Friends

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.

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.

 

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.

Weddingpalooza Part 1: Christa and Sam

Jun.27, 2014
categories: Friends, holidays

It's Weddingpalooza here at Egg Press this Summer. Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR people here are getting married this Summer (and two of them are marrying each other!). So much love, so much fun!

They've all been gracious enough to share a bit about their weddings (and their letterpress invites) for a blog series. First up is printer Christa who will be getting married this weekend at The Sou'wester Lodge. Best wishes, mazel tov, and congratulations to Christa and Sam!

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Where/how did you get engaged?

It happened in November, right after Sam finished up a two week tour with his band The Parson Red Heads. We had some friends who were getting married in the Oregon desert, so after they played their last show in San Francisco, they were going to drive up to the wedding and I was going to drive down with a friend from Portland and meet up with Sam there... or so I thought. What actually ended up happening was after the show in San Francisco, Sam spent the night in the airport, took an early flight to Portland the next day and surprised me on my front porch, all dressed up for the wedding!! I was totally surprised and elated to see him! and while the surprise was still fresh, he got down on one knee and proposed :)
So we started our engagement with a wedding, and we will end it with one!

What is the location?

We are getting married at the Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington. It is a historic lodge and campground right on the coast, and its totally vamped out in vintage decor and has about 15 airstream trailers of various sizes, all available for guests to stay in for the night. Its amazing! We fell in love with the Sou'wester the first time we stayed, and we are really excited to have our wedding there. It was important to us to have a place where friends and family could stay and enjoy a little vacation and relaxing weekend together. It's a taste of Portland in the coastal woods!


 

 

Is there a theme to your wedding?

We're just sticking with what's already going on at the Sou'wester-- lots of vintage. Quirky, colorful, fun. Nothing too stuffy. The Sou'wester just has an aesthetic that we really love and are excited about, so we are just adding and going along with their style.

And the bride wore?

Both chose vintage get-ups; Christa, a vintage dress from the 1960's, bought at a store in Portland called Xtabay. Sam, a suit from the 70's, bought from Avalon, another vintage suit shop in Portland.

 

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

We wanted the invites to reflect where we were getting married and the general feel of the wedding-- colorful, nothing too formal, and fun. We chose a picnic blanket for the invite since our meal for the wedding is going to be a buffet of picnic-type food and barbecue. We just couldn't leave out the vintage airstream trailers, so we featured a drawing of one on the RSVP card. We loved how they turned out! Full of color and fun!

 

What part of the wedding are you most excited about?

Of course, getting married to my best friend is what I've been looking forward to the MOST! But getting to celebrate for a whole weekend in a beautiful place with all the people we love, that is a dream come true. We feel so lucky that we will have all our friends and family there with us on such an important day!

Favorite wedding you've been a guest at?

Actually, the wedding that we went to the day that we got engaged was a real inspiration to us when planning our own. Our friends got married in Madras, Oregon on a huge piece of land in the desert you had to drive out to on a dirt road. We actually saw a bald eagle on a fence post as we drove in! They got married right at sunset and then made a huge bonfire outside the barn that the reception was held in. Everyone there for the wedding brought tents and camped there that night, so no one was in a rush to leave or anything-- we all just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and celebrated their marriage all weekend. It was incredibly beautiful and so perfect!

Egg Press People: Hello Carla!

Jun.13, 2014
categories: Friends, Get to know, studio

Name…Carla Peters
Hometown…Portland
What do you do at Egg Press...Customer service
Favorite Egg Press card…I love that proceeds from our three Best Couple cards will be donated to marriage equality agencies. So Happy Smiles is pretty dang cute, though.
 
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What did you want to be when you were a kid? When I was really little, I thought the best gig in town had to be driving the ice cream truck. Runner up? Dentist.

Favorite color: Blue

Signature dish: Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, onions and carrots.
 
Favorite artist/s:  Portlander Suzanne Elizabeth makes gorgeous paintings. She elevates ordinary scenes into sublime ones. I've also always loved paintings by Mary Cassatt. I think they're peaceful. There is an etching by Degas of Cassatt looking at Etruscan art and I like to think about that drawing. Art by an artist of an artist contemplating art.  

Favorite thing about Portland is: It is the biggest small town. Everybody knows everybody.
 
Last good book you read: Last good book? As opposed to favorite? I recently read Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of Story Corps by David Isay. People have a lot to say when given the right forum.

Few people know that you…: I came this close >< to being a game show contestant.

What’s your favorite place on earth?: I haven't seen enough of the earth to know that. But I do love redwood forests.
 

Favorite thing to listen to when you’re working:TED talks.

Favorite names: Being a mom means that I've been able to affix my favorite names to real people. Samuel and Nina are not getting any more siblings, but I think Zinnia would be lovely for their imaginary sister. Maybe one day I will name pets Cypress and Hemlock after the residence halls of my alma mater where I lived with my sweetheart.

 

FOOD 52 / Provisions holiday market

Nov.29, 2013
categories: collaboration, Friends

What we wouldn't give to be in NYC the weekend of December 6-8th for what sounds to us like the best shopping experience ever! Exclusive artisan items for the kitchen, pantry and home, workshops on flower arranging alongside a variety of chefs with Kitchensurfing who will be serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Definitely our kind of party. If you'll be in NYC, mark your calendars. If not, be sure to visit them online and have a peek at the coasters we developed with them in mind.

Find more details for the Provisions Holiday Market here.

COLE HAAN & FRIENDS

Nov.25, 2013

We took a field trip to our local Cole Haan store over the weekend to see their new holiday offerings. The store looked amazing, the staff was lovely and there were many drool-worthy new bags and boots that had us rethinking our gift lists. This year for the holidays they've introduced Cole Haan & Friends, a grouping of products complementary to their line from like-minded companies. ….and (drum roll please…) we are thrilled to be included! Our set of exclusive cards for Cole Haan & Friends is both letterpress printed and foil stamped in our NW Portland studio. See the full offerings here, and the boxed set of greetings we designed for Cole Haan here.

P.s. We love this illustration of Tess by Lauren Tamaki for Cole Haan & Friends

Hello Christa!

Nov.18, 2013
categories: Friends, Get to know, studio

Happy Monday! We continue our get-to–know Egg Press series today by showcasing another talented printer, Christa Hand! Christa has been part of the Egg Press crew for the last 2+ years, and is a force in the printroom printing much of our custom work --weddings, business collateral and special projects. As is the case with many Egg Pressers, Christa has her own creative pursuits, designing and making work outside of our studio. Though she doesn't have a website at present, we've included a detail of one of her screen printed posters below.

Name: Christa Hand
Hometown: Lake Arrowhead, California
What you do at Egg Press: Letterpress Printer
Favorite Egg Press Card: There's a New Year's card from a while back I really love: 2829

*What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an explorer. I lived in the mountains and used to roam the woods my whole childhood. I just liked the idea of being the one to discover new places no one had ever been.

*How do you imagine your old age?
I imagine telling lots of stories, surrounding myself with the people I love, and hopefully still spending time creating in whatever way that I can.

*Signature dish?
Chocolate chip cookies. Not a dish, but should be.

*Favorite thing about Portland is...
I love the encouragement and the freedom there seems to be here to go after whatever you love to do. There is so much youthful energy and passion and idealism in Portland that is truly inspiring to me. There is a real community feeling here, even though Portland is still a fairly large city. There isn't that cutthroat edge to people that you can get in other bigger cities. I think Portlanders are generally incredibly supportive and friendly.

*Last good book you read...
"Here, There and Everywhere" written by Geoff Emerick who was the engineer that recorded almost every Beatles record. I usually don't go for non-fiction reads, but this was so well written and really fascinating.

*Favorite color?
Probably sea foam green at the moment. Or maybe a rusty orange.

*Favorite item of clothing?
I love coats.

*What's your home like?
Crazy. I live with three other people in a house on one of the main streets in Portland, so there's always something going on. People having parties, cooking, baking, singing, dancing, talking or just hanging out. Luckily we all get along really well, so its actually a great situation, and its just a fun time of life to live in a big community of friends.

*What inspires you most?
People, music, art, nature... When you see or hear something that you can get completely lost in.

*Favorite holiday?
I'm a total sucker for Christmas. I love it.

*Best gift you ever received?
My dad's record collection.

Thanksgiving tips from Anna Mara

Nov.21, 2013

The countdown is on for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states. To help us get ready, we thought we would check in with our friend Anna Mara for advice on ordering flowers and setting a pretty table.

Hi there Anna,
It's so nice to be your neighbor in the Schoolhouse Electric building, and we are excited to share a table with you again this year at the Portland Bazaar! We are always picking up your beautiful arrangements for our special occasions, when we need to cheer people up, and sometimes, just because. We'd love to ask you a few questions about flowers for the holidays!

Name: Anna Jorgensen
Business name: Anna Mara Flowers
Address: 2181 NW Nicolai Street, Portland OR 97210
Contact info: 503.758.4986, anna@annamaraflowers.com

What is your first memory of flowers?
My first memory of flowers, that's a hard one because I feel like they have just always been there. But there is a very strong memory of when I was graduating pre-school and my mom picked some roses from our garden and made me a little bouquet, bright pink roses and the scent of those roses stuck with me forever. It felt so special.

How did you get into the floral business?
I've always loved working with flowers and so I got my first job working at the most beautiful little flower shop and nursery in the town where I grew up. It seemed like a dream and just so much fun, so I started by just helping to clean flowers just to be around them.

What are your go-to flowers for Fall?
During each season I am drawn more to color rather than particular flowers when making a bouquet, but I do love to include garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangea and hints of gorgeous seasonal foliage. During the fall, the bronze football mum is really striking.

How far in advance should a person order from a florist before a big flower holiday?
At our shop, the more notice the better, but usually a 3-7 day notice is really helpful. We always plan to stock up with the prettiest and freshest selection we can, just in case there are a few last minute needs!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Definitely setting the table and adding the flowers. The centerpiece and flowers on the table truly make it come together and make it feel like a really special occasion.

Describe the way you set your holiday table?
For our table, I like to keep it simple sticking to one color scheme. This year I'm really drawn to the classic white/cream with accents of yellow and gold. I always have a low lush arrangement, usually including hydrangea, garden roses, mums, ranunculus, herbs and fruit. I really love when I can add in something more unusual like date palm or a pincushion protea to add a little something unexpected. Then I like to style the table with extra candles and fruit and if there's room add a few smaller votive size arrangements, usually a single orchid bloom or ranunculus, to playfully dance the length of the table. I got some great tips for place setting from the lovely ladies at Commonwealth I'm excited to incorporate this year too!

What are you thankful for?
It is definitely a time for being grateful and I could not be more blessed to be surrounded and supported by loving family, friends and the best co-workers/neighbors a little flower shop could ask for. I hope everyone can fill their tables with a little flower love and decadence this year and truly celebrate these gifts.

What's new in the shop for the holiday season and/or are you cooking up anything special for the Portland Bazaar?
We are excited to introduce our "winter wonderland" styled terrariums this winter and lots of gorgeous hand made wreaths with a very special local ribbon. Check back soon and come see us at the Portland Bazaar to see what we've been up to!

Learn more about the Portland Bazaar here

Embroidery Kits by Tako Fibers

Sep.13, 2013
categories: Friends

Egg Presser Emily is known around here as a DIY dynamo and we are so excited about her latest creative endeavor--a collection of embroidery kits she made for Williams-Sonoma's Agrarian. Read on for a little interview...

*Tell us about the new project you did for Williams-Sonoma. How did it come about?

I've been designing and making embroidery kits since 2009, under my business Tako Fibers. I basically have two full time jobs - working at Egg Press and making my kits! This past December I had the pleasure of being a vendor at Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. In addition to the show being incredibly busy and a wonderful experience, I met many amazing people. One of those people bought several of my kits, and they turned out to be from Williams-Sonoma! They were starting a new craft program, and wanted to work with me to make custom kits. The kits were designed for Agrarian, which is their line that focuses on the homegrown and homemade movement. We worked on the custom design and test embroidery for several months, and then I set to work producing the actual kits. It was a challenge, but also very fun to do such a large project!

*When did you learn embroidery?

I had been collecting vintage crewel pieces from thrift stores for years, and decided that I wanted to make some of my own. I learned the stitches from several books, and made several embroidery pieces with my own artwork. It was all very casual, until I realized that there were not very many good kits out there for other people to learn! I became really serious about embroidery when I started making my kits in 2009.

*What other crafty things do you get up to?

So many things that I have put limits on myself! Besides embroidery, I am constantly knitting, I like to sew my own clothes, and I love making pickles and jam. I make a lot of artwork also - my first love is printmaking, but I also do quite a bit of drawing and painting with acrylics and watercolors. I really do not have time to do all these things, so I decided that I am not allowed to get into quilting under any circumstances, even though I want to. If you see me working on a quilt, stop me!

*You're expecting twins soon. Any special baby projects you are working on?

Between finishing up the Williams-Sonoma project, getting our apartment ready, and freaking out that I don't have enough meals frozen yet, I haven't been able to get as many projects done as I'd like! But I am currently working on knitting two Little Coffee Bean sweaters and several pairs of Magic Slippers, and sewing two Maggie Rabbits for my girls! We'll see if I finish them before they arrive... :)

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