Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Meet the Designers Event...This Saturday

Images © and courtesy of Gingerly Designs

If you are in the Greater Vancouver area this Saturday be sure to come out to Gingerly in Maple Ridge for their Meet the Designers Event:

Saturday July 26th – 12:00-4:30 PM
11869 227th St, Maple Ridge

We'll be there with letterpress stationery, journals, and prints featuring new nature-inspired designs (not yet available online or in stores).

We'll also have some samples of our custom work on hand – so if you've been considering letterpress stationery for yourself, your business, or an upcoming wedding or event – come on down and learn what we can do for you. You'll be able to check out our samples, the papers we use, and ask us any questions you may have about our services.

Other designers participating in the event include:

Flight Path Designs
Track + Field Designs
Gingerly Designs
and others...

For more info visit:

The first 25 people to attend with receive a gift bag worth over $50 filled with goodies from Gingerly and participating designers (you know you want one...get there early!). And there will be free treats from Sweet, the cake shop across the street...Seriously, who can say no to cupcakes?

We have been pretty busy around the studio lately (hence the lack of new blog posts) and have been printing custom invitations for three weddings, business cards, a variety of personal stationery items, and a custom letterpress art print.

Last week I was so angry with our C&P press that I was ready to kick it (which would have been stupid, seeing as she is built of cast iron, and I would have clearly been the loser in that fight). Most of the letterpress printing equipment being used today is very old - this press in particular was built in 1911. This means that the equipment comes with flaws and problems caused by years of wear. My problem was uneven inking being caused by the rails on which the rollers run. The rails are more wavy than the Pacific ocean. No amount of taping or adjusting would solve the problem. Luckily I was able to find a printer in Florida willing to sell me a set of roller bearers, and also learned a trick involving the use of old photopolymer plates to even things up again. All is well again, but it was a frustrating time indeed. This business of printing is certainly not for the faint of heart or patience.

Have you joined our Facebook group yet? If not, check it out: http://www.facebook.com/events.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=9587009750 I'd love to see 75 members by the end of summer!

Happy letterpressing!

1 comment:

  1. Erin, I'd love to hear/see more on the photopolymer plate solution!


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