Years ago, when Paul and I met, we made a list of places we wanted to travel to. Number 2 on that list was Australia. (The first was France, and we ended up moving there.) I had started noticing all the amazing designers and brands coming out of Australia and I realized there was something cool going on down there and I wanted to see more of it. So I was over the moon when my friends at Go Mighty said that they were putting together a really cool project with Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand. I feel super lucky to be going with 10 other bloggers to Australia where we are going to check some things off our life lists and share our experiences over at Go Mighty.
I’ve never been to Australia and have just started to do some research. Do you have any places you recommend in Sydney and Melbourne? Especially great places to eat and places to shop. When I travel I like to go to party supply shops and office supply shops, sometimes the practical stuff is the prettiest without even trying. Also, my 15 year old self is very interested in making out with Jim from The Man from Snowy River. How do we make that life list goal happen?
A huge thanks to Tourism Australia, Air New Zealand and Go Mighty for making this adventure possible. If a trip Down Under is a dream you’ve had, please be sure to check out the Tourism Australia site for all sorts of information about Australia; in addition, Tourism Australia, Air New Zealand and Go Mighty are running two additional campaigns to help make your dream come true in 2014: the first, Fill-A-Plane, where you can sign up to be one of 322 people to get a special discount on air travel for folks who take the pledge to travel to Australia next year; the second, “Win a Wild Card ticket to Australia,” for a chance to win a trip to Australia, by simply becoming a member of Go Mighty and adding your wildest Australia-based dreams. You can check out all the details here.
Photo of Bondi Beach by Mark Allen
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
The Commission Project is launching today for the holiday season! The Commission Project is an affordable way to get a commissioned painting for your family. We do this around the holidays because it makes the perfect gift. The way it works is you purchase a commission right here and choose a frame color, next send a photo by September 9th to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval, then wait by your mailbox for your painting. All paintings will be shipped framed and ready to hang no later than December 1st. You can check out more sample pictures and see more information right here.
This is the fourth year but it all started out because Paul would get so many inquiries in commissioned paintings. But because of all the time spent going back and forth the price ended up being more than people could pay. We started thinking about it and realized if we could streamline all the details like size and frame type then we could offer a commissioned painting at half it’s normal cost. And that is how the Commission Project was born. This usually sells out quickly so act soon!
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
Hey Internet! If you are in the Bay Area I wanted to tell you about the art show where Paul is showing his recent works. The opening reception is this Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6pm-9pm at Incline Gallery 766 Valencia St, San Francisco. The pieces are mostly large scale modern beach paintings. I took a peek at them in the studio yesterday and I’m so excited for everyone to see them. The reception will have drinks and hors d’oeuvres and we’ll be there to meet everyone. The show will also be open that weekend July 13 & 14 from 11am to 6pm. Please stop by if you are around!