I’ve had some success with Etsy over the years, and I keep finding more things I want to do with that platform. Most recently, I’ve been collecting and curating some of my favourite vintage artwork and making it available in a new shop, which I’m calling “Aunty Maude’s Vintage Curiosities“.
At Aunty Maude’s you’ll find a growing array of vintage public domain works that I have collected, curated and retouched to make available as fine art giclee prints in sizes up to 17×22″. Prices are the same as in my other shops (Canada Stamp Art, USA Stamp Art, and the photography at Parchment Moon Prints), and shipping is currently free within North America.
I’m still working on collecting, editing and adding listings, but there are already nearly 100 items available, including vintage botanical watercolors, plates from Audubon’s “Birds of America”, and a vast array of vintage posters and advertisements.
I hope you’ll take a look and let me know what you think!
If you were wondering, Aunty Maude is a real person to whom I am actually related. Unfortunately, she passed away before I was able to meet her, but my Mom always assured me that we would have been fast friends. It’s a little odd to miss someone you never met, but here we are.
Another of my collagraph experiments resulted in this print, “Thread 1” – the first in a series of prints created using wrapped thread and card.
This print is done in the intaglio style using a small press, using non-toxic oil based etching inks and printed on 300g watercolour paper.
It is a very limited edition of 10 prints, each signed and numbered, available for purchase in my Parchment Moon Etsy shop.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I’ve (finally) been experimenting with some new printmaking methods. After some trials and frustrations and utter failures, I’ve finally produced a few prints I’m actually happy enough with to list in my Etsy shop!
The first of these is titled “Folds” and is a print made from a collagraph plate I constructed using nothing but glue and folded paper. It’s a small piece — 4×4″ image on 6×6″ paper, printed on 300g (lovely and heavy) watercolour paper with a non-toxic oil-based etching ink.
“Folds” is a very limited edition of 10 signed and numbered prints, which I’m selling for $39.99 USD (+ shipping), you can purchase it on my Parchment Moon Etsy shop.
Hello good people of the Internet!
In basements across this great continent, there are thousands, nay…hundreds of thousands, of old National Geographic magazines. I’ve seen them. I wrangled oh so many of them when helping clean out my parents’ house. I have flipped fondly through them before finally bundling them into the recycling bin.
And now I…want them.
Or at least I want a part of them.
I want your Nat Geo maps!
I am looking for as many old National Geographic map inserts as I can get my hands on. I want to use them for art, and if I can get enough of them, I want them for an extensive continuing art project that could go on for years.
It doesn’t matter how old they are, what shape they’re in, or what the inserts are about. Migration patterns! History! Political maps! Farm land usage! Whatever!
Donate and get free art!
If you have some old maps that you would like to donate to my project, please email me at email@example.com, or contact me on Twitter or Facebook.
I will pay shipping costs if they’re a problem, and everyone who donates will get free art!
In the very near future2, I am finally getting back into the studio to start making art again.
As part of that — and as part of finally taking a serious stab at making art for a living — I’m building a list of people (like you!) who are interested in helping support and promote independent artists (like me!)
Parchment Moon newsletter subscribers will have the opportunity to view and purchase my new prints, photographs & other artistic work a full week before I post about them on other social media.
My prints are often very limited edition (with usually no more than 10-15 original hand-pulled imprints), and can sell out quickly. These email updates will let you know when new work is available before anyone else.
I’ll also include notes and links to other artists’ work (mostly stuff that I desperately love), tidbits about the rich and fascinating histories of printmaking and photography, and other random notes and links about studio life, art, photography & creativity.
I promise no spam, just super interesting arty things and a huge amount of gratitude.
1 The “superfans list!” thing is a feeble attempt to come up with a better name for this than “newsletter”. Suggestions welcome – tweet ’em @dria. Hearts.
2 We’re 2-3 weeks away from being finished renovations enough that we can finally settle back into a work-life routine. I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to that.