December 27, 2013

we're nearly there!

We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to or shared our Kickstarter campaign over the past few weeks. Every like, tweet and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr has made a world of difference! We are so lucky to have so many people that believe in what we're doing and are willing to do anything they can to support us, every little bit helps!

L-R: Pick No.41 in The L.A. Times Gift List, our feature on IAMTHELAB.COM, our cards in The L.A. Fashion Magazine's Gift Guide
We felt very fortunate to have been chosen as Gift Pick No. 41 in the L.A. Times' Handmade Holiday Gift List as well as being included in The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide. IAMTHELAB has also written a lovely blog post about us and our Kickstarter! Speaking of which, have you heard? Kickstarter backed our project and even included it in their holiday newsletter!

L-R: The Heidelberg Windmill being loaded into our new studio building, Rosemary waiting on the loading dock, the C&P paper cutter on the forklift outside our new studio building.
We've been very busy here in L.A., we received delivery of our new equipment a few weeks ago! Everything arrived a lot earlier than expected during the week between Unique and Renegade! Our new studio isn't quite ready for the new machinery, so we're storing it in an adjoining unit, but we're really looking forward to moving them in early in the new year.

Take a look at our project on Kickstarter!!!
For the moment, we're doing everything we can to make sure that our Kickstarter project is fully funded, don't forget that unless we reach our goal, we won't receive a penny of your very gracious pledges. If you haven't had a chance to take a look at our project, please do so now. If you believe in what we're trying to do, please give us a hand if you're able to. And please keep sharing our project with your family and friends, it really does make a difference.

December 20, 2013

featured on IAMTHELAB.COM!

We are so excited to be featured on yesterday. Thank you so much for such a great feature, we really appreciate it!

We're also really happy to announce that our Kickstarter campaign is now just over 60% funded!!! Please keep sharing our project with friends and family, every little bit helps!


December 13, 2013

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…LIFT OFF! Our Kickstarter has launched!

As many of you know, we recently had some really great news to share about the direction Ink+Smog Editions will be taking in the new year. Well, we are very excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter campaign! 

We hope you'll come take a look at our project, we have some pretty sweet rewards to share! If you believe in what we're trying to do but can't contribute financially, the best thing you can do is share our project with your friends, family and followers on social media, every little bit helps! 

Thank you so much for all of the kind words and amazing encouragement we've received since we announced our expansion plans back in October. It's been absolutely amazing, and we feel truly lucky! And speaking about being grateful, we couldn't have launched this project without some amazing help from our friends at Half Cut Tea. If you haven't heard about them yet, go check them out now. Their work is amazing!

We're going to be at Renegade LA this weekend at Booth #129 if you want to stop by and say hi. We're so excited about all the changes, and can't wait to share them!

November 29, 2013

Artists Heal PH: support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines

Artists Heal PH was created by sisters Nancy Mungcal, Michelle Mungcal and Neysa Bowers to help support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines. It's a pop-up shop of art + goods that will be open from November 28 - December 31. All net proceeds will be donated to benefit The International Rescue Committee.

We've contributed one of our unframed prints, and many of our maker friends have donated pieces as well. Please go to the site and take a look at the wonderful items available, every little bit helps!


November 26, 2013

where to find us this winter

Ink+Smog Editions is going through some major changes right now, but if you're going to be in L.A. this winter, come say hi, we'd love to see you! 

Unique LA Holiday Show // December 7+8 // California Market Center 110 E. 9th st. DTLA

Table # 114

Eastside Handmade // December 7 12-5pm // Hosted by Shopclass in Highland Park

Renegade Holiday Show // December 14+15 //  Los Angeles State Historic Park

We're literally in the middle of moving into our new studio right now, and our new equipment is about to start it's cross-country journey, so we'll probably have lots to talk about during these great holiday shows. We're really excited about all the changes and can't wait to share them! 

Also, we'll be launching our Kickstarter campaign in a matter of days. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. If you can't contribute financially, please share our project on your social media, every little bit helps!

Hoping to see you soon!

November 22, 2013

Ink+Smog Editions at West Coast Craft

Our panoramic view of the Bay from Fort Mason Center as the sun was setting on Sunday night.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see us this past weekend at the West Coast Craft show in San Francisco. We had such a great time catching up with old friends, visiting with family and meeting so many new and interesting people! These events are a lot of work, but they are so worth it!

Our WCC booth, including the amazing wall built for us just for the event!
Not only was this the very first WCC show, it was also our very first show on the road. We wrote a guest blog post about our experience for Academy of Handmade, you can take a look at it here. You can also check out some great photos of the event taken by SF Art Enthusiast.

L-R: Some of our new Bay Area items, some additions to the Greetings from… series, Neon Signs of the Bay Area and I Heart SF flat note card sets.
Since we were going to be in the Bay Area, we decided to launch some of the new designs we've been working on a little early! We now have a collection of Bay Area neon sign cards, as well as a variety of other Bay Area and San Francisco specific cards and prints. We should be listing them in the shop very soon!

L-R: Abacus Row, A Question of Eagles, Elyse Graham.
All in all, our first show away from home was a resounding success and we can't wait to do it again!

Hope everyone is having a great fall, we're certainly enjoying the foggy rainy days here in L.A.!


new stockist: Lula Mae in Pasadena

We're so excited to let you know that you can now find a selection of our cards and calendars at Lula Mae in Pasadena. Lula Mae is one of our very favorite Los Angeles area shops! If you've never been, run, don't walk over to see all their delightful gifts of wit and whimsy! We especially love how Marci has decorated for the holidays!

November 19, 2013

new stockist: As Issued in Costa Mesa

We're very happy to announce that As Issued in Costa Mesa is our very first Orange County stockist! The art and design bookstore is now carrying a selection of our cards. Next time you're in the area, go check them out!

October 30, 2013

new stockist: Urban Radish

We're very excited to announce that Urban Radish in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is now carrying a small selection of Ink+Smog Editions  cards and gift tags. We had a great quickie dinner there last week, they have a lovely cheese and wine selection as well! We treated ourselves to some lovely Kusmi tea and Health-Ade some of our favorite locally made kombucha. Next time you're in the area, go take a look!

October 26, 2013

Thank you for coming out to Artisanal L.A.!

L-R: Robin installing our vinyl sign with our friend Robert from Lustered Walnut, working on the display, our booth fully installed and ready for a busy weekend!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see us at Artisanal LA a few weeks ago! It was great to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. It was especially fun to meet some of our Instagram followers in person! It was such a treat to participate in a show that provided sturdy walls, so we took the opportunity to work on some display ideas we'd been thinking about for a while. It was so nice of our friends Sharon and KC from Academy of Handmade to notice, they featured our display on their blog as an example of good signage.

L-R: Someone came by our booth with a Helms Bakery neon sign tattoo, our 2013 Holiday Collection turned a lot of heads, our booth shared with Lustered Walnut was pretty busy throughout the weekend!
We're hard at work, getting ready for the L.A. Salt craft show coming up on Sunday November 3rd and West Coast Craft in San Francisco November 16+17. We can't wait to show off our new Bay Area neon sign cards and calendars that are currently in production. 

L-R: Our SF Ferry Building inked up and ready to carve, the linocut blocks for our Bay Area Neon Sign cards ready to proof, our carved Ferry Building linocut block.
We're also preparing to launch our Kickstarter campaign very soon and hunting for a new studio space, so stay tuned! 

Thank you for a lovely weekend! It's always so much easier to deinstall!

October 11, 2013

we have some exciting news to share

We are very excited to announce that Ink+Smog Editions is expanding! Over the summer, we found out that good friends of ours who run L'appât, a small print shop in Rosemary's hometown of Montréal were moving to Europe and would not be able to take their equipment with them. After much deliberation, we decided to buy their 1960s Heidelberg Windmill letterpress, industrial Chandler&Price Craftsman paper cutter as well as their lead type and tools. Basically, we bought their whole shop!

The Heidelberg Windmill and C&P Craftsman hard at work in the L'appât studio, run by Rebecca Rosen and Quentin Pillot (photo from their website).
This will be a complete game changer for us, it will allow us to function as a print shop for other people's projects as well as continue to offer our own line of urban paper goods. We'll also be able to run community workshops, and start an artist residency program for emerging artists in collaboration with The Pretty Gallery here in Los Angeles. The Danielle DeMers artist residency will give an emerging artist the opportunity to work with us in Los Angeles each summer in order to produce a special editioned work. This project is near and dear to our hearts, in memory of our dear friend who passed away recently. She was a printmaker and artist who herself would have benefited from this residency.

L-R: The moment we decided to take the plunge and buy the press, the beautiful beast of a machine we can't wait to start working with! 
We're very busy looking for a new larger location, organizing the transportation of their studio from Montreal to Los Angeles, as well as getting ready for the events we'll be participating in this fall and winter! If everything goes according to plan (fingers crossed!) we should be receiving delivery in our new location shortly before the holidays!

L-R: Our current bottlejack printing press in our living room studio space, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign very soon so stay tuned!
But we can't do it alone! We will be launching a Kickstarter campaign over the next few weeks to help with some of the transportation costs as well as some of the costs of getting properly set up in our new larger workspace. Your help and generosity mean the world to us as we work to grow our business in an intelligent and responsible way. If you believe in what we're trying to do but can't contribute financially, the best thing you can do is share our project with your friends, family and followers on social media, every little bit helps! 

We really want to thank all of you for all of the encouragement and support you've given us over the past year, we couldn't have done it all without you! 

Wish us luck!

October 06, 2013

where to find us this fall

If you're going to be in Los Angeles or San Francisco this fall, come say hi! We'd love to see you!

ARTISANAL LA: October 12-13 (11am-6pm) LA Mart: 1933 South Broadway, DTLA 90007

L.A. SALT: November 3 (12am-5pm) The Pehrspace: 325 Glendale Blvd., LA CA 90026

WEST COAST CRAFT: November 16-17 (10am-6pm) Fort Mason Center: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco CA 94123

We'll be launching our 2013 Holiday collection and some new Bay Area themed cards at these events, and listing them in the shop very soon!  And we're working on some dates for December that we should be able to announce very soon. We're also bursting at the seams to share some extra special news with you, so stay tuned!

Fall has been up and down here in L.A. so far, lots of warm sunny days and cool nights but the Santa Ana winds have just blown into town, so it's about to turn very hot and dry. 


September 28, 2013

Ink+Smog Editions is coming to the Bay Area!!!!!

We're very excited to announce that we're coming to the Bay Area! We'll be setting up shop at the very first West Coast Craft show at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on November 16+17. We'll be launching some brand new Bay Area designs as well as offering our 2013 Holiday collection. We're still in production, but we'll be listing everything in the shop soon. Take a look at some of the photos we've been sharing on Instagram!
And don't forget we'll be sharing a booth with our friends Robert and Marie from Lustered Walnut at the Artisanal LA Fall 2013 show at the LA Mart in DTLA on October 12+13!

We'll also be announcing some pretty amazing new projects in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. In the meantime, don't forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Tumblr to see what we're up to! 

Hope you're having a good Fall so far!

September 27, 2013

new stockist: Vintage Galeria on Olvera Street

We're happy to announce another Los Angeles area stockist! Vintage Galeria, one of the gift shops located on Olvera Street is now offering a selection of Ink+Smog Editions prints, cards and gift tags. If you're in the area, go take a look at the lovely hand-crafted items they sell, they're located right next to the performance area.

September 25, 2013

new stockist: Pygmy Hippo Shoppe

We're very excited to announce that Pygmy Hippo Shoppe in the Fairfax District is now carrying Ink+Smog Editions letterpress Ice Cream cards. We're nearly all sold out for the season so hurry on over if you're still hankering for some summer treats , it's hard to believe that fall is already here!

We fell in love with this teeny tiny gift store the second we walked through the door a few weeks ago. Shoppe owner Emi has a beautifully curated selection of gifts, cards, zines and prints. If you're in the neighborhood, you should drop in and take a look, it's kind of amazing how many tantalizing goodies can fit into a 100 square foot shop!

September 18, 2013

save the date for Ink+Smog at Artisanal LA in October!

We're very happy to announce that we'll be taking part in the Artisanal LA Fall 2013 show at the LA Mart in downtown LA! We're really excited because we went to the very first Artisanal LA show not long after we arrived in LA, it was one of our first real outings after getting settled in the city. It kind of feels like we're coming full circle now that we'll be participating as vendors!
Our very own Rosemary Dardick is quoted on the Artisanal LA website (ignore the typo please!)
We're also really excited to be sharing a booth with our very good friends from grad school Marie and Robert of PM&T. They will be representing their product line Lustered Walnut. We have completely fallen for their clay and wood pieces. We are particularly coveting their Hot Mug

Lustered Walnut for PM&T, our friends Marie Perrin-McGraw and Robert Turek
You might also remember that Robert built our neon sign inspired greeting card displays that got lots of oohs and ahhs at UniqueLA, Renegade and Eastside Handmade this summer. 

We're working on some other pretty big projects right now that we can't wait to share with you so stay tuned!

Looking forward to fall!

September 14, 2013

looking back on this summer

L-R:Our drying rack full of Silverlake neighborhood postcards, carving Santa Monica Radiator Works, ink for our letterpress Greetings cards in pool blue
We're really gearing up for Fall and Winter over here, even though it's still warm and sunny short wearing weather here in L.A. And as we work on our holiday collection we can't help but think back about the amazing and busy summer we've had!

L-R: Robin hanging out at Kelly Paper, packaging our Westside LA Postcards, photo shoot for our 2013 f/w Look Book
This summer, we launched a number of new items and relaunched some old favorites! We expanded our neighborhood postcards, added Some City Birds and Some More City Birds to our note card sets and began offering limited editioned prints like our Cinerama Dome, Norm's Santa Monica and Sun-Lake Drugs. This meant a lot of time at Kelly Paper in Hollywood and even more time printing in the studio!

Eastside Handmade hosted by Shopclass in Highland Park in August
We also participated in a number of craft shows this summer, including our very first Unique LA and Renegade shows. And, wrapped up the season at one of our favorite local pop-up shops, Eastside Handmade in Highland Park. We were so happy to take part in the summer version of this show, we had such a great time hanging out with our neighbors Hello Neighbor (participating in her very first show!) and our real life neighbors at Love&Arrow.

Finally a day at the beach in Malibu. It was sooo hot, even on the Westside!
We also had some splendid visits from old friends and family, and actually managed to make it to the beach during our latest heat wave! 

Summer sunset in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
It's been a delightful summer, full of ups and downs! Summer of 2013 you've been grand, we're kind of sad to see you slowly fade away, but we're also excited as we turn towards a busy and promising fall and winter!

Hope you've had a great summer too!

September 11, 2013

new stockist: BKB Ceramics in Joshua Tree

Upper L-R: Succulent note cards, now carried by BKB Ceramics, image from our 2013 f/w Look Book
Lower L-R: BKB Ceramics, our succulent note cards on display at BKB Ceramics (both images BKB Ceramics' Instagram feed)
We're really happy to share Ink+Smog Editions' first Joshua Tree stockist, BKB Ceramics! They're a lovely little shop that concentrates on pure, sustainable, conscious, handcrafted design. They'll be reopening on September 14th for Second Saturday with a newly expanded shop and studio.

BKB Ceramics is now carrying Ink+Smog Editions Succulent note cards, so next time you're in Joshua Tree, stop by and see them in person!

August 25, 2013

have a fall/winter 2013

We're hard at work on our 2013 Holiday Collection that we'll be sharing on Instagram over the next few weeks. In the meantime take a sneak peek at our 2013 Fall/Winter Look Book below.

For all wholesale inquiries, send us an email and we'll be happy to send you our complete wholesale information package.

We hope you've had a great summer!