Join us at The First Friday Artwalk!

Twin Ravens Press was delighted to be selected as a guest artist for the month of December at Out on a Limb Gallery in Eugene!  Come down and visit me tonight at Out on a Limb as part of The First Friday Artwalk!  Out on a Limb is located at 191 E. Broadway in Eugene, next to Cafe Zenon and Footwise.  I’ll be there with fun holiday letterpress goodies from 6:00 pm on into the evening!

Out on a Limb features beautiful woodworking from artists Jeff Bandow, Tim Boyden and Drew Parrish year round.  There will also be four other guest artists showing various works throughout the month of December, including Donna Crispin, Laura Robson, Reed Gray and Kelly Beal.  Donna is a fiber artist who specializes in basketry with natural materials.  Laura creates beautiful felted bowls and vessels.  Reed is a wood turner who will be displaying wooden bowls and rolling pins, and Kelly will be sharing her sterling silver and leather jewelry.

If you’re in Eugene tonight, come down to the First Friday Artwalk, enjoy drinks and appetizers and say hi to me and these other awesome local artists!  You may even get some of your holiday shopping done in the meantime!  See you tonight!

Shop Twin Ravens Press at Oregon College of Art & Craft

The holidays are in full swing in our studio with lots and lots of custom and non-custom holiday card printing happening!  Before I show off some of the awesome and adorable custom holiday cards though we’ve been working on for the past few weeks, I wanted to give a quick shout-out to our newest retailer, The Shop at Oregon College of Art & Craft!  I met MaryAnn of OCAC at The Portland Letterpress Printer’s Fair back in October and I’m so glad that she’s been enjoying having our greeting cards in her shop!  If you’re in Portland and haven’t had a chance to visit OCAC, get on it!  The Shop at OCAC is open year-round, 7 days a week from 10 am – 3 pm and is located at 8245 SW Barnes Road in Portland.  They can be reached by phone at: 971.255.4138 or by email at [email protected].  They also have a facebook page and website of their very own!

Thanks so much for working with us MaryAnn!  Happy Holidays!

Weddings | Stationery for a Wedding in Finland

I’ve said it before, but I always get super-excited when couples from overseas find us and hire us to produce their wedding stationery.  There’s just something about the distance and the great big internet bringing us together that I find kind of amazing.  Earlier this year, I got to work with a lovely British couple, who were recently married in Helsinki,  Finland, this past September.  Their wedding invitations were modern and elegant and I just love the way everything for them came together!

These wedding invitations featured a single A7 size invite and corresponding envelope.  The invitation was letterpress printed in two ink colors: gold and red, on lovely, Holyoke 100% cotton bone white paper.  The invitation design itself was simple and modern, which I personally really love!  It featured the main body text of their invitation in a red, all-caps, classic, serif font and their names in gold in a simple script (at the request of the couple the names have been blurred to protect their privacy, however, trust me, the script was gold and simple and beautiful).  The text was centered and was surrounded by a fun, organic pattern of little gold dots.  It was so simple and pretty – I just love it!  We paired their invitation with an antique gold envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed their return address on the flap in silver ink.

Check out the letterpress impression in the close up photo below!

This couple were wonderful to work with, even from such a great distance, and  I absolutely love how their invitations turned out!  If you’re not in Oregon, but are interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to send us a quick “hello!”.  We love working with clients from all across the country and around the world!

Weddings | Don & Stephanie

Happy Friday Everybody!  This afternoon I’m really excited to show off an awesome set of wedding invitations that we made for a Eugene couple earlier this year!  We’ve worked with Don and Stephanie on quite a few projects in the past, including business stationery for their company, Oregon Social Media.  I was super-excited earlier this year when Don & Steph came back to me to collaborate on their wedding stationery.  They were married this past June in the small town of Jacksonville, in southern Oregon, and wanted their invites to reflect a modern sensibility, as well as the rustic-ness of Jacksonville, and Oregon on the whole.  What you see above is what we came up with!

Don & Stephanie’s wedding invitations featured an awesome, letterpress-printed A7 invite that was blind embossed with a fun woodgrain pattern, and printed in black ink, a coordinating invitation envelope, and a smaller, laser cut website/rsvp card.  The main motif for their invites was the state of Oregon with a small heart in the bottom left corner where Jacksonville is.  I was excited that we were able to incorporate this little state motif into all three of their pieces.  The invitation and rsvp/website card were held together with baker’s twine in Don & Stephanie’s wedding colors: white, grey and yellow.

Their invitation was paired with a coordinating gravel grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company with Don and Stephanie’s address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Check out the close-up image above of their invitation!  We used a full-bleed blind embossed woodgrain pattern to decorate the background of this invite and then printed their invitation text over the top in black ink.  I love the fun mix of funky, modern fonts that we were able to incorporate!  You’ll also notice in the images below that the state motif was used to decorate the bottom!

One of the most exciting aspects of this invitation suite for me was Don and Steph’s rsvp/website card.  We designed this card to be in the shape of the Oregon motif they had used on the other pieces, but in order to give the piece a little more interest, we laser cut the shape of the card and the little heart out of thin, maple wood veneer.  Rather than printing the text onto the veneer, we engraved it with the laser cutter, so that it had the same depth and texture as the letterpress impression on the other pieces!

Twin Ravens Press is happy to work with you to design small wooden laser cut pieces to incorporate into your invitations or other projects, like this one.  We’re also happy to work with you to create engraved wooden invitations, business cards, and or other stationery.  These reply/website cards were made out of maple wood, but we have several different wood varieties in a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from!  I love the way that this complimented the woodgrain pattern of Don & Steph’s invitation and I love how unique such a small piece can make a whole suite feel.  I mean, how often do you get an engraved, wooden card in the mail?  Not often, and they’re so cool!!

Thanks so much again, Don & Stephanie, for working with us on your wedding invitations!  I always enjoy working with the two of you and I can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us next!

Custom Business Cards | Lauren Stewart Design + Events

Earlier this year we got to design and print an awesome set of business cards for an event designer based in Santa Monica, California!  We actually began working with Lauren Stewart of Lauren Stewart Design + Events a few years ago, when she hired us to letterpress print wedding invitations for her own wedding.  Not too long after her own wedding, Lauren started LSD+E, a boutique design and event production company specializing in the design and production of weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties, baby showers, engagement parties, and any other special events you can dream up!  Lauren is really talented, and I’ve enjoyed working both with her and her clients over the last few years.

Lauren’s business cards, which you can see above and below, are double-sided, and were printed on extra-thick Crane Lettra 220# duplex 100% cotton paper.  They feature a lovely light orange ink and a fun mix of modern fonts and graphics.  Check out the images below for a closer look at both sides.

If you’re planning an event in Southern California soon, check out her website and contact Lauren!  She’d love to help you create a gorgeous event!

Thanks so much Lauren!  You rock!

Buddy Monday: Weddings | Lanie & John

Happy Monday Everyone!  So, remember back in March of this year how I had this grand plan to post something exciting that we had designed and printed for friends every Monday?  I was going to call it Buddy Monday, remember?  Yeah, well, back in March work and life got crazy and busy, and I only managed to do my self-imposed weekly blogging commitment once, for good friends Sarah & Adam, who now live in Maine.  Well, I’m  here to report that I’m making self-imposed weekly blogging commitment attempt #2, with this whole Buddy Monday thing, because, honestly, even though I didn’t do it for long the first time, I’ve still got lots of awesome buddies that we’ve made stationery for out there, that I’d love to share with all of you.  So, without further ado, here is our second Buddy Monday for friends, Lanie & John, who were married in September, in Napa, California.

Let me just say upfront, Lanie Williams is an awesome lady.  I haven’t actually seen her in person in a few years at this point, but our moms became friends when we were growing up, and Lanie and her family are quite possibly some of the more awesome people I happen to know, which I feel is saying something, because I know quite a few awesome people.  Lanie graduated from high school a few years before I did and moved out to the east coast for college, and now lives in Rhode Island.  I don’t see her often, but I was still super-stoked when I found out that she was getting married and she asked me to design and print her wedding invitations.

Lanie wanted something pretty and modern and not too formal, which made designing these super-fun.  One of the great things about designing stationery for close friends is that, often, they let you just kind of go to it and see what you come up with, and then make changes later.  Well, Lanie and John pretty much just let me go to town with these, and I came up with a few different options, and the above is the one they picked!  Lanie & John’s wedding invite is a single A-6 size card printed on 100% cotton Holyoke Antique White paper in three ink colors: grey, aubergine and olive green.  I got to use a pretty sweet hand-drawn border and lots of fun patterns, both in the text (check out the pattern going on in the date) and in the general layout itself.  We made a point to emphasize that their wedding was going to be a fun, laid-back, family affair, and I just love how the design came across as fun and casual, while still being really beautiful at the same time.  The invite was paired with a matching olive green envelope that was lined with a fun, floral paper, that I did for Lanie as a surprise.

In the photo below, you can see their return address printed on the back flap of the envelope in grey.  I carried the two cute little champagne glasses from the invite to the address, just to be a little matchy-matchy.

I love all the different fonts and patterns that I got to incorporate into this design!  I also love the very modern treatment of the date, and Lanie & John’s color scheme.  To keep things simple, we included the rsvp info on the invitation at the bottom.  This is a great option if you don’t need a separate rsvp card.

Take a closer look at those awesome patterns and colors below!

And, last, but not least, I had to sneak a couple of photos from the wedding off of Lanie’s Facebook page.  On the left is the cute couple – don’t they look gorgeous?!?  And, on the top right is a photo of both the invite and their save-the-date at the wedding.  In the bottom right is a pic of the whole Williams family with the bride & groom.  I love them all so much!

Thanks so much again, Lanie, for letting me help out with your big day!  One of these days I’ll make it out east to visit!  It would be great to see you again!  *hugs*

Custom Business Cards | Threadbare

Earlier this year I was very excited to collaborate with fellow local Eugene artist and printer, Amy Vellutini, of Threadbare Print House on an awesome set of letterpress business cards.  Amy is a screen printer specializing in t-shirts, posters and vinyl transfers and wanted some really kick-ass business cards to hand out.  We incorporated her logo and a fun, modern typeface into these cards and printed them in two ink colors on Holyoke 100% cotton bone white paper.  Aren’t they cool!?!

You can check out Threadbare’s work on their website or Facebook page.  And, if you’re interested in having t-shirts made, Amy is running a LivingSocial Deal this week, so be sure to snatch that up!  Thanks so much again, Amy!  You rock!

Check Out Our New Digs!

Hi All!  Happy Halloween!  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you may remember that we moved into a new studio space at the beginning of July.  The new space is awesome, and I’ve been meaning to blog about it for a while (with pictures!), but I hadn’t because I kept thinking to myself, “If I wait a week we’ll be a little more setup”, or “If I wait a bit longer things will be a little tidier…”, or some similar sentiment.  Well, the truth is, things are never entirely tidy, or setup, or completely-put-together in my world, and I decided that now was as good of a time as any.  Without further ado, check out our new space!

Our trusty New Style 8×12 C&P made the trek across town beautifully with the help of my dear friend, and fellow letterpress printer, Bob Giles.  Bob also helped me move our beast of a paper cutter, which you can see in the photo below on the top right.  I don’t know what I’d do without him!

Shortly after our move Bob also semi-permanently loaned us this Challenge Proof Press.  It had a bunch of paper on it when I took this photo, but we’ve since used it to pull color proofs of different jobs and I’d love to use it to print some signage or small posters later this year.

The new studio has an upstairs office space which is great for keeping finished things separate from all of our heavy machinery.  We’ve got greeting cards out and on display up there too!

Thanks to the help of my good friend, Eleanor, we actually have a more efficient way of organizing our invitation samples now too!  Check them out: all categorized and color-coded.  This is a level of organization that is fairly new to us, just sayin’.

And, last, but not least, a huge thank you goes out to Jorma & Kevin Walpoff for helping us move our laser cutter across town, and install the new ventilation system for it!  I still have a lot of catch-up to do on this blog to show you all of the awesome laser-cut projects we’ve been doing, but, trust me, those are coming shortly, and in the meantime, you get to check out what the green machine looks like in it’s new space!

If you’re in Eugene, Twin Ravens Press gladly welcomes studio visits.  Please call ahead in advance to reserve a time.

Visit Us at the 5th Annual Portland Letterpress Printer's Fair!

Hey Everybody!  Long time, no see!  I have been a terrible blogger this summer.  As you read in my last post (that happened in the middle of June) a lot new has been happening this summer for us logistically, as well as keeping up with all of the awesome new design and letterpress stuff we would have been doing anyway.  We moved into our new space in July and it’s awesome!  I still need to take some pictures to post up here and show you – but, trust me, it’s pretty great!

More updates and photos of awesome new work are coming soon, but in the meantime, if you’re going to be in Portland, Oregon tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th, you should come down and visit us at the 5th Annual Portland Letterpress Printer’s Fair.  This year the fair is being held at a new location: ADX, which is located at 417 SE 11th.  This year’s fair is going to feature lots of printed ephemera and other goodies, letterpress equipment and supplies for sale, printing demos, Kyle Durrie’s Moveable Type Truck, and live viewing of the Print Make Share Challenge.  It should be pretty awesome!!  The 2012 Letterpress Printer’s Fair is also happening in conjunction with Design Week Portland, so there’s going to be a lot of other, awesome, design-related stuff to see in the area.  So, if you’re in the Portland area, and have interest in letterpress printing, great design, moveable type, Twin Ravens Press, and/or all of the above, come on out to ADX between noon and 7:00 pm!  I’ll look forward to seeing you!!

 

 

Busy, Busy, Busy!

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Well, Hello, there!  Holy cow, you guys, I can’t believe that it’s been over eight (8!!) weeks since my last post.  Man, time flies.  As much as I hate to admit, the cute little cartoon above is not so far from the truth.  There has been so much awesome happening here though, I don’t even begin to no where to start.  So, with the half-hearted promise that my regular blogging will return this afternoon or tomorrow, here’s the bulleted list of all of the stuff that’s been going on here, since I last saw you:

  • I visited old friends and made a few new ones during my annual early-June weekend trip to Seattle.
  • I bought my first house!!  (I’m supposed to close on 6/27 and man, it just can’t seem to come fast enough).
  • Twin Ravens Press is moving into a brand new studio space at the end of the month that is going to be AWESOME.  Photos coming soon.
  • Twin Ravens Press began offering custom laser-cutting, in-house, in April.  It rocks.  Photos and info coming soon.
  • When I graduated from college, I had quite an extensive background in screen printing, as well as letterpress.  We recently completed our very first wedding invitation suite which combined both printmaking methods.  It’s gorgeous.  I can’t wait to show it to you.  There will most definitely be more screen printing in our future.
  • We’ve turned out too many awesome new wedding invitations this spring to count.  You’ll be seeing them shortly.
  • We’ve also begun collaborating with Don Jeter on his newest venture, Oregon Strong Brand.  You’re going to be seeing some very awesome laser-cut, letterpress printed, packaging coming out of here for them.

I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something, but, you get the picture.  It’s been crazy-busy, but in one of the awesomest ways possible.  I can’t wait to show you pictures of all of the coolness that has been going on around here.  Stay tuned.  We’re returning to our regularly-scheduled blogging shortly!