February 2009 Blog Posts (21)

press maintainence

I'm feeling jazzed right now about adjusting the impression strength on my press for the first time today.
I'm alone and at first I thought my scrawny arms wouldn't be able to get those bolts moving but sure enough they gave.
Next is aligning my motor correctly and not having the belt slip off (I posted this on the listserv...)

Hooray for progress!

edit: belt is now aligned and does not slip off anymore!

Added by neeq on February 27, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Boxes and more boxes..what to do about retail packaging

Okay my fellow printers,



I have been on what seems to be an endless search for retail packaging. I have been searching high and low for a really nice, maybe even unique box that I can buy in bulk for bulk prices. Needless to say the only options I have found is small quantities at very high prices per unit. I even got one quote for $40.00 a box for 500 boxes!!! I don't know about you but I don't have 20k to spend on packaging.



So the search continued and I finally found a… Continue

Added by Amber Seguine on February 27, 2009 at 11:46am — 5 Comments

Paper Crave


An all around great blog for all things paper, Paper Crave gave us a nice shout out last week. Thanks Kristen!

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 26, 2009 at 2:42pm — No Comments

How to move a press

Over on Poppytalk, I just wrote a little article about moving my press recently. It wasn't that hard at all as long as you have the right tools. Basically we used a jack, & 3 pipes. There were only three of us and we weren't the beefiest crowd around so if we can do it, I am certain anyone can.



Here is the full article including a very… Continue

Added by Kelly - Paper Stories on February 26, 2009 at 1:14pm — No Comments

100!

100 members already! That honor goes to Jaye of Bull Horn Press in San Francisco. So great!

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 24, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Shirts are here!


Get yours at the Ladies' Mercantile Outlet here!

Those of you who have reserved a shirt are good to go--you'll just need to purchase the size and color you want, and follow through with PayPal.

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 24, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

How did I find out about MUG?

Especially since I'm in rural PA, and, though I like NYC, don't make a habit of reading their things-to-do sites? I have a Google Alert for Ladies of Letterpress, of course! I don't know if the kids are learning how to do this in Marketing 101 these days, but they should be. You can set alerts for your name, your press name, or anything else you want to keep track of, and, when Google's little spiders find mention of you in a blog in Germany, or a list… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 24, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

MUG



Ladies of Letterpress received a nice mention yesterday on the Manhattan Users Guide in their Designing Women section. Our blurb:…



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Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 24, 2009 at 2:44pm — No Comments

National Stationery Show



Would anyone planning to attend the National Stationery Show in May like to blog about their experiences before, during, and after? Joy of flybird press has kindly offered to do so, and welcomes other insights as well. Let me know, and I'll make sure your posts get featured on the main… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 23, 2009 at 5:18pm — 9 Comments

Ah, Fridee

I don't know about you all, but I'm pooped. Let's have a little Friday relaxment, shall we?





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And just to keep it printing related, the ca. 6" tall Baltimore 11:





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I cannot tell which is more adorable. Is that why so many of us combine puppies and…

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Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Spotlight on . . . Austin!



So last week at this time, we were taking a printing break in sunny Austin, Texas, where my mom was getting ready to run her 31st marathon (go Ma!). Yeah, that's a picture of 75 degrees in February. Austin is a great place to live and work--that's where I got my first job making plates for a printer who's been at work since before many of us were born--and it's also home to many fine archives, engravers, bookbinders, and printers. Here… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Speaking of cotton



The new Ladies of Letterpress t-shirts, designed by Todd Thyberg and printed by VGKids, will be here the first week of March! Available in two colors on American Apparel in any size--email me to pre-order!…



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Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 18, 2009 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments

Is Lettra recycled?

We love Lettra--and not only because of its tree-freeness. What goes into that cotton stock? This info comes from Dave Kidwell, Crane's Mid-Atlantic Region Manager, regarding the "recycled" content of Crane's Lettra.



There are two sources for cotton that Crane's uses to make all of its 100% cotton "Commercial" (not to be confused with Currency) papers: 1) Trimmings and 2) Linters



1) Trimmings are the left-over scrap from the textile industry after, say, a 100% cotton… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 18, 2009 at 2:35pm — No Comments

New cotton stock options



From the PaperSpecs newsletter, a paper option for your arsenal:



Cordenons has issued a new swatchbook for its recently launched felt-marked Canaletto Grana Grossa.



The stock is available in four weights (85 lb. text, 60 lb. cover, 78 lb. cover and 111 lb cover); one color, Bianco (white); and one sheet size (27.6 " x 39.4").… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 11, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Listserv, I hardly knew ye

You all know about the Letterpress Listserv, right? Otherwise known as Letpress, it's an old school daily e-newsletter with more than a thousand subscribers worldwide. Among them are men and women who grew up printing, worked in all areas of the printing trade, belonged to unions, work for paper or type companies, started and closed businesses, and otherwise still pass the time shooting the breeze and answering questions about… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 10, 2009 at 10:09pm — No Comments

for love of Bembo

or, for love of funny animals created from Bembo: Bembos Zoo

Added by Jessica C. White on February 5, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hooray Members!


Ladies of Letterpress just reached 50 members! It's Jen from Starshaped Press, a great printer who uses, if I'm not mistaken, 100% lead type. Way to go everyone, and here's to 50 more.

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 5, 2009 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

Poor picked-on Helvetica

You've seen the movie, right?


Poor little typeface--can't even defend itself. To get a print-outable version of the above, click here.

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 4, 2009 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Is that a cutter on your table?



The paper cutter may be the most important piece of equipment in your shop. In the dark, early days of our shop, we drove reams of paper to a sympathetic offset shop three blocks away, and they duly cut all our super thick cotton stuff down to whatever strange sizes we needed--and we picked up the tab for the blade sharpening. Eventually, this got old. In about a year. And, just in time, a cutter became available--not the one here, but a Triumph… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 4, 2009 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Blogspot

I also want to let you all know that if you include your website on your profile page (or blog site, or flickr site), we'll post it on the member list at ladiesofletterpress.blogspot.com. Hooray link love!

Added by Kseniya Thomas on February 2, 2009 at 4:24pm — No Comments

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