Hey guys! I’m teaching some beginning letterpress classes happening this November in San Francisco. The classes are organized by date and by ink color (everyone in the class prints the same color ink.) Each class will teach basic printing skills using photopolymer plates on a Vandercook letterpress. Students can submit their own designs or choose from a template – and you get to print 250 of your own, custom letterpress cards! Snacks and supplies are provided. I hope to see you there! Sign up here.
I’m happy to announce I’ll be teaching a series of beginning letterpress classes in September and November in San Francisco. I used to teach these classes regularly but took a break when we moved to Paris. We’ve brought them back by popular demand! I’ve organized the classes by date and by ink color (everyone in the class prints the same color ink.) The class teaches the basics of printing with photopolymer plates on a Vandercook letterpress. Each student submits their own design or chooses from one of our templates and gets to print 250 of their very own letterpress business cards. It is a really fun relaxing class (there are only 8 students!) and snacks will be provided. I hope to see you guys there! Sign up here. Also, just FYI this is probably the last time I’ll offer this in a while.
ps: I’m even doing one special watercolor /letterpress class where students will watercolor and print their own business cards.
September 14th | AM: GREY | PM: PINK
September 15th | AM: NAVY | PM: NAVY
September 21st | AM: GREEN | PM: GREY
September 22nd | WATERCOLOR + GREY INK
November 2nd | AM: PINK | PM: NAVY
November 3rd | AM: RED | PM: GREY
November 16 | AM: NAVY | PM: GREEN
November 17 | AM: GREY | PM: PINK
We rented our studio on Valencia Street almost five years ago! It has been so great to host letterpress classes and craft nights but one problem with it is it doesn’t get enough natural light to shoot in so we’ve always had to go off site for photo shoots. I have a lot of big projects coming up and I finally decided to look for a real space just for Oh Happy Day. Where we can make things, keep our desks and do shoots. I’m dreaming of a place like The Nine Studios (maybe a tad smaller) with lots of light and where we can continue hosting events and craft nights. Know of any amazing warehouse spaces with lots of windows in San Francisco?
photo from The Nine Studios
Last week we had our letterpress craft night! It was a really great night. We were able to donate all the money from the tickets to our local community preschool. A huge thanks to my friend Rebecca Wright who planned the event. Over 50 people attended and we had a great time eating and learning about letterpress. Also a big thanks to all the brands who donated items for the gift bags! They were really good (see below.)
Andrea Pimental was our caterer. She impressed everyone with homemade oreos and Mexican-inspired salads. Our new Craft Night logos (designed by the amazing Clayton Thompson) were printed on canvas tote bags which held all the sponsored swag.
Coatt sent over a few delicate necklaces with gold dots and dashes that spelled out words and phrases in morse code. Ours came with words like “yeehaw” and “lucky.” And Hello Merch supplied every excited attendee with their own Champ Sweatshirt.
The Succulence, an adorable local succulent supplier that also offers classes and landscaping services, sent over 50+ mini plants for us hand out. We planted them in magnetic pods from Urbio, an awesome Bay Area startup that specializes in modular organization.
Photojojo, who also happens to be our neighbor, made sure everyone received a Tokyo Dreamer camera strap. Made of durable vegan leather, these are strong enough to hold SLRs, DSLR’s and their big ‘ol lenses. Ps: check out their awesome Phoneography 101 class.
Finally, Paper Source donated all the paper and envelopes we used for the letterpress demonstration. Their Luxe paper line notecards are my favorite for letterpressing. And their envelopes are the best (and come in amazing colors.)
We’d like to say a huge thank you for everyone who attended – and to all of our wonderful sponsors! We’re in the process of coordinating more Craft Nights this month. So stay tuned for the announcements!
Photos by Paul Ferney
I’m happy to announce a new letterpress craft night on April 25th! I decided to try something different for this month. My kids go to a really great (yet underfunded) community preschool. I have been wanting to do some sort of fundraiser for them and decided it would be fun to host a craft night at our studio. This will be exactly like the other craft nights (same awesome gift bags, learn to letterpress, take home 20 letterpress greeting cards) but there isn’t a title sponsor this time and tickets will be sold for attendance. 100% of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to a not-for-profit preschool.
Go here to purchase your tickets. If you would like the cost of your ticket to be tax deductible please bring a check the night of the event (and your online purchase will be refunded.)
If you are new to Oh Happy Day, Craft Nights are where I invite people into our art studio in San Francisco and we learn something new.
Our snazzy new Craft Night logo by Clayton Thompson.