Friday, 26 August 2011

Saling the old fashioned way

Typeset by hand. Antique letterpress printing on recycled paper.

I picked up this card from the Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore last night.
It’s a letterpress card of a sailor in one colour by Saturn Press.
The printing isn’t perfectly even, and the impression isn’t very deep, but I find it just beautiful. I have kept it with me all day, and even though I think it would make a beautiful father’s day card for my dad, I can’t bear to part with it... sorry dad.
After some research on the internet I found out that Saturn Press started out in 1986 during a time when virtually every American printer was discarding or melting down old letterpress machines. Against everyone’s well-intentioned advice, Jane Goodrich (designer) and James van Pernis (printer) went against the tide and set up shop in Maine producing letterpress products. The most interesting thing about their work is, that still today, they only use traditional practices and skills to crate their products – “no Photoshop, computers or internet plastic surgery” in this workshop!
In keeping with this philosophy, Saturn Press doesn’t have a web site but you can check out all their beautiful cards  here.
Together Jane and James (with the help of one other person to help process orders) print and design a million cards per year! Truly inspiring to people like me who are only just starting out..
I knew there was something special about this card and I wonder if this is why I have kept this card with me all day...

Sunday, 21 August 2011

5 things I enjoyed about my day...

1. David Met Nicole.
I've been meaning to get down to this store for ages and when I found out  they have vintage letterpress letters for sale, I finally found a good reason to stop in. Its quite tiny inside and jammed packed with mostly used items that David and Nicole pick up on travels to America and the U.K. They have quite an impressive number of vintage wood block letters. I walked away with two letters even though it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, and at around $12 AUD per letter I was kinda glad. I also brought a beautiful vintage birthday card for $8, expensive, but  I just love how cards from this previous era come with a lovely message inside as well as a little illustration or detail from the front of the card. I just had to have it!

David Met Nicole, Cleveland Street Surry Hills.

Small Letterpress vintage wood block letter. $12.50 AUD

Detail of a vintage card I brought. $8.00 AUD, Ouch!

2. Follow Store
I think this is my new most favourite store!
Follow Store is owned by the duo behind Finders Keepers Markets and are located opposite David Met Nicole (where Bird Textiles use to be) in Surry Hills. Its therefore no surprise to find that they stock the wonderful letterpress work by Bespoke Press, in a shop interior reminiscent of old department stores. Actually the interior is the original 1898 fit out from what use to be a pharmacy. According to the nice lady behind the counter at David Met Nicole, Follow Store only opened a couple of weeks ago.

Pixs: Follow Store

3. Paper 2
Love a paper shop (of course!)
Telegram 90 cents. No sure who makes it, but its beautiful.

4. Afternoon Treat
All that shopping requires a re-charge. Caffe Sicilia on Crown St was also one of those places I had been wanting to go to for ages. I had a cup of tea with the cake of the day, $9, expensive but delicious!

5. A brush with fame
Tobey Maguire, AKA Spider-Man walked right past my right shoulder!
His my height! Love it!

Hope you too enjoyed your Sunday :)

Saturday, 20 August 2011


Lithography is an old method of printing, dating back to 1796. Not as old as letterpress but still ancient in my books. Lithography uses polished lime stone to print rather than wood/metal blocks as in letterpress. Like most printing techniques, each colour requires its own "plate" from which the image is transferred onto a paper. These stone plates differ from letterpress, in that they have a flat surface therefore allowing for longer and much more detailed print runs. It reminds me of etching in that it relies on a chemical process to allow the inks to adhere to positive and negative surfaces of the stone but its a not the same thing by any means...

Edition Copenhagen is an amazing lithograph workshop & gallery using this ancient printing method to show case the work of many leading artists such as Yoshitomo Nara, one of my favourites!
Its one artist to three lithographers in this workshop baby!
(the Edition Copenhagen website with the 3D effect is pretty cool too :)

Untitled, 2010 by Barry McGee, Todd James and Amaze
Original lithograph 100 x 70 cm

Below are a series of prints done at Edition Copenhagen
by Tom Hingston and show the process of Lithography.

An inked stone with a print.

An inked stone on the press

Print and stone

The end result!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Mama Mia!

At most letterpress print shops it's wedding invitation central.
A lot of them feature flowers & patterns, which is nice & appropriate,
but this is definitely more my thing!

Mama Sauce, based in Orlando, USA, designed and printed these.
You can read more about the yellow shoes on their blog.
Yellow... it's the happiest colour :)

All picts from Mamas Sauce!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Dear Photograph...

"Dear Photograph, Remember when we decided to see if shrink wrap
would hold my brother Joe to a tree? This made us laugh so much!" Annie Enderle

picture from Dear Photograph.

This also made me laugh so much!
How happy does Joe look shrink wrapped to the tree!
I wonder how long he was up there...
Kids are so funny!

Have a happy weekend full of endless possibilities :)

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Whats new

It's been a long week....
Finally got round to creating a Facebook page for The Little Paper House Press!
It didn't take very long at all. Not sure what I did wrong the first time...
Anyway, am still trying to work out how to get a "like" button for blogger posts
and other technical social media stuff but I'm getting there.

The Little Paper House Press also joined Ladies Of Letterpress
and through the wonder of the web discovered other letterpress printers
I had not come across before, such as  Satsuma Press .
I'll definitely keep Satsuma Press (a one lady show) in mind when we
start looking for other letterpress cards to stock in our shop.

Friday tomorrow. Looking forward to it :)

Images: Satsuma Press.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Its all in the presentation



Retailers watch out.
Wish me luck everybody :)

PS: any "salesman tips" would be greatly appreciated ;)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Are you living your dream?

Picts from The Cool Hunter, Visual Statements on Facebook.

I find it hard to pick myself up, and dust myself off after I've taken a hit...
I can go on for days just wondering aimlessly, off course,
when previously, the course was clearly marked....

Its days like these that my friend The Cool Hunter picks me up and dust's me off with words like these from, Its Time To Do Your Own Thing...

"Do you need someone else to tell you your product/idea/execution/brand is great? We say don’t worry what anyone else thinks, trust your own judgment. When others doubt, be confident in your vision. Stop waiting for the perfect time to do what you want to do. Just go for it and do it now
Don’t’ follow fashion trends. The most fashionable thing you can be is to be you. Travel the world, live in other cities, learn cultures. Learn because it keeps your mind young. You don’t need a university degree to be successful, although it may be helpful, but don’t do it because your parents – or you? – have status anxiety. Stop whining about it.

But what you do need is vision, tenacity and confidence in what you do. Do what you love now. Switch topics or schools now. Don’t wait till the last year of your education to realize that this isn’t your path. Listen to your heart, it knows what makes you happy
If your job sucks, stop blaming others, your boss, your parents, the universe. Just quit and take responsibility for your own choices. It’s not about the sucky job. It is about you being in the wrong place. There’s never a better time than now.

Start doing what your mind has been ticking away for you to do for years. Take risks. Be in a relationship that flows effortlessly. Trust your gut feeling. Intuition is strong and powerful.

Stop smoking, invest in your body, get off your ass and exercise. If you’re an entrepreneur , don’t spend all night on your projects. Practice balance and time management and have a life. Your family and kids are wondering why
you aren’t home for dinner, again. What a waste of your time.

Have the tenacity and focus to execute an idea no matter how daunting it may seem at first. Have the confidence in what you’re doing even when others doubt. Create opportunities for yourself. It is time for you to step up.

Here at TCH, we practice what we preach and we learn something every day. Everything we feature here on TCH, is based on intuition. We don’t care if you or anyone else don’t like it or agree with what we feature. If we did that, we’d go insane and TCH would be fake and boring and bland.

The coolest thing you can do is doing it. - Bill Tikos
Take a smile? I think I will :)

Monday, 1 August 2011

Rozelle Market's wrap-up

The Little Paper House Press greeting cards.

Great weather and great people made Rozelle Markets on Sunday really enjoyable.
We had a lot of interest in our cards and hope to go to market again in the not too distant future :)

Colossal Clean Up

This is my imaginary book cover for a kids comic book titled Colossal Clean Up - How one squid rid the sea of plastic waste. Right that...