This month’s Stationery Saturday is all about the wood. We dug into our collection of vintage type, and designed folded notecards that showcase the giant wood letters. We’ve pre-printed with decorative borders; visitors can choose a gray diamond stripe or a red starred stripe, on either smooth natural white or textured bright white cards. We’ll print the text of your choosing on two lines, in overlapping gray and goldenrod inks. We’ll work the cards through both our Heidelberg Windmill and Vandercook SP-15 to complete the design, making this one of the most complicated letterpress-to-go designs we’ve offered to date. 10 personalized cards plus 10 blank envelopes set you back just $34. Aren’t you lucky!?!
Why are we all in a twist over the type? Our sights are set on a volunteer weekend at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum later this month. The museum, an invaluable resource for lovers of type, printing, and design, is on the move. They’re leaving their historical home and headed across town to a new old building, a project that requires both lots of cash and lots of helping hands. When Jenni and Morgan hit the road to Two Rivers, Wisconsin, they hope to have a stash of cash to cover their gas and motel, plus some extra to donate to the Wood Type Museum. So we’re asking you to help the Ladies of Lunalux help Hamilton! $10 from each set of notecards sold on Saturday will go to our travel fund, plus all proceeds from our limited-edition Two Rivers or Bust prints (featuring super-sized wood-type, hand-inked by Jenni, making each print a totally unique piece). Hamilton Wood Type is an amazing organization, and we’re eager lend a hand, so we hope you will be too!
To add to the excitement of the day we’ve invited Mary Bruno of Bruno Press to join us for the day. She’ll be selling her makes-you-LOL letterpress-printed greeting cards and t-shirts. She’s an incredible printer who hails from St. Joseph, MN – so we don’t get to see her as often as we’d like to! But we think you will love to meet her, so make a point to chat her up while you’re here, OK?
Stationery Saturday will run all day on March 9, 2013. All are invited to stop in between 11a.m. and 6p.m. The ordering personalized letterpress-printed cards is encouraged but not required! We have an excellent selection of stuff in the store right now, including cards for the upcoming holidays (Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day), new greeting cards from 1canoe2 on Mr. Boddington’s Studio, and sweet sparkley springy notebooks, stickers, cards, and sticky notes from Papaya! As always, we’ll have coffee and homemade cookies to share. Check our Stationery Saturday page for all the nitty gritty details.
If you aren’t able to visit Lunalux this weekend, but want to order come cards or donate to our Hamilton fund, call or shoot us an email and we’ll take care of you that way. We can be reached at 612-373-0526 of info (at) lunalux .com
Big news: Lunalux will be part of the 2012 Northern Spark festival on June 9 and 10. Though the dusk-til-dawn arts extravaganza is three months away, we’re already planning and scheming. As a new partner in the event, our first contribution is a limited-edition print to support the festival’s fund-raising efforts. “We all do better when we all do better” was printed with antique wood type on our hand-operated proof press, using black ink and hefty recycled chip board. And it’s available exclusively through the Northern Spark kickstarter campaign – pledge a donation of $40 or more to the festival, and one of these signed and numbered prints can be yours. We would love to see our friends and fans snatch all these up, and make the Northern Spark folks even more happy that they welcomed us into their fold! Pledges must be made by the end of March, so don’t delay. Proceeds from the fund-raising campaign will go to the independent artists whose projects will be included in the festivities.
Northern Spark is a free dusk-til-dawn art festival. This year the fun starts at sunset on Saturday June 9, and continues until sunrise the following morning. For these nine hours, Minneapolis will be bustling with performance, visual arts, films, and interactive media, at dozens of sites around the city both indoors and out (check the maps on the Northern Spark website for information about what’s happening where). We are just beside ourselves with excitement to be a partner in this amazing celebration! For our part, we will be open all night long, printing a series of nine posters inspired by the ideas of that night’s visitors. And we’ll be giving them away for free. Details of the event – the whole festival, and our Letterpress Lock-In – are still developing. But it’s already shaping up to be quite an evening, and we look forward to sharing our craft with this great big creative community. Stay tuned for more details!
This weekend’s Pride festival in Loring Park will bring thousands of folks to our neck of the woods. We invite everyone to stop by our studio for a little printing project, to raise money to combat the Minnesota Marriage Amendment on the ballot in November 2012. Our Vandercook proof press will be set up with bold wood type and a rainbow of ink; visitors can try their hand at printing or pick up a ready-to-go print. We’re asking $10 for each poster – we’ll keep $2 per poster to cover our costs, and donate $8 from each poster to Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign that is working to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in our state. We try to steer clear of politics in our work most of the time, but we’re so sickened by this proposal, and we’ve been struggling to think of ways to raise awareness and help prevent this yucky amendment from going into effect. We’re envisioning these posters hanging in windows across the Metro, and brandished at rallies for months to come. We’ll be open Saturday from 11a.m. to 6p.m., and are looking forward to printing with all the festival-goers.
Mohawk Papers unveiled the Feedback Loop collection of notebooks this week – limited-edition notebooks created by designer/printers from across the country. Mohawk donated the paper (printers’ choice from Mohawk’s new line, LOOP), the printers donated their work, and 100% of the proceeds from notebook sales go to School: by Design, a youth mentoring program developed by Design Ignites Change and the Designers Accord. We were honored to be invited to participate in this innovative program, but it was a little scary too. Mohawk gave just basic guidelines regarding the size of the notebooks, but the design could be anything we wanted. It’s fun to have a little creative freedom, but also intimidating when you know that your work will be on display with sky’s-the-limit output of two dozen other unidentified but presumably very skilled craftsmen. What is everyone else doing? How will mine compare? Are my ideas awesome or lame? Mohawk is promoting the program all month on the Felt & Wire blog – and we’re thrilled that our notebook is featured there today. Click here to read a mini-interview, and view a video of our press in action. Now that it’s all out in the open, it’s fascinating to look at what everyone else has created. I love our design, but I wish I’d upped the ante in the binding department. My favorites (other than ours, of course, which you can buy here for just $15), are the ruler-covered notebook by Cleanwash Letterpress; the exposed-stitch composition from Igloo Letterpress; and MK Printers‘ book covered with a montage of olde-timey lettering. If anyone’s looking for an over-the-top present, consider ordering a library of all 20 notebooks. That’s $300 to a good cause, and a library of amazing designs! Photos below courtesy of feltandwiershop.com
Got a sweet tooth and a heart of gold? Lunalux can satisfy both this week! We’re hosting a bake sale on Thursday May 7 to raise money for breast cancer research. We’ll have tons of home-made muffins, bars, cookies, cupcakes and breads available for your purchasing pleasure, 10a.m.-6p.m. The best part is that 100% of the money we raise will be donated the the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a national organization that funds breast cancer research and outreach to breast cancer patients and survivors. Our bake sale is one of dozens of bake sales happening across the nation this week, organized by Bake for Hope. A big thank-you to all the friends, family members and business associates who have agreed to donate baked goods. Our first donation (pumpkin muffins and banana chocolate chip bread – both vegan!) was delivered to the studio today, and we’re expecting visits from a couple dozen more volunteer bakers over the next 36 hours. With your help, we’re hoping to raise a nice chunk of change!
Because we can’t do anything around here without printing something, we decided to make commemorative letterpress-printed posters for the event. A few will be posted around the neighborhood to drum up traffic for the sale, and each baker who donates baked goods is receiving a signed and numbered poster as well. If there are any left over, we’ll be selling them at the bake sale to raise additional funds for the cause. These posters measure 10×18 inches and were printed in pink and chocolate inks, using antique wood type and our Vandercook proof press.