We pledged for The Weekend Press’s Oakland Illustration Project on Kickstarter and received this awesome kit! A pocket notebook, letterpress coasters, one postcard, and 10 original prints! We are extra excited and a wee bit sentimental over this project because these prints were created with our very own Original Heidelberg Press that we sold to them when we closed up shop in SF. Not only that, but one of our lovely designers Anna Hurley moved on to collaborate with them! We are incredibly supportive of this project not only because of our connection, but because it’s a community project that uses a traditional form of craftsmanship, letterpress- our one true love. Learn more about the project here!
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We’re big fans of the San Francisco Center for the Book so we were excited to hear that they recently moved into a new and bigger space. This Friday, April 26th, from 6 – 9pm they will be celebrating in their new home on 375 Rhode Island Street. Head to their blog to see the great list of events they have planned for the evening which include printing and binding demos. The event is free and open to the public, just be sure to RSVP here . You can also view the event on Facebook.
Photos by creativebug
We’ve been dying to share photos from this sweet engagement for what seems like, forever! Remember this Sweet Paper Proposal on the blog last year? Well the photos are finally out and they’re exactly what we imagined. Cameron and his lovely fiance were definitely a match made in – Muni? Check out the entire gallery over at Style Me Pretty with tell-all photos by Chris and Adrienne Scott.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Photos by Chris and Adrienne Scott
This week Wedding Row California wrote a wonderful post about letterpress printing at Hello!Lucky. With specific details about the creative process and gorgeous photography by Josh Gruetzmacher. We feel touched when people show such interest in the age-old printmaking method of letterpress, especially when they spend a whole afternoon learning the ins-and-outs.
Printmaker James is a fabulous tour guide, and showed Abigail (the author) and Josh the steps of creating a New York City Skyline letterpress wedding invitation from beginning to end.
To read the entire feature and to view more amazing photos, click here!
We’re just loving these photos by Rikki Ward Photography taken of our open studio event on SFMade Day! She captured the day perfectly – from the letterpress printing tutorials to our furry little visitors. If you missed out on the fun, on May 12th we opened our doors on a sunny Saturday to all of our San Francisco friends and offered first hand printing techniques, discounts on our cards and gifts, and even invited super stylish Leslie Yang – owner and designer of Feistyelle – to come and sell her killer accessories. We had such a good time that we are already planning the next event!
The original Vandercook press.
Handmade accessories by Feistyelle.
We’re thankful for such an amazing turnout.
Here’s James giving a lesson about letterpress printing.
Even our curious customers got a chance to crank the press and make their own birthday card!
Leslie Yang looking fabulous.
Our favorite customer! Sending a big thanks to everyone who came and supported us. If you missed out last time don’t be sad – we’re planning on opening our studio for days like this more often, so stay tuned for details!
Photos by Rikki Ward Photography
There was so much good work at NSS this year that it was hard to keep it to just two posts. So here is my third and final post, but really I could have done about three more! Rose from The Great Lakes Goods always has a strong showing and this year was no exception (above and below).
Newcomer Pei Designs featured some super cute illustrations – all letterpressed (above and below)!
Do you recognize the feather illustration?
The always amazing Rifle Paper debuted these ridiculously adorable cocktail coasters:
Fawnsberg is run by two sisters, and features sweet illustrations on their cards and rubber stamps (above and below).
Finally, Atlanta-based Alee and Press really nailed it with their ombre style:
Whew! It was a great show and I loved checking out all the beautiful new work. Let us know in the comments if you discovered anyone new and amazing at the show this year!
Hey peeps! It’s time for more goodies from this years National Stationery Show (click here to see Part 1). First up is the amazing work from 1 Canoe 2 (above and below): 3 talented girls who draw, design and letterpress print in a barn in Missouri. Living the dream.
How incredible is their guest sign (below)? I’m loving their prints also.
My favorite birthday card of the show came from Anemone Letterpress (below). So clever!
Stay tuned for part 3!
Pack up the presses and hit the road! That is exactly what Kyle Durrie of Moveable Type did back in 2010 when she felt torn between her two passions – road trips and printmaking. She wasn’t about to choose one or the other, so Kyle transformed a 1982 Chevy Step Van into her personal print shop. She set off onto a country-wide journey introducing moveable type to cities east and west, and it’s making a big impression on all the communities she visits. When she visited The Curiosity Shoppe San Francisco last July we were amazed at the turnout, especially for such a small space!
The Moveable Type truck updates their tour dates daily, so be sure to find out if it’s coming to a town near you. You can go home with hand-cranked posters, cards, and learn a little more about the print process. Visit the website here!
The San Francisco Center for the Book is hosting an awesome Earth Day Extravaganza in celebration of this year’s Earth Day! On Saturday April 21st you can try your own hand at printmaking, bookbinding, and lots of other fun activities. The best part is that it’s totally FREE! Bring your friends, families and kids and be a part of something great.
The SFCB is located at 300 De Haro Street Suite 334, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (The entrance is on the 16th Street side of the building, under the red awning in the bright blue building).
To create the plates, we first start with a film that has a clear image area and an opaque non-image area. We place this film on top of the polymer plate that has a layer of photo sensitive emulsion and expose it to UV light. The light that shines through the clear image area of the film hardens the light sensitive emulsion. Then we scrub the unexposed soft emulsion away, leaving a raised relief plate. After rinsing the plate and putting it on a heating tray to dry, we expose the plate to light again for added strength. Lastly, we apply an adhesive backing to attach the polymer plate to a boxcar base.
Stay tuned next week for the next step in creating this letterpress Dinosaur greeting card.