Pre-Renegade Kickoff: Book and Printing Party at Lotta Jansdotter's Brooklyn Studiocomments (1) June 13th, 2008
Tucked into the Gowanus Canal warehouse-wasteland between Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Lotta Jansdotter's spacious, all-white studio is a little piece of fabric-printing heaven, and tonight she opened her doors to the crafting world, most in town for this weekend's Renegade Fair. While many milled, sipped wine, caught up with West Coast buddies and purchased Lotta's latest book, Lotta Prints: How to Print With Anything From Potatoes to Linoleum, others actually did print with anything from potatoes to linoleum. Lotta had set up a large table with fabric and printing supplies, and you were hard pressed to get a place at it, since the crowd at times was almost two deep. I finally found a spot and happily worked for a while using linoleum pieces carved with leaves and circles and green textile paint to embellish a black shrug I had brought along for the party. Some had brought big and baby T-shirts and others worked on the muslin squares supplied by Lotta, who hovered and offered advice and assistance as needed. It was a grand time and a great way to kick off a grand Brooklyn crafting weekend.