*lurches back onto the internet, blinking and still recovering from turkey coma*
Yes, it’s true: we’re alive! And, post-Thanksgiving vacation food-and-family hangovers aside, we’re well, and we missed you, Tumblr. In the holiday hustle and bustle, we also missed a couple Typography Tuesdays, and are planning on making up for it this week.
So, Thanksgiving’s come and gone, Hanukkah’s begun, and Christmas is right around the corner, which, needless to say, has got our present state of mind on presents. Here in Portland, we’re lucky enough to have a thriving artisan economy of crafters, artists, bakers, brewers, printers, and more to choose from when thinking of buying locally, and since it’s the first Typography Tuesday of December and folks are already checking off their holiday shopping lists at lightning speed, we figured we’d do a little rundown of local printers, stationary shops, and letterpress outfits from which you can buy some pretty awesome stuff (custom or otherwise) for your friends and family
and obviously yourself, come on this year.
So, without further ado:
FORTRESS LETTERPRESS: Fortress Letterpress believes in providing high-quality custom letterpress goods for artists and artisans. Their work includes:
- business cards
- letterhead & stationary
- CD packaging
- art prints
- coasters & menus
Lark Press: a letterpress printing studio and retail space dedicated to beautiful design, excellent craftsmanship, and providing a stress-free experience for all their customers.
Darling Press & Stationers, LLC: Letterpress printing for weddings, events, and business including business cards, stationery printing, wedding invitations, and their own line of original greeting cards.
Letterpress PDX: Owned and operated by Jenn Lawrence, Letterpress PDX specializes in providing businesses and individuals with multi-media printing and branding solutions that look like a million bucks but can work on a much smaller budget.
Lambhouse Letterpress & Design Co.: Lambhouse Letterpress & Design Company is the creative workshop of Ellery Harvey, a graphic designer, illustrator, bookmaker, and letterpress printer based in southeast Portland, Oregon. All Lambhouse goods are produced on a 106-year-old Chandler & Price 10X15” clamshell letterpress named Edgar II. (psssssst: we’re a bit biased on this one, Tumblr. Ellery’s our buddy and, all bias aside, he really is amazingly talented.)
Also, there’s Em Space! Em Space fosters collaborative art endeavors including community partnerships, idea exchange, exhibitions, and education; provides space and rare equipment to artists and interested community members; and aims to evolve awareness of book and letterpress arts within Portland and beyond while upholding the traditional crafts. They just moved into a new studio on the Springwater Corridor and are celebrating this Friday, December 6th from 5—10PM, located at 521 NE Davis. A couple of us Co-Creative folk are planning on going — hope to see you there?
Enjoy and don’t forget to buy local!
The Co-Creative Team