If you live in Kensington, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Port Richmond or any other neighborhood near the Ben Franklin Bridge you probably know about the Milk Bottle tower above. If you live in Philadelphia, you should know about the Milk Bottle shown above. Click here for a some history on the Harbison Milk Bottle.
It is a great landmark and everyday I get to look out my window and see the simple outline of a milk bottle. The picture above was actually taken as I stood at one of my windows. I have become a bit attached to the landmark so I made a linoleum cut and began printing blank note cards shown here. It is a smaller linoleum cut so I wanted to make something a bit bigger for my upcoming show in December at Proximity Gallery. I will make smaller prints but I also wanted to make some larger ones, say 11″x 14″ so I made another cut.
After finishing the cut I did some test prints and they came out pretty nice. The ink is a bit splotchy but it works. The real milk bottle is rusty and has been weathered quite a bit so having the ink splotchy creates a good representation of what it really looks like. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the charming East Kensington neighborhood, this would be a good reason to walk around. Not only can you see this beautiful landmark but there are a bunch of galleries, some shops, and some really cool postgreen homes you can check out while visiting. It will make the trip worth your while. More on the neighborhood in a later post.
I plan on printing 50 for each color. I’m not sure how many colors I will eventually do but I want to keep it limited. There will definitely be black, green and blue. I may do two more colors but again I want to keep it limited. I will have these for sale at the December show and I plan on putting some up on my Etsy shop as soon I begin printing on good paper. I also want to make prints with the smaller milk bottle I carved out earlier this year but I haven’t figured out what size. I will update you all when I begin printing.
If you know someone that is a fan of Philly, I think this would be a great Christmas gift. As for price I am still debating that but I figure the prints will be extremely reasonable since they are hand printed and I want to keep them limited (around $25). Let me know what you all think about the price and print.
Thanks for stopping by and keep checking back because the show is coming up fast so I am constantly working and creating. I will post pictures as I finish work.