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
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!)
We will be manning a table at the Tacoma Wayzgoose this year! April 27 & 28, 11 am – 4 pm, there will be steamroller printing, t-shirt screenprinting, and various letterpress and book arts activities from many of the vendors! See printers’ goods, talk to them about their work, get your own hands on a little paper-product keepsake.
Tacoma is for Lovers has been postponed due to weather! We’ll be at King’s Books on Sunday, Feb. 24th instead, 11-4. It’s a two-day event and there’s different artists each day, so check it out Saturday, Sunday, or both. At our table on Sunday we’ll have Big Type for Bad Eyes card decks, notecards (Valentines and otherwise), small prints, date cards & book arts from Notta Pixie Press, and pride flag prints (if printing goes well, there will be new pride flag prints not yet displayed here, too).
Thanksgiving is past so we are officially ready to fully engage with the Holiday Season! Firstly, we have cleaned up the Etsy shop of some of the Spring-themed items, and added several holiday cards.
Second, this Saturday (Dec. 1) we will be in Columbia City at the Orca Holiday Bazaar! Come do some holiday shopping, see local vendors and artists, and support the Orca School K-8 PTSA!
And third, we are having our own Winter Sale and Open House the Saturday after that, Dec. 8, from 10 am to 4 pm. We’ll be cleaning up the shop to squeeze in as many of our friends and their wares as we can: letterpress printed materials, pewter jewelry, paintings! Carolers at 11:30 am! There will also be snacks.
Shop Small Saturday is this weekend! Our home of Beacon Hill hosts so many small businesses to explore, a Seattle Gems scavenger hunt, and a pop-up festival at the Plaza Roberto Maestas. Check the Facebook event page for more details about activities and directions.
Ourselves, we will be officially open longer hours, 10-6. Come visit us to see the retail corner of cards, journals, and art books; chat about letterpress printing; watch us print!