Crystal does so many nice things for me. She cooks me dinner, bakes me cakes, gives me rides, brings me back vegan moon pies & fancy-French-meals-in-tins from her travels, and is happy to talk when she can tell I'd like to just sit quietly and listen.
So when she told me she needed a poster for her upcoming fundraiser to save some birdies, I was more than happy to help. Thrilled, in fact. Always the good student, I love an assignment with a deadline.
Serendipitously, I had signed up for a Midnight Screenprinting class at Workshop SF with a friend, and had yet to figure out what to print. Posters it was! I just converted the original design to black & white, bumped the contrast waaaaaay up, and hoped for the best. (I think our rad teacher Nicole tweaked them a little, too- thanks, Nicole!) All things considered, I think they turned out pretty well. And thank goodness the birds still look like birds!
I'm probably the last person to realize this, but screenprinting is super fun. You make, like, a real thing! Just print, print, print away. Ink on paper. Timeless.
Printing at midnight, making mistakes, falling asleep on my feet to the sweet sounds of A Tribe Called Quest: for all I knew I was back in the University of Illinois photo lab, circa 2001. Perhaps I was.
And there he is, the star of the poster. I never guessed I would own a ceramic bird, let alone buy one, but that's how it goes. I rescued him from Community Thrift (for 75cents), but there are lots of real-life birdies that need homes, too. Donate stuff, buy stuff!