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!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

2012 Calendar Sneak Peek #1!

Calendar pages are starting to appear in the studio! Here are some photos...

Laura and Molly were in the studio this week printing the first run of their awesome February design (I taught them my two-person printing method!):

While I was there, I could see Leslie'd started her October page by printing her lino block that she'd cut:

Also saw Morgan's beautiful May sunrays on the drying rack:

Lastly, a peek at Alyson's test prints for her January page:
Check out her blog post about her trial run here.

This is my favorite phase of the calendar project.... Going to the studio and seeing that new pages have appeared! Stay tuned for Sneak Peek #2!

Monday, October 3, 2011

In the studio... (One Night Only!)

As I've mentioned before, Steve and Gretchen have been working on a poster for a Levon Helm show at The Fillmore. Tonight's the night of the show so I thought I'd post some great photos that Steve took throughout the process of making this fantastic 5-color poster!

In case you noticed that the posters read "Thur Oct .3" -- a nearly disastrous mistake! Luckily Steve caught this typo in time to make the swap to "Mon" before printing the entire run!