Saturday, December 27, 2008

Joie Studio's 2009 Calendar in the LA Times Today!!!

Picture taken from Los Angeles Times

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Joie Studio's 2009 Letterpress Desk Calendar is featured in the Home section of the Los Angeles Times today! It was very very exciting to go and get the paper from my doorstep this morning and open it up and see my very own creation staring back at me!

I'm so excited! Check it out, and if you haven't gotten a calendar yet, go to Joie Studio's Online Letterpress Shop and pick one up!

Congratulations, too, to Christine of Flora & Fauna (who we had the pleasure of meeting at Bazaar Bizarre in May) and Krank for their inclusion in the same article!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve!

Okay, so today is Christmas eve, and I figure I would give my blog readers a little gift. Here is a video that I took recently of a print run of envelopes so you can see what the printing portion of letterpress entails. In this video (it's all of one minute, 46 seconds), you'll see me feeding envelopes into the press. It was actually a lot more effort than I thought it would be to take a video of myself. I had to find a tripod and set everything up so you can see what I'm doing. One of these days I'll do one where I'm actually talking, but for now, I hope you enjoy!

What I'm printing are envelopes for a recent custom letterpress order for Bourbon Steak Washington, DC. The press is running at my "usual" speed, and every now and then, you'll see me use the throw-off lever to throw-off the impression - usually when I misfeed or I'm "off-time." The plate, in case you're interested, is a magnesium plate mounted on wood, and the ink is a metallic bronze color. The envelopes are a gorgeous gold metallic.

Let me know if you have any questions! Happy holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Last Minute Gifts...Joie Studio Style!

To help out last minute holiday shoppers, I'm offering free gift wrap on our 2009 letterpress menagerie calendars! So you can grab a calendar, sans gift wrap, which looks like this in all its packaging glory:

OR you can order it gift-wrapped, in your choice of gold foil or metallic green, complete with your choice of one of our letterpress gift tags:

The calendars (gift wrap or no) are available in both the Joie Studio Letterpress Shop and the Joie Studio Etsy shop.

I'm also offering exclusively in the Joie Studio Etsy shop Menagerie notecard gift sets, which are a set of 8 notecards of the animal of your choice, boxed in a sturdy kraft gift box. Here they are in an open box:

If you're sending the box set as a gift, I can close it up for you and add a letterpress holiday tag for the finishing touch, like so!

And, if you like the letterpress holiday tags, they are available all by themselves, in a variety pack of 4. I'm unsure I will reprint these, so get them while they're around!
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Survey: Which Animal is Next?

Okay, so those of you who were at Felt Club and Bazaar Bizarre know that the baby monk seal is the next letterpress card in the Menagerie collection. But we had so so many requests for other animals in the 2009 Menagerie desk calendar to be made into cards, coasters, etc. So I put a survey up on the right here on the blog for my readers to choose the next animal to get its own letterpress card.

Here are the contestants:




Let me know what y'all want to see next, and I'll get started! Democracy works - vote!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Back in La-La Land!

Whew! We're back in Los Angeles! Bazaar Bizarre was a blast on Sunday! Thanks so much to the organizers for putting on such an awesome event. Dena and I had a blast in San Francisco! We went to the CLOCK BAR Saturday night, which, as you might remember, Joie Studio made the pre-opening reception invitations for, and had the most delicious truffle butter popcorn there. It's a super fun place right across from Union Square -- check it out when you get the chance!

Now for some exciting news! You can now find Joie Studio products in the Bay area at the following locations:

Indie Industries
218 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

Studio 4 Art
1133 Grant Ave.
Novato, CA 94945
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