Thursday, January 17, 2008

Retail therapy

Well I've had a most exciting letterpress day today. It started off with lots of lovely comments and emails regarding my previous post. Thankyou to all who have shown an interest in my cards so far. They will all be posted tomorrow. After lunch I decided to spend the gift voucher for my favourite store that my adorable bridesmaid gave me a couple of months ago. The store specialises in specialty papers, greeting cards, albums, and the like. It was a place I found solace in during my work lunches, and where I discovered letterpress for the first time. I fell in love with the mix of Aussie and imported letterpressed cards, and soon started a collection. Today I added 4 more cards to the collection.

While I was there, I got to talking to the employees about presenting my designs to the owner of the store. It's been my goal since buying the Adana. Unfortunately, I've only just started producing work that I'd feel comfortable presenting to a retail store, so I've only got a couple of designs. But I showed my two recent cards to the manager, and she's encouraged me to work on some more to present as part of a portfolio. So, here's what I need to do in the next few days before I buy him a coffee:
  1. Produce a few more designs, probably using my existing plates, as I don't have the time now to get new ones made. Greeting cards, swing tags and small cards.
  2. Create a dozen or so vector artworks for future cards and materials, to give an indication of what I intend to produce in the future.
  3. Ring the owner and book a meeting.

Scary, but very exciting. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your dreams start to come true. So watch this space, I should have new designs up soon.

My bad news for today is my lack of planning and forethought regarding my remaining wedding stationery (menu, order of service, place cards, petal scoops). A certain little Duck helps me out with my photopolymer plates, but I haven't allowed enough time to get them made well in advance, and she's now on holidays. I need to find an alternative supplier for my photopolymer plates. Do any Aussies out there have any suggestions? I'm in dire straits if I can't print these materials...

1 comment:

Anna said...

Congratulations, that is very exciting news. I just stumbled across your blog looking for letterpress classes in Australia. I love letterpress and would love to learn how to do it, my wedding invitations were done by Flame invitations a couple of years ago and I loved them. I hope you find what you need to get your wedding stationery complete.