“Indulging Paper Habits since 1993″ has been our slogan for years. 1993, that was… one second, counting… holy heck that was two decades ago?!? That means it’s time to celebrate! Saturday October 26, we’re marking 20 Years in Business with a giant sale. During our regular hours (11a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), everything on the shoppe is 20% OFF. We’ve also baked 20 kinds of cookies to share with all our friends. Bam, how’s that for a celebration?
But wait, there’s more!!
Everyone’s also invited to participate in a free hands-on printing activity. We’re starting with black-and-white posters that read “__(fill_in_the_blank)__ IS WHAT WE MAKE TOGETHER.” Guests can set the word of their choice in wood type (we’ll have a few fonts for you to play with), and we’ll help you print your own one-of-a-kind poster to take home. A sale, cookies, free letterpress-printed posters, a studio full of love and cheer… what more could we possibly do to express our gratitude for everyone who has supported us over the years?!?!
But wait, there’s STILL more!!
From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., we’re hosting a big ol’ party in the studio. Party Patrons can expect a keg of beer, amazing nosh from Chowgirls Killer Catering, letterpress-printed door prizes, some tunes to dance to, and bunch of great folks who share an appreciation for lovely design, letterpress-printing, the hand-made, the small fry, and/or the lovely Ladies of Lunalux.
You’re all invited! Please come celebrate with us!
Lunalux is proud to be a partner in Northern Spark, a free art festival taking place June 8-9 in St. Paul. 2013 marks the third year for Minnesota’s art all-nighter, and our second year of involvement. We’re collaborating with Peet Fetsch of Big Table Studio and artist Ruthann Godollei on Print Central Station, a pop-up printing studio. But before we get to all the arty printy fun…. Northern Spark needs your support!
Northern Spark is raising funds through Kickstarter, and the campaign ends in just a few days. Please help them reach their goal! A donation of any size will help, but if you can pitch in $35 or more there’s some Lunalux love in it for you. We’re creating two limited-edition posters to encourage your contributions, and you have to support Northern Spark to get one of these beauties. There’s the commemorative “art all night, community all year” print created just for this occasion (already a few dozen of these have been spoken for, and we haven’t even revealed the final design!), and a newly added Be Kind square print. We love them both, and we think they’ll look lovely in your living room! Their fundraising campaign on Kickstarter ends this Saturday, the first of June, so please make a pledge tout suite!
We’ll be posting more information about Print Central Station next week. Until then, there’s some good stuff on the internet about our project, and the broader festival.
Print Central Station tumblr page
Northern Spark blog
Northern Spark on Facebook
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
For the April 6 Stationery Saturday, we’re personalizing animal-themed lettersheets. Crazy for cats? You’ll love the sleepy kitten. Fancy a fox? We got that covered. And there’s a wiener dog, a chickadee and a squirrel too! Pick your favorite critter (or two) and we’ll imprint a set for you with the name or phrase of your choice. There’s two 18-point lead fonts to choose from (Goudy Oldstyle or Clarendon Bold), and two ink colors too (brown or blue). All the animals have been pre-printed in taupe ink on 80# natural white wove-finish stationery sheets, measuring 5.5×8.5 inches. We think it’s a great size for a letter – not too big, not too small! You also get your choice of 5 different textured envelopes to accompany your custom stationery. And we’ll tie it all up with butchers twine and a letterpress-printed tag, making a ready-to-give gift or a handsome treasure to keep for yourself.
From 11 to 6, we’ll have the Heidelberg Windmill and the Vandercook proof press inked up and ready to go. Guests can watch as we set type and run the presses, or just nibble on homemade cookies and browse in our shop while we do the dirty work. Whatever you choose, we’ll send you home with a set of custom letterpress-printed stationery for just $29. Do make sure you peek at our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards while you’re here, we have a bunch of great designs in stock and they’re going fast.
Special guest Dr. Christa of Caravan Vet will be here too! Caravan Vet is the metro’s first full-service mobile veterinary clinic. You won’t be able to miss her big poodle-emblazened rig, which will be parked out front. Christa was a part-time worker bee here at Lunalux when she was a student of veterinary medicine, so we are excited to have her on hand for one of our weekend specials. She’ll be giving tours of the clinic, and handing out gift bags (full of pet goodies from our other friends at Urbanimal) to everyone who takes part in the Stationery Saturday festivities. Be sure to visit the Caravan Vet website to learn more about their services.
Check our Stationery Saturday page for additional details about the event, and upcoming Stationery Saturday dates. We’ve created a listing for the event on our facebook page, and we hope you’ll tell all your friends about it! If you can’t participate in the fun this weekend, you’re not out of luck. You can order your personalized animal stationery through the Lunalux storefront at feltandwireshop.com
We knew we would offer Reggie an internship before his interview was even over. Like many we’d interviewed before, he brought samples of his work. He didn’t have any letterpress or printmaking experience, but demonstrated great attention to detail and a love of the hand-crafted when he showed us what he’d been making lately: paracord belts. Time-lapse photographic prints. And chain-mail neckties! All this in his spare time while he’s working on an undergrad degree in engineering! Chain-mail neckties?!? That’s so… unexpected. You’re hired! Since he started with us earlier this year, Reggie has been up to his elbows in type. We’ve set him on the long-term project of re-organizing and re-labeling our lead type collection, so he’s becoming very familiar with the layout of the California job case. He’s been helping out with lots of other odds and ends too, including researching materials and concepts for our Northern Spark project and fielding questions from guests who wander through our studio. As the type collection becomes more organized, he’s started to print full specimen sheets of some of our favorite fonts – specimen sheets on the merchandise bags we use in our store! We’re thrilled to send shoppers home with these intricate prints. And we’re thrilled that Reggie is helping make it happen!
Some of Reggie’s wares are for sale at his etsy shop, Reggie is White. Check it out!