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
The Copperplate Calligraphy class is part of our the series of classes going on in our studio in San Francisco while we are away in France. The class is taught by Melissa Titone. I’ve taken a few different classes from Melissa and she is so talented, very patient, and down to earth. Copperplate is the gorgeous style of calligraphy that you usually see on wedding invitations. There are only a couple spots left so act quickly if you are interested. Go here for more information and to sign up.
photos from Martha Stewart.com
This week I’m going to continue feature some of the Oh Happy Day classes coming up. All these classes take place in our art studios in San Francisco. I’ve lined up some of the most talented people I know to teach some of my favorite subjects.
The first is Andy Kane’s Screenprinting Class. Andy is the one who taught me to screenprint and he is an excellent teacher. He covers everything from making your press to how to print. When you leave you’ll know how to screenprint everything from T-shirts to Posters. Takeaways for the class include: a screen, a printed tote bag, and an indepth booklet. And once you’ve taken his class you’ll have access to his private site where you’ll be able to look up the answer to any question you can muster.
Andy is teaching a class on March 5th and March 6th in San Francisco. I know the classes are about half full and will likely fill up. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn screen printing now is your chance! Go here to sign up.
I’m so excited to announce a series of classes that will take place in our art studio here in San Francisco while we are in France. We have a fantastic lineup. I only put in classes that I am dying to take myself. Class sizes are limited so don’t wait to sign up.
Jonathan Canlas will be teaching a class on Holgas and a class on how to use instant pack film. (Which seriously takes the raddest photos.)
Andy Kane will be teaching his screenprinting class. By the time you are done you will be able to screenprint: tshirts, tote bags, and posters.
Alexis Birkmeyer will be teaching a beginners bookbinding class where you make a journal out of a vintage book. (These make the BEST presents.)
Melissa Titone will teach a four week intensive Copperplate Calligraphy class. That is the pretty kind of calligraphy used on wedding invitations.
Meg Mateo Ilasco will teach a class on how to get a book published. Meg has published several books and will teach how to put together a book proposal and how to pitch it.
Jordan Ferney (that’s me) will teach a letterpress business card class where you print your own business cards! (I’m flying back for a commitment that week so I’ll be able to teach.)
I’ve really enjoyed teaching letterpress classes the last two years. If things go as planned and we get our French visas in a few weeks (fingers crossed) then I’ll be on hiatus for 2011. So October and November is the last chance to print your own business cards. You can either choose your a design from one of these or else submit your own design and we print them all together. They are one color/one sided and usually printed in a gray or a very dark blue (the class votes). You get 250 business cards. The class is $125/student and the price includes all supplies. Email me to sign up email@example.com
1. Saturday, October 23rd (3 spots) design deadline: Oct 13th
2. Saturday, November 13th (2 spots) design deadline: Nov 3rd