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a project of sorts

We at a fine press love paper.  No, not the multi-purpose or copy paper that comes in cases of 5,000 sheets at your office.  What we really love is paper with some tooth. Well, tooth and a little bit of weight.  That's because we love letterpress (and screenprinting and die-cutting and embossing and engraving and, and and...

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an observation

Much as some gentlemen practice the (slightly gauche) habit of leaving one of their cuff buttons un-done to indicate that they are surgeon's cuffs (a mark of a fine custom suit)...

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state of the art | tattoos

State of the Art is our not-so-regular series where we highlight the work of those in our industry who knock our socks off.  We are proud to be part of such a vibrant, creative industry and strive to create work as excellent as that which we highlight here. Lately, I've fallen in love with the classic aesthetic of Sailor-Jerry era tattoos.  I set out on a journey to find tattoo-inspired invitations and sundry letterpress goods and,...

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quotable | Roger Walton on the Postal Service

I still marvel at the postal system we currently enjoy.  It is to me amazing to think that I can write a letter, drop it in the postbox near my home, and that for the cost of a few pence this same little package will be delivered, door to door, in a relatively short time. From the incredible book "Design Rules for Letterheads"...

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inspiration | letterheady

One of my favorite sources of inspiration lately has been the docu-blog, letterheady.  It's a record of some of the great letterheads of a bygone era.  In addition to the letterhead of Hitler and Charles Schulz, there are some more esoteric ones, like this one that showed up today, apropos of our visit to Our Fair City:Then there's this one (from Metronome Magazine) that doesn't entirely make sense to me: So, where do you find inspiration?...

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Jul 25 2010

plantable invitation – Taylor and Whitney

This handmade wedding invitation represents a collaboration between a fine press and groom/designer Taylor Gorman.  Taylor brought the designs and an antique dictionary while we brought the materials, connections and quite a bit of labor to the project. The couple wanted a rustic, handmade feel and something their invitees could take away with them.  We suggested they go with one of Porridge Papers' plantable papers - in this case, one that blooms wildflowers - so the...

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we’ll miss you…

Life deserves to be celebrated. I've never been to a memorial service more joyous than Dr. Taxdal's.  I was honored to be a part of the celebration of this physician's life and legacy.  The best part of a fine press' focus on event stationery is our placement smack dab in the center of the landmark moments that define people and families. Because things tend to move very fast, programs for memorial services are typically flat-printed and are...

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calling card – @TweetinTams

-My friend, Tammy Wright, approached me about creating a social media calling card for her.  She's brought the cycle chic movement to our little town and wanted a card that reflected the more social nature of her project. The cycle chic movement is about remaining fashionable while using bicycles for day-to-day travel.  The centerpiece of this 2.5" square card is a very fashionable silhouette of Tammy rocking her trademark scarf and riding a classic cruiser bike. ...

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a dog day at the park

-The idea for this came from a friend who's getting a tattoo of his black and white pugs.  We carried the pair of Boston Terriers to the outside of the envelope, with one showing on either side. If you'd like to celebrate your dog's birthday (or anyone else's, for that matter), talk to us....

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