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.
Spring cleaning! Out with the old, in with the new! Clean the drain pipes while the sun shines! I don’t know how to explain it exactly… but the good news is, we have deals for all you all! We’ve unearthed loads of classic Lunalux merchandise that hasn’t seen the light of day in years. This Saturday & Sunday, we’re selling it for cheap cheap! We’ll have tons of letterpress-printed notecards, invitations, greeting cards and stationery available for $1 per ounce. We also found a small stash of our popular old labels that we’re sure will be snatched up fast. Greeting cards for $1. Packaged stuff for 25-75% off original prices. Classic call-me cards for $1 per pack. Scrap bundles 2 for $1. Random stuff, with prices drastically reduced. Deals and steals! Deals and steals! Our sidewalk sale goes Saturday from 11a.m. to 6p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3p.m.
And, for those of you really paying attention… we’re having a wee preview party Friday evening! Come in between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday May 23 for the first look at all these great paper treasure.
Plus of course there’s just the good ol’ regular shopping in our shop, too – we have cards and gifts to give for Father’s Day and Graduation; limited-edition posters to improve your spirits AND your home decor; and a new shipment of Japanese notebooks, stationery and stickers. If you haven’t been to the Lunalux studio store in a while, this is a great excuse to visit! We’ve been cleaning house and spiffing up the joint, it just keeps getting better and better. Come see what all the fuss is about, won’t you?
We’ve been cranking out a LOT of great posters over the last couple years. And for the first time ever, they’re all on sale. This weekend, our collection of limited-edition letterpress-printed posters are 50% off their regular prices. Normally marked at $10-35, prints can be had for as little as $5 this weekend!!! Now that’s some cool, cheap wall art! Our studio store is open Saturday May 17 from 11a.m. to 6p.m., and we’ve even added brief Sunday hours (noon to 3p.m.) to give folks more time to snatch up these deals.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Have you made brunch reservations yet? And have you got her a nice card yet? How about a present? Well we can help you with most of these things. Mother’s Day cards, we got ‘em. Real good ones too. The cards shown here were printed by Mary Ellen using antique cuts and lead type. They’re selling like hot cakes!
We’ve got some lovely gifts for the paper-loving moms in your life too – notepads and notebooks, pens, stationery sets, assorted interesting bits. And on Saturday May 10, we”re offering assorted floral notecards for personalization. Stop in between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., let us make a set of 10 cards for yer ma for $34. Then maybe she’ll send you a nice thank you note!
As for the brunch reservations, we can offer some good recommendations. How about the Loring Pasta Bar? American Swedish Institute’s popular little cafe? Ask and we’ll give you more of our opinions in person!