Saturday, October 28, 2006

thank you, let it snow and mazel tov

Lots of festive printing today! This thank you note matches invitations I printed a few months back. I love the effect of this snowy scene, printed in clear ink, for a custom holiday party invitation. This is just part of a larger holiday project, so I'll be sure to post more pictures when the rest of the job goes to press. And what a nice blue ink for this bar mitzvah announcement.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

clear ink

Will be finishing up a large calling card order tonight, which is the last of October's custom stationery orders. Next week is onto November's... I found these gorgeous beads at a flea market in Park Slope over the weekend. I thought they might be nice to use as a backdrop for some portfolio photos. Today's clear ink printing seems like a perfect color match.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

black ink

Just a few hours of printing today, using black ink only. I printed up two sets of calling cards, and half of the thank you notes. Tomorrow I'll finish those up by adding a graphic in clear ink.

Friday, October 20, 2006

card migration

So excited to receive some gorgeous items in the mail today from Port2Port in Maine! After Maria posted our sample sale on her blog last week, we agreed to trade some of our recently printed goods. I made out like a bandit, thanks so much Maria! I especially love these wings, which complement yesterday's post so well.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

view of prospect park from my desk

Plates are arriving Friday for a handful of calling card orders and a wedding thank you note. So today has been mostly computer work, namely laying out files for a custom holiday card and some initial proofs for a custom bookplate I've been asked to design and print. A new type of project for me, it should be really fun.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

a rainy day for the guillotine

A wet day here in new york city. I had a bunch of cutting to do for four calling card jobs I plan to print later in the week (as soon as plates arrive). I remember back in the day, before I had access to Breck's paper cutter around the corner. I used to cut stacks of cardstock on a small, not-so-accurate cutting board. I had multiple heart attacks over the coarse of the year, never able to predict when a stack would get eaten by an inaccurate cut. Vive la france!

Here are some shots of the guillotine tape measure, some paper and a very wet washington street.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

sale (day two) and jane's carousel

A fun and exhausting day indeed. The arts festival and sale are wrapping up, and the crowds are shuffling toward subway entrances as we speak. We got to meet so many nice people, and were especially glad that Grace from Design*Sponge popped by.

I managed to pop down to Water Street this afternoon to check out Jane's Carousel. Jane worked on restoring this 1922 carousel for 20 years, and it is breathtaking. I wish I could include an audio clip of the music, it really completes the experience. Here are some shots of the horses in motion...anyone in the new york city area should take a trip over to check it out. It's definitely worth it.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

sale (day one)!

Wrapping up the first day of this weekend's sale, lots of nice people stopped in. Here are some shots of the paper+cup and moontree goods, and a photo of Matt from Sesame Letterpress (downstairs on the 5th floor). Tomorrow will be another long day, we hope a lot like today.

Friday, October 13, 2006

ink, sign and stuff

Almost finished packing stuff up for the sample sale. This weekend is also the dumbo arts under the bridge festival, which will be a blast. I hope the weather holds out, what a gorgeous day we had today. And as always, having people over has been a great chance to clean the place. This shot is a stack of sale items in front of my ink shelf...deceptively tidy.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

thanks genius ted

Most of today and tomorrow will be devoted to packing cards and other little items for the weekend sample sale. I'm really excited. Until now I've been thinking mostly about paper, tags, tables, etc. But now that we're getting lots of nice feedback from readers, I'm really looking forward to having folks come by the studio.

And my friend Ted came up with a great idea. He stopped by the studio the other day after doing some recording at a studio here in dumbo and saw the stack of gift tags about to be hole-punched. He told me didn't need any gift tags but would use them as bookmarkers. And then I thought, "Wait - a) I have never used a gift tag in my life and b) all my books I have grocery store receipts stuffed in them." tags are now bookmarkers.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

restaurant cards

After making a delivery in manhattan and picking up loads of envelopes from Shulman paper, I'm back in the studio working on a refill of business cards for Bouillabaisse 126, a great Brooklyn restaurant. I'm printing these on French Paper, Safety Orange cover - one of my favorite papers.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

elephant lotus

Great day...printed lots of new images, in six different ink colors. Custom notecard sample are finished. Will update the site with photos tomorrow hopefully.

brown ink on colored paper

It's a busy printing weekend here, getting ready for next week's sample sale and finishing some small custom projects. Yesterday I printed mostly brown ink ink on various colored paper, some shots here of gift tags and notecards. Today I am finishing up samples of the custom notecard line. It's a gorgeous day and there's lots of great light in the studio, so hopefully I'll finish up in time to take some pictures in the early afternoon.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

custom notecard legwork

Not working on the press today, but trying to catch up on some computer work. Myself and some great letterpress printers in brooklyn are planning a huge sample sale coming up (more on that later), so I'll be doing lots of printing this holiday weekend. Before then I need to post some images on the 'custom notecard' page - which for too long has said "coming soon".

I have plates arriving tomorrow for a few sets of calling cards, some notecards and two new wedding images - one of which is a gorgeous lotus. I'll be sure to post a shot this weekend, can't wait to see how it'll print.

a beginning

I decided to start this blog as a motivation to start photographing my projects more regularly. I'll also try to keep a diary of what I'm up to in the printshop and cool things I see here and there. Hope you'll check back often!