Monday, March 29, 2010

Gwen Frostic

Gwen Frostic
Have you ever heard of Gwen Frostic? I fell in love with her work after reading a feature article in the March 2005 Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Gwen Frostic's work @ MSL magazine
The last time we were in the US I was really excited to find a lovely bird-themed
block print Note Card set at Anthropologie. Aren't they enchanting?
I feel inspired to make a four color block print of my own...

35 Lovely Comments:

Anonymous Lovely World said...

My mother gave me a journal with her prints many years ago. Quiet, observant, simple lovely.

3/29/2010 12:24 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

ooh, i get an afternoon off from my kiddos on friday. i think i'll be carving a block then.

are you going to do 4 separate blocks, or do a reduction print with one block?

3/29/2010 12:34 PM  
Blogger 32˙North said...

Her work is lovely. I especially like the cardinals.

3/29/2010 12:51 PM  
Blogger blue china studio said...

Oh how beautiful! And I love how you've styled your photos with the rocks and various other things.

3/29/2010 1:01 PM  
Blogger paula said...

When I was a mere young thing, maybe 14, my girlfriends and I would exchange portfolios of Gwen Frostic cards for special occasions. Later, I had my wedding announcements printed on her cards. I was very happy indeed that Martha brought this talented woman back to life, so to speak!

3/29/2010 1:19 PM  
Blogger Candace Trew Camling said...

I grew up in Michigan (where she was from and where her studio is.) My parents said there was some financial stuff going on and that the studio might close. Very sad news! Some kind of dispute between the bank and the studio. Hopefully it all gets worked out... because her work is such a treasure! I have tons and tons of her prints, books and cards! LOVE IT!

3/29/2010 1:27 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I'm also from Michigan and I love that Gwen Frostic's work shows the beauty and majesty of Michigan's natural world. My poor home state is often getting bad press because of the economy but it really is a beautiful spot.

3/29/2010 2:56 PM  
Blogger CeliaAlma said...

Your blog is lovely just love it, congratulations from Portugal. Hugs

3/29/2010 3:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

All your posts are such a feast for the eyes. I love how you set up these pictures and getting a glimpse of how life looks through your eyes :) You're truely an inspriation :0

3/29/2010 3:19 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

I have wondered about multi-color blocks.....How do you do it? Can you show us?

3/29/2010 4:31 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I have a chickadee rubber stamp and a background grass stamp by Gwen Frostic among other little notes and tissue paper. Her raccoons have the best faces.

3/29/2010 4:38 PM  
Blogger Feather said...

these pictures are rockin' my world today!

3/29/2010 7:51 PM  
Blogger Margie Oomen said...

not sure i really know what a four color block print is but I am sure yours would be the most wonderful one ever

3/29/2010 8:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

heheh i love everything in this photo, but i have to admit that i saw that ticket first! ;)

3/29/2010 10:10 PM  
OpenID farmgirlstudio said...

Her prints are lovely!!!

3/30/2010 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Michigan and have always loved her work. I'm glad to see it's out in the world and still doing great!

3/30/2010 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Michigan loving her work. Glad to see it's still out there and doing well!

3/30/2010 7:30 AM  
Anonymous shebrews/eydie said...

I remember having a journal of hers in the early 1970's. She is classic. Like someone said, quiet, restful and beautiful. SImple.
thanks for sharing.

3/30/2010 7:39 AM  
Blogger PrairieGarden-Liane said...

And I love how you compose your photos.

3/30/2010 8:38 AM  
Blogger blake said...

Oh, please do make some block prints! This is one of my favorite media. Lovely stuff.

3/30/2010 10:28 AM  
Blogger The Noisy Plume: said...

Love these like I just discovered the meaning of the word. xxxxx

3/30/2010 10:37 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Beautiful images for inspiration, thanks for sharing.

3/30/2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger BeckyDJD said...

just found your super cute blog, I am in love! Beautiful!

3/30/2010 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Lasso the Moon said...

I love her work. I love print. I love birds. Perfect. And can't wait to see what YOU come up with!

3/30/2010 7:04 PM  
Blogger Kirstin said...

Small world. I grew up just a few miles from her home/studio/store and my father knew her. She was an avid bird watcher and loved nature. I have tons of her cards & prints. Being so close, I'm always a bit surprised to see her work all over the place! I loved going to her studio and watching the old printing presses at work and listening to them.

3/31/2010 4:58 AM  
Blogger carolina postcard said...

Small world. My mother in law gave me one of her small books of poetry a few years ago when she was cleaning out for a move. I loved the artwork and it's simplicity, but never knew anything about the artist. So cool to see her work is now in Martha. Cheers!

3/31/2010 6:58 AM  
Blogger Mary Kelly said...

Oh they are so pretty! you would do well with block printing. :)

3/31/2010 6:43 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

We stayed in a cottage last summer in Michigan and the wall were all adorned with beautiful Gwen Frostic prints. Her work is lovely. I think your birds sometimes remind me of her.

4/01/2010 6:02 AM  
Blogger kanishk said...

Her work is lovely. I especially like the cardinals.
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4/02/2010 10:21 PM  
Blogger Diana Sudyka said...

Oh thanks for posting about her! I was not familiar with her work. Truly lovely!

4/06/2010 11:38 AM  
Anonymous towhee said...

i saved that article from MS magazine too. i love Gwen's prints!

4/23/2010 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Frankfort, Mi, which isn't far from the studio. I was just there this past year and the studio has reopened and has a website.
There were some issues with the banks and the person who "inherited" the studio, but it has new ownership and is trying to make a go of it again. Give them your custom.

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