Here are some wedding invitations we finished right around the holiday season, pre-cut.
A few months ago, when the Seattle weather would still allow it, I helped put together a new display case in my backyard for future craft shows / sale opportunities for Constellation & Co. We got a few questions about it, so I thought I’d post some process photos here.
- 10 wooden crates from JoAnn’s Fabrics
- Minwax Dark Walnut wood stain
- a few foam brushes
- 5-8 small tie plates to connect each pair of crates
- a few old t-shirts you don’t plan on wearing (EVER) again
- screws & a drill
The old t-shirts are extremely important, because if you don’t wipe the wood dry after applying the stain, you’re stuck with a permanently sticky mess.
The screws and tie plates work well to secure these puppies because you can very easily put them on to display them and take them off again to move/store them. We used the “display crates” at the recent Winter Urban Craft Uprising in December. They looked particularly cute filled with twinkle wire lights, Christmas cards, and vintage ephemera.
We’re working on business cards and some really sweet coasters for one of our current clients, Sound Homebrew Supply. They’re a local Homebrewing and Wine Making supply shop in Georgetown (Seattle), so the brick red and texture we incorporated in their logo is meant to reflect the rustic aesthetic of the neighborhood. If you live in Seattle you should check them out. If you don’t live here, check out their website. You can buy a kit to homebrew your own Dunkelweizen for $40…pretty badass if you ask me. Here are some process photos from printing biz cards and coasters (more to come when they’re finished).
We moved a while ago, I’ve just been a bad blogger. Our new studio location is only a few blocks away from the old, so we moved everything by foot and dolly. We’re now on Cherry street, which rules because Cherry Street Coffee is 30 seconds away, and delicious smells from the Cafe downstairs come in through our window all day.
The windows make a ridiculous difference in the ambience of the studio (our old studio was windowless). I have a really hard time working without natural light, so this place satisfies all of my window needs. Between 2 and 4 PM, the room explodes with really awesome light and makes our sweet little platen press (Josephine) glow. You can probably expect a future time lapse video about it.
If you want to come see the new studio in it’s full glory, come to our open house on November 12th. The second floor of our building (dubbed ’57 Biscayne) is FULL of artist studios, so you can see those too. S’gonna be a party.
address: 110 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor, Seattle
date: November 12, 2011
time: 6 – 10 PM
Visit Sara’s blog for more details about the open house.
After two weeks of planning, traveling, surprises, photo shoots and weddings, I’m home with my feet on the ground and need to play a bit of catch up.
Constellation & Co.’s Fab.com sale went so well that we had to get back in the studio to reprint almost immediately. There was a super high demand for the You & Me poster, so for continuity’s sake, we returned to the print shop where Sara originally printed them, at Myrtle Alley Press. This shop in West Seattle is run by a friend that Constellation occasionally rents studio space from. Personally, I think one of the neatest things about this shop is that it’s stationed in the owner’s backyard.
We printed the posters on the biggest proofing press I’ve ever seen, the Vandercook. Technically, this was my first printing job, and it was a total workout. The press is so large that it requires full body motion for a single print. I’m not sure where Sara hides all of her huge beefy muscles from her years in the printing biz.
I really enjoyed visiting someone else’s print shop (since the only others I’ve been in are Constellation & Co. and the studio in my school). Seeing the different ways multiple establishments execute very similar things makes the idea of starting and running my own business much more tangible. It’s motivating.
Hopefully you’re into good design and awesome mega sales, and hopefully you’ve heard of Fab.com. It’s a site that sells unique design products with high discounts for a very limited time (aka flash sales). Constellation & Co. started selling on Fab yesterday and is already selling out of prints. Only a little under 2 days left now. If you’re interested in checking out the sale, you have to be a member, and to be a member, you have to be invited, so. Consider this your official invite.
One of my personal favorites that hasn’t sold out yet is the bundle of ten postcards printed on recycled chipboard. Six dollars?!
Also, the Pirate, Ninja, Cowboy Card Set. Good for pretty much anything. Oh, your brother is sick? Send him a pirate fight. Your friend had a baby? Ninjas.
I know what this looks like. A cat blog. It’s not (barely). However, cats might show up here more often than you’d like. Brad and Sara McNally are cat people, and also my new intern parents, which makes me their intern baby.
The McNally’s created, own, and operate a design/branding/letterpress biz called Constellation & Co. in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle…and for the record, I think they are the coolest and highly recommend doing business with them. They designed and printed my wedding invitations, which ended up being so awesome that I had to beg them for an internship. What else could I do?
Currently, Constellation is moving out of their studio in the notorious 619 building to a larger space a few blocks away. As soon as the craziness of moving a studio with an insanely heavy printing press dies down, I’ll be learning the technicalities of running a small and growing business. I’m looking forward to this season full of coffee, audio books, cat cuddling, and getting my hands dirty with such talented people.
Stay tuned for less silly and more exciting beefy updates on my internship.