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.