…and moved into a new building! June was quite a whirlwind of a month. Whew. Moving two very heavy letterpresses is not easy nor cheap! But we are almost ready to share some photos…lights are up and painting is almost done! I’m still not sure if this was the right move but so far I really haven’t had any regrets. Yay for change!
It is so hard to say goodbye to our brick + mortar store! But now we will have more time to make cool letterpress stuff! Running a retail space is a full time job! Please support your locally owned stores!
After 14 years, Lark Press, the retail shop will close mid-June, 2019. But we will still be stocking our cards at lovely shops in Portland, Oregon and other cities around the US. So please! go to our stockist page and see where you can find our cards. And of course, we will be selling Lark cards and other letterpress printed stuffs online.
With the computer age came an easier, quicker way to create and print letterpress cards! No more typesetting. Whew! When I first started printing more than 15 years ago, I only knew of a few select letterpress printers: Egg Press, Oblation to name a few in Portland, Oregon…now, there are so so so many. You really have to stick to your style while still finding a niche in an ever growing business. Lark style: minimal, beautifully pressed…and still hand printed…e a c h s i n g l e c a r d! And some are even individually watercolored
I’m not going to lie. I’ve always avoided making cards that have puns…mostly because I’m not really that clever when it comes to this type of humor. BUT, I decided to get on the pun wagon and actually had a lot of pun! Ok, I’ll stop. But check these out. I basically combined my fav things: birds (surprise!), an egg, cat paws, beautiful squishy cotton printing paper, neon ink AND VOILÅ! (Click on photo for slideshow.)
Probably the last snow I will see for awhile…Yay! Spring! But sure will miss this beauty.
Hopefully Spring is around the corner…fingers crossed. These lovely pom pom strings came from Mexico and are bringing a little life to our shop these days!
Did you know? Portland tends to have a few rainy days during the winter💧. So where can a person go to escape the winter blues? Japan! Sort of. Portland has one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Beautiful, fluffy green moss. Lovely streams meandering thru rocks and, uh, more lovely moss. One thing missing? People! And sometimes you may witness … a surprise sun break!
Small things. Big events. Nice people. A sunny day. A rainy day. A ladybug. Good health. Great health. Friends. A cold beer. Sunbreaks. Kittens. :)
Happy new year! I’m hoping this year brings more opportunities to be creative using different art mediums. First risograph class is Feb 2. And fingers crossed... hopefully the backyard studio will hava a working kiln by Spring.
dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind)
trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)
honour the past
but welcome the future
(and dance your death
away at this wedding)
never mind a world
with its villains or heroes
(for god likes girls
and tomorrow and the earth)
e e cummings
Just finishing up the 2019 Lark Press calendar. I didn’t make one last year so decided to go all-out this year with watercolor AND letterpress! And I’m wishing I could spend all my work time dreaming up projects like this one… both art mediums are so satisfying.
Good bye summertime! Another summer has gone by…fast! Portland and Oregon are so beautiful in the summer! Here comes the rain…but that’s ok because the rain makes the Pacific NW what it is: green and gorgeous!
Good gravy. Where did this past year go? It is really challenging to keep up with all the social media things...like posting on FB, INSTAGRAM, pinning on PINTEREST and blogging on the blog section of our site: stellar frequencies (infrequencies). Oh well, summer is upon us Portlanders once again.
Blink...and summer will be gone before you know it. But Autumn is not so bad. Especially in central Oregon. Hello geese.
Well, just when you think summer is here, it starts raining again and you’re wearing longsleeves! But the future is bright. summer IS coming.
Dylan, watercolor and letterpress equals fun stuff!
Just took a much needed SUN vacay and fell in love again with the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Such a lovely area. Thank you Lucy for recommending the MIM, Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix... AMAZING!
Onward and upward is one way to go. I think I could letterpress on just about anything and it would some how improve the loveliness of it... such as a postcard (like here) or a muslin bag, shop bag, tag, etc.