Monday, April 26, 2010

Focus On... Krank Press!

Krank Press is a fabulous letterpress shop run by Elinor, a fabulous artist based in Los Angeles.
from her etsy bio:
"Two-dimensional wondercabinets for the rural cosmopolitan."
From the motorized platen press in my mossy-green Silver Lake garage (and the metal type library in my basement) I incorporate my drawings and woodcuts into handprinted calendars, greeting cards, books, bags and other assorted ephemera. Amongst the fascinations of Krank Press: backyard zoology, Los Angeles history, classic American graphics and fonts, vehicles.

What kind of mediums do you use and why? Letterpress printing (including linoleum blocks and woodcuts), and a bit of silkscreen, too.

What made you decide to sell on etsy? I wanted a place where friends not nearby could get some of my products, but then the site took off and has a life of its own.

Where do you get your inspiration? Vintage signage & packaging, Japanese anything, Japanese resist dying and Chinese paper cut-outs, folk art, postage stamps

What is your favorite music to craft by? Podcasts! Radiolab, Sound of Young America, the Moth...

If you were an animal, what would you be? An eared grebe, or any kind of grebe, really. they are basically cute little diving ducks (I love to swim!) who migrate from British Columbia to Baja and back.

What's your favorite piece of your own? The produce calendars (currently: LA, SF, NW and TX) are my biggest hit, but also my favorite combo of research, color, linoleum block art, etc.

{perpetual gardening calendars - san francisco bay, texas, southern CA, pacific northwest}

What are your favorite blogs right now? I've been so busy with printing & getting ready for my wedding that I've fallen off my usual blog-watching. Historically my favorites have been the Reference Library, Hoping for Happy Accidents, Fine Little Day and Lena Corwin's.


  1. these are too cute!

  2. What a lovely interview - such great looking merchandise!

  3. Love the calendar!!! I'll check her stuff out today!


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