Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We have moved!

After much deliberation, we have moved our blog to here. If you're looking for new posts, please update your bookmark and head thataway.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Website temporarily down

Just in case you're looking for our website and have ended up here instead, we're just fixing a couple of little problems, so the site is down temporarily.

Edit: All up and running again thanks to my genius husband :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

New shelves for studio

As well as working on client work, we've been making little changes here and there to the studio. Oh, I've got big plans for it. Our latest addition is a set of 6 massive shelving units. The photo doesn't really show how big they are - only 4 of the units would fit next to the sink in the studio. That's the platemaker next to them. And yes, a gumball machine. Why? Every studio needs a gumball machine!

Master apprentice

Here's Kynan, now 10 months old, sporting one of the new Poppy Letterpress aprons.
See that little dimple on his right cheek? We call that The Ladykiller. :)

Shop Handmade opening this week!

I'm quite excited about the brand new
Shop Handmade retail store that's opening this week. For those of you that don't know, the shop is the brainchild of the ever so lovely ladies that run the ever so popular Canberra Handmade Markets. There you'll be able to find so many handmade products from the talented designers that have stalls at the Markets.

We're very happy to be part of the new shop, and can't wait to see our brand new greeting card range on display (we'll be up near the counter).

Recently the girls asked us to design and print the invitations to the VIP Opening Night for Shop Handmade. I just loved printing these, the blue is just so soft.

And lookee who's behind window #14...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New platemaker

So the blog has been exceptionally quiet lately. This is mostly because for a month I was printing for up to 15 hours a day to get all our weddings and market goods ready in time. When I get a moment free, I'll post about how wonderful the Handmade Markets were, as well as finally show you all those goodies we designed and printed in record time.

In the meantime, we've been counting down the days until we could pick up our brand new photopolymer platemaker exposure/washout/drying unit. We roped in a good friend of ours for a bit of extra muscle and today headed to Sydney and back to finally pick it up (7 hours almost continuous driving, sigh). What can I say -- it's a wonderful machine! I just can't wait to get it going (neither can Adrian, who is in love with the old-school coloured buttons). It's quite a hefty unit too, weighing 180kgs and producing plates up to A2 in size. Please excuse the dodgy mobile phone photo, but I had to share :) It's not even off the truck yet, we'll have to do that when we have more muscle around tomorrow.

Please please don't email us asking to do your plates though. It will take us some time to get it all hooked up to power and producing perfect plates.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Busy in the studio

We've been busy little beavers in the studio lately. 28 A4 pages of plates to print in the next 3 weeks with more on the way next week. But I'm absolutely loving seeing the final pieces all printed and ready to send to clients.

On the press today are a few print proofs for Katharine & Murray, and Renee & Adam. Some lovely combinations of charcoal and old gold, and azalea pink and ruby red. Below are Katharine & Murray's old gold plates being printed on Collie.