Monday, December 15, 2014

Parenting & Creating :: Go Hand In Hand

As a new parent and lover of print, I wondered (and still do) how parenting and creating can go hand in hand. Working at the computer, sketching ideas, writing at the blog, typesetting and doing simple chores has been possible because of my “what would I would do without” baby carrier! Inking my press is another story so far... Printing for the time being is reserved for moments when her grandparents or father can watch the bebè.

Being a creative person, I tend to want to do all creative projects by myself like designing her nursery, taking baby photos, making her stationery and so forth...  Seems like instead of scratching stuff on my to-do list, it grows the more I do! All the same, it's pretty cool as it’s opened up my mind to new projects and challenges which I’ll be posting the new year to come. In the meantime, there’s plenty of dyppies to change and smiles to be had!

PHOTO SHOOT AT HOME AFTER SEVERAL TRIES AND A COUPLE OF “ACCIDENTS”.

SETTING TYPE FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH BABY! YES, IT CAN BE DONE.




Thursday, December 4, 2014

Reminder Note & Letterpress Gift Idea :: Be Happy

A thoughtful reminder note and gift idea for your home, “Be Happy” during the holiday season and throughout the year! Happy Maker Station Market was created with the intention to highlight craft, design and their makers. We’ve opened up an online shop which we’ll be adding products to.

Pirouette Press has been collaborating with Paola Paoletti on limited textile print designs which are now on etsy. Letterpress printing on cloth isn’t easy, but we were pleasantly surprised at how well it worked for us on felt. This was also one of the first print jobs on the Vandercook!

LETTERPRESS FELT PILLOW | HANDPRINTED & HANDMADE IN ITALY

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Experience :: Letterpress Workers

The Experience with Letterpress Workers an international letterpress summit hosted by Officina Tipografica Novepunti has culminated in a book recounting their (our) adventures. I was fortunate to have been part of this experience and met many nice and talented people who gathered for several days under one roof in Milan to do what we are passionate about, letterpress.


The experience lives on, and as I wasn’t able to take part in the 2014 session due to my growing belly, I look forward to the next in 2015!

More photos here





Thursday, November 6, 2014

Letterpress Kraft Envelopes :: All You Need Is Love and Postcards

All you need is love and postcards, especially vintage flea market ones or rock promotional postcards. These rummaged treasures have always been something I can’t resist. There’s permanence in the way Perry Farrell screams into his microphone with fluorescent dipped braids early on with Janes Addiction. I picked up that one on Congress Ave. Austin Texas when that infamous first album came out. These impressions are tainted in a way mail in the inbox has never been-they are stuck in time and bring me back to a physical place, full of smells and colors that plainspokenly give sense of direction.
LETTERPRESS TWO COLOR KRAFT ENVELOPES "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE “ 
HANDPRESSED-WOODEN LETTERS

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Vampire Hello Kitty :: New additions at the table

Being a new mom, 11 days today, gave me the duty to do a pumpkin for our own pumpkin on Halloween. Since I’m working on little sleep and using other spare moments to document Maya's “firsts”...we didn’t exactly have time to design and carve our very own. A Stencil came fast and easy! I found this vampire Hello Kitty on the net to carbon copy/etch onto the pumpkin. I then used acrylic paints to fill it in and presto! And hey who would have known, Hello Kitty is celebrating 40 years this year!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bathroom Redo :: Hooks

I first wrote about our bathroom redo a long time ago and tonight was the first night I actually got to step into that shower! We worked with a lot of artisanals and you can’t really give these folks deadlines. The bathroom door was custom, left nude then painted our choice color--it only took about three months to get that one done.