knoxville holiday market

December 8th, 2011 by

Last Saturday we attended out first market as vendors!  It was a little intimidating, as we weren’t quite sure what to expect.  But, we were organized and ready and it turned out better than we could have expected.  There were so many friendly shoppers and we met some very talented vendors, it made me thankful to live in such a great place like Knoxville.  The best part was that we had our small table top press, Babe, for anyone to use to print their own holiday card.  It worked like a charm, and was a big hit!  Children loved it, Our goal was to be able to share a small part of what we do and how we do it and help educate paper enthusiasts on the craft of letterpress.

Look for us the next 2 Saturdays, the 10th & 17th from 12pm-7pm.  Our booth is across from Coffee & Chocolate adjacent to Market Square.  We will have Babe with us for you try out and will have plenty of calendars & holiday cards.  To learn more about the market look here.

A BIG thank you to everyone that has supported us throughout the year – you are amazing & we couldn’t do it without you!

 


letterpress holiday cards

November 28th, 2011 by

Can you believe December is just around the corner?  It really is such a wonderful time of the year and we wanted to be sure and help spread the holiday cheer with hand-printed letterpress greeting cards.  Check them out in our shop or if you live close by visit us on December 3rd, 10th, & 17th at the Holiday Market in Downtown Knoxville.  We will be revealing our newest table top press and providing demonstrations – stop by to print your own cards!

 

 

 

 

 


blog love & black friday sale

November 21st, 2011 by



 

Making the decision to print our first calendar was a big project. After we started printing each page we became a little overwhelmed at the complexity of our design. Luckily it all turned out beautifully and we are so happy other folks like them too! Click on the banners above to see our quilt pattern letterpress calendar featured by some of our most favorite bloggers. We were also quite thrilled to receive a shout out on facebook by Design*Sponge.

If it turns out that you like our calendars too but have been waiting for a good reason to purchase one then you are in luck! We are offering 15% off all our etsy shop sales on Black Friday. Sale starts at midnight. After you add items to your cart just apply this coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2011. We will be spending time with our families and hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend – safe travels!


2012 letterpress calendar

November 8th, 2011 by

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

 


pecha kucha night!

November 3rd, 2011 by

Pecha Kucha 20×20 Night in Knoxville is happening next Friday 11-11-11.  Pecha kucha is Japanese for chit chat. Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. They are automatically scrolling so you cannot control the speed of the presentation, so you better be prepared.  These events are informal gatherings that allow creative minds to get together and share their ideas or showcase their work. Find out more about PKN [Pecha Kucha Night] here & here.

Cities all around the world are holding PKN and we are fortunate that Knoxville has been hosting them this year.  Emily & I presented at Volume 2 in April and we had a blast!!  It was such an honor to have the opportunity to present in front of our design & architecture peers.

This time we were asked to design the poster to promote PKN Volume 4!!  We wanted to produce a bold graphic that could be printed cheaply in gray-scale and posted all over town. After attending a PKN my mind is always racing with new ideas and the gears are definitely turning.

What do you guys think, did it achieve our design goals, and make you want to get out and see what Pecha Kucha is all about?

download the 11 x 17 pdf here

 


letterpress gettysburg invitations

October 25th, 2011 by

Caitlin & Andrew just got married 2 weekends ago in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. As history buffs, they were traveling there for a weekend visit when they first realized they were in love and later after getting engaged they knew it was the place they should tie the knot. The invitation design stemmed from the historic relevance of Gettysburg. The battlefields are lined with wood fences that are unique to the area and the tree graphic was actually derived from an image of a witness tree (a tree that was witness to the civil war battles and is still standing today). Their October wedding took place overlooking the battlefields as the sun was low in the sky.

The save the dates were flat printed on wooden postcards and this type of postcard made an appearance as the RSVP piece of the invitation set.  For the primary invitations we letterpress 3 pieces in turquoise and brown ink onto thick cotton paper.  The set included a map of Gettysburg and a pocket for the wooden RSVP. Coordinating fabric strips strung the three pieces together. They were each packaged into kraft envelopes with a matching address label.  The rehearsal dinner invite was printed and backed with fabric.  All the fabrics we used made a reappearance as the reception in the form of little love birds handmade by Cait’s sister. The RSVP portion of the rehearsal dinner was printed front and back on extra heavy cotton paper.

Andrew is my cousin and it was great to Skype with he and Cait during the design process. While attending the wedding, it was really fun to see how nicely the invitations really did compliment the event itself.  We hope you enjoy them!

*photos by Dixie Pixel

 

 


new stationery sets

October 20th, 2011 by

We have been busy bees here in our letterpress studio. We’ve made some progress on our stationery sets and they are now available online, here in our etsy shop. We have three new sets along with our braille blind letterpress – our braille color notecards, fall leaf notecards, and chevron notecards. Each set comes in 4 different colors, eight cards to a pack and are hand fed with love. They are fun to give/receive as gifts, which set is your favorite?

*photos by Dixie Pixel

 

 


local letterpress

October 6th, 2011 by

If you are a Knoxvillian stop by Lox in the Old City to pick up your very own set of letterpress note cards.  We have 4 designs available!!


blogs we love

September 29th, 2011 by

 

 

We have recently been flattered by some of our favorite bloggers.  A special thanks to Oh So Beautiful Paper and Mint for featuring Jeff & Sara’s laser etched wooden invitations.   I particularly love the post because it shows both concepts we had for their invitations during the design process.  With every custom job there are several behind the scene versions that don’t come to fruition.

Michael & Stephanie’s yellow & gray invitations are making a splash!  Thank you to Invitation Crush and to Rustic Wedding Chic for showcasing couple’s great taste and amazing style.


alan & megan’s letterpress invitations

September 27th, 2011 by

Megan and Alan are two talented young architects and it was no surprise that they thoughtfully perfected every detail of their wedding.  They are truly a beautiful couple inside and out and we are so thankful for getting to know them throughout the design process.  Their event was elegant, clean, and beautiful – modern with traditional undertones.  We used a simple palette of black and white with layers of complimentary textures.

After receiving an addressed calligraphy envelope with custom postage the guest will pull out a package wrapped in tulle.   As the tulle is unwrapped a vellum overlay is removed to offer a reveal of Megan and Alan’s names blind pressed with a deep relief into 220lb cotton stock.  A series of pressed bars accentuate the black text to add another layer of texture.  A map of the wedding location illustrates a blind pressed river with the venues located.  The final piece of the set is the rsvp pocket and reply card.  It was important to house the smaller rsvp card and envelope without losing the feel and proportion of the set.

It was pretty brave of them to trust us when we assured them that their names would be legible without ink.  Thanks guys & congratulations!  To see their wedding in action look here and here for one amazing set of engagement photos!

 

photos 08 + 09 by  Dixie Pixel 

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