Recently my “picker” parents and lil’ sis found these vintage Speedball linoleum tools at an estate sale. There’s nothing better than antiques that are unused and still 100% useful!
I chose linoleum cut as the production method for my Cosmic Sans piece. The letterpress printer side of me was excited to use a handmade method for the entirety of my piece. I sketched it out on paper, then onto the linoleum block, and got to carving!
My letter is M for McNally and also Meteor! I was inspired by traditional engravings of meteor showers like this one. Growing up, I remember many nights laying on a lawn chair in the front yard with my parents, watching the shooting stars. They were such mysterious nights – being little and outside during hours I’d never seen before. I was always half excited and half terrified. Nighttime was magical when I was a child. I think that’s why I still love space – it’s mysterious and exciting and scary. It’s something we can’t know completely. I love that.
Want to see the finished piece? Come to our Cosmic Sans opening! This will be one of 26 never-before-seen space & sci-fi inspired art prints. Each will be sold via silent auction to benefit 826 Seattle, inspiring kids to learn and write.
Photos by Jenny Linquist.