just ripe | silent auction

January 19th, 2011 by

Last weekend Dianna and I attended a silent auction for Just Ripe. Dianna met Kristen Faerber, founder of Just Ripe, while volunteering with her this summer to raise money for Knox Heritage.  It was nice of her to think of us when coming up with her donation items. Many friends of Just Ripe donated some beautiful things to be auctioned with all proceeds going to this great new venture. Just RIpe is all about connecting the consumer and the grower. Started by the vision of 5 talented women, they use local produce, dairy, and regional products in their recipes. Their storefront space at the Daylight Building in downtown Knoxville, will stock local produce and offer delicious prepared foods, including a seasonal menu. While the storefront space is still under construction check them out at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Knoxville (Market Square wed & sat).  I hear their chocolate truffles are fantastic and would make any sweetheart happy on Valentines Day.

Fourth Year donated a pair of custom silhouettes, and while we were there we had the opportunity to do a little shopping ourselves.  I bid on a wonderful old storefront door with so much character. I look forward to getting it in place and giving you guys an “after” shot to go with the “before” picture below. Dianna was the highest bidder on a set of books “Keeping Chickens” and “Canning and Preserving” by Ashley English.  We really enjoyed ourselves – good food, good music, and great company.  We are thrilled that Just Ripe is opening up a storefront space and we plan to continue supporting them along the way.  If you missed your chance to bid on the silhouettes visit our etsy page or email us to order your own.

letterpress bookmarks

January 7th, 2011 by

Last month a pair of our friends asked us to print letterpress bookmarks as wedding favors for their chic New Year’s Day wedding. Ashley and Erik studied Architecture at the University of Tennessee during the same period Emily and I were in school.  They were each top of their class, are positively brilliant, and without a doubt perfect for each other.

After we received the file from Ashley we got started. The design was simple and elegant with a quote from Lebbeus Woods.  It was a great job for us novice printers to tackle.  Our intent was to laser cut delrin to make the plate in a similar fashion as our business cards but the font was so small it would have been risky. We opted for a magnesium plate to keep everything crisp.  During this process the image is chemically etched into a magnesium plate and then mounted onto a piece of wood to get the type to registration height. At first glance the text on the plate looked far to small to print clearly but after inking up the machine it turned out to leave a beautiful impression on the Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper.  Although the tone was not as solid as one could achieve with other printing techniques the salty effect added a depth of color and texture in the areas of the solid black circles.

Not only was the mag-plate the best choice for printing this job but it is was also beautiful.  I included the plate as part of their wedding gift and I hope it is something they treasure.

Congratulations Erik & Ashley!  We are incredibly happy for you both and wish you a marriage full of love and happiness, thank you for including us in your wedding day.

Now I just need a good architectural design book to pair with my bookmark.