Back Up & Running March 19 2015
I got my first print run done today after moving to Bend and getting everything unpacked and set up. It was great to be printing again, I missed the steady "clunk clunk" of the press and the smell of fresh ink.
So what did I choose to print for this momentous occasion? My Eames Rocker design was first up in a nice deep blue for some coasters.
This seemed quite appropriate since one of the places we stayed while waiting to move into our new place had an actual rocker!
I'm hoping to get several more runs done in the next few days, personalized notecards are available for order again, and I already have some custom orders in the works. It's good to be back in business!
The Big Move February 10 2015 1 Comment
I mentioned that we were moving from Denver, Colorado to Bend, Oregon. Well the actual move from one city to the other took place at the end of January and while we are far from settled yet (so I still only have limited products available), I thought I'd share a couple photos from the road trip and the places we visited along the way.
The trip began with us loading all our belongings into a ridiculously large trailer (don't worry we didn't fill whole the thing), saying goodbye to our mid-century modern home in Denver, and heading to the closing to sign it over to the new owners. After having dinner with our lovely realtor and her husband and stopping in on a friend in Longmont, we only reached Fort Collins that night. So after an awesome breakfast at The Silver Grill (if you're in the area stop by for their cinnamon roll french toast) we set off into Wyoming. The drive through the south of Wyoming was pretty uneventful save for a couple of crazy snow storms, and by the afternoon we were in Utah, nearing Salt Lake City.
We spent the night a little north of Salt Lake City in Ogden because we wanted to get an early start the next morning. One of our main goals along the trip was to make the pilgrimage out to Spiral Jetty and we thought it would be great to get out there by sunrise, which was slated for just before 8am. Somewhat surprisingly we made it just in time!
Created by Robert Smithson in 1970, Spiral Jetty is a huge earthwork located on Rozel Point peninsula on the northeast shore of the Great Salt Lake. It was built from from over 6,000 tons of black basalt rocks and earth mined from the surrounding area placed to form a spiral 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide that winds counterclockwise out into the lake. For many years you couldn't really visit Spiral Jetty, it was submerged under the water only two years after it's creation and the water levels did not drop low enough for it to be visible again for 30 years.
The water still ebbs and flows and Spiral Jetty is only visible when the water level is below about 4195 feet, so if you're planning a trip check the water levels before you head out. But other than that there really is no excuse, the journey there is worth the trip alone and the dirt track road really isn't bad (unless the weather is crazy you don't need 4-wheel drive, any car should be able to make it).
When we arrived the water level was way out so Spiral Jetty was totally exposed, surrounded by sand, salt, and just the occasional pool of water. While we could have cut across the sand, the need to follow the path prevailed and we walked along the rocky spiral to the center. The experience of standing at the center of this great work, the only people for miles around, watching as the sun continued to rise was amazing. Despite the cold we wandered around for quite a while just taking in the work and the tranquility of the rugged location.
Before we could leave we had to hike up the small hill behind where we parked so we could look down on the spiral and out into the Great Salt Lake.
And on the way back to the highway we also made a quick stop at Promontory Summit's Golden Spike National Historic Site to see where the railroads met on May 10, 1869.
I love the typography in this old poster advertising the opening of the new railroad.
From there is was on to Boise for the night... with drinks and a new game, brought at a local game store, All About Games, in downtown Boise.
The next morning we started the final leg of the trip taking the scenic route on US-26 through several national forests and past the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We made it to two of the John Day Park areas, Sheep Rock and the Painted Hills, and despite the cloudy day the colours of the rocks were still amazingly vibrant.
Once again we had the place pretty much to ourselves as we wandered some of the short paths up and around the hills, taking in the quietness and tranquility of the surroundings.
From here it wasn't far to Bend and we've spent the last week staying in a little cabin trying to find a place to live and starting to familiarize ourselves with the area. We did find an awesome little house to move into but not until the beginning of March so I'll have the business up and running in full again then. In the meantime, I'm hoping to get working on some new designs so I'll be ready to go with some new printing projects.
Where did all the custom products go? January 20 2015
You may have noticed that all my custom notecards disappeared from my shop the other day. Why is this? Well, Green Bird Press is making a huge move across the country!
Everything is getting packed up this week and next week we make the drive from Colorado to Central Oregon. We're planning a slightly scenic route with stops including Spiral Jetty on the Salt Lake and the Painted Hills at the John Day Fossil Beds in Eastern Oregon so it should be a good trip.
I will be taking a small selection of products with me so will not be completely shut down but shipping may be a little slower than usual for a week or two. And it'll be a few weeks before the press is back up and running for custom orders.
Love is in the air... January 14 2015
...or at least it will be soon!
With Valentine's Day fast approaching I thought I'd share some of my cards that are great for letting your family and friends know how much they mean to you.
2015! January 01 2015
Happy New Year!
I have finally, after several years of slow sorting, got my lead type mostly organized (there's still a big box of pied pieces hiding in a corner) and over the last couple of weeks printed up sample cards for each typeface. I'll be scanning these in and sharing them with you over the course of the year and they'll be a great reference for showing you what typefaces are available for custom orders.
I've also been working up a bunch of new personalized notecard designs using my newly organized type and I'll be photographing these and making them available soon. So if you're looking to update your stationery for the new year stay tuned.
Sale - Holiday Cards 20% off December 29 2014
The holidays are over (or at least they will be once New Year's Eve has passed in a couple of days) so I need to get rid of my remaining holiday cards to make room for some new designs. And what better way to do so than by letting you buy them at a discount. So as of now most of my holiday cards and gift tags are 20% off while stocks last.
Happy Holidays December 23 2014
Wow! The holidays crept up so fast, I hope everyone else is more prepared than I am. But with the last of the holiday shipping done there should be more time to relax, right? I wish you all the best, hope you spend some quality time with family and friends, and take a little time off work whatever holiday you might be celebrating.
Then start thinking about sending out thank you notes - most of my cards are blank inside and perfect for writing a short note to let people know how much you appreciated their gifts, or money, or hospitality! And if your the type of person who likes to plan way ahead... my holiday cards will be going on sale after Christmas so it's the perfect time to stock up for next year!
Happy Turkey Day and a Coupon November 27 2014
I hope you're all having a great Thanksgiving Day celebrating with friends, family, food, and football!
For those who want to get an early start on your holiday shopping please use the coupon code HOLIDAY14 to get $5 off any purchase over $25 during the next few days. Valid from Nov 28 (Black Friday) through Dec 1 (Cyber Monday).
The Time Machine November 05 2014
I've been slowly releasing my new series of Time Machine designs and I couldn't do a time machine series without including a design based on H G Wells' book The Time Machine, published in 1895, or more exactly based on the 1960 movie based on the book.
Currently the series consists of only 4 designs but there are several more I may have to add in the future. If only I had a time machine so I could find out which ones I do/did next!
Phone boxes November 01 2014
These days the phone box is becoming a rarity since everyone has a cell phone. However, in the olden days of the late 1980's the phone box was an excellent mode of transportation through time for Bill Preston and Ted Logan.
So of course it had to be included as part of my upcoming Time Machine series...
...along with, as promised before, the police phone box from Doctor Who, otherwise known as Time and Relative Dimension in Space.
Happy Halloween October 31 2014
Wishing everyone a happy halloween! May there be lots of scary pumpkins and sticky candy!
Live Long & Prosper October 29 2014
A new 5"x7" limited edition print with the Vulcan salute hand gesture and accompanying text is now available.
It's a Totoro Christmas October 23 2014
I'm finally getting around to printing, photographing, and listing holiday cards for the upcoming season. First up are a couple of Totoro inspired designs.
Totoro as a reindeer with large antlers and a red nose...
...and with Christmas trees as ears complete with little yellow star toppers for decoration.
He's just adorable and looks so innocent standing there gazing out at you! They're available individually and as a set of 6 which includes 3 of each design starting today.
Time Machines October 17 2014
I've been working on a new series which will be available soon as cards and coasters. The theme? Time Machines...
The TARDIS from Doctor Who, which features in my recent limited edition print, will be one of them but the sci-fi world is ripe with other examples of these desirable machines.
Here's a sneek peek at the design based on Dr Brown's DeLorean from Back to the Future.
More will be coming so check back soon!
Stymie Statements October 12 2014
Visiting Oregon October 07 2014
A little over a week ago I was up in Oregon and, among lots of driving and rainy days, I happened upon a couple of letterpress studios.
The first was in downtown Portland, Oblation Papers & Press, they have a beautiful store selling so many pretty things, with a paper making studio and print shop in the back.
They also had two little parakeets, which since I was missing my own little green bird, Stormy, back in Denver I had to have a quick chat with them - Pica, pictured below, was very cute and friendly.
Pics borrowed from Oblation's blog.
Sam, the owner of Teenee Mi, saw me looking at her press so I said hi and we chatted about printing for a little while. She has a gorgeous 8 x 12 Chandler and Price press from the early 1900's which she uses to make wonderful cards and invites. Pic borrowed from Teenee Mi's facebook page.
I hadn't gone to Oregon with the plan of meeting any other letterpress printers so it was a nice surprise to come across them.
Mini Book Necklaces September 16 2014
I've been making an army of teeny tiny books!
These are fun to make and use up many of the paper and leather cut offs from my bigger books that would otherwise just be discarded, so I like that they prevent me from being wasteful. They are also pretty adorable :-)
I sell them strung on sterling silver chains as mini book necklaces, you can find some already listed and I'll be adding many more once I find the time to get them photographed. They make great gift as, while they are a little fiddly to open and close, they do function as a regular book so you can write a tiny message or draw little sketches on the pages before gifting it.
When you buy online I package them in a gift bag for shipping to you, and for retail purposes I created a card so they can be displayed on a rack, these are pretty minimal, as in my style, and have some additional info on the back.
Star Wars September 08 2014
Today was a Star Wars day! I'd finished reprinting one of my Star Wars Coaster sets over the weekend so this morning they got packaged up in bags...
...and labels were added so they are ready to ship.
I also printed some new Millennium Falcon cards (there actually printed in a very dark green ink but it's hard to tell from the photo), which was especially appropriate as I'm wearing my Millennium Falcon t-shirt today (from Crawlspace Studios, also here in Denver, in case you're wondering)!
Han Shot First September 05 2014
The much contested change to the original 1977 Star Wars movie has Greedo shooting at Han Solo and missing (because how could he possibly hit when he's so far away on the other side of the table!) before Solo fires off his own shot killing Greedo (because he's a much better shot!). Of course, the fans voiced their dislike of this strongly, and the phrase "Han shot first" is now as popular as any quote from the movie itself.
So here's my new limited edition print with Han Solo and his blaster silhouetted next to the words "HAN SHOT FIRST" in big bold Stymie Black type. It nicely compliments my Yoda - Do or Do Not Print and I will likely continue this series in the future.
Eames September 02 2014
Hand Bound Books August 24 2014
It's been a while since I spent a good several days in the studio binding, so this weekend I made it a goal to complete a series of new leather bound journals. I now have several little stacks of books to show for my efforts which is pretty exciting. I'll have some of them listed for sale shortly so look out for them in the bindery section.
Doctor Who Limited Edition Print August 18 2014
I recently printed a limited edition run of large Doctor Who prints featuring a new Tardis design and nine silhouettes of various repeating characters, from K-9 on the left to a Dalek on the right. They turned out great and are perfect for all those minimal loving Whovians out there.
New Store - New Designs August 09 2014
To celebrate the launch of my new store I am also releasing a new series of Firefly/Serenity cards and coasters. Based on one of my favorite shows (even if it didn't make it through the first season) these designs include the Firefly-class spaceship, Serenity, Wash's "curse you and your inevitable betrayal" dinosaurs, Jayne's Hat, and the teddybear, heart, and flower patches from Kaylee's Overalls. Cards come in a set of 4 or individually, and coasters come in a set of 5.
So please browse through the new store and enjoy!
...and let me know if you notice anything that doesn't look right so I can try to fix it. I know there's bound to be kinks that have to be worked out...