New prints on paper at Etsy.

I took a few new (test) prints on paper to the Chicago Renegade show a few weeks ago and they all sold out, which was great. I'll probably work one of these circle flower prints into the linen collection next year, but for now I'm putting them all out there on my new Etsy shop. I'll be using the Etsy shop to test new items, sell samples from the studio, and to put past items from previous collections on sale. May the best flower win!

You can find these new prints on paper for sale at the three sheets 2 the wind Etsy shop!

Urban Outfitters pillow

A friend of mine, Beth Porter, noticed a familiar design while flipping through Design Sponge's Sneak Peak today of Betsy Maddox's home in Chicago. The pillows sitting on the couch in the living room are three sheets 2 the wind designs, sold at Urban Outfitters. Beth knew the line pretty well because she helped me print orders for a year or so while finishing up her degree in fashion design at the University of Cincinnati where I teach.

I licensed the artwork to Urban Outfitters two years ago, but I never got to see them in the store. Seeing them sit in such a beautiful space makes up for not seeing them in the store!

Holiday sales.

We'll be in Chicago in just a week and a half for the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale on December 5 + 6 from 11am – 7pm at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.

All three sheets 2 the wind items at the show will be 30% off. 


Find more information on the Renegade Craft Fair here.

We are also having an online sale for those of you who can't make it to Chicago. I've picked a handful of favorite wall prints and tote bags to put into production so that they are available for quick ship this holiday season.

Visit our online Holiday Sale going on now through the end of the year. 30% off select linen wall prints and organic cotton tote bags. Quick ship means that they'll ship in 2-3 business days!

Linen wrap skirts.

I've been working on a small clothing line for the business this year. It will officially launch early next year, but I've been putting some work out in front of people to get their reaction. I'll be taking a few wrap skirts with me to the Chicago Renegade Craft Holiday Sale. There will also be a few samples in knit too.

When I made these, I had a really hard time printing the artwork because of the circular shape of the skirts. My screens had to make a slight turn every time I printed the repeat. Going forward, I hope to remedy this problem by cutting the hems on the straight grain so that the artwork follows a straight edge. The end result will more than likely be asymmetrical which I think will be interesting.

Push pause.

My birthday is on Friday. It's a big one... At least for me. I'm turning 35. I've been telling friends that I have to be more serious now for more reasons than just my age. I remember quitting my job back in Chicago and moving to Cincinnati right before my 30th birthday. That was a huge mile marker for me because I had challenged myself to start a business by the time I turned 30. Now, looking back at five years of hard work (plus an extra for conceptual brainstorming) I am amazed at how far I've come, but I still have so far to go.

I've read so many similar stories of ambitious designers doing exactly what I did, struggling along the way, and I feel a strong kinship to them. It's painful to go through the highs and lows of being an independent designer alone. There aren't many mentors out there to help us along. I have a slogan that a very good friend said to me and it gets repeated in conversations often, along with a good laugh. Slow and steady wins the race!

When I was in my 20's, I didn't think living out in the country would be cool at all. I had worked in NYC for a year during college and loved the energy there. I didn't end up moving to New York City, but I still loved the idea of living in a big city, and so eventually I landed in Chicago. It had everything I wanted, except I hated the traffic and cost to live there was too much for a new entrepreneur when it came time to start the business. Once I moved back to Cincinnati, my lifestyle changed completely. I had little to no cash and all of a sudden, a more simple life looked very appealing, even cool (dare I say it). I decided I could give up all the shopping and travel I did in my previous life to have more control over my work and my output. I realized it was possible to use less, need less. Flipping through countless pages of Dwell magazine, I noticed other creative types had stepped out of big cities to move to smaller towns so that they could have the space they needed to imagine their dreams. So then I began to imagine my own "glass box" studio/home sitting atop an open field somewhere. The idea of building that ideal live/work situation where I could just roll out of bed and get to work in 2 seconds flat sounded wonderful me.

I started my business in a very small apartment where my studio took up every inch of a 10x15 foot bedroom. It was quite a challenge to be efficient in such a cramped space. Next, I moved into a 1,500 sq ft apartment where my business took up 70% of the space. A hallway became a closet at one point. I had an assistant come help me print twice a week and I sent out my sewing to local sewers. Then the big change came this summer when my fiance and I bought a house in Kentucky. My new studio is almost 1,500 sq ft (no shared living space...ha ha) and is a work in progress. (remember slow and steady...) It's not quite the modern glass box of our dreams, but it will do just fine for now.

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This is what the studio space looked like when we moved in this summer. My new stainless steel sink is sitting on the right side of the frame.

I am looking forward to hanging conceptual work up on the walls. This weekend we are putting up large pieces of sheet metal (3ft x 5ft each) to make a gigantic magnet board. We also plan on making a new printing table this winter with guides for larger screen production. I am so excited!

Custom project for children's playroom.

I just finished a project for Lauren Stern Design out of Brooklyn, NY. Lauren, an interior designer, contacted me about creating three large wall prints for a playroom in a residence in Fisher Island, FL. She chose the artwork, color and layout for all three pieces. I made a few suggestions and revised the layout slightly. Fortunately for me, Lauren understood the aesthetic of my work so it was easy to land on a final design for all three prints. Each piece is 30" x 40" in size. The prints were professionally framed as well.

These three prints are part of a remodel and redesign of a 10,000 sq ft residence on Fisher Island off the coast of South Beach Miami.  Lauren describes the style as uber-lux modern with a hint of beach. She is also working on a gut renovation of a NYC 4-bedroom west village duplex penthouse, as well as a 6-person engineer office in Bergen County.

www.lsidstudio.com

Make a pair

A customer of mine ordered these two prints a few weeks back. I photographed them at the time because I thought they made a great pair. The natural linen color on the right with white & black ink is a nice balance to the white linen color with bark & black in on the left.

Evolving design

If you've ever noticed the irregularities in three sheets 2 the wind artwork, it's because I hand paint the image in the screen. I began doing it this way because I liked seeing the thick and thin line weight that was created by the brush. I can use an original hand painted screen for months before the material starts to break down. At that point I have the screen remade using the photo emulsion method which is way more durable for all the frequent washings my screens go through. I keep every irregularity and paint drip in the screen though when it changes over to a more permanent version.

Because I use a brush to create the original artwork, I can go back into the screen at any point and tweak things. Lately, I changed the background artwork for trees in spring. The original artwork was just a bit too big for the wall print size.

You can see how the new design is slightly smaller and less angled to the left.

A heads up!

It's never to early to think about the holidays! I am so excited to be going back to Chicago this winter for the Renegade Craft Holiday Sale. We couldn't do this summer's show due to the wedding and the previous summer was a disappointment due to the rainy weather. I used to live in Chicago so the city is near and dear to my heart! I am going to taking a few new items as well so mark your calendars... and yes... the goods will be on sale!

http://www.renegadecraft.com/holiday-chicago

Craft Inc. + Meg Mateo Ilasco

Meg Mateo Ilasco, creator of Modern Economy and a host of other creative ventures, just released her latest book called Craft Inc. Business Planner - The Ultimate Organizer for Turning Your Craft Into Cash. Meg had asked me to share some of my best advice for the book and I was honored that she choose to use a small part of that conversation.

This is Meg's second book on the subject. Her previous book, Craft Inc. Turn Your Craft Into A Business, is full of excellent advice. What I most appreciate about Meg's style and delivery is that she respects the reader. Most "how to" books are full of vague advice and obivous conclusions, but Craft Inc. speaks to an intelligent business-minded creative who is looking for present-day comprehensive advice about the industry.

http://www.mateoilasco.com/

Recycling sample prints

It happens when I am cleaning up the print table and I look down at the stack of first run prints and I find something really interesting. Who knew that blossom tree looked so cool when layered on top of trees in spring? Then, when I'm not looking, I print flower bed in black and 360 floral in white on top and voila! I've got something completely new.

These little linen treasures get pulled out the pile and hang on my wall for awhile. They inspire future projects and help me think outside the box. It reminds me of the time I went to go see Eames Demetrios speak at a DWR in Columbus a few years back. (grandson of Charles and Ray) He was telling the group how in the evening when everyone left the studio, they used to hang the chairs they were working on from the ceiling. Upside down - sideways - whatever they could think of to make for a new image or form to look at in the morning. Brilliant!

So, as I work on finding new ways to look at my work for the first time... I hope to inspire others with these miniature studies. I've picked each print personally from my collection and had them stitched onto organic cotton totes. Since each piece is considerably different, I've created two color options: a blue/green color story or an orange/green color story.

Off to the studio I go!

Printing on paper

I don't consider myself to be an artist... I truly connect with the idea of being a designer. It resonates in me to make everything straight, aligned, and pretty. I like to problem solve and build things, but I don't stray into the fine arts. So, just like fashion design and working with fabric has always been my thing, printing on paper the first few times felt kind of strange.

There is so much more detail that one can achieve, printing on paper. Printing on linen has it's limits due to the bulkiness of the weave. Each time I print a more delicate piece of artwork, I cross my fingers, make sure the ink is wet enough, and use more pressure than normal. So the first time I printed on paper, it was like melting butter in a hot pan. The textile ink didn't just sit on top, it too melted into the heavy paper in such a unique way.

I discovered all of this while printing my wedding invites this summer. I had tried using ink made for paper and wasn't pleased with the way it looked after I screen printed it. So I decided to try using my textile inks instead. When I did this I noticed the color had more depth on the paper, the edge blurred just a bit and it looked more handmade. Now, I know that this technique wouldn't work for a print maker who needs each color to be crisp and sit neatly in the registration of the print, but for my work, it was perfect! It looked kind of... Wabi-sabi.

Hedges in glacier + bark (left) tangerine + celery (right) 12" x 16" birch frame.

New framed prints will be on the website this week in the specialty section.

A new chapter

Let's get personal, shall we?

When I asked my web designer to help me set up a blog, I knew then that I would have a hard time updating it. Don't get me wrong, I love connecting with people, but I am more of a face-to-face kind of person. So... I thought the least I could do was explain to my customers what has been happening in my life lately.

Almost seventeen months ago, the most amazing guy in the world asked me to marry him on a windy cliff overlook in Red River Gorge, Kentucky. We had a lot to do in those seventeen months... sell his house in Lexington, buy a new house, move my business, plan a wedding, and so on. Whoever said "patience is a virtue" knew exactly what they were talking about! My own patience has been tested many many times in the past year, but it has all been worth it. In July, we moved into our new home and the studio moved into a more generous space as well. Now Georgetown, Kentucky is our home. We are just 20 minutes north of Lexington, the Horse Capital of the World.

There is plenty of inspiration to be found in my new environment. The serene and peaceful country side is full of rolling green hills, hand-laid stone fences, wildflowers of all kinds and the most well kept farms I've ever seen! When we drive around, all I can think about is how pretty everything looks. The one strange thing about central Kentucky is the trees. I think I need to design a new print called Crooked Tree!

In just six days, we will be getting married outside at a winery in Lexington. We designed every last bit of our wedding. It was a huge collaborative project for us. I did bring part of my business into the planning. I screen printed our wedding invites, which was a lot of fun. That inspired me to try something new and print a few three sheets 2 the wind prints on paper! more about that later...

Cheers! Jenny

It's coming

The new line is finished. I had wanted to finish everything back in March, but the creative part took longer than expected. (shocking) Anyhow, it seemed appropriate to do a major refresh of the collection this year. I skipped the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) this winter to stay at home (in the studio) and make new work. It felt really good... maybe even therapeutic. Sometimes with production being at the forefront of a business, stepping back and doing what you love first, is hard to make time for. There were a few times that I felt totally lost in the process, but that's part of creating too. The only thing you can do is walk away and come back when it's ready to be done.

 

Someone recently sent me this link on TED. I found it to be really interesting... and i think it pertains to all creative people, not just writers.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

Jenny

NEW for fall 2008

Striving for better quality!
I am SO excited to announce that I have upgraded the linen quality here in the studio! I made the jump and switched to Irish Linen as of last month. The fabric weight is slightly heavier, but the hand feel is softer and the weave is finer and smoother. It’s amazing!

The transition over to the new quality will happen in two stages. I am currently using the new quality in every color except - marigold, twig and russet. These colors will be available until the end of the year and then I will be switching over to a new color palette for 2009.

Organic linen options are now available.
The studio is stocked with white and natural organic linen. Any styles ordered online in white or pebble linen can be switched over to an organic option. Please email me at jenny@threesheets2.com and I will change your order to organic!

Bags are back
It’s the 4th year anniversary of three sheets 2 the wind this fall season and I wanted to celebrate by bringing back the linen bags. They make a great gift for the holidays.

One yard of fabric for the D.I.Y. types
Finally… an idea for those of you who like to do it yourself! I’ve added hand printed fabric in “one yard” pieces to the website so that you can use it for your own home projects. The 36” x 59” piece can be stretched and stapled to wood stretchers or a canvas frame bought at your local art store.

Deadline for a holiday order is December 1st
December 1st is the deadline for holiday orders. Any orders received by this date will be shipped the week of the 15th.

Happy Fall Everybody!
Jenny