Our 2012 calendar is hot off the press – check them out here.
We have been thinking for quite some time about the design of our first letterpress calendar. It was important to us to have a concept that allowed us to be creative within set boundaries. We wanted to create a geometric patterned piece with overlapping color that tied us to our southern roots. The quilt pattern theme is an ode to craftsmanship and the art of using what you have to produce something functional and beautiful. This was our assignment and we each drew patterns on our drafting boards. We layered the colors with tracing paper and had a pin up to select our favorite designs. It was very much like architecture school, but a little more loose.
This was our biggest printing project thus far. We used a 3 color scheme throughout the calendar – 2 colors on each month of the year. The overlapping color provides depth to each design and gives the illusion of a 3 color print.
The best part is that it is designed to be two items in one – calendar & 12 notecards! The patterned portion of the calendar is perforated so it can be easily detatched and used as a card after the month has passed and each calendar comes with 12 kraft envelopes. Each page has been printed on 100% tree-free cotton paper by hand with the help of Holland, our C&P press. If you need to send a birthday note to a good friend you can separate the card, write a note on the back, and pop it into one of the provided kraft envelopes. This way you can enjoy the design & share it with someone you love.
We were unsure the best way to bind the calendars so we decided to offer two options – coil bound & fabric tied. The fabric strip really goes with the quilted look but I tend to prefer the clean structured coil bound version.
Since holiday season is nearly upon us it would be a great time to snatch some up for handmade gifts.
*photos by Dixie Pixel