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Weddings | Ryan and Makena

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Check out these awesome invitations we letterpress printed earlier this spring for Eugene, Oregon couple, Ryan & Makena!  The style of these invitations is very different than a lot of the invitations we print, which made them super-fun to do!  Ryan and Makena had their friend, and British Illustrator, Alice Bowsher, draw their custom invitation artwork and then they hired us to print it!  I really love Alice’s thick, sketchy, hand-drawn style and the way she’s able to fit so much visual information and interest into each one of her compositions!  If you check out her website, or her Instagram (seriously, do it: she’s amazing), you’ll see that she also incorporates adorable robots, birds, and other fuzzy critters, as well as people, into much of her work, which really pulls at our heartstrings.

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The artwork was sized to fit a standard 5″x7″ invitation and was printed in black ink on Holyoke 100% cotton Natural White paper.  I love that the paper Ryan & Makena picked isn’t a stark white.  The warmth of the paper I feel really adds to the warmth and cheeriness of the illustration work.

For the back of the invitation, we figured we needed to print a little more information and details for the ceremony.  In laying this out, I wanted to keep the feel of the typography consistent with the front of their invitation, so I set all of the type in thicker, black, fonts that look at least somewhat handwritten, while still being very legible.

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I really love how this invitation came together and I was really excited to get to work with a new artist’s work!  Thanks so much Alice, Ryan, and Makena for working with me!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Join Us for the First Friday Art Walk at Passionflower Design

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Eugene, Oregon!  Join us this afternoon, Friday, February 5th for the First Friday Art Walk in downtown, Eugene!  We will be doing a letterpress demo at Passionflower Design located at 128 West Broadway, along with members of the Valley Calligraphy Guild who will be showing off impressive penmanship, just in time for all of your Valentine’s Day card and shopping needs!

You may have joined us for Art Walk at Passionflower this past December when we were there right before Christmas!  If you did, you would have seen me with our tiniest letterpress Kelsey, aka “The Brat” printing the adorable holiday tags pictured below (that’s me, in the suspenders!).

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Join us again for a new letterpress printing demo, some pink champagne, gorgeous Valentine’s cards and gifts, and more from 5 pm – 9 pm!  I hope to see you there!

Shop Twin Ravens Press at Elephants Delicatessen

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Portland, Oregon!  Check out our newest retailer!  You can now shop for adorable Twin Ravens Press cards and coasters at Elephants Delicatessen on NW 22nd!  Elephants has had the pleasure of providing awesome local food and other products to the Portland area and beyond since 1979!  From great local wines and cheeses, handmade sandwiches, catering, coffee & tea, and a scrumptious bakery, Elephants is a great place to grab a bite and also shop for great local gifts and foodie items!  We’re so happy they’re carrying our stationery and coasters! Next time you’re in the NW 23rd area, stop by Elephants, grab a bite to eat and pick up a card or two!

Are you an Oregon retailer looking to carry Twin Ravens Press cards and paper goods?  Head on over to our wholesale application and get in touch, or get in touch with our regional manufacturer’s rep, LeAnn Wassom, of The Vintage Collection.  We’d be happy to work with you!  Not in Oregon, but still want to carry our products?  Click the link above to our wholesale application and contact us!  We’re happy to ship anywhere!

Join Me for a Letterpress Demo at Passionflower Design!

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Twin Ravens Press is very excited to have been invited by Passionflower Design to do a letterpress demo in their store in downtown Eugene tonight for the First Friday Artwalk. Come out, enjoy the Artwalk, pick up a Christmas card and a gift, or two, and visit me while I demonstrate printing on a tabletop 6″x10″ Kelsey Letterpress!  I’ll be printing the holiday tags pictured above, and will also have Christmas cards and tags available for purchase.  If you’ve ever wanted to check out what I do in person, tonight would be a great opportunity for it!  I’ll be there demo-ing from 5 pm – 8 pm.  Passionflower Design is located at 128 E. Broadway (between Pearl St. & Oak St.) in Eugene, Oregon.

Calligraphy Workshops from Katie Hoffman Ink!

Katie2 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: [email protected] to reserve your spot!  You can also check out more of Katie’s work on her website: www.katiehoffmanink.com.

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Shop Twin Ravens Press at Raven Moon Emporium!

RavenMoon3Hey, hey, Eugene!  If you haven’t done so already, you really ought to go and check out Raven Moon Emporium in the Whiteaker Neighborhood!  Twin Ravens Press is proud that they are our newest, local retailer.  At Raven Moon you can find Twin Ravens Press cards, as well as our sister company, Firehouse Lasercutting’s, custom laser-engraved liquor flasks!
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Raven Moon is also a full-service floral design studio offering everything from single bouquets of flowers to corsages, boutonnières and wedding floral design!  Their retail store also showcases lovely goods including, but not limited to antiques, furniture, body care products, stationery, jewelry, curiosities, clothing and air plants!  It’s truly a wonderful store with something new to see every time you shop there!

Raven Moon is located at 1093 W. 1st Street  in Eugene, Oregon.  You can also find them on Facebook or online here: http://ravenmoonemp.com/!  Go check them out!

Baby Announcements | Elliot Rye

I was putting away samples earlier today and came across this absolutely sweet birth announcement we made last year for one of our long-time clients, Amy.  Amy had her second child, a boy, during the summer of 2012 and we created this adorable announcement to announce his birth!  Elliot’s announcements were extra fun to create, because Amy wanted them to coordinate with her older daughter’s announcements which we had created back in 2009.  If you’d like to check those out, click here.  If you visited that link, you’ll notice that both announcements for Amy and Matt’s kiddos are similar in style.  They’re both an A2 size and they both feature little buzzing bees.  The envelopes are exactly the same, just different colors, but Elliot’s also feature a teddy bear along with the bees.  What a cute announcement for the newest addition to Amy, Matt and Cameron’s family!  

Thanks so much again Amy!  You’re the best!

Weddings | Kirk & Christy

Check out these cute, modern wedding invitations we made last summer for California couple Kirk and Christy!  Kirk and Christy were married in the Oregon Coast town of Cannon Beach last August, and I had a ton of fun working with them to create these invites!  Above is the full set, which included a monarch size invitation and envelope, a 4bar size reply card and envelope, a smaller website card and a custom, laser cut belly band.  Let’s look at all of the pieces individually!

When Kirk originally contacted me, he and Christy wanted to do something fun and quirky with the motif for their invitations!  When they had first started dating, one of the first photos they took together was of their hands with tiny octopus and squid finger puppets (see original photo below on the right).  I think it’s so cool (and adorable!) that they wanted to somehow incorporate this into their wedding invitations!  To do this, I created the drawing you see at the top of the octopus and squid holding hands, and we carried this through all of the pieces in their invitations suite!  Their invite is a modern monarch size, measuring 3.75″x7.25″ and was printed in a nice light blue ink on 100% cotton paper.  I love the combination of the cute octopus/squid drawing with the simple, serif font we used for the text!

The other pieces in the suite were designed to match the invitation!  Below you can see Kirk and Christy’s reply card and envelope as well as their small website card.  Additional information could be found on their website, so they didn’t need a bunch of extra insert cards, just a small one directing guests to the website.  

The thing that sets this suite apart, in my opinion, from a lot of others, is the awesome way we tied everything together!  Kirk and Christy had me design a custom, laser-cut belly band to wrap around the individual pieces in their suite.  Because we had been using the “squid and octopus holding hands” theme for the motif, I thought it would be really nice (and awesome) to have their belly band be of the tentacles of the squid and octopus holding hands around all of their stationery.  This was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to draw, and then cut, but they turned out so cool!!  The belly bands were laser cut in-house out of a shimmery blue paper and they secured all of the pieces in Kirk and Christy’s suite together!

I think everything in this suite turned out so cool!  I love the adorable simplicity of the main pieces, and then the totally unique belly band that tied everything together!  If you’re interested in adding something really different to your invitation suite, ask us about laser cutting!  There’s so much we can do with it that will add just that extra bit of uniqueness to your invitations!

Thanks so much again for working with us Kirk and Christy!  I hope you’re having a Happy New Year!

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!