Hello all! What year is it. How long has it been. Anyway, we used to do a yearly holiday sale in our shop, and we’re ready to bring that back but a little different this time:
With the South End Public Market arm of Beacon Arts we’re putting on a pop-up market of local artists, selling prints, sculpture, jewelry, body products, paintings, book arts, and more! SEPM is putting on monthly art markets around Beacon Hill, so keep up with them for future events, and applications for vending opportunities. On November 20th, come to our shop to support South End artists, and grab a hot drink and snack in the backyard to fundraise for Beacon Arts!
Masks required inside the shop, please, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
Hand-engraved wood maps from Smash the Box
Letterpress cards, prints, and book arts from Day Moon Press, Nottapixie Press, Waterland Press, and True Bug Press
Our front doors are currently open for drop-ins & retail shopping, and in accordance with our state’s official recommendation, we ask that you wear a mask inside, even if you are COVID-vaccinated! Our hours are back to our usual 12-5, Monday-Saturday, or by appointment outside of that.
Our Beacon Hill shop is still closed to drop-ins and will be for the rest of the year—stay safe!—but we are available for custom work. You can also come to us for retail cards, gifts, etc., by shopping one-on-one, appointment only, or through our Etsy store! Local customers are always welcome to forgo shipping and pick up an Etsy order by appointment as well, just send a message with the order.
I’ve put away spring and summer things to make room for seasonal items, and added something new I’ve been working on: re-loadable journals.
The covers are at the moment almost all unique, wrapped in decorative Japanese papers from the 1930s or the 70s, depending. There are several varieties of content pages available (lined, blank, task manager), and the wirebound contents of these journals are replaceable, changeable, etc., whatever helps you stay organized!
Our front doors are closed to drop-ins until further notice, for the safety & health of both our customers and ourselves, but! We are still working.
For custom letterpress printing, we are available to discuss projects by phone or email, with samples transferred by photo, contactless pickup, or appointment.
For retail cards, prints, broadsides, journals, etc.: we are on Etsy, although that is not a complete list of everything we sell. If you would like to find something not on the list, something specific, or schedule an appointment for one-on-one in-person shopping (masks and all), please call or email us!
We’re going to be at King’s Books for their Valentine’s Craft Fair on Saturday, Feb. 8th, 11 am — 4 pm! The event is also open on Sunday the 9th, and there will be different artists each day, so check the event page or the Facebook page to see who will be there, selling what, and when!
Saturday, December 7th! We’re tabling at the Arts & Crafts Fair of the Mt. Baker Home Tour — tickets for the home tour are a major fundraiser for the Mt. Baker Community Center, although the art fair in the Clubhouse is completely free to attend & peruse! (10 am to 4 pm)
Friday, December 13th! The School of Visual Concepts is having a FREE talk & poetry reading by their current artist-in-residence, Claudia Castro Luna—she’ll be discussing her letterpress printed artist’s book One River, a Thousand Voices:
There will ALSO be a letterpress pop-up shop! We & several other local letterpress printers will have tables there. Again, the event itself is free! But please do RSVP for a chair at the reading. (6 pm – 9 pm)
Saturday, December 14th! Our studio-mate Darius X and his Linocut Night School friends are doing a pop-up sale here in the shop! Come out and support local queer printmakers, see & buy their work!!
Also, there’ll be a make your own print station, and snacks & drinks. (12 pm – 6 pm)
Sunday, December 15th! The 8th Annual Mercatini di Natale pop-up sale—local artists & artisans in Beacon Hill’s FABULOUS pizzeria & Italian restaurant, Bar Del Corso.
(12 pm – 4 pm)
Woof! Listen, if you can’t keep track of all that, same. Just wander around the city the next two weeks, you’ll probably trip over us eventually.
This year we’re doing our annual open house/winter sale on Small Business Saturday, November 30th! The Saturday after Thanksgiving we’ll be open 9-6 with letterpress printed goods: cards & journals, a board game, a card deck, an advent calendar, artists’ books; as well as watercolor paintings and digital prints; also, free cookies & wassail.
As always the retail half of the building will be filled with art objects made by us, and by True Bug Press, Notta Pixie Press, Waterland Press, and our studio-mate Darius X Studio. In the back half we’ll be working on a small print object all day, mockup to typesetting to printing! Come observe & look at art & get some holiday shopping done at, literally, the only store where most of these things are sold.
Heads up, we’re going to be away from our Beacon Hill shop for several Saturdays in the next few months—we’ll be at other peoples’ very cool events instead! The first is part of Tacoma Arts Month: Paper Trails is an annual sale of book arts and paper arts-related merchandise by local book, paper and letterpress artists.
At King’s Books in Tacoma, on Saturday, October 19th, from 11-5, there’ll be vendors (including us!) selling all kinds of paper arts & crafts, doing demos, and running make-and-take projects! FREE admission, come see & chat!
Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31-Sep. 1, we’ll have a booth at the Wayzgoose Kitsap Arts Festival! 10 am-6pm in downtown Bremerton, there will be steamroller printing, hands-on activities, other local art vendors, and live music, free to attend!
(This also means the main shop will be closed that Saturday. Come see us there instead, or contact us for a make-up appointment!)
Finally got the big one framed! Until July 31st, it and the five mini-flags are at a Pride-themed show “We Be Proud” in Tacoma at PCAF, along with prints by Cat Snapp Studio and Pope Press Olympia.
Pierce County AIDS Foundation, through education and service, prevents HIV infection, assists persons affected by HIV/AIDS, addresses related health problems, and combats associated stigma and discrimination. PCAF’s gallery is open M/T/Th/F 9-5 and Wed 11-5.
(Unfortunately this is my last copy of the big one so it’s not for sale, but the minis are! I also scan the minis as I complete them and put them here on the Pride Flag Prints project page. Feel free to save them to your phone or computer for icons, banners, etc.—the bi flag has been my phone background for months now. Personal use only, please!)