Lately, I have been doing part-time temp work at the Tufts Institute of the Environment. It has been fun and has given me a small but steady source of income while I wait to get hired somewhere full time. I’ve been able to do creative things, building them some furniture, designing and updating several websites, making signs for upcoming lectures and events, and doing general office work. Today, I was making some block print cards for renewable energy credits. They want to give these out as gifts for speakers, as an environmentally-conscious alternative. For me, it was just a great chance to pull out all of my printmaking equipment and go at it.

It has been a while since I have made any prints, and doing it tonight reminded me why. From start to finish, the process took seven hours: designing on the computer, transferring the design to the linoleum, cutting it out, setting up for printing, cutting the paper, inking up the block, and making the prints. All of my stuff has exploded over the living room, but I’ll put it all back tomorrow.

I promise.

And it all turned out well in the end. The letters got a little ink-filled by the end, but I now have 22 nice prints.

It is nice to get paid to do this, even though I love doing it on its own. Tomorrow, they are giving one to Erin Brockovich, who is giving a talk at Tufts. I feel famous by association.

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