I had visited a public sale of an old apothecary and pharmacy with my parents and found the cutest little printing machine (and I’m such a sucker for green)! They had used it for pricing, but the drawer underneath is where the fun really began!
There are a few pieces of equipment that I scour the world for and when I find them at an affordable price, I am willing to travel!!! So my wonderful husband cowers every time I tell him that I found something else I’d like to add to my shop. One of the pieces I have been looking for is a pinhole perforator. They perforate in the most beautiful dot pattern! It is the sort of perforation that used to be on sheets of stamps before they were self adhesive. These machines are hard to find, but I was lucky enough to find one from the owners of what used to be Pantry Press in Toronto, Canada. And yes, I was willing to travel for this beauty!
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ave you ever been invited to a Hot Chocolate Party? If you haven’t, you are going to want to host your own after seeing how much fun they are!
We normally host a holiday party each year and struggle to choose a weekend that everyone is available. So this year we decided to host a hot chocolate party in February when it is still nice and cold and all of our guests would be able to attend. It also gave me a great excuse to design and print an adorable invitation! I also put labels on everything so there were no questions as to what was available.
I chose a variety of desserts, appetizers and flavorings for mixing in the hot chocolate. I found a great recipe for real homemade hot cocoa and homemade peppermint marshmallows. We had so much fun! It is definitely a great alternative to a holiday party!
We’ve been slowly working on a promotional piece in between other jobs for a bit of time now and it is finally time we unveil this baby! Word of mouth is always your best marketing tool but promoting yourself with something adorable can’t hurt right???
have recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to spend two weeks at Penland School of Crafts in a two week Letterpress Residency! And as a follow up to my Berks County hex sign driving tour, I have designed and printed a series of three hex signs pictured below. The last sign shown is all three hex signs printed on top of one another. All four prints are now available here.
little while back I took a class on letterpress at Penland School of Crafts, taught by Paul Moxon. It was a one week intensive class where we were able to choose a few letterpress projects and then print them with what presses were available in the studio. They include a few vandercooks, a tabletop press and a proof press. We were also taught a few other techniques that we could use to make plates to print from.
I was recently able to get back to Penland for a Winter Residency Program. What an amazing opportunity! For this class we came prepared with a project and when finished were able to use the rest of the time to play around in the studio and practice other techniques of printing. Below are the photos of the pieces I have created in the time I have spent at Penland.
Penland is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. There is so much creativity fluttering about in the air, that you can feel it around you. The campus has a wealth of inspiration in every class and every studio. If you happen to get stuck or are searching for an idea, simply walk around the campus and take in all that it has to offer and you will be flooded with new inspiration!
Penland offers a variety of classes in so many mediums and if you get the chance, I highly recommend going. I cannot wait to go back!
e are so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas of Pennsylvania! Friday was a most gorgeous fall day and we took full advantage of it. We decided to follow the Hex Art Barn Tour around Berks County and photograph a few of the beautiful barns. I have always loved PA Dutch art/design and just love hex signs. Growing up in the area, I feel I have always taken the farms for granted, but after you go outside the area you realize not everyone gets to see them on a daily/weekly basis. So I thought I would share them with all of you who don’t get to enjoy them like I do. If you are ever in the area, I suggest driving around the beautiful farmland to see them for yourself, you will not be disappointed!
n a recent trip to Ireland, I was delighted to find that they had a National Print Museum in Dublin! We had plans to visit the museum and then found out that they were having a city-wide Culture Night. The museum was one of the stops that was participating among tons of other museums and galleries. Along the way, we stopped at the museum to see what they had going on. I was pleasantly surprised by all that they had to offer! The culture night had many children’s activities to get them interested in printing, including printing a wanted poster on a proof press and making an origami printers hat for them to wear. Along with the children’s activities, there were demonstrations for a variety of printing equipment, including a wharfdale, heidelberg windmill, and a linotype. The shop was beautiful and the collection was pretty amazing in itself. I would highly recommend anyone to stop by if you are ever in Dublin!
or the second year in a row, I have gone down to Newark Delaware to help kick off the first two days of the Tour de Lead Graffiti. I had originally gone down for the letterpress experience. It sounded like such a great project that I wanted to be a part of. After gaining some knowledge of the Tour de France, the experience only got better. I now love to watch and follow both Tours. I can’t wait to see what each day’s poster looks like after seeing what happened for the day in the race. Here are a few photos along the way during the first two days this year. Check out Lead Graffiti’s daily blog about their daily printing experiences.