getting inky with bianca

it is hard for me to pass up an amazing workshop…even harder when it involves calligraphy, champagne, and the oh-so-talented Bianca Mascorro!

calligraphy class was bianca mascorro

i recently took her introduction to calligraphy and modern calligraphy classes, hosted by the lovely Fullosophie. the day was awesome. i have taken one calligraphy class in the past, but now know how much patience, dedication, and practice calligraphy takes to really hone your skills (although there was some amazing first-time talent sitting in the chairs around me!!). i am so jealous of how effortless the process seems to be for bianca, but know she did not get there overnight! i mean, damn, that girl is good.

calligraphy class with bianca mascorro

not only do i enjoy the beauty of perfect calligraphy, but the small details of the craft are things to admire as well. smeared letters, tiny imperfections, and dark ink swirling around in clear water are little treasures that should be experienced by anyone who loves letters.

calligraphy class was bianca mascorro

the day was just beautiful, and the instruction was flawless. i highly recommend Bianca not only as a calligrapher, but a teacher. i took home a perfect calligraphy set to keep myself occupied for awhile. don’t hesitate to sign up for a class of hers, today!

upcoming event: day of innovation

event at charles shultz museumever since partaking in the Charles Schulz Museum’s Day of Innovation in 2013, i have fallen head over heels for the peanuts gang! if you did not attend last time, think — a snoopy-themed Maker Faire.

i am so excited to be heading there again, on february 28, for another day of printing demos!

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valentine’s day styled shoot

if there is one thing i miss from my past day job, it is looking at pretty wedding blogs all day long. although I don’t quite have the time to do that daily anymore… nothing beats being a vendor featured in one of those posts!

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the ladies within the Sonoma County Wedding Collective recently put together a styled valentine’s day photoshoot, which turned out just lovely! Swooned Magazine’s blog was kind enough to feature the shoot this past wednesday.

check it out here!

we couldn’t help but snap up some beautiful Instagram shots during the shoot, which was professionally shot by Sara Press Photography!

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papillon floral instagram photo Papillon Floral Design provided amazing flowers, while I contributed the letterpress valentines that were sent out to my snail mail subscribers.

katie harvey instagram photoKatie Harvey & Shauna Powers were both excellent assistant stylists on this shoot!

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see the feature here!

photography by Sara Press Photography / florals by Papillon Floral Design / stationery by folding bones press / props by JaM JAr / styling by Shauna Powers & Katie Harvey

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if there is one thing i like about letterpress it is all of the females killing it in the print shop on a daily basis. it is amazing to admire, connect, and work with awesome ladies from all over the place.
10838790_862721047106516_16199302_nrecently, seven awesome printer women (including fbp!) got together to sell their handmade goods in napa, california. check out all of the amazing work that was for sale:

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hitman: a love story

10727710_298849836985589_277766915_nhave you seen any good films, lately? make sure you keep up with the making of HITMAN: A LOVE STORY. it looks like a good one!


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upcoming event: holiday shop party

letterpress christmas itemsholiday craft fair season has begun! if there is one i never miss, it is Shop Party in santa rosa. this year i will have a bunch of letterpress goodies perfect for the holidays. and everything will be made by hand at iota press and the sonoma county letterpress studio (website coming soon!).

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letterpress wedding favorsi recently had the honor of printing my good friend, stephanie’s wedding favors and thank you postcards. we wanted to incorporate the same sunflower motif from her invitation into the day of and day after items, so we had a photopolymer plate made to print from.letterpress wedding favorsi met steph and nick six years ago in santa cruz, california. it has always been obvious to me that these two are meant to be. letterpress wedding favors

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summer snail mail: chapbook

iota press is the perfect place to print a chapbook. although i have a degree in poetry, i hadn’t thought about writing in a few years. so i thought it might be perfect to dive into self-publishing again with an older poem.

lead type chapbook poempart of the problem with printing old poems is not knowing which draft you had settled on all those years ago.

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sweet corn

one exciting thing about being an iota press co-op member is taking part in group projects. in february 2014 we all featured our work together on the walls of risk press in sebastopol, ca. we marble and make paper together for fun. and, more recently, we have been working hard on a collection of broadsides to sell together at december’s open house.

mine is titled “sweet corn.” i began by focusing on one of the poems that did not make the cut for my seed pack poems:

corn linoleum cutthen i got the crazy idea to carve up some corn to go along with the poem. this involved drawing the corn first, and i have little experience even doodling for fun!

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seed pack poems

one of my most recent projects at iota press was my seed pack poems. it began with my printing buddy, megan, bringing in her unwanted artichokes for other iota members to take home. i stood at the type case and, without the words already in mind, composed a poem in under 25 minutes about the lovely vegetable.

over the course of four weeks, i composed several other poems about the fruits and vegetables around me in the same manner:

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proofing a seed pack poem

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