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Letterpress Demos at Steel Petal Press

Steel Petal Press Letterpress Studio and Shop Chicago

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The second saturday of every month Steel Petal Press will be hostly a Letterpress Demonstration and Q&A as a part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art. You can find more information on the multi-location, year long event HERE.

The event will be Free and Open to the public 2-3pm on the following dates:
1/14/17
2/11/17
3/11/17
4/8/17
5/13/17
6/10/17

Chicago has a long and rich printing history; from printers row on the nations register of historic landmarks, to Vandercook inventing the flatbed press in Chicago over 100 years ago. But how often the public get to see these historic machines in person and watch them in action? Steel Petal Press will host monthly 1 hour long letterpress printing demos on the Second Saturday of every month. At the demos we will go through the printing process from start to finish and be available to answer questions regarding the printing process and the history of printing.

Fall Internship Opportunity at Steel Petal Press

Fall Letterpress Intern

Letterpress Internship Chicago
Starting in August Steel Petal Press is looking for another letterpress intern.  Details on the position and how to apply are listed below.

Commitment:
2 days a week, 12 week minimum

Must be:
Hard-working and very reliable, clean, with meticulous attention to detail and ability to work on repetitive tasks.
Letterpress experience, printing or other detail oriented and meticulous hands on experience very beneficial (but not required).

Tasks include:
Packaging and folding inventory, labeling, trimming paper and other production work. You will also learn some presswork including,press maintenance, ink mixing and custom pantone color matching, registration, press set up and production.

This internship is unpaid but I will train you on the press or trade for press time (if you have the right experience) This can be a great opportunity for someone willing to work hard and learn.

Please email me with a RESUME and COVER LETTER.
shayna (at) steelpetalpress (dot) com / subject line “Fall Letterpress Intern”

and feel free to pass on to interested parties.

Thanks! shayna

Moms, Dads and Grads

Mom, Dad and Grad cards:

Even though it’s still full-on winter here in Chicago, we’ve got the spring holidays on our mind.  Our new releases for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and new Graduation Cards have arrived and all are available in the online shop.  I had a lot of fun designing these. I especially love the pop of gold foil in cap of the graduation cards.

Check out the selections below, or click each image to access each card directly.

Letterpress Father's Day Card Letterpress Mothers Day Card Letterpress Father's Day Card Letterpress Mothers Day Card Letterpress and Gold Foil Graduation Congratulations Card Letterpress and Gold Foil Graduation Congratulations Card Letterpress and Gold Foil Graduation Congratulations Card

Letterpress Internship Chicago

Chicago Letterpress Internship

Letterpress Internship Chicago
Starting in January Steel Petal Press is looking for another letterpress intern.  Details on the position and how to apply are listed below.

Commitment:
1-2 days a week, 12 week minimum

Must be:
Hard-working and very reliable, clean, with meticulous attention to detail and ability to work on repetitive tasks.
Letterpress experience, printing or other detail oriented and meticulous hands on experience very beneficial (but not required).

Tasks include:
Packaging and folding inventory, labeling, trimming paper and other production work. You will also learn some presswork including,press maintenance, ink mixing and custom pantone color matching, registration, press set up and production.

This internship is unpaid but I will train you on the press or trade for press time (if you have the right experience) This can be a great opportunity for someone willing to work hard and learn.

Please email me with a RESUME and COVER LETTER.
shayna (at) steelpetalpress (dot) com / subject line “Spring Letterpress Intern”

and feel free to pass on to interested parties.

Thanks! shayna

Fall Letterpress Internship

Fall Letterpress Internship Chicago Commitment:
1-2 days a week, 12 week minimum

Must be:
Hard-working and very reliable, clean, with meticulous attention to detail and ability to work on repetitive tasks.
Letterpress experience, printing or other detail oriented and meticulous hands on experience very beneficial (but not required).

Tasks include:
Packaging and folding inventory, labeling, trimming paper and other production work. You will also learn some presswork including,press maintenance, ink mixing and custom pantone color matching, registration, press set up and production.

This internship is unpaid but I will train you on the press or trade for press time (if you have the right experience) This can be a great opportunity for someone willing to work hard and learn.

Please email me with a resume and cover letter.
shayna (at) steelpetalpress (dot) com / subject line “Fall Letterpress Intern”

and feel free to pass on to interested parties.

Thanks! shayna

Behind the Scenes: Meet Our Newest Studio Member!

We were so delighted to recently bring Kat on board to help with all things Steel Petal Press, and invite you to get to know her a bit, too!
Name: Kat Wisniewski
Job title: Studio Manager/ Administrative Assistant
Describe your area of study and previous work, and how you think each relate to or lead your position at Steel Petal Press? 
I’ve worked in retail and management since 1994, both in big box stores and boutique environments. Through my work experience, I’ve learned to possess a keen eye for detail and also how to efficiently multi-task. In many previous positions, I’ve done various tedious, repetitive and simple tasks, where efficiency and speed are highly valued. I also own a home-based jewelry business, where I work online a lot and ship out orders regularly. These assets aid in my position at Steel Petal Press because I am responsible for quality controlling the product, shipping the product and general office duties.
What inspires you artistically?
Everything inspires me artistically. If I had to pick out a few things that I seek out for inspiration I’d say that I’m inspired by glass sculpture, fashion, colors, surrealism and minimalistic style.
What kinds of things do you do at the studio? What do you enjoy most?
I’m the only official in-studio employee, besides Shayna, which is a welcome change. I order the supplies, quality control everything, and ship out orders. I enjoy the boutique environment and working with minimal supervision. I also enjoy coming in early, so I can get the bulk of my work done with my music helping to push me through the morning.
What do you enjoy doing outside of the studio?
I keep extremely busy outside of the studio because I enjoy having multiple sources of income. What keeps me the busiest is the product photography work I do (out of my kitchen) for other jewelry artists. I also manage three online stores where I sell my jewelry and jewelry making supplies. Additionally, I have my pieces in a few retail locations, so I have to keep up with providing stock as things sell. Lastly, I write jewelry making projects for magazines and also teach jewelry making at various Chicagoland locations. Oh yeah, and I tend to my husband and pets everyday. They are what truly makes me happy, and they provide soothing comfort from my stressful multi-tasking.
What is your favorite Steel Petal Press card/product and why?
That’s easy! It’s the Holy Shit cards of course! What a simple design that many people respond to with laughter. These are great and this line of cards can be used for so many different occasions. By the way, I have an idea for a new Holy Shit card… TBDiscussed later. 
What would your perfect day in Chicago look like? 
My perfect day in my city (where I’ve lived my whole life), would include waking up to my kitty cats kissing my face, going out to a fun new place to eat with my husband, taking my doggie daughter out to a big park (like Horner Park), then going to a movie, museum or thrifting!

 

NEW: Letterpress Encouragement Cards

My newest letterpress Encouragement Cards are probably my favorite of my new releases.  I’ve had some friends going through some hard times recently, and sometimes an email or text just doesn’t cut it.  The letterpress Encouragement Cards below were inspired by my friends; some have had health problems, some are embarking on new and exciting adventures, some are doing some really freakin’ cool things with their lives.

Click each image to purchase in my shop:

May the Force Be With You Encouragement Card Good Vibes Encouragement Card You've Got This Encouragement Card Freaking Proud of You Encouragement Card

On Deck in the Studio

Not only is summer an agreed-upon great season to get hitched, it’s also the perfect time to break out the stationery and keep in touch with scattered friends and family. Others must agree, because production at Steel Petal Press sure hasn’t slowed, and we’ve been busily printing, packing, and shipping our paper goods to retailers and customers nationwide.

Below is Maranda on her last day at Steel Petal Press and on the right is our newest team member Kat! I will officially introduce her in an upcoming post.

Photo Jul 02

Wholesale orders march on. Here, we’re boxing up and shipping out to some of our sellers like Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, Magnificent Milestones in Chicago, The Gypsy Wagon in Dallas, and Paper Goat Post in Florida.

During a recent job were glad to reacquaint with a past wedding client, Hylah Hedgepeth to print some stationery and business cards for her new photography venture. Yeah for small business!

Photo Jun 12

Pictured below is another run of elegant business cards for a bridal boutique called Le Salon.

Photo Jun 12

And here is yet another custom stationery job, set by hand in lead type. We mostly use digital design and polymer plates to print, as there is more flexibility with layout and fonts on the computer. But, every now and then, it’s nice to slow down and hand set some metal type.

Photo Jun 12-2

In other news: We’re excited to announce that things are steadily progressing with our new studio and retail space. Lease is signed, a deposit has been made, and we’re on our way. We’re currently working with an architect to build out the space and lay it out just right. Next up, construction permits. This is a slow process, but we’re thrilled to be making headway.

Chicago’s Very Own Wayzgoose!

Alert! This post is for paper nerds, through and through. If you get excited about type, presses, and prints (oh my!), then, by all means, read on.

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(above photo – type found at Columbia College Book and Paper Center)

Last week, we got the amazing opportunity to join with 100 printers and print-enthusiasts from all over for a print-astic APA hosted event. Historically, when local print houses were more commonplace, master printers would host events every year during the summer to mark the date that their employees would need to begin printing by candlelight. Eventually, the event morphed into an annual summertime celebration dinner for their studio employees. They were called wayzgooses. So, naturally, Chicagoose was the name of our local rendition.

Photo Jun 25

(above photo of an installation of work from a letterpress workshop with Tandem Felix)

Local print powerhouse, Jen Farrell, of Starshaped Press in Ravenswood, organized this year’s event over the course of three days. Jen crafted a stellar lineup of speakers, studio tours, and print and equipment sales. Didn’t think it was possible to get sweaty over seeing a table full of old typesetting trays? Well, think again.

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(above images from A Favorite‘s studio tour)

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We loved seeing the spaces of other makers, and hearing from seasoned printers infused our own work with new energy. Letterpress events always inspire me to take more care in honoring the vast and rich tradition of letterpress. It isn’t all about stationery and wedding invitations. There’s such a rich history to the art— and it needs to be preserved and shared.

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(from left to right: Ksenya Thomas of Thomas Printers, Lorraine from Thrill of the Chase, Debbie from Penelope’s Press and Shayna at Steel Petal Press)

Additionally, It was worth the price of admission to get to spend time with fellow printers and both new and old friends, like Ksenyia of Thomas-Printers (and the founder of Ladies of Letterpress), Erin Beckloff of the forthcoming letterpress film: Pressing On, and Debbie of Penelope’s Press. We even got a chance to see Paul Aken (of the Platen Press museum in Zion, IL) and the previous owner of our very first press!

Photo Jun 28

We’re so thankful that the art of letterpress is also a doorway into a community of true artists, craftsmen, historians, and overall amazing people. What a great event, and way to celebrate the craft and its makers.

Date Night: Let’s Get Crunk

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Here at Steel Petal Press, we’re in the behind-the-scenes business of thoughtfulness—creating greeting cards that allow YOU to be able to send kindness in written form. We’re also in the business of celebrating. We leave our cards blank inside so that they can serve as blank slates for your unique message, your occasion. We’re also in the business of communicating. A quick note is a great way to share thanks, say hello, stir a laugh, extend an invite.

We love providing ways to allow you to be thoughtful, to celebrate, and to communicate with the people in your life. So, in a new series, we’ll be pairing some of our hand-printed cards with date night suggestions. Use the cards to hand write an invitation to a spouse, a friend, a parent, and let the fun begin!

With the longest day of the year now behind us, we’re feeling the pull to get out of doors and enjoy the sun and warmth while it lasts. Lucky for us, opportunities to do so abound here in the Windy City. For our first installment of the Date Night Series, we’re pairing our Let’s Get Crunk card with a night of dancing in Grant Park as part of the Summerdance series.

Each weekend in the Spirit of Music Garden, professional dance instructors lead an hour long class (Fridays and Saturdays from 6-7pm and Sundays from 4-5pm) followed by live music and freestyle rug-cutting. Dance lessons run the gamut from salsa, to tango, to country and square dancing.

Find the schedule of events here, and find our online card shop here, where you can turn our wares into your next great date night idea.