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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.

Japan, we love you!

Oct.24, 2013
categories: Inspiration, studio, travel

Our second trip to Tokyo was a blast! Our official mission was to exhibit at the Tokyo International Gift Show. We shared a booth with other Oregon based companies; one specializing in essential oils, the other in natural fragrant room sprays. Between the two we were smelling lovely all trip long! Our off-booth hours were spent exploring ramen joints in building basements, jogging around the Imperial Palace (where the Emperor actually lives!), walking around Ginza, gathering inspiration in Daikanyama shops, drinking Whiskey in Shimbashi and scouring the 100 yen stores for studio gifts. Not a moment was wasted and yet we barely scratched the surface! Sayonara for now, Tokyo. We hope to see you again next year.

The Heidelberg Hack

Sep.25, 2013
categories: studio

We are shiny, happy people here now that we have foil, beautiful foil! So many possibilities and just in time for making some sparkly custom holiday cards, among other things.

Our lead printer Tom Sprenkle explains how one of our trusty Heidelberg presses was converted...

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Soon after moving into the Schoolhouse Electric building we acquired our second Heidelberg windmill press, which happened to come with most of a hot foil stamping attachment. But there were some missing parts and we never got around to using it in that way. We started using the press quite a bit for printing and eventually removed the foil assembly. Then we got another press and, as we had already used up all our existing electrical circuits, had repurpose the outlet we had set up for the heat unit.

A couple of years down the road and another windmill in our shop, it was time to get our foil up and running. Kevin, our electrician, updated our electrical situation by adding a completely new electrical feed and breaker box, and wired a new outlet for the foil heating unit. Meanwhile, we put in a call to Bob Basel (Portland's original letterpresser, and our go-to guy for parts, presses, and all manner of printing advice) who looked into some different options and found the necessary parts to complete the foil feed spool, put them together in his shop and then attached them to the press. We loaded it up with a sample roll of iridescent rainbow foil and tried it out. For the most part it went well but it turned out that the maximum foil pull was about 2.5 inches, which was far to little for the various cards cards we needed to print.

We increased the size of the pulley but it was still not nearly enough, and made us realize that some math might come in handy. With the help of Ben Shultz (printer Katie's husband & local bike builder/espresso machine technician) we figured out the size ratio of the pulleys and also, due to the closeness of the pulleys and angle of the belt, figured that gears might work better. Here we go!

Minor setback as the heated base was too small for the size of our foil dies, but Bob quickly found a new base in an old shop in Dundee (how does he keep track of all this stuff?). We're in business! Just in time for restocking all the Hello!Lucky foil cards as well as our special edition slang fancy cards for Cole Haan!

Emily's Baby Shower

Jul.18, 2013
categories: Friends, holidays, studio

Yesterday at Egg Press we had an ice cream social party for Emily who is expecting twins. It was a book shower. We've done this before for other Egg Press expecting moms – we find it to be a great gender non-specific theme for a shower. And because books come in all price points (or can be hand-made) it's also affordable for everyone.

We were surprised that though there were 19 of us, there was only one duplicate book. Good thing Emily and Ben are expecting twins! There were board books, designy books, classics, as well as one or two aimed more for Mom and Dad. We had ice cream with fixin's, and root beer and orange soda for floats. The flowers were by Anna Mara. Two stand out wrapping jobs were from Jon (see the card he personalized) and Sarah who hand lettered Emily's name on the package.

It was a nice break from the heat, and lots of fun to sit around and look at new books, find inspiration, and reminisce about old favorites.

And that's a wrap!!

May.23, 2013
categories: NSS, studio

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see us at the National Stationery Show! So great to see old friends and new faces.

We unveiled some 55 new products for 2013 and while some of them won't be released quite yet, such as holiday, starting today you can shop all of our new everyday styles at eggpress.com. To celebrate, we’d love to extend a 20% discount on all orders through May 31st.

Use the code SPRING2013 at checkout. We hope you will enjoy our new offerings as much as we did creating them!

Egg Press is Hiring!

Apr.29, 2013
categories: community, studio

We're growing here and looking for a traffic and project coordinator to help in our custom printing department. This is a full-time position and you can read all about the job listing here.

Thanks, Jon!

Feb.22, 2013
categories: Friends, studio

We've been thinking about all the talented people in Portland, and pleased to realize how many of them we know. We count ourselves very fortunate. Jon Humphries has been a friend for years. He's a well known skateboard and action sports photographer with amazing portraits and a beautiful film reel. Recently he was asked by Color Magazine to do a story on folks in Portland. Our very own Tess Darrow made the roster! Check out the rest of the photos here.

Secret Santa Part 1: Prints and drawings

Dec.17, 2012
categories: studio

Tis the season! Last week we had one of our favorite days of the year – an afternoon party, production line holiday card signing and SECRET SANTA day at Egg Press HQ. From year to year the creative folks that we work with out-do themselves and come up with the most amazing gifts for $10 or under. Many are hand made with love. Here are some of this year's gems…

Secret Santa Part 2: Textile arts!

Dec.17, 2012
categories: studio

It was an even split. Exactly half of the gift makers chose paper as their medium. The other half (seen here) got their textile crafting on. From sewn garments (oh, Tess!), to felted items and a tiny embroidery portrait – they represented!

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