. We met many new people and I enjoyed sharing my calligraphic art and the new fiber art I’ve been doing, and Joe showed many of his nature and train-based photographs.
I’ve included here a photograph of the studio and will add some more photos of items, especially new ones, in the next few days.
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I gave a 10% discount for the tour and will hold it until Thanksgiving, so if you see something you’d like to order, you’ll receive 10% off the cost of the items you order.
This is the first pocket invitation set I designed. As I was the customer, I made it a rather complex project. This included using for the first time a letterpress printing set that I got in the spring, a small model that sits on the table. I lettered the text, drew the border, and had a plate made to use with this press. I found that applying the ink takes practice. I love the look of the impression in the paper. I used that for the invitation cards, which were adhered to the folder. The other items also used my lettering and design, but were printed by a commercial invitation printer, http://www.phdcalligraphy.cceasy.com/. I was wise enough to know I wouldn’t have time to hand-press each item. They were then all assembled, some of them using more insert cards that others, depending on whether they were out-of-town guests or not, and put into the envelopes which we addressed using our computer printer. It was a great learning experience, and a pleasure to create.
The invitation season has begun. I had a great session with a customer–the whole family–for a bat mitzvah invitation. The photo shows the table with all the materials we referred to for this project. It is always a fascinating process which is at first overwhelming, but the preferences become clear soon enough.
While I work with customers all over the country, thanks to the internet, phone and mail, it is great to meet in person. I’m glad to be able to offer this to those in the Greenfield-Shelburne Falls-Amherst-Northampton area, as well as to those in Western Mass., Connecticut and Vermont who are able to travel here.
Pocket invitations are so appealing, providing a neat packet which holds the invitation on one side and all of the smaller insert cards of an invitation sets in a pocket on the other side. This packet goes into an outer mailing envelope. Pricing will vary depending on how many cards there are in the set and whether or not I provide original art for it. $600-1200 would be an approximate price range for 100 invitation sets with this pocket format depending on the choices you make.
I’m enjoying creating full-color invitations that are moderately-priced. One of the printers I use now offers full-color digital printing on two sides of a card, and my customers are making good use of this option. This is a new design I created using a watercolor illustration of a tallis. If you’re looking for invitations, look at my website to see examples of ones I’ve created. Then contact me to talk over your ideas.
Click on the link to Peggy H. Davis Calligraphy in the right margin.
Peggy H. Davis Calligraphy will be showing and selling work along with other Crafts of Colrain artists at this Summer Fair. It’s a great chance for an outing that combines art with local fruits and vegetables. The farmstand sells prepared food as well.
I will offer this collaborative work, Vegetable Seasonings, made with Audrey Arner, at the Summer Fair, combining the art and vegetables that will be for sale that weekend! Giclée print, framed, $50.
I designed a series of recognition awards with English and Hebrew texts for Denise Hametz, of Adir Gallery. Theses are ordered by congregations and organizations to honor volunteers, officers, donors and others with a meaningful gift. Shown here is one of the awards, which is personalized with text added on either side of the tree trunk. Contact Denise for more information, (732) 572-6393.
This year’s internat’l calligraphy conference, Odyssey 2010, will be held in Easton Massachusetts this summer. I’ll be teaching a class in Hebrew/Yiddish calligraphy. I will teach the basic elements of Hebrew letters that I learned from Ismar David, and we will also create alphabet styles inspired by Yiddish book titles, etc. from the first part of the 20th century. Students of Hebrew letters at any level are welcome to this class. I just received the catalogue in the mail, full of enticing classes taught by an array of inspiring teachers.