Laser-Engraved Wooden Arbor Collaboration with Tim Boyden

Did you know that Twin Ravens Press also offers custom laser engraving for a wide variety of materials and applications?  We create a lot of paper goods here, but we also do a fair bit of engraving into wood, acrylic, leather, fabric and other materials too!  Check out this awesome collaboration with local Eugene artist Tim Boyden of Out on a Limb Gallery.  Tim was commissioned to build this cool driftwood arbor for one of his client’s upcoming weddings and he hired us to engrave the dragonflies in the sign hanging from the top!

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Above is the whole arbor and below you can see detail images of the sign and laser-engraved dragonflies by themselves.

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If you’re interested in having some laser cutting or engraving done for an upcoming project of your own, please contact us!  We would love to work with you!!

Announcing our Kickstarter Collaboration with Portland-Based Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood!

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(Cover Art by Lucy Bellwood)

I’ve been keeping this one under my hat for a little while now, friends, because I didn’t want to get super-excited (and, in turn, get you super-excited) until I knew for sure that it was a for-really-reals real thing.  Today, however, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be collaborating with Portland-based Cartoonist, Lucy Bellwood, on one of the rewards for her upcoming Kickstarter project (set to launch this coming Monday, July 20th) which will help fund the publication of her newest book: “Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea”!

Lucy is an amazing artist and storyteller who I met through my involvement in the dance community, and have had much excitement about collaborating with for quite some time!  Her first Kickstarter-funded project, and first full-length comic, True Believer, which can now be downloaded and enjoyed digitally for free (woot!) touched a special part of my heart the first (and several subsequent times) that I read it, as it’s a very real story about what it means to be an artist today, and how it feels to muster the courage to do what you love.  Her comics, in general, are witty, poignant, and so incredibly real-to-life-stab-you-in-the-heart-and-soul-with-all-the-feels good (whew, that was a lot of hyphens, but seriously check out these recent ones: Salt Soap and Dance Yourself Clean).  Prior to publishing True Believer, though, Lucy has authored and illustrated a short, ongoing, comic-series, entitled Baggywrinkles.  From Lucy’s blog:

What is Baggywrinkles, you ask? Why, it’s my educational, autobiographical comic series about living aboard an 18th century tall ship! You can read the first five issues online for free, and check out new content from the series every week on Patreon. I’ve been working on these short stories intermittently since 2010, and I’m finally ready to bring the whole bundle together under one cover.

The Baggywrinkles book is going to be a 6″x9″, softcover collection featuring her already published issues 1-5, the never-before-seen-in-print Issue 6 (all about the history of scurvy), and a host of other exclusive goodies, one of which is the new limited-edition letterpress print she’s collaborating with us on! I couldn’t be more excited!  At one point, Lucy created a giant guide to sailors’ tattoos for the Vancouver Maritime Museum, which you can see her standing in front of in the photo below, and we’re going to help her turn it in to a limited-edition 2-color letterpress print!  It’s going to be so cool!!

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(Photo by Erika Moen)

If you are interested in obtaining one of these fine prints for the comics, tattoo and/or sailor-lover in your life, the only way to do so is by going over and supporting Lucy’s Kickstarter campaign.  To find out more about the campaign, keep an eye on Lucy’s website, blog, or other social media of your choosing (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram).  I’ll also try to keep you abreast of what’s going on with this project, ’cause if you couldn’t tell already, I’m a bit excited!  Thanks, Lucy!  Can’t wait!

Calligraphy Workshops from Katie Hoffman Ink!

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Hey Oregonians!  My friend and colleague up in Corvallis, Katie Hoffman, of Katie Hoffman Ink, is going to be offering a series of workshops in calligraphy at a few different spots around the state!  If you are in Eugene, Salem, or Portland, and have been interested in exploring this art form, I would highly encourage you to check out Katie’s offerings, as she’s a total pro and really sweet to boot!

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Katie’s workshops are going to be geared towards designers and brides, and are going to focus on learning the skills to add special flourishes to your upcoming event like: envelope addressing, place card lettering, signage design, and more!  Her two-hour beginner’s calligraphy workshop covers modern pointed-pen calligraphy with an overview of letter anatomy, tools of the trade, basic techniques, alphabet variations, and one-on-one coached practice time!  All of the hosts she’s working with for these workshops are also planning on offering special discounts, cocktails and sweet treats the day of, AND you get to take home a curated collection of Katie’s favorite calligraphy supplies.

Locations of Katie’s workshops are:

June 25 | 7-9 pm | Heritage Dry Goods | Eugene, OR

June 27 | 2:30-4:30 pm | Darling Distraction | Portland, OR

July 9 | 6-8 pm | Red Pearl Designs | Salem, OR

Spaces are limited, so please get in touch with Katie either by phone: 925.708.4093 or email: katie@katiehoffmanink.com to reserve your spot!  You can also check out more of Katie’s work on her website: www.katiehoffmanink.com.

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Custom Business Cards | Xeinium Productions

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Hello, Friends!  I apologize for the long blogging-absence, but it’s for a good reason!  Twinravenspress.com is getting a fancy new facelift in the form of a website re-design that will hopefully be up and running by mid-May of this year and I can’t wait to show it to you!  In the meantime, though, I’d love to show off a brand new set of business cards we just finished earlier this week for Xeinium Productions in Nairobi, Kenya!  It’s not everyday that a little boutique letterpress shop in Western Oregon gets contacted by a boutique studio in Africa, but hey, it’s pretty cool when we can all work together even from so far away!  Xeinium offers a variety of digital media goodness including tv, film, animation web design and all things digital!  Hussein was a joy to work with throughout this process (we worked entirely via email and Skype!).  Check out his cards, above and below!

These cards are 2-inches square and were letterpress printed on super-thick Crane Lettra Duplex 100% cotton paper in two ink colors: bright pink and purple.  The back has a full bleed pattern and the front has Hussein and Salim’s contact information!  One of my favorite details on these is the bright pink edge painting we did to match the pink ink on the contact info side!  It’s such a nice pop of color!

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I have to say, as cool as these cards are, they also mark a personal milestone for me, and for Twin Ravens Press.  With this order we have now produced and shipped letterpress business cards to clients on all 6 continents!  Pretty awesome!!  Thanks so much Hussein & Salim!

Weddings | Renee & Peter

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What do you get when a really awesome Australian couple with Scottish roots decides to get married?  Really awesome wedding invitations, with a nod to their Scottish heritage.  Renee and Peter contacted me earlier this spring about creating a set of wedding invitations for their upcoming wedding in November and I had such a wonderful time working with them, I couldn’t help but show their invites off to you!

Renee and Peter’s suite features so many fun elements including lined envelopes, blind embossing, letterpress printing, and a really fun and unique laser-cut piece!

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Renee and Peter’s invitation is a standard A7 size that features a blind embossed woodgrain pattern all over the background and letterpress typography printed in black ink.  The design of the invite is casual and fun and I was super-excited when they asked if the graphic at the bottom could be a set of bagpipes!  (It was honestly really exciting, no one has ever asked me to draw bagpipes before).

Like many modern couples, Renee and Peter planned to have their guests RSVP online, so we needed some sort of way to indicate where to do that.  In order to do that, we took of running with the bagpipe motif and created a custom, laser-cut and engraved set of double-sided website cards out of maple wood veneer that featured their website address on one side and the password on the opposite.  The wooden bagpipe cards were then tied around each invitation with jute twine.

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Aren’t they just too cool!?!  This combined with the green and navy blue tartan envelope liner you see in the top photo, I think, were a really nice nod to their Scottish roots!  I’m imagining that there will be some awesome photos of gentlemen in kilts, possibly playing bagpipes, to come from this wedding in just a few short months!

Renee & Peter, thanks so much again for working with us!  You two are awesome!!

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