We’ve been hosting monthly Stationery Saturday events at our studio since June 2007. That’s nearly 7 years! Recently we’ve been personalizing stationery on the spot on some days that are NOT Saturday – mostly Sundays, and sometimes a Wednesday or a Friday too. Which makes the name “Stationery Saturday” feel a little weird. SO… that being said… the monthly personalized stationery events formerly known as Stationery Saturday will henceforth be called Letterpress To Go. Got that kids? Feel free to abbreviate to LP to Go or even #lptg. Despite the name change, the plan remains the same: personalized stationery letterpress-printed while you wait for just $34.
The 2015 schedule of LP to Go events begins this Saturday with a an homage to Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala. We’re starting with pearl white 100% cotton cards and stationery sheets. Our Heidelberg Windmill will be on the ready with rich red ink on the rollers, and guests can choose between two 30-point lead fonts: the clean sans serif Kabel, or the playful Keynote script. Watch while we set your type (a name? initials? a Valentine greeting?) and print your stationery before your very eyes. Finished stationery can be paired with matching white cotton or contrasting metallic marsala envelopes. LPTG sets start at $34 for 10 cards/sheets and envelopes, and also includes a fancy finishing touch: your choice of envelope liners or mailing labels (each printed in the same red ink, using vintage decorative borders). Can’t decide? For an extra $5 you can have both! Need more than 10 cards or stationery sheets? Additional pieces with the same imprint cost $3 per.
With Valentine’s Day just a week away, this lovely project is perfectly timed – consider this as a gift for your sweetheart. or create a set for yourself write V’day greetings to loved ones near and far. Visitors are encouraged to hang out in a craft studio in the back to line envelopes and write letters are your new stationery!
February’s Letterpress To Go project will be available Sat. Feb. 7 from 11a.m. to 6p.m. As always, be ready for homemade cookies, fresh coffee, and some socializing around our big table. If you cannot visit our shop this weekend, you can still take advantage of this offer; call 612-373-0526 to place your order over the phone.
Check our Letterpress To Go page for more details and a list of future LPTG dates. And check out the Facebook listing that we created for this event too – you’ll find more pics there, and you can invite your pals to meet you there.
Over the last few years, the Lunalux staff has been making a lot of great wood type posters. So far the letterpress prints have been available exclusively in our retail shoppe on Loring Park. But now, due to the wonders of modern technology, our friends and fans across the country can purchase these fine prints with great ease! Check out our new storefront over at squareup.com – we’ve already listed nearly 20 posters and will be adding more over the coming weeks.
Most of our prints are priced at around $20. If you think about what you’re paying for mass-produced “art” at your local big box, these unique limited-edition pieces of letterpress art are a pretty fine deal! We pack and ship the posters flat, so they’ll arrive in great shape and ready for framing. Think about them for decorating at home, hanging in your cube, or giving as a holiday or hostess gift.
If you’re looking for a particular poster that we’ve made, but you don’t see on this site: please call or email, we can create a listing for the item in mere minutes!
Artful Living just published its Autumn 2014 issue, featuring the first ever A-List Awards. Lunalux is honored to be included among other very classy businesses and artisans from the upper midwest. We’re one of three runners-up in the category of life & style; other categories include home, food & drink, and places & experiences. If you aren’t lucky enough to get this oversized glossy in your mailbox, you might find one at Kowalski’s or another fancy grocer near you. Or just visit the magazine’s website to virtually flip the pages (look for Lunalux on p.113). Many A-List Honorees will also be part of the November 12 Artisan Revival Night at the Minneapolis Club, 5:30–7:30p.m. This free event features shopping, mingling, and a cash bar, all in the confines of a swanky, exclusive downtown club. Please come support Lunalux and other great regional makers!
Many of my best memories are of rainy nights. In high school, we loved the rain. When the summer storms rolled in, my friends and I were outside, not an umbrella in sight, happy for the good fortune. Splashing in puddles, our feet bare, laughing, with hair stuck to our cheeks. The best part of senior prom was the rain – there was this moment of jumping in a bouncy house with Stephanie, at the after-party in Lev’s back yard, just playing and having fun in the rain. Even then I appreciated that such a unique constellation of factors (a promenade! a bouncy house! this weather!) was rare and delightful, a cause for celebration. The rain wan’t a bummer. Opposite. It was part of the magic of the night. Heck, even last year at Northern Spark it rained, and we have nothing but fond memories of that night.
Now Northern Spark 2014 is upon us, and Mother Nature has conveniently scheduled a warm and breezy storm to coincide with tonight’s dusk-til-dawn, sprawling-all-over-Minneapolis, FREE arts festival. Sure Ken Barlow might be warning of downpours and thunder. But the weather can’t “rain on your parade” unless you let it! Don’t be deterred by the rain – make some memories in it! That’s what we plan to do.
The Lunalux team is SO EXCITED to present Printers’ Local 403 with a bunch of our best comrades, our favorite collaborateurs. We’ve got an all-star line-up of letterpress artists coming by (click here to read more about The Talent) who will be running various machines, doing various projects, sharing various stuff with all you all. The Loring Corners neighborhood has really rallied this year, and the businesses over here are presenting a heckuva party, so there’s a LOT to do in our neck of the woods! Now put your iPhone and your festival guide in a water-repellant fanny pack, jump on a Nice Ride or a free bus, and have fun at Northern Spark tonight! You might want to download the Northern Spark app for your phone before you hit the town, and also check the festival’s website to find out if the weather is changing or delaying any of the planned projects.
And don’t forget to use the hashtag #nspkD6 when you Tweet or Facebook about Printers Local 403. K thx bye!
Hamilton Wood Type Museum is like Mecca for letterpress printers. This step back in time, this monument to the history of our craft, is located in sleepy Two Rivers, Wisconsin, hours from our home turf on Loring Park. So we couldn’t have been more excited when we learned that the museum’s artistic director Bill Moran planned to open a Hamilton studio in downtown St. Paul – or more honored when Lunalux was invited to be part of the new location’s printers’ co-op! So when Hamilton Ink Spot quietly opens its doors on June 14 in Lowertown, visitors will see Lunalux owner Jenni Undis highlighted in the co-op gallery, and Lunalux cards for sale in the retail shoppe. As a member of the co-op, Jenni will have access to screen printing equipment – so we’re hoping to work on projects that combine screen and letterpress printing one day. Another nice thing about being a member of the Ink Spot: we can have Stationery Saturdays in St. Paul now sometimes! Watch for details about a grand opening party on July 3, 2014! In the mean time, look for information about Hamilton Ink Spot on the Hamilton website, or like us on the Facebook for regular updates.