I'm a hazardous cook and work well when caffeinated. A bowl of pho and a boba milk tea can cure any of my ailments (at least I think!).
I need music to thrive. I love straight ahead jazz, world music and will indulge in singing aloud to an Adele song. My husband and I scout out home tours, and sometimes, you'll find us sitting at the nearby the dog park with our pup Bagel.
For years, I've been making handmade cards for friends and family, and finally, I have my own press in my home studio. There is something so special about paper, and in this digital world, nothing can replace the tactile satisfaction of a piece of paper in hand.
We didn't pick this name to go along with the German trend of names just for kicks. During 2011, I lived in Munich, Germany for a year and learned the language, the culture and most importantly, how to print with a master printer and typographer Christa Schwarztrauber. As an apprentice in her print studio, the Fliegenkopf Werksttat, I learned the traditional method of typesetting without computers and plates. It was 100% analog with only metal and wood type.
To this day, I still try to keep my German language skills (it drives my husband crazy), and crave the German style beers and fine bread.
More info about Christa and the Fliegenkopf Werkstatt:
The house has been an epitome for the past few years. My husband and I are proud to have built our home from the ground up. It started as a tired 1930s bungalow and now has transformed into a one-of-a-kind parametric piece of architecture. We've moved half a dozen times during this build, now know plenty about construction and where to source all kinds of materials. Building a house is not for the faint of heart but it reaps reward and fulfillment larger than the moon.
I have a Vandercook 4T, a Vandercook SP-15 and a Challenge 15 that is not yet up and printing. It's our most recent press that we're still cleaning up. On these 50+ year old presses, each sheet of paper is handfed one by one. It takes a little longer but I enjoy the involvement that each print requires.