by ARTIST DANIEL MITSUI
I have begun a collaboration with The Press of Robert LoMascolo to produce bookplates, greeting cards, bookmarks, ornaments, and other small items. I am designing these, and Robert is printing them using traditional letterpress methods and fine papers.
These Christmas ornaments depict the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Baptism in the Jordan, each surrounded by a decorative knot pattern. The ornaments are printed on both sides, on heavy cotton cardstock.
You can order a set of three ornaments here.
ST. FRANCIS BOOKPLATE
These are universal bookplates; anyone can write his or her name in the blank space and paste them into books to identify a personal library. They depict St. Francis of Assisi in a scene ironically relating to the ownership of books. According to a medieval vita:
When blessed Francis was sitting near a ﬁre, warming himself, the same one spoke to him again about a psalter. And blessed Francis told him: After you have a psalter, you will desire and want to have a breviary; after you have a breviary, you will sit in a fancy chair, like a great prelate telling your brother: Bring me the breviary. And speaking in this way with great intensity of spirit, he took some ashes in his hand, put them on his head rubbing them around his head as though he were washing it, saying: I, a breviary! I, a breviary! He spoke this way many times, passing his hand over his head. The brother was stunned and ashamed.
This image is surrounded by a millefleur border, in which St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio appear. They are printed on archival cotton paper.
You can order a package of twelve bookplates here.