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"One tends to give one's fingers too little credit for their own good sense."

—Elizabeth Zimmermann

of "Get Handy," part of the ongoing Dead Feminists broadside series. This piece is a collaboration between Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, in admiration of the power of one's own two hands.

From urban homesteaders, to fine craftspeople, to hobbyists of all stripes—we are inspired by the handiwork we find all around us. And Elizabeth Zimmermann's words and work are perfect symbols of a handmade life infused with joy and meaning.

The large letterpress poster is now sold out (because it was created in a limited edition, we won't be reprinting the original poster), but this postcard faithfully reproduces the hand-lettered typography and hand-drawn illustrations of the original. "Get Handy" overflows with simple pleasures and home comforts. Elizabeth presides over cable patterns and Fair Isle sweaters. A little slow food takes root in the garden. Honeybees guard a new crop of candles. Fresh home-canned treats stock the shelves. Puzzles come together and checkers become kings over a cup of tea. Chickens scratch along a fence of golden (darning) eggs. And when they're not busy knitting or snipping yarn, hands spell it out for you in American Sign Language.

Colophon reads:

Elizabeth Lloyd-Jones Zimmermann (1910 – 1999) was a British-born master knitter. EZ (as she was known by legions of knitters) moved to the United States and founded Schoolhouse Press in the 1950s, teaching a new approach to knitting through original designs, newsletters, books and a television series. Her no-nonsense approach was laced with humor and readily applied to life beyond knitting, from encouragement in experimentation to trusting one's own instincts. Americans were reintroduced to the easier, faster German or Continental style of knitting, which had fallen out of favor during WWII, while EZ encouraged students to think on their own using EPS (Elizabeth's Percentage System) to easily size garments. EZ's daughter Meg had continued her knitting legacy, most likely inspired by her mother's motto: "Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises."


Postcard size: 5 x 8 inches
PLEASE NOTE: this oversized postcard requires extra postage. It mails at the regular letter rate (currently 46 cents) within the U.S.

PAPER FINISH: this postcard is made from paper with a smooth, eggshell finish. If you write on it, we recommend using either a ballpoint pen or some form of permanent, smear-proof ink.

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This original artwork is copyright Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring 2010. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this piece. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.

WA state residents are subject to sales tax.

This postcard will ship flat in a protective mailer.

Learn more about each artist:

Chandler:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnagramPress
http://www.anagram-press.com

Jessica:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpringtidePress
http://www.springtidepress.com


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GET HANDY oversized postcard featuring knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann

US$2.00

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ink, paper
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