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brand-new, limited edition Organic Cotton Gold Rose Moth tees are here!

brand-new, limited edition Organic Cotton Gold Rose Moth tees are here!

Hooray for freshly printed fall tees! Here is a brand-new, limited edition organic cotton tee with a shimmery rose gold moth illustration. This is a design I started sketching at the beginning of the summer...

first moth sketches

I hand-painted the finished design with a fine paintbrush and black India ink on transparent film,

then used that film to create the silkscreen stencil, and hand-printed a limited edition of only twenty-five prints on these super-luxurious organic cotton tees.

Here's a fun time-lapse video of the set-up process, mixing and testing the ink color, marking out the t-shirts to make sure the print will be neatly centered, etc... Silkscreen printing takes a lot of careful set-up work!

And here's a time-lapse of me printing the tees! 

silkscreen printing the new moth tees

 

It's a really flattering scoop-neck style with beautiful, simple details, well-constructed from unbelievably soft Pima cotton. Because it's a different (and fancier) style of tee than I usually print on, I only made twenty-five of these for the Fall 2018 season, and will not be printing more this season, so they'll probably be selling out by the end of Common Ground Fair, if not sooner - if you want to catch one in your size, they are all up on the website now.

 

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Morris & Essex at LL Bean!

Morris & Essex at LL Bean!

Maine State Greeting Card

I am so excited about packing up a box of goodies bound for the one and only LL Bean today! Keep an eye out for Morris & Essex tea towels and greeting cards at the LL Bean Home store in Freeport! 

I have special feelings bout LL Bean - Growing up, my family shopped at Beans every year, even when it was just a little shop with creaky wood floors, on the second floor, upstairs from the Freeport post office. Every family expedition was entirely outfitted with well-worn, vintage LL Bean gear, from heavy waxed canvas backpacks to crinkly parkas and cross-country skis. It’s so cool to know that some of my own favorite designs will be for sale at this iconic Maine spot!! Thank you to LL Bean Home for supporting local artisans! ❤️

#morrisandessexdesign #mainemade#letterpresslove #mainedesign#madeinmaine #letterpressgreetingcards#greetingcarddesign #mainemakers#madeinusa #letterpresscards #mainelove

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Summer 2018 Craft Fair Schedule

Summer 2018 Craft Fair Schedule

I am feeling SO very spring-sunshine-y this week, it's glorious! And that's got me thinking about this coming summer craft fair season... yay! I've cut back on my craft fair commitments now that we've got TWO little running, climbing, wild, mischievous and delightful assistants on our little team. It was always a lot of work to pull off a big craft fair when it was just me, but now that we've got two little kids to look after, it's a HUGE undertaking! Someday the kids will be older and they'll be thrilled to spend the occasional weekend away from us and we'll get back to doing more fairs then, but for now, they're only little once and it's hard to do too many big weekend commitments. So, just a few great events lined up for this summer:

Yarmouth Clam Festival, crafts area: July 20 - 22, Yarmouth, Maine

Ossipee Valley Music Festival: July 26 - 29, Hiram, Maine

Common Ground Country Fair: September 21 - 23, Unity, Maine

Come out and see us - these are all FANTASTIC events filled with amazing handmade goods, and I'm looking forward to each of them!

Also, check out Picnic Craft Fair on August 4th in Portland - we LOVE this one and always participate, but have to miss it this year for a very special wedding in New York. And if you're in Portland, absolutely go check out the Portland Fine Craft Show on August 25th. We'll be out of town for this one too, but it was awesome last year and I'm sure it will be a great showing again this time around!

Common Ground Fair rainbow

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Packaging Design

Packaging Design

Did you know this week was national packaging design day? I know it’s a small detail, but I’ve always been really proud of my product packaging and the design thought I’ve put into it. Simple, minimal and practical (and eco-friendly)! My pattern design style is always pretty elaborate, which means the packaging needs to stay understated - I think it's a nice balance. And nice packaging makes it easier to give them as a gift - wrapping and presentation is always part of the joy of giving and receiving!

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Framed Prints

Framed Prints

I can't believe it's been almost 10 years since I started making hand-printed greeting cards to sell! Since the very beginning, I've gotten the same wonderful compliment so many times: "Your cards are so beautiful, I can't send them! I just buy them to hang them up on my wall!" And the same question again and again: "Can you make a bigger print to hang on my wall?" (The answer to that question has always been "Sorry, no!" The nature of old-fashioned analog printmaking means that I create a relief plate to print the cards and they all come out just the same size.)

SO... by popular demand, I am finally offering FRAMED PRINTS to hang on your wall! Yay! These are high-quality digital reproduction prints, which means they can be larger than the greeting card sizes. The frames are simple and beautiful, sustainable hardwood with a rich walnut veneer. These look soooo lovely hanging in your living room or make a gorgeous and thoughtful gift for any occasion - housewarming gift, Mother's Day gift or birthday gift, for starters. 

I'm so happy with the quality of these, I'm adding more and more designs to the collection. I started with the Hooray Rooster design, which is always one of my most popular card designs, and the one that has most often been requested in a large-size print. It's such a perky addition to your kitchen's breakfast nook, or a sweet housewarming gift for someone who's bought their first home. Then I added the Green Gardens print, which is another of my most beloved card designs (and which I originally designed as an illustration to hang on my living room wall, so it's kind of come full circle now). I've also created a framed print of the new "Dream" design - so perfect for a bedroom wall, right? Or any place in the house where you might like to sit and daydream. I'm working on more prints every day, so I will be adding more designs to the gallery day by day! I'm also feeling inspired and starting to work on some original watercolor and collage designs to add to the gallery, and I will definitely share more about those as I complete them!

The Conservation Series frame is made from solid wood claimed from socially and environmentally responsible forests. It has a clean and contemporary 0.75" wide x 1.25" deep profile with a smooth veneer finish. Premium shatterproof acrylic protects the face of the art print, while an acid free dust cover on the back provides a custom finish. Includes wall hanging hardware. Framed fine art print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality.

Framed reproduction prints are not made in my studio, they are professionally printed and framed in the USA and will be shipped separately from other items. 

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Free Shipping code for email subscribers!

Free Shipping code for email subscribers!

Are you on the Morris & Essex email list? http://eepurl.com/czJaY I'd love to stay in touch by email, and I'm sending out a *FREE SHIPPING* code to my email list subscribers this week, so hop over and get on the list if you aren't there already! http://eepurl.com/czJaY I promise not to bug you too much, I don't send a whole lot of emails and when I do, it's usually good stuff - new product announcements, sneak peaks, sales, and the rare promo codes. Love to have you join us there! 

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ENAMEL MUGS ARE HERE! and you could win one for free!

ENAMEL MUGS ARE HERE! and you could win one for free!

You guys, I am SO EXCITED to announce that the enamel mug design I did this summer is FINALLY here and they are up in the shop! These came all the way from Poland, where they were manufactured by Emalco, a family business and high-quality enamelware maker. They use traditional methods with some modern innovations to create gorgeous, durable enamelware. Designs are fired on to the enamelware with high heat, so they won't scratch off! 

I'm celebrating with a giveaway! Head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment before Thursday, 1/11/18 to be entered to win a free mug! Let me know what you'd like to drink out of this mug and I'll send a spiffy new mug to one lucky winner! Comment on my Facebook page to be entered in the drawing. https://www.facebook.com/Morris.Essex/posts/10157027586214972

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time-lapse drawing

time-lapse drawing

one more time-lapse drawing! these are kind of addictive to make.

time lapse pattern drawing

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madelocalmonth: COLOR

madelocalmonth: COLOR

        

#madelocalmonth day 8: what’s my favorite color? ALL OF THEM! 🌈 but especially purple. 💜 I can’t resist the urge to make everything purple. Or violet, lilac, periwinkle, raspberry, mauve, maroon, lavender, heliotrope, grape, orchid, fuchsia, magenta, eggplant, amethyst, indigo, thistle, plum, every possible hue and shade of purple. Even my kids are dressed in purple, haha! 

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Introducing our brand-new Natural Birch Wood Ornaments!

Introducing our brand-new Natural Birch Wood Ornaments!

Natural Birch Wood Christmas Ornaments

I'm so excited to share these brand-new ornaments! They're just finished this week and I think they came out beautifully! We already have them hanging up in our windows at home. They're made in Maine from natural, unfinished birch plywood, custom engraved with my original designs. The light, unfinished wood looks just right against the dark boughs of the pine tree. You can check them out on my website!

We also have lots of other beautiful goodies to keep in mind for the coming holiday season (gorgeous hand-printed scarves are so perfect for this time of year!), and will be adding more special new products soon... Stay tuned for some more new items on the way in the next few weeks!

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madelocalmonth: TIMELAPSE

madelocalmonth: TIMELAPSE

Flower doodles while the kids are napping.

Doodles while the kids are sleeping

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madelocalmonth: HELLO

madelocalmonth: HELLO

Hello! 👋 Just introducing myself for #madelocalmonth... I’m Eliza and I’m the designer and printmaker behind Morris & Essex. That’s Sadie (7 mos) on my hip, and Hattie (almost 3 years) didn’t want to be in the picture so she’s hiding behind the mirror. These girls are a big inspiration for me... I’m grateful to be juggling creative work and parenting at the same time, even when it’s hard to fit it all in.

My favorite parts of the day are: 
-drinking milky coffee in the shower. 
-quiet craft time with Hattie while Sadie takes a nap. 
-outings with the girls: children’s museum, farmer’s market, zoo, grocery store, or exploring the city. 
-afternoon walks to the park with Hattie in the stroller and Sadie in the carrier. 
-glass of wine and an hour or two of work time after I put the girls to bed and clean up the day’s detritus.

If I had a month off, I would spend it: 
-Baking more pies and cookies 
-Sitting on a park bench with a coffee and a sketchbook 
-Studying art history 
-Napping and reading fiction 
-Wandering around a strange & beautiful new city with a camera in my hand
-Hiking new mountains 
-Learning more new craft techniques

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