When I began my blog, slightly more than three years ago, I had just finished reading The Uncommon Reader, a delightful short comic novel by Alan Bennett. I am a reader and understood the reference to Virginia Woolf’s Common Reader essays so the phrase ‘common reader’ was whirling around in my brain when I thought of that most common of weeds – the dandelion. I thought the dandelion was a perfect flower to refer to me; I am a Leo and those distinctive leaves are the dent de lion, the teeth of the lion, and I am a cheerful person, and though no one has ever used the term sunny to describe me, I love the sunny shaggy dandelion flowers. What else could I name my blog but The Commonweeder.
Yesterday I spent an hour with my friend Cara Hochhalter, and she helped me make a block print of a dandelion that I will use as a logo. I am not an artist, but I am very happy with the way this turned out, needing only a bit more tweaking of the block, and figuring out how to make the blossom a tiny bit bolder. What do you think?
I used a Safety-Kut soft printing block from Daniel Smith which made the task much easier and faster.