my day to day life at the studio changes but music is a constant. maybe after the stationery show i'll post some more letterpress related pics and blurbs, but for now i've decided to share what i listen to in order to keep myself sane, motivated, pleasant, and sometimes awake. feel free to sing along if you know the words.
hmmm...i've asked myself that question on more than one occasion when the biz has been in at its lowest, but i don't think i've ever decided an answer that i could stand by. i think i'm a maker at heart so it would have to involve my hands.
i also have a personality that makes me think i could do anything i wanted. that's probably why i have about another dozen business ideas in my head at all times. hmmm...maybe my profession could just be "entrepreneur";) thanks for asking!
also, we've got lots goin on this month in the shop. my first studio class is this saturday and i'm excited to see how it turns out. i had a few cancellations so right now there are still 2 spots open:
monday, march 15th night class :: 6-10 (1 spot open)
sunday, march 21st class :: 10-2 (1 spot open)
next week i'll announce the class schedule for april so stay tuned!
This intro class is perfect for those who want to learn the basics of letterpress printing. In this first class you’ll learn to set lead type and print with photopolymer plates on a proof press. Each student will get to print their own business/calling cards, OR personalized note cards/thank you cards and envelopes.
Students will either choose a design from the options on the following pages, OR they can submit their own design one week prior to the class they will be attending. All jobs will be printed on Crane’s Lettra 110# white cotton paper and in the ink color of their choice. All jobs will be one-color. * send me an email and i will send you a pdf of the design options.
COST :: $125 for 200 business cards
$150 for 100 notecards and envelopes
All materials are included in this cost
MARCH CLASS SCHEDULE ::
Monday March 15, 2010 :: 6pm-10pm sign up by March 1 :: one spot left
Step 1 :: Sign up. Please send me an email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to specify which class you would like to attend and your choice of either business/calling cards OR note cards/thank you cards. After you receive email confirmation I will bill you via paypal.
Step 2 :: Choose your design. Once your payment has been received, please send me an email with your choice of design and the information you would like on the card. I will send you a PDF proof of your artwork to approve. You will be allowed one round of revisions after your proof is sent to you. Once the artwork has been approved there cannot be any further changes.
Step 3 :: Send your custom artwork. Please send final artwork via email to email@example.com. You will NOT receive a proof for final artwork unless changes need to be made due to possible problems on press. Please send illustrator EPS files with all text converted to outlines, exactly to size, and in 100% black.
Things happen. If you have to cancel for any reason, your payment will be put towards another class to be taken at your convenience. If you decide not to take another class then I can offer a 50% refund paid via paypal. After final artwork has been approved, I cannot offer any refunds for classes missed.
my friend lisa, from ella studio helped me out for the day and i couldn't have done it without her. splitting into 2 groups, everyone was able to print a few valentine's day cards on the vandercook, watch the windmill in action as it cut the envelope liners, and witness the greatness that is the challenge automatic paper cutter.
photographer stephanie casey was kind enough to take photos of the event and post them on her beautiful blog. the studio never looked so neat and tidy and i can't wait to work with her sooner than later.
thanks again to those who attended. you made my day.
here's the stats:
saturday, jan. 30th
5001 baum blvd. suite 348
the building doors will be locked but i'll have signs on the door for you to call so someone can let you in :)
everyone who attends walk away with their own valentine's day cards & lined envelopes that they will complete from start to finish. plus i'll have some super yummy sweet treats.
emily at the pittsburgh craft collective is putting this whole thing on, and if you're not a member of the PCC then a $5 contribution will be accepted to benefit the PCC and all the super cool things they do. be sure to check them out and i hope to see you there.
it's on! come out on feb. 6th to the union project for the i made it mine! show. there will be a lot of great vendors as usual, and i'll be showing off some new prints and valentine's day cards. skip the chocolate this year and give the gift of handmade!