Hello, Happy 2014! So I guess my New Year's resolution of blogging more was blown before I even started since it's the 24th, and I'm just now getting to my first post of the new year... Whoops! Things are busy and already gearing up for all the Spring weddings. One thing that has kept us extra busy is our tiny Etsy store- Have you seen the custom note cards we offer there? They are lots of fun and make cute gifts. We make them by hand setting our collection of wood and metal type- the original and somewhat laborious way. Some of the type is chipped or warn, but we like that uniqueness and think it gives a quirky feel. We pair them with a recycled brown "paper bag" envelope and they fly out of the shop! Right now they are only available printed on our house paper (Crane's Lettra 110# Pearl White), and in our favorite 5.5" x 4.25" size, but we might expand this option in the future, what do you think? Custom quantities are available, but some names or words may not fit or be right for this type of printing, this isn't a font so not a lot of type sizes are available, feel free to contact us directly if you have a question or want a custom quote! Lots more exciting things to share in the new year, working on a new website, overhaul on our branding- and hopefully a physical move to our forever home (fingers crossed it's soon).
Scroll down to see some photos of what the metal and wood type look like.
Metal type waiting to be cleaned after printing...
Metal type locked up with wooden "furniture" waiting to be cleaned.
Wood type lined up waiting to be cleaned after a long day of printing...
You can see some of the individual make-ready we have to do to make each letter level with one another - vintage type is rarely all the same "type high" size.
So I've entered some art into Minted's "State of the Art" contest. The winner gets a lump sum, then the art is available for sale on their site in a huge variety of sizes, plus the winner gets percentage of each sale...how fun is that? The first entry is a watercolor / gouache paint on a small wood panel... you can vote for Diamond here
and the second is a study for a larger painting I've been working on, I took a photo of a ruby throated hummingbird, reduced it to geometric forms in the computer design program Illustrator, then picked colors that corresponded to the natural coloring in the photo. You can vote for Geometric Hummingbird here
I am pretty excited about this new shop offering, I was going to wait until this morning, but couldn't resist tweeting about it yesterday- but here is the official announcement! I ordered some custom 3.5" round coasters in a thinner 40pt. weight to use for another project (usually we use the larger standard 4" size, 60pt. thickness like standard bar coasters)- and since I had more than a few left over I started playing around with other ideas we could use them for - and how cute is this?!? Our Antique wood type fits perfectly on this size and I love the lighter more sophisticated weight and somewhat rustic / fun look of these. So so many reasons to order these cute coasters! Perfect for wedding receptions, cocktail parties, birthday parties, house warming gift, an anniversary party... the list could just go on and on, right? We have a ton of this particular wood type, so as long as it's just 3 letters, we can print it for you! You can find the listing in our etsy shop here. Currently our listing is for quantities of 100, but we can do more or less- just let me know and I can get you a custom quote and listing.
What are you doing March 16th? (or anytime from March 15th - April 26th?) How about coming to visit the SUPERDUPERULTRACOOL pop-up shop in the NIAD Art Center in Richmond, CA! Didn't see that coming did you? I will have some letterpress printed cards, along with some clay art pieces (letterpress + clay!), but there is also work from some very talented folks- and it is all organized by the super awesome Lisa Solomon. So come out, support the NIAD Art Center - and if you can show up for the opening on March 16th from 12:30 - 3pm, there will be food trucks (yum.)
Weekend plans, done. You're welcome. (and hope to see you there!)