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Since the Move

Since the Move

Oh my goodness, have I ever been busy since the move into the new studio space. The first three weeks had me printing nonstop, and that was all for one job! Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not complaining, busy is good. It has made finishing the move and settling in a drawn out process, though. I’m getting there. Gradually. It’s such a treat to go to the studio every day, and not have mean that I’m going down the basement.

My new studio mate, Kristen Rost of FROSTco., is a welcome addition, too. We worked on some holiday product together this past season, and I’m looking forward to future collaborations with her.

Here is a sampling of some of what’s been coming off the press recently:

Changes

Changes

After almost nine years of running Flying Rabbit Press out of my basement studio I’m excited to be moving it into a commercial space. The new studio has lovely natural light, more room, a higher ceiling, and will be open for visits from you. More details about that last bit will be divulged once I’m settled in.

To go with the new digs the press has a new logo, and will have a new website, too. For now, this site has gotten a quick facelift (you may have noticed).

As you might expect, many weeks have been spent preparing for the move and readying the new space. Friday was a big day; the presses made the move with the help of a skillful team of professionals who are used to transporting equipment that is even heavier than my 1100 lb baby. Here are some pictures of the process:

Movers securing the Vandercook before taking it up the stairs.
Movers securing the Vandercook before taking it up the stairs.
All secured and ready to traverse the stairs.
All secured and ready to traverse the stairs.
The view from the top of the press before making the last leg of the trip out of the basement studio.
The view from the top of the press before making the last leg of the trip out of the basement studio.
Preparing to put the carriage back on the Vandercook after the move.
Preparing to put the carriage back on the Vandercook after the move.
Both the Vandercook #4 letterpress, and the Rembrant Pelican etching press in their new home. Yea!
Gilding the Edges

Gilding the Edges

Applying gold leaf to the edges of paper is not something that I ever imagined I’d be doing. It’s a slow and finicky process, which suggests that I should have counted on doing it at some point, since I tend to gravitate toward that sort of thing. It’s worth the time it takes once you have the finished product in hand, though.

These cards are a thick 220 lb cotton cardstock that were letterpress printed prior to having the edges gilded.

The Finished Wedding Stationery

The Finished Wedding Stationery

This beautiful wedding stationery was designed by the bride, Michelle Butindaro. The printing was done here at Flying Rabbit Press; the text in black, and the accents in a subtle iridescent purple. You may have seen the photo of it in progress in the last post.

After the printing and trimming were completed, Michelle adhered each piece to iridescent backing paper, and mounted the invitations, themselves, to the inside of these lovely, cloth covered folios. The reception card, hotel card, rsvp card, and return envelope all tuck in nicely beneath the ribbon on the right hand side of the folio.

No detail was left unconsidered. The monogram on the front of the folio is a mere one inch square, but the invitations would be lacking with out it.

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