When we were planning our book tour I was so happy to see how extensively we’re traveling throughout the South. From Virginia and North Carolina down to South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, we’re hitting some of my favorite spots throughout the region (I can’t wait to show Amy around Savannah when it’s not the dead of winter). I didn’t really learn to appreciate being Southern until I left Virginia and went to college in NYC. I was so homesick that I wound up spending my afternoons watching Designing Women on my dorm TV just to get a dose of Southern accents. There’s something about just thinking about the South that always makes me feel at home.
These prints are from a new business called Old Try. Started by a Southern couple who moved to Boston a few years ago, Old Try operates with the same longing for the South that only really happens when you move away from it. The Old Try team found an old letterpress shop run by locals in Massachusetts and decided to set up came there, sending “love letters to the south” from their new home. Each of their prints are made on cotton paper and feature hand-carved designs celebrating states like Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina. I’m partial to the North Carolina and Georgia prints, but you can check out the full collection right here, along with the designers’ thoughts on each design and why they chose it. My favorite anecdote from their email to me involved ruffling a few feathers in Massachusetts in their process. They said they’re often asked why they aren’t drawing more Boston designs, to which they answered, “Well ma’am, I don’t dream of Boston when I fall asleep.” I certainly know what it’s like to dream of warm summer days in the South. Thanks to Old Try for reminding me of those quieter moments. xo, grace