Hello!Lucky and Egg Press Pen Pal Giveaway

Aug.19, 2013

We're hosting a fun Giveaway in honor of our friendship with fellow letterpress company Hello!Lucky and to get people thinking about how fun old-school letter-writing can be.

Grand Prize:

Hello!Lucky and Egg Press will be your pen pal for a year. You'll receive fun mail every other month which might include things like cards (big surprise, right?), recipes, chocolates, pens, seeds, etc. There’s no obligation to write back, though we’d love to get a chance to know you!

Second Prize:

A year's worth of cards. 12 from Hello!Lucky and 12 from Egg Press.

Third Prize:

4-5 of our founder's favorite pens. And believe me, these ladies know pens!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment below or on the Hello!Lucky Blog telling us your dream pen pal. It can be anyone, living or dead. Jack Kérouac, your Grandma, a Buddhist monk.

For an additional entry, post a mail-themed photo on Instagram tagging us at @helloluckycards and @eggpress and using hashtag #LetterpressMailLove.

The last day to enter is August 29th.

Egg Press + Paperless Post Holiday Cards

Oct.19, 2015
categories: collaboration, Friends

We have lots of new holiday styles on offer through Paperless Post. Though letterpress will always be our passion, we realize that sometimes people require a friendlier price point so we love being able to partner with Paperless Post. They offer affordable paper cards and invites as well as e-cards you'll be proud to send.

Egg Press + Blue Sky Notebooks at Target

Aug.25, 2015
categories: collaboration, Friends

We recently had the opportunity of working again with Blue Sky to create a line of notebooks for Target stores. We put a lot of thought into the details and how to make these both useful and pretty. Though they're not letterpress we're so happy to be able to incorporate gold foil and allover patterns--themes we continue to have fun with in our main line.

The large Big Ideas and Calico journals sell for $6.99 and the small Notes Trio sells for $4.99. Keep your eyes peeled for more Egg Press + Blue Sky designs at your local Target!

Egg Press + Elder Hall

Aug.16, 2015
categories: community, Friends

We are in love with what the folks from Ned Ludd are doing with their gathering space Elder Hall--what could be better than combining food and community and learning? We recently contributed some custom letterpress notebooks for a couple of their events. It wasn't difficult to find design inspiration since everything they do is marked by creativity and beauty.

The first was a Boro workshop taught by Kiriko. The notebooks echoed the white-on-indigo stitching that is a trademark of this traditional technique.

The second event was a kid's cooking camp which culminated in the participants preparing a 4 course meal for their families. Fortification provided here by Pip's Donuts!

Egg Press in Japan

Jun.16, 2015
categories: Friends, travel

Tess at Pop Up Portland

As we've recently returned from Pop Up Portland, a Portland-themed tradeshow in Tokyo, we thought it would be fun to do a blog post about our ongoing and evolving relationships in Japan...

Aaron preparing cards for the show.

The love between Japan and Pacific Northwest makers is a strong one. Personally, we've always been inspired by Japan and there's a shared interest in craft and attention to detail that goes both ways. Our first trip was endlessly inspiring and we spent our off time combing through books stores for Japanese lifestyle magazines and craft books, buying up gifts from the 100 yen store and marveling at the beauty and detail in everything. We visited every Muji store we could find and favored the Muji café for meals. Our biggest takeaway from this trip is that Porland is HUGE in Japan--it's like its own brand and some people came by JUST because they were curious about Portland. ​

The food is always a highlight for us. Look at that sashimi!

This recent trip was our 3rd trip in 3 years and with each visit there's a growing momentum and we feel a little more woven in there. We're grateful to the relationships and friendships we've made. Relationships are so important in Japan and every time we go we learn more and connect more deeply. The venue of Pop Up Portland (in a beautiful old train station!) was great because it was less formal than normal tradeshows and we were able to take more time with conversations and visit with people. Plus, the organizers worked hard to really target invitees and match them up with companies that would work well together.

Venu Maache Ecute--the 100 year old train station.

Our booth, featuring Social Preparedness Kit.

Dan from Portland Design Works and Kara. In matching sweaters!

Egg Press postcards we recently designed for the Loft stores.

A few highlights from our trip!

++We had an introduction to a VERY cool organization, Tegamisha, who are also letterpress printers, ​publish books, put on very cool curated craft fairs, and even have a series of shops and restaurants.

++We chatted with lifestyle chain Loft about new projects. They're currently selling 3 different sets of postcards that we designed for them--one of them features a series of hand drawn NY Landmarks.

++We got to meet our friends at Box and Needle again (they came to visit us in Portland last year) whose family has been in the box and paper making business for over 100 years. We're planning to make some Egg Press designs for them which we're really excited about. The tradtional Japanese papers they make mean a totally new look and texture with saturated colors.

Father's Day Open House at the Mazama Studio

Jun.15, 2015
categories: Friends

We're big fans of Mazama and are excited to provide Egg Press cards for their Father's Day open studio. Head on over this Wednesday and pick up one of their beautiful mugs along with an Egg Press card for Dad. They’ll even wrap it up for you while you sip on whiskey and get a rare glimpse behind the scenes of their headquarters!

Wednesday June 17th
216 N. Tillamook
Portland, Ore 97227

Mazama Wares/Egg Press Cards

Meet Koop!

Dec.5, 2014
categories: Friends, studio

We were very sad to say goodbye to LONGTIME Egg Press employee and beloved pal Jayson Wynkoop this Summer--he'd been here for 13 years! To honor his tenure we dedicated a press to him, effectionately christened "Koop". Jayson was by recently for the unveiling including a ribbon cutting and some champagne toasts. He sure is missed...

Some memories!

- I have vivid memories of Jayson jamming out to Talking Heads while printing.

-I love his swagger and his dry sense of humor!

- A black hoodie comes to mind.

- He's a great problem solver. When I ran into a problem while printing, Jayson was my go-to! He loved to help solve the problem and ultimately relieve the frustration.

-Jayson Wynkoop is my favorite dancer. He sets the bar. He's got rhythm and terrific moves mixed with a little herky jerky. When a good song came on in the print room you'd typically find him doing the Running Man. He's also got a terrific hip hop Charleston.

-I'll always remember him for his mad movie-making skills.

Japanese Paper Box-Making Workshop with Keiko and Shuhei of Box & Needle

Jan.12, 2015
categories: Friends, studio

Just before we broke for the holiday we had the opportunity to have a box-making workshop with Japanese friends Keiko and Shuhei of Box & Needle who were visiting Portland from Tokyo. It was a very serendipitous, last minute arrangement (less than 48 hours notice!) - one that we embraced fully! We shut the print room down for the afternoon, ordered pizza and made a party of it! It was fantastic to stop what we were doing, roll up our shirt sleeves and make something with our hands. And to learn something together!

Keiko and Shu taught us how to construct a small simple box using chipboard and a traditional Japanese natural glue called Nikawa (which they brought with them). The boxes were then covered in a thin fibrous paper made by their company. They sell soooo many pretty prints!!

We pre-cut the chipboard and the paper for ease of production. The glue was sticky! It needed to be heated up and thinned with water in a double boiler. Since we don't have a proper kitchen in the office, we made do with two stainless steel bowls, one nested in the other using hot water from our electric tea kettle. It was a pretty straightforward process: attaching the sides and top (or bottom) with tape, painting a long strip of paper (long enough to cover the 4 sides of the box) with glue, then rolling the box along the strip and folding the extra over the bottom (or top) edge. We then covered the bottom (or top) with a square piece of paper for the finish.

If you get a chance to visit Tokyo we highly recommend a visit to Box & Needle where you can take a box making workshop yourself and get all the supplies and pretty papers. You'll be inspired by all the shapes and sizes of boxes that can be made and all the gorgeous papers. They are wonderful for storage of jewelry and trinkets and make wonderful gifts. Egg Presser Emily said she used the one she made as a gift box for her husband's grandma. Inside they gave her a barrette that her husband cross stitched by hand. She loved it and now has the box on display.

Can't make it to Tokyo? You're in luck (especially if you read Japanese) because Box & Needle have a book!

Weddingpalooza Part 3: Cassie and Aaron

Sep.30, 2014
categories: community, events, Friends

Love has really been in the air this Summer. Our third wedding feature is a double whammy of sorts in which two Eggpressers got married TO EACHOTHER. Aww...Our dear resident sweethearts Cassie and Aaron tied the knot in a very sweet, very them, wedding and party, followed by a great Hawaiian honeymoon. Read on for details...

Where/how did you get engaged?

For Thanksgiving last year, Aaron and I decided to rent a cabin, just the two of us, on Mt. Hood. We spent one of the days hiking around Trillium Lake which was totally frozen over and magical. We didn't realize that the park was closed and we were not supposed to be hiking there during the off season (which explains why we were pretty much the only people around). We stopped along the way to rest and after some time I asked Aaron if he was ready to continue the hike and he said "No..." and then dropped on one knee, fished a box from his jacket and proposed. It was a total, and very pleasant, surprise.

Can you tell us about your invites and anything about the design process?

We knew that we wanted to design the suite ourselves and involve a hand drawn element. After a couple months of back a forth and not feeling solid on what we were working on, I drew a tiny, rough sketch of some flowers on a piece of scrap paper. One night I came home to find that Aaron had scanned in the sketch, added type, and turned it into the invite. And with all the elements from earlier design ideas, we had plenty to pull from for signage throughout the event so all those rough drafts came into use.

Was there a theme to your wedding?

I guess I would say the theme was "personal" which seems obvious for a wedding but truly, almost every single element of the wedding had a hand-in from a good friend or family member and the love really showed. The decorations, music, drinks, flowers, photography and officiation were all done by friends. We have a talented group of people in our lives and we feel very lucky!

What was the location?

Our ceremony was held outdoors at the lovely Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and the reception was also outdoors at our home in southeast Portland. PDX represent!

And the bride wore?

I had been struggling to find a dress so my good friend Kara hooked me up with a brilliant designer and seamstress, Diane Brush, who custom made my dress. It's a two piece dress inspired by the Cortana wedding collection. The top is halter style with an open back and made out of a super soft linen. The skirt is lined with 4 layers of thin soft cotton and two layers of tulle. It also has pockets where I stored my handkerchief, vows, and my hands when there wasn't a frozen margarita in them. I wore Loeffler Randall, metallic gold, gladiator style sandals that have this really great scallop along the straps.

What was the most exciting part of the wedding?

That's a tough one but I think our favorite part of the wedding was the spontaneous basement reunion show our friends put on at the end of the evening. It made all that beer and red wine on the carpet totally worth it.

Meet our Summer Intern Hannah!

Oct.6, 2014
categories: Friends

My name is Hannah Masters, and I’m seventeen years old. I live in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and am entering my senior year at BHS. I’ve been passionate about art and design ever since I can remember. I have a strong attention to detail and am most content when fully immersed in a creative project. I find inspiration in fashion, geometry, daily life, and music. My hobbies include drawing, painting, printmaking, playing guitar and rec soccer.

I was thrilled to intern at Egg Press, but was feeling rather clueless as to what it would have in store for me. On July 8th I arrived early morning at the studio, equipped only with a latté and my favorite ballpoint pen. Right off the bat, I was introduced to the library of art and design books that Tess and Kara had on the shelf. Some of my favorites were Osamu Goods, Cipe Pineles: A Life of Design, and Art is Work (by Milton Glaser).

The second day in, Kara typed up a day-by-day schedule for how I would spend my internship. By the end of my two week stay, I was going to design and letterpress my own identity. I was encouraged to research other people’s identities, do a style exercise, sketch my ideas, and finalize a design within the first week. Then I would send the designs in for plates, and ultimately letterpress my own business cards and notecards. Very exciting stuff.

For several days I browsed on Pinterest and Tumblr for identity inspiration. It took me another week or so to finalize my sketches and fonts. Once scanned my drawings into the computer, I was given some basic training in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Honestly, the most challenging and tedious part of the whole process was tooling around with my drawings in these programs. It’s important to remember that anything looks funky zoomed in x400.

Picking colors and paper was a blast. I had a general idea of what colors I wanted to use, so I smeared different inks on different scraps of paper and hoped for it to click. I spent another day or so learning how to work the letterpress before the actual printing began.

It took two days to finish the printing process of my identity. I used a letterpress that was built in the early 1900’s which I thought was pretty neat. I’m elated with how everything turned out, and am incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity. As for what’s next: I’ll be applying to college within the next few months, and I plan on attending an art school. Since the internship, I’ve been trying out other types of printing and have been doing a lot of artwork for my portfolio.

Thank you Egg Press for this awesome experience.


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