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.

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!

OPEN STUDIO
Wednesday June 17th
2pm-6pm
216 N. Tillamook
Portland, Ore 97227

Whiskey/Beer/Snacks
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.

 

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!

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