This past Friday night I had a launch party for the new album collection of invitations which are available now to view and purchase at Urbanic Paper Boutique in Venice, CA. (it’s the first store I have offered any invitations – custom & pre-designed)
Photos of that party are forthcoming but I thought I would post the designs. They are also viewable as scans on the Tiny Pine Press site but these photos are a bit nicer and bigger….
On a side note, these are all variations on invitation designs I have done in the past as custom options. I think this shows 9 of the all time favorites which have been redesigned for the brides all over who can’t meet to create custom invitations.
They are digitally printed (but can be done letterpress, obviously) and use recycled papers and some tree free papers… to be as green as I can!
So Anne, of Card Tricks Designs, ‘s daughter came back from a summer trip and had requested another roadkill cake upon her arrival home. We were happy to oblige her. I gave her a few choices…. Coon, Groundhog or Polecat…
She chose polecat.
So we made a plan. I baked a devil’s food loaf pan body, a large cupcake head and 7 small cupcake tail. Anne was then instrumental in the construction… mint chip ice cream for the body layer and then icing to make the pole cat come to life…
upon further research we realized that the term polecat covers many types of critters including ferrets… so this is technically a striped pole cat. and it sure did taste good!!
All I have to say is you might be a hillbilly if all you want to eat is possum and polecat….
Not too long ago I got a request from an art book writer to potentially have some of my work published. That was pretty exciting to me because… well, you know… My main concern was the photos that I would show. I had to take the initial photos on my own with awful lighting to give Charlotte Rivers an idea of some printed pieces…
I wanted to post these ultra almost scary close ups because I think it makes the letterpress look scientific and kind of alive. The paper is cotton on all of these. The Dirty Byrd paper on the grey one looks crazy hairy and is probably my favorite of these ultra crisp…. they are kind of scary. I hope it doesn’t frighten people away from elegant letterpress!
I should clarify. In the past few months, whenever these teenagers, Ruby and Wilson, may complain about something like cell phones or computers then I go into a hillbilly rant about how I grew up miles and miles from anything and how we didn’t have a home phhone growing up and blah blah blah walking to school up hill in the snow both ways type stuff. (Anne can’t really do those rants because she grew up in the city in Southern California, so I do it for her.)
Basically, it was kind of a joke that we would have some “Hillbilly Ice Cream Social” (I am ALWAYS game for an ice cream social) “School’s OUT!” Party. Then Anne went to the store and we surprised them with this lovely creation.
I think it’s sooooo funny! i had a leg. We were civilized and ate it on plates though my Hillbilly instinct was to just dig in! Oh well, When in Rome……
The truth about recycled paper is that normally it’s not so great. Usually it only comes in light weights and smooth finish and, well, not the super duper best recipient of letterpress…
So when I caught wind (no pun intended – you’ll see) of this fairly new product, I had my doubts. This paper is not only 100% recycled, it super soft and comes in some great colors.
It also is comprised of 75% or so Elephant Poop.
I printed on it recently. The color is a super awesome bright green. I used it for a birth announcement (appropriate, right?) for my friend Nikki Flores (who has logged some hours as a letterpress printer but gave that all up to go to Harvard Law and raise a child at the same time…..) and printed this monkey on it.
It took pressing really nicely. It’s super airy, giving the print a pillowy feel that all us letterpress lovers seek.
As I was printing it, I kept wondering if it was weird that I was touching this processed poop, but at the end of the day, touching elephant pooh paper doesn’t weird me out…. but I would second guess licking any envelopes!!