July 30, 2010

Gwen Frostic goodness galore!

The first stop on our northern Michigan vacation was to Gwen Frostic's Studio and gift shop. Twice now I have missed this place despite being oh-so-close. Third time's a charm! The shop is under new management and is now open 7 days a week in case any of you are planning a visit.

Gwen is famous for her block prints and poetry, all nature-based. Nature is always a big inspiration for me so I have always felt myself to be a kindred spirit. Plus, I absolutely adore the look of prints anyway. Maybe I'll go into print making after I'm done with sewing and quilting.

I had pictured a little cabin off in the woods but what I got was a fairly sophisticated set up including its own print shop with press men who have been working there for over 40 years and over 20 years. That's some serious job commitment. I think it's pretty cool that people who knew her personally are carrying on her work. In my mind that makes everything that much more authentic.

I also couldn't help but notice the way nature was incorporated into the product displays and as wall decor.

Just for some additional incentive for those in the mood to shop, I found everything very reasonably priced. The only issue I had was choosing what to purchase! Where to begin?

As a final touch, they package your purchase in brown kraft paper with a spring of evergreen on the top. Lovely!

1 comment:

  1. My sister-in-law loves Gwen Frostic and had some of her prints incorporated into their wedding invites. They turned out oh-so-lovely. She also has visited the Gwen Frostic shop and had nothing but good things to say about it!