Monday, December 5, 2011

Going, going, gone!

We sold out the remaining copies of the 2012 Letterpress Calendar at this weekend's Make & Take event! Thanks again to all the wonderful  volunteers who contributed their design talent and time to make this year's calendar. And thanks to everyone who purchased a calendar for supporting this awesome collaborative fundraiser project. I'm looking forward to the 2013 calendar!

Note: For those of you who didn't place your order in time, there might be a handful of copies still available at ArtSpring. I will update this post when I hear back on the actual number. If you're interested in being notified when our 2013 calendar is available, please let me know and I'll add you to the list.

Update 12/6:  Just heard back-- there are two copies of the calendar available at ArtSpring!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Make & Take photos

As we were scurrying around to prepare for Saturday's Make & Take event, Marty was able to snap some photos:

See more on Marty's post at the Pyramid blog!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Letterpress Calendar Press!

To get our calendar a little more exposure, I posted it on Etsy. Looks like we've got a fan! Rebecca featured our calendar on her site Florence Finds as part of her holiday gift guide (pictured above).

We're also proud to be featured in Paper Crave's and Oh So Beautiful Paper's 2012 calendar round ups and in blog posts on All Things Aimee and Fifi Cheek!

If you haven't already gotten yours, get moving! The calendars will be available at Saturday's Make & Take event and online at Pyramid's sales page.

Monday, November 28, 2011

In the studio...

Sara and Bridget have been keeping the presses busy working on an awesome set of holiday cards:

The snowflake ones are my favorite!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Make & Take!

Join us for Make & Take, our gift-themed holiday open studio!

When: Saturday, December 3rd
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD
Cost: $10 ($5 for Pyramid members!)
Admission includes a print and two festive drink tickets.
  • a monotype print for your "secret santa" in the printmaking studio
  • paper garlands to "deck the halls" & Furoshiki japanese gift wrapping paper in the papermaking studio
  • 2 color holiday postcards in the screenprinting studio
  • 2 color wrapping paper in the letterpress studio
  • Ornaments from old book pages in our book bindery
Take them home and impress your friends and family with your art skills!

Purchase gifts created by Pyramid Atlantic artists including:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In the studio...

Earlier this week, I gave an introductory lesson to Whitney Porter and Lauren Thorp.

Photo by Lauren Thorp

Whitney's done a nice blog post documenting the lesson over on her blog, Throwing Cake. Love how excited and enthusiastic she is! I can't wait to see them both back in the studio!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Type Truck Visit

Here are some photos from the Pyramid-sponsored Type Truck stop earlier this month!

The truck parked just south of Dupont Circle on 19th Street NW (special thanks to Miranda for volunteering to take care of the permit application):

Truck owner, Kyle, talking with one of our visitors:

Leslie admires the map showing where the truck's been so far:

And a photo of Kyle's tour poster in its new home at Pyramid:

The event was a lot of fun. We wish Kyle a lot of luck on the rest of her tour and hope to see her again soon!

Monday, November 14, 2011

In the studio...

Molly's been trying her hand at making some greeting cards. Here are some photos of her first two:

Love them both! See her blog post about the cards and her etsy shop for more info!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Hour 11.2.11

Some photos from last week's Letterpress Happy Hour!

Erika came by to set type for her second color on these cards:
The second color is going to say "You're so sweet" underneath this list of sugars. Love it!

Alyson came by to pick up her Letterpress Calendars and also to play around with setting some type for her holiday cards. Here are some proofs:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Visit the Type Truck - TOMORROW!

Come meet Kyle Durrie and check out her mobile letterpress studio tomorrow, November 4! Kyle will be parking in Dupont Circle, at 1300 19th Street NW.

Stop by any time between 4:30 and 7:30pm!

Monday, October 31, 2011

2012 Calendar Assembly Party!

Last week, a group of calendar printers got together to assemble the final product! Some photos:

All the finished pages, lined up in order:

Three of our official hole-punchers (Erin, Leslie, Kathryn):

Our two official collate-ers (Laura and Lauren):

A group shot of everyone hard at work:

The final product, a set of 118 beautiful calendars:

We should have information on how to purchase the calendars very soon!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2012 Calendar Sneak Peek #5

The last Sneak Peak! All the printers will be getting together tomorrow to assemble the calendars. After that, they'll be available for purchase!

Here are the last few completed pages by Erin Brophy, Tess Sammarco and Tia Blassingame:

And here's Sara Shaffer and Bridget Stoyko's September page along with my last minute November fill in for Beck:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pyramid Letterpress at Crafty Bastards!

Just thought I'd share some photos from the Pyramid Atlantic booth at Crafty Bastards earlier this month. We had a letterpress demo going on the little Vandercook 0 proofing press. Volunteers Sarah Hanks, Lauren Emeritz, Molly Moran and Erin Brophy helped fairgoers print on the little guy.

Here's a photo of Molly and Erin doing just that:
Photo by Rachel Carrier

And here's a photo taken by Molly of a completed print:
Photo by Molly Moran
Check out Molly's blog post about Crafty Bastards here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2012 Calendar Sneak Peek #4!

The finished pages are really starting to pile up! I counted 9 piles of finished pages when I was at Pyramid last night. Here's a trio of newly completed pages by Lauren Emeritz (April), Laura McLean and Molly Moran ("Februarius") and Leslie (October):
See Molly's post about printing the February page on her blog.

And a trio of half-way finished pages by Erin Brophy (left), Sara Shaffer and Bridget Stoyko (middle) and Tess Sammarco (right):

We are just a few days away from the print deadline so the calendars should be up and ready to sell soon!

See all the Sneak Peeks here!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Laser Cut Wood Type!

So, a friend of Leslie's made a fantastic set of wood type with a laser cutter. Here are some photos (by Miranda Anderson) of the inaugural run:

What an awesome gift!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

2012 Calendar Sneak Peek #3!

Got some new photos some newly finished pages of our 2012 Letterpress Calendar, courtesy of June printer, Miranda Anderson:

The theme for today's Sneak Peek is the letter J....

January (by Alyson Hurt):

June (by Miranda Anderson):

July (by Alison Whitty):

And a couple shots of the completed front and back covers (Kathryn Hoeppel, Sarah Hanks):

So exciting! We've now got 6 completed pages (not counting those that were printing over the weekend). Check out the other Sneak Peeks here.

Friday, October 7, 2011

2012 Calendar Sneak Peek #2!

Another look at the 2012 calendar pages that are coming off the press! (See the first Sneak Peek here!)

Morgan wins the prize for being the first one with all her pages completed:
The clouds turned out beautifully!

Here's a shot of the front and back cover (by Kathryn Hoeppel and Sarah Hanks, respectively) after the first run.

These two smart ladies teamed up to print their pages together so they could use the same colors (and cut their clean up duties in half)!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Hour 10.05.11

Photos from this week's Happy Hour!

Here's Lauren helping Happy Hour first-timer Jane with getting ready to hand-ink. Jane came to get in some practice printing with photopolymer because she hopes to be able to do her wedding invitations soon.

And here's what Lauren was working on herself. She decided to print a second color over her birthday cards from last time.

The fonts she was using didn't have enough p's for all her "happy"s so she got creative and started using upside down d's! Love the effect... looks like the p's are dancing!

Erika also came by to set some type for note cards for friends. She's got a great system going of spending one happy hour setting type and then printing at the next one!

Hope to see you next time!