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View From The Desktop: Handmade News For The Week Of August 3, 2015

clothes, PRINT & INK, View From the Desktop

epoche-teaser_handmade I know it’s been a little slow around here, with 4 or 5 posts a week, for the past couple of weeks. I promise you this: you’ll soon understand what I’ve been up to behind-the-scenes very shortly, like tomorrow. In the meantime, there is always something good happening in the handmade universe, and I’m glad to share a few of the things that are on my radar.

For instance epoché, the haute handmade leather bag collection from Angela McGrath is having a sale right now. Wait until you see these bags!

The only reason why I haven’t filled this post to the brim with images of all the exquisitely fashionable bags in the epoché shop is due to the fact that I have a Handmade Profile post for Angela in the editing stage, ready to debut on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, this is a great sale and you really need to hop over now and pick up one of these lovely numbers. If you do, let me know which one you purchase and you might just get a mention here on the LAB.

Typograph.Journal Volume # is here!

I’ve been a fan of Nicole Arnett Phillips, aka Typograph.her, for a while now and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of her type-tastic Typograph.Journal Volume 3. Each edition of the Typograph.Journal opens your eyes to the wonders of typography and is both educational and ingeniously designed.


This edition looks to carry on that design tradition and includes the work of Veronica Grow and David Jonathan Ross and features; Vince FrostKris SowersbyDavid WolskeLyn TranCarla HackettMaarten Van t Wout,  Aurelie MaronLeona FietzManolo Frausto. This 168 page journal is produced by Nicole herself and its 5×7 size is perfect for reading on the go. For those of you who love print, this is a print lover’s dream come true x1000. Here’s what Nicole has to say about this edition of Typograph.Journal:

[faktory_blockquote title=”About The Journal” subtitle=”Nicole Arnett Phillips for Typograph.Journal Volume 3″ size=”normal”]Volume 3 explores the geometry of letterforms and type systems to demonstrate that even intuitive typographic outcomes have modular and geometric foundations! In particular, this volume highlights intriguing construction processes behind many great typefaces, and shines a spotlight on some fantastic new fonts that would be a valuable addition to any designer’s tool kit.

I wanted to create a platform to not only share my knowledge, but more importantly to share the thinking, work and outcomes of the rest of our community. Typograph.Journal is about curious and passionate designers exchanging knowledge to build creative confidence within the visual communication industries. I hope the journal provides prompts for readers’ own design exploration, research and advancement.[/faktory_blockquote]

You have to get yourself a copy of the Typograph.Journal Volume 3. Once you see it, you’ll be amazed. There are copies of Volumes 1 and 2 still available in the Typographher shop, so why not get all three?

New LAB Prints: The Poem & An Artist’s Life

I’ve been asked quite a few times about the origin of my site’s name, IAMTHELAB. It’s actually the first four words of a rather short poem I wrote over 15 years ago: I am the lab of my own experiment, the petri dish of my own experience. Artists are always a work in progress, and paying attention to your own creative growth can be motivating. Who knew that years later, it would become the foundation of my little modern handmade webspace? To celebrate, I’ve designed a brand new series of prints that I hope you’ll enjoy.


The new LAB prints feature original photographs taken here on the Big Island, as well as the I AM THE LAB poem and the LAB logo. They’re available in my Society6 shop at the moment. If you do pick up a copy, please let me know and I’ll feature your space here.

The second new print in my collection is called The Artist’s Life. How fun was this to make! It’s a stylish list of all the obstacles that creatives face, again featuring my original photography. I can’ wait to get my copy. It’s available in 3 versions, also in my Society6 shop.



This is going to be one of the busiest months in the LAB’s history and I hope that my readers, both makers and handmade enthusiasts, embrace the direction that I will be going for the autumn and winter season. I’m a little nervous, but also very excited about the projects that I’ll be unveiling. I hope you have a creative and productive week and thanks for supporting the LAB and the makers that make this all possible. Since most of us can use it, I leave you with this engrossing glimpse into the making of Rudolf Letko’s One More Day print. Because handwritten art + Amon Tobin = brainjoy. ~ Brett

One more day from Rudolf Letko on Vimeo.





Get Inspired: Looking Up – March 2014 Desktop Wallpaper


I’m back! With a fresh month of handmade goodness ahead of us, here’s hoping that you are working hard to see grand moments of artistic value in the world around you. I find that when I feel a lull in my creative energy, a change in perspective is all I need to get the fires burning again. It doesn’t have to be a huge and earth shaking change. Sometimes, all you have to do is look up.

A few years ago, I started a photography project called Looking Up. The idea behind the project was as simple as it sounds: to see the things we miss, often because our eyes are focused downward. In a city like San Francisco, there is so much to see just be raising our heads toward the sky. For this month’s free wallpaper, I’m sharing one of my personal favorites from the Looking Up project. You can download a copy for your desktop, tablet or smartphone. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share and reblog! You can get a print version here.

March 2014 Wallpaper // Look Up // IAMTHELAB