Natasha Muhl

Natasha Muhl

Natasha Muhl

Natasha Muhl

Natasha Muhl

Happy Halloween everyone!

While a lot of people are dressing up a ghouls or a celebrity this time of the year, for me the day is extra significant because it’s my father’s birthday too. He’s away for work so there’s no celebrations this year, and I miss him tons. So to cheer myself up, I’ve been perusing some artworks at Etsy and found Natasha Muhl, an artist based in Australia.

[quote] I’ll often re-use motifs and imagery as familiar signatures in my pieces. Beasts & nature, female sovereigns, birds, gems and meat often show up in my illustration; wasted and deformed, bleeding, or sometimes reduced to bones. ~ Natasha Muhl [/quote]

Her pencil works are wonderful, and these birds in her Etsy shop look cute instead of scary (I want to give them a home!) There’s more where that came from – you can take a look at her portfolio to see more of her illustrative range.

p/s: I’m so glad to be back – yesterday you might have noticed that we we’re down for quite some time, due to hurricane Sandy that knocked our servers out for a good 5 hours. We’re lucky though, as many other big websites were down for much longer.

I’m also extending Carla’s giveaway for another two days, and my apologies as the last couple of comments didn’t make the website migration that was carried out on Monday. If you were one of the last commenters, please do check to see if yours is still there!

A quick move

Forgive me for being a little quiet this Monday – I know things have been a little scattered lately, but only because we’re making sure that things are going to go smoothly (especially with a new website and all!) I’m doing a server move, which means that it’s best if I take it easy on the blogging front for a little bit so that there won’t be any missing bits and pieces when it’s done. I’ll see you on the other side – trust me, you won’t know that I’m gone for a bit. 😉

Have a great start to the week folks and I’ll catch you back here in no time!

{Pom-pom wrapping paper from Anthropologie}

 

Microcosm Publishing

DIY Screenprinting & Home Sweet Homegrown | Microcosm publishing

Microcosm is a small publisher based in Portland, where zines are du jour and their belief is as refreshing as publishers go. They specialize in DIY (Do-It-Yourself) goods that teach self-empowerment and their website offers up a slice of what they do – from giving out transparent and accessible financial records (their minimum wage is USD$9, capped at $13) and a sliding-scale pricing for all their wares (yes, it’s true!). I’ve requested a couple of books for review, and for those who are very much into DIY (and not just crafts, mind you), I think you might just feel as though you’ve hit gold.

[quote] You determine what you can afford to pay for the items that we publish ~ Microcosm [/quote]

Home Sweet Homegrown | Microcosm publishingHomesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make, And Store Food, No Matter Where You Live by Robyn Jasco shows you how easy it is to sustain yourself with a garden. And if you don’t have one, create one instead with the space you have. The topics run from the basics: how to cultivate your seeds, irrigating your garden with an old hose, recipes for those delicious freshly picked greens and even the topic of fermentation; with lots of information in between that’s neatly organized between chapters.

DIY Screenprinting | Microcosm publishing

DIY Screenprinting Handbook by John Isaacson is an instructional book on screenprinting in a quirky comic book format. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the concept – between these pages (and the strips) there are lots of information that’s delivered with a wittiness that makes it all that much easier to digest. There’s also interviews with other screenprinting artists in between that offers a break in the comic book sequence. The dissemination of textbook information into a storyline – with Isaacson playing the lead role – makes for a lively read out of mere instructions.

See more books over at Microcosm Publishing!

Have a lovely weekend folks!

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