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!
The shop will be closed this Saturday the 17th because we will be manning a table here, instead! The Tacoma Is For Lovers artist craft fair is going to have handmade jewelry, prints, cards, pillows, skincare, candles, an amazing variety of things—check the Facebook page for photos, directions, and who will be there on Saturday, Sunday, or both!
Our second Projects page is up, and it’s about Pride! I’ve been working on some smaller prints of various pride flags and itching to publish this page, because now I have the physical prints for sale in our store and also a place to host scans of the prints for free digital usage. (I made the bisexual pride flag my own phone background as a test last week and honestly, it’s staying. Egotistical? Maybe. Very pleasing? Definitely.)
So far I’ve printed the bisexual and transgender pride flags, and if you’re interested in how they were done and how I plan to do more, give the page a look!
We’re launching a Projects page: a small sampling of some of Day Moon Press and associated artists’ favorite and most interesting long-term endeavors. The goal is to create small galleries and descriptions of these projects and the main aspects of their process, especially to show the broad range of possibilities in letterpress printing!
To start, we’ve written a brief, very brief summary of all the work and thought that went into executing Maralyn Crosetto’s gorgeous Italian Villa Advent Calendar. (It’s also now on our Etsy store.) We know, it’s early for a holiday piece, but Advent starts all the way back on the 1st of December! Anyway, it was only right to begin with a collaboration with Maralyn, who’s challenged Maura with beautiful, delicate books and prints and more for over 35 years.
(Headphone caution: there is a loud dog bark at the very end.)
Feeding chipboard into a cutting die to make 4″ diameter coasters. We’ve used this die for single-use restaurant coasters before but for these, we’re experimenting with varnishing them to increase their longevity. If it works, the florally printed finished product will be up in the Etsy store soon!
Not quite in time to post about it, admittedly, but in time to display it: over the last weekend of Pride Month we made a Pride Flag print for our window! Each stripe was printed from an assemblage of handset decorative pieces, initials, type, and rule. (We promise there are no secret messages in the letters of the orange and violet stripes, only conveniently sized characters.)
Besides its importance for the window display, this print was a good test run of the Vandercook that we moved in a few months ago. We haven’t replaced the rollers yet but for this kind of short, hand-inked project, it’s now in good order, cleaned and oiled and ready to go. The finished size is 12 x 20 in, which about maxes out the printable length of the bed.
We had cause to pull out the spiral binder a few weeks ago, a stack of various leftover text weight papers stored years ago, and seasonal decorative illustrations cast decades ago: these journals, in several sizes and designs, are now ready for sale! (At the shop, or online at the Etsy store.)
Each journal has 31 pages which is a comfortable number for the spiral binding and a convenient number for all sorts of things: gardening logs, chore charts, daily drawing challenges? Someone at a fair suggested dream journal for the starred ones, which is a way better concept than what we’d come up with which was cute.