birds of sadness...

images via studio on fire found via Dain & Mallory

studio on fire has made this letter press poster for a show, sweet hair, which benefits locks of love. it took me just a second to fall hard. letter press has such a nice texture and i've long been interested in hair, as a material and in victorian hair work and mourning objects.

the whole text, a chinese proverb, reads, "you cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair."

find the poster available here...


  1. This is really just amazing!! I've always loved that proverb. Thanks for sharing sweets :)

  2. Studio on Fire makes the best stuff - their sense of design is impeccable. What a fantastic rendition of such a profound thought.

  3. why hello! i am so glad to meet someone else as smitten with letterpress as i am.

    i've been a long-time reader of your blog ever since my great friend alisa (of bits & bobs) posted an exposé about you. you do awesome work!

    — molly / dain & mallory


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