Saturday, December 30, 2006

farewell 2006

Just one more day to go. I thought I'd post shots of my last project of the year, some gorgeous notecards designed by Arianna of The Petrol Club. I used a lot of blue and tan inks this holiday season...let's see what colors 2007 holds!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

merry christmas

This year's international christmas ornament swap was so fun.
I think this one is my favorite, all the way from Beijing.

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Last night was my last big printing session before Christmas. I finished four sets of custom flats, two sets of calling cards and a last minute rush order for restaurant business cards. This karate girl appears on one of the sets of flats, and she really captured my state of mind as I printed into the night. Today is trimming, packing and delivery.!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

blue lace

These gorgeous flowers for my most recent save-the-dates were designed by the bride-to-be, who managed to hand-trace the lace on her dress. A heroic effort, and it really paid off. I love how the flowers really do look hand drawn, it has that loose feeling of lace. I'm excited to start working on these invitations early next year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

a verrazano christmas

I loved working on this family Christmas card for a client in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The neighborhood lies at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and they wanted a local feel to their card.

This may be a bold assumption, but I'm guessing that the verrazano hasn't been the subject of too many custom letterpressed cards. Maybe I'll get a few more landmarks under my belt in 2007...

Sunday, December 17, 2006

one last day of marathon printing

The last day of a very busy stretch, I'm finishing up loads of jobs today. This weekend I've been tackling a save-the-date card, two holiday cards, three sets of calling cards and a large stack of various custom notecards. I'm just off to the corner to do some cutting on the guillotine and then I'll fire up the press.

Yesterday's sale at the Center For Book Arts was so fun. I picked up so many nice handmade things, including some stunning work from artist Nancy Loeber. I'm going to take some photos of Nancy's stuff and definitely post a link to her as soon as her website/portofolio is up online.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

posting the old-fashioned way

I spent this afternoon walking around dumbo posting sample sale signs. Tomorrow is our studio sale (not to be confused with the many other sales I've been writing about). We do this just a few times a year, but it's always a nice chance to see our neighbors and chat about "how much dumbo is changing". Stop on by of you're in the area!

Monday, December 11, 2006

holiday sale glory

What a fun weekend. Yesterday's sale in the east village was fantastic, and I had a chance to meet loads of great designers and artists. We vendors had to set-up at 8:30am, and I forgot my camera in the confusing haze of the early morning hours. Rats. But one of the highlights of my day was meeting Portland, Oregon artist Amy Ruppel, what a treat.

And after exchanging ornaments in international christmas ornament swap, Vancouver artist Cindy Jaswal and I decided to trade some of our greeting cards. These are just beautiful...thanks so much cindy.

Friday, December 08, 2006

thank you branches

It seems the branch design for the bookplates is a hit, so I decided to use the same image on a thank you card for this weekend's holiday sale. Today I'm packing and labeling items, and will probably do a bit more printing later today. December is flying by as it always does...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

hen and chick

I thought I'd test a new plate before starting on a stack of orders this evening. I really like this mellow purple ink for such a gentle image.

squid card from palindrome press

Printing some orders today and will post later when I get around to photographing. In the meantime...

This set of letterpress cards from Palindrome Press really knocked my out, so I couldn't resist sharing. Go to Palindrome's Etsy shop to see more great work.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

plate spinning and holiday sale (#1)

Today I'm preparing a plate for two custom projects due mid-month, and a few cards to print for my holiday mailer. I'm also gathering items to offer at the Dec. 10th Craft Fair at Divine Studio (check out this amazing space). I'll have a variety of gift tags and greeting cards for sale, if you're in NYC this Sunday stop on by, 10am-5pm. The line-up of designers is spectacular, I'm really honored to be included.

Monday, December 04, 2006

day of deliverance

After popping across the bridge to drop off a few custom stationery orders this morning, I stopped off at the post office to pick up a bunch of priority stamps and envelopes. I'm hoping to send off all existing bookplates orders for Design*Sponge Shop today. Lots more printing to do before the end of the week...

Saturday, December 02, 2006

winter storm

What an appropriate project to be printing this weekend... This corporate holiday card, which was designed by the company art director, has the perfect amount of detail for letterpress. I have mentioned before how much I love printing artwork created by clients, this job is no exception.