November 07, 2014

where to find us this holiday season

If you're going to be in LA this holiday season, come say hi!

Artists&Fleas // November 16 // 647 Mateo St. DTLA // 11am-6pm

Unique LA Holiday Market // December 6+7 // California Market Center 110 E. 9th st. DTLA // 11am-6pm

Renegade Holiday Show // December 13+14 // Grand Park 200 N.Grand Park Ave. DTLA // 10am-5pm

October 31, 2014

thank you for coming!

A panoramic view of our booth at Artisanal LA
Sorry for the radio silence, we've both been trying to recover from a particularly nasty sinus infection! We wanted to thank everyone who came out to see us at Artisanal LA a few weeks ago, we really appreciated seeing you!

L-R: Our gigantic balloon signage, Robin answering customer questions in the booth, the most adorable pot-bellied pigs napping at the show, thank you for coming!
We're hard at work on our holiday collection, can't wait to share them with you! We'll also be announcing where to find us during the holiday season very soon so stay tuned! (Pssst, no promises but if you keep an eye on our Instagram feed, you might catch a few sneak peeks of our holiday collection before we post them here!)

In the meantime, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


October 03, 2014

save the date for Ink+Smog Editions at Artisanal LA!

We're very happy to say that we'll be participating in the Fall Artisanal LA show in DTLA again this year. We hope to see you there!

Artisanal LA: October 11-12 (11am-6pm), LA Mart/The Reef 1933 S. Broadway, LA, CA 90007

We'll be at booth #726, come say hi!

Take a look at some of the other great makers that will be there too!

Looking forward to catching up!


August 20, 2014

where to find us in September

If you're going to be in L.A. in September, come say hi!

Kickstarter Film Fest: Friday September 12 (6-11pm) The Autry at Griffith Park.

We're so excited to take part in the first Kickstarter Film Fest in LA! Come see us and a selection of other successful Los Angeles Kickstarter projects at the Autry at Griffith Park! Then hang out and enjoy the screening of LA Kickstarter film projects! The event is free and open to the public. Enter on the event lawn, next to the museum. Don't forget to take a look at our Kickstarter project! It's hard to believe that we filmed that video last summer, it feels like yesterday!

We're also very happy to say that we will be participating in Eastside Handmade once again! We very lucky to have been one of the handful of vendors to have participated in every single Eastside Handmade event so far! Come say hi! We'll be hanging out in the parking lot behind Shopclass in Highland Park!

We're looking forward to these great events and are in the middle of planning a few more! Hope to see you soon!


August 19, 2014

new stockist: Lundeen's in Culver City

As of a few weeks ago, you can now find a good selection of Ink+Smog Editions paper goods at Lundeen's in Culver City! From books and stationery to candles and jewelry, they have the perfect gift for almost any occasion. Go take a look!

Lundeen's is located at 9726 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.

Take a look at our full list of stockists to see if a store near you is carrying our paper goods!

August 16, 2014

a great weekend at Unique!

Views of the city from the windows behind our Unique LA table.
We had a great time at The Unique USA Summer Market last weekend, thank you to everyone who came to see us, it was so great to see you! And it was so great to meet all sorts of new people and fans. We even had a few Kickstarter supporters who came by to say hi!

L-R: A close up of our silver balloon signage,  our table all set up and ready to go, a corner of our table with our new CB2 business card holder. CB2 West Hollywood moved heaven and earth to get it to us in time for the show, we really appreciate their help!
We had so much fun coming up with our new table display! Everyone responded so well to the silver balloons! It sort of feels like this was our most put together setup so far! Honestly, it wouldn't have been possible without the move to the new press. Now that we're starting to get the hang of printing on the Heidelberg, it's allowed us to print more stock at once and not spend quite so much time trying to play catch-up with demand!

L-R: We tried really hard to attend some of the Unique Classroom talks held as part of the show. We really enjoyed listening to photographer/blogger Bonnie Tsang, Rosemary models her new ceramic necklace from  local artist and maker Nicola Vruwink, we also enjoyed listening to Andrew Gibbs from The Dieline talk about current packaging design trends.
That's not to say that we haven't been super busy! It was a lot of work reprinting our entire line of paper goods for both Renegade and Unique! Everything might look exactly the same, but it isn't! It took us a long time to figure out the best way to print from our hand-carved linoleum blocks. They were purpose-carved for our old printing press and it took a lot of finessing to get them to work on the new press.

L-R: packaging Eastside Neighborhood Postcards, all neighborhood postcards back in stock and on display at Unique, stacks of Westside Neighborhood postcards ready to package. They look so good printed on the new press, it made us positively giddy as they came off the press! Finally, everything is looking the way we always knew it could!
The neighborhood postcards took the longest and we were unable to get them done in time for Renegade. We are happy to say that they are all completely back in stock now, in fact, everything is! And, we were able (by the skin of our teeth!) to add two new cards in time for the show (just barely!).

L-R: Working on our new freeway card of the 10 West as it winds its way through DTLA, proofing for the first time, the finished card now listed in the shop!
Our neon pink letterpress cards were ready for Renegade. Originally an exercise in registration, these bright neon cards have quickly become a favorite. They are available as a single card or a set of four and are now listed in the shop. Also make sure to take a look at our newest freeway card, depicting a portion of the 10 West traveling through downtown. They are also available as a single card or as a set of four. We're already preparing to send a few of these off to some of our favorite stockists. Keep an eye out for them at The Library Store at the Central Library in DTLA!

L-R: Our new prints, Helms Bakery is Culver City, Cinerama Dome in Hollywood and Highland Theatre in Highland Park. They look so good, why didn't we choose these for prints earlier??? :)
We've also made some changes to our prints. We currently offer Helms Bakery (Culver City), The Cinerama Dome (Hollywood) and The Highland Theatre (Highland Park). They are available framed or unframed. Each print is printed in black ink on white Mohawk Superfine paper. The thick black frame measures 9.5" x 12" and features a white mat. The print is registered to fit comfortably within the mat. We'll be adding more prints soon, so stay tuned!

The view from the parking garage at Home Depot in Hollywood, a place we've been spending a lot of time at lately!
We have a few things in the works for the next few weeks, but for the most part we'll be getting to work on our Kickstarter rewards (finally!), printing more stock and meeting wholesale orders.

Have a great end of summer, hopefully we'll see you soon!


July 30, 2014

thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came by to say hi at Renegade this weekend! We really appreciate all of your support, especially considering how hot and humid it was. We had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting lots of new ones! 

L-R: Our new booth display, Renegade set up in Grand Park under the watchful eye of City Hall, some of the lovely customers we had this weekend.
We were so happy to be able to share the relaunch of our older designs with so many familiar faces. We are really pleased with the way that everything is coming along on the new press, not only is the production easier, but the prints are clearer and more even.

L-R: Our newest batch of prints and a new letterpress heart card, our Golden State cards printed on the new press, proofing and packing our Greetings from Los Angeles cards.
We were also really excited to debut our new show display. Our concrete and plywood half-wall got so many compliments and requests for instructions, you can take a look at this project on our Pinterest board to see how it's done.

L-R: Robin manning the booth on Sunday, our new concrete and plywood display, some customers perusing our paper goods.
All in all, it was  a great weekend! The new venue was gorgeous and it was really fun to spend the weekend under the gaze of city hall and the LA Times building. Grand Park is such a wonderful addition to this city, and we really hope to attend more events there in the future!

L-R: Rosemary with Christine from Abacus Row, strategizing for Unique over coffee the morning after Renegade.
In the meantime, we are back in the studio working on a number of different projects in preparation for Unique LA on August 9-10. We're adapting our neighborhood postcards to the new press and working on a few new projects as well. Keep an eye on our Instagram account for a few sneak peeks over the next few weeks!

We hope you're having a great summer so far, it's hard to believe that it's nearly over!


July 09, 2014

where to find us this summer

If you're going to be in LA this summer, come say hi! We'd love to see you!

We're hard at work on the new press and can't wait to show you some of what we've been up to! Hope to see you in a few weeks!


July 07, 2014

thank you for coming!

Please note, the image of us on the right is courtesy of LA County Store's Instagram account.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out last weekend! We really appreciate all of the kind words and support we've received over the past few months, it means a great deal. We were so happy to open our doors and welcome you into our studio! 

Some moments from the photo booth!
We still have a lot of work ahead of us, there are more boxes to unpack, building projects to embark upon and a mountain of printing to get to. Honestly, we can't wait to jump in and get it all done! 

L-R: installing our new vinyl sign, part of the food spread (photo courtesy of Motherfudger's Instagram feed),  a view of the party early on (photo courtesy of Ana Herda). 
We're already working on a few building projects and are back at work printing wholesale orders! We're also hoping to have some new work for the upcoming summer craft shows. 

Some more moments from the photo booth!
We hope you enjoyed some of of our favorite moments from our launch party photo booth, visit our Facebook page to view the rest!


June 14, 2014

we're having a party!

We haven't unpacked all of our boxes or built out all of our new space yet, but we're ready to celebrate our new studio and our new equipment! We're having a party! A launch party! An urban garden party in Downtown L.A. with handmade cocktails and snacks and music to be more precise! 

The invitation to our new studio launch party open house, to RSVP just click on the image above.
We're having a lot of fun getting ready for this party. We've had some great help from friends and family and can't wait to celebrate with all of the people who have helped us get where we are!

L-R: assembling our goodie bags, pretty paper straws and mini cupcake liners for the party!
We decided to make paper decorations for the party, it just seemed like the right fit! Some of our friends came over and helped us make a skyline out of white butcher block paper that we painted with watered down acrylic paint. We painted each strip of paper and then adhered them to the wall with double-sided tape. It's been really fun having this up on the wall, we'll probably keep it around after the party until we're ready to finish building the space out.

The hand-painted butcher block paper skyline we made with the help of some of our friends.
One of the other paper decoration projects we've embarked on, is making crepe paper flowers. These were definitely a little more challenging! We made a few poppies that were made with single petals, but mostly we concentrated on the multiple sheet way of making flowers. We found a great tutorial on Pinterest where you stack multiple sheets of crepe paper, fold the stack into an accordion, tie it in the middle and trim the edges. Then you carefully unfold the individual sheets. We're really pleased with the end result.

The crepe paper flowers we made, we'll also be using fresh flowers from the LA Flower Market in DTLA.
We've also been very lucky to work with a few of our favorite companies and local organizations who have graciously donated goodies or information packets for our goodie bags. We're only offering a limited number, so get here early to snag one!

L-R:a sneak peek at a treat from our goodie bags, the terra cotta cupcake towers we made from plant containers, the goodies Neenah paper graciously donated for our goodie bags. 
We have a bunch of other fun projects in the works. If you're interested in taking a look at what we've been thinking about for decorations, take a look at our Party Plans board on Pinterest or stay tuned on Instagram or Facebook where we'll be posting pictures over the next few weeks as we get ready for the big day!

We're really excited to open our doors and welcome everyone into our new space and show off our new equipment. Hope to see you there!


June 02, 2014

first big steps

Robin setting up the rollers.

We took some first big steps this weekend. After taking some time to learn how our new press works, we took the plunge on Sunday and pulled our first prints!

L-R: our workspace, locking up the letterpress heart in order to print.

It might not look like much, but it's taken us a little over two years to get to this heart, our first print on the Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress.

L-R: Our bottleneck press in our living room in Koreatown, in our booth at Artisanal LA in November of 2013.

We started working together on a line of paper goods, just over two years ago. In that time, we started by printing with our fingers, moved on to printing with a spoon and a baren, then built our bottle jack press. We relaunched as Ink+Smog Editions a year ago in March. We only dreamed at that point, of having a dedicated print shop and mechanized press

L-R: our very first print on the Heidelberg Windmill, Rosemary holding our first print and bursting into happy tears.
A lot of work and time and effort has gone into that little heart. So much so, that moments after we first realized that we'd successfully made our first print, Rosemary was so happy, she burst into tears. The future seems so bright right now, and we couldn't have gotten here, without all of the love and support we've gotten from our friends, our family and our followers. We are so appreciative. And we can't wait to work our fingers to the bone. Thank you.


May 06, 2014

new stockist: The Library Store at the Central Library in DTLA

Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library
We're so happy to announce another Los Angeles stockist! The Library Store at Central Library is now carrying a selection of Ink+Smog Editions urban paper goods along with a well-curated assortment of books, writings supplies and curios. If you've never been to the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library, it is certainly worth a trip! Although we became members almost as soon as we moved to LA a few years ago, we've become library regulars since we moved our studio to downtown.
The Library Store at Central Library
The Central Library is such an amazing resource and is so incredibly welcoming to all. We've had a great time exploring their vast collection and really enjoy borrowing books as well as pouring over their reference section. One of our favorite things to do on a warm LA day, is to spend the afternoon wandering through their various art installations and enjoying the stupendous art and architecture of the building itself.
The Lodwrick M. Cook Rotunda on the second floor was completed in 1932. Their color values were purposely restrained to harmonize with the many-colored mosaic-like dome decorations by Julian E. Garnsey.
On our last two visits, we really enjoyed their exhibits Songs in the Key of L.A., an exploration of their collection of Southern California sheet music, and No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station that marks the station's 75th anniversary. Both shows are really well done.
L-R: Robin looking at the sheet music from Songs in the Key of L.A., posing in front of a floor to ceiling vinyl panel, one of our favorite sheet music booklets in the exhibit.
The Union Station exhibit in particular was fascinating. It was amazing to see what that part of the city looked like around the time that the station was constructed. We spent a great deal of time looking at the many photos and detailed architectural drawings. But by far, our favorite part, was the Southern Pacific Industry map of Los Angeles that showed the many train routes that criss-crossed downtown. We were able to find our studio building on the map, and to see what sorts of businesses populated our neighborhood. The show will be up in the Getty Gallery at the Central Library until August 10th.
L-R: Los Angeles Conservancy Kid's Guide to Union Station with the guide, our studio neighborhood located on the Southern Pacific map, re-issued Union Station postcards from the show.
Stay tuned, we'll be announcing a few other new stockists very soon! As well as some news regarding our Kickstarter rewards and our launch party!


May 02, 2014

new stockist: Los Angeles County Store in Silver Lake

Opening Night! Los Angeles County Store's launch party last night.
We're really happy to share our latest stockist with you! Los Angeles County Store in Silver Lake specializes in fine goods crafted in the county of Los Angeles. They carry a lovely selection of house ware, jewelry and fun gifts.
Our urban paper goods on display at Los Angeles County Store in Silver Lake.
We had a great time at their launch party last night seeing all the great local makers featured, including our friends from Post Studio and  Iron Curtain Press. MaryAnne has done a great job setting up a delightful space and we look forward to visiting often!
L-R: Stacy Michelson's handprinted wares, our postcards and Post Studio's trays on display.
Los Angeles County Store is located at 4333 Sunset Boulevard at Fountain in Silver Lake.

Take a look at our full list of stockists to see if a store near you is carrying our paper goods!

April 16, 2014

sorry for the radio silence!

It's hard to believe that April is already half over and May is almost on it's way! We've been very busy setting the agenda for what is left of the year, slowly getting the new studio up and running around with some lovely guests from out of town!

L-R: Our new addition wish list for this year, lilacs at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, sketching new card ideas.
It's always nice to sit down and talk about the designs we want to introduce next. It's especially fun to start sketching some of those ideas out! We've been working on some of these ideas for over a year, just waiting for everything to fall into place. It's been so hard to keep some of our new ideas under wraps, we're really really excited about some of the cards coming up!

L-R: a very full drying rack, getting some wholesale orders ready to ship, a corner of our studio in the sun.
Along with our regular Etsy orders, we've also had some wholesale orders keeping us busy lately as well as keeping our drying rack pretty full. We can't wait to announce some new stockists very soon! It's been challenging trying to meet these deadlines before we've transitioned to the new press. It's so tantalizing to think about how much less time it would take! But alas, there's just a little more work to do before we can plunge headlong into the future!

L-R: Wildflowering LA Site #38, Site #44, Site #38 again.
Rosemary's mother Nancy is also visiting from Montreal and we're having a great time running around Los Angeles doing the things you only get around to doing when you have guests visiting from out of town! The two of them headed off to the deLaB (design East of La Brea) tour of two of the Wildflowering LA sites as part of their Making LA Series. If you haven't checked out Fritz Haeg's project commissioned by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) in collaboration with the Theodore Payne Foundation that sowed 50 participating yards across Los Angeles with native wildflower seeds, you should! If you head over to their website, they offer a map for self-guided tours of all of their sites. Hurry though, before the weather turned too hot and the flowers start to go to seed!

L-R: Everyone's favorite letterpress ice cream cards, Eastside Handmade display ideas, our bottle jack press.
We've also been getting ready for the spring edition of Eastside Handmade in Highland Park on Saturday April 19th from 11am-4pm. It's kind of crazy that we officially launched Ink+Smog Editions at this show a year ago, it seems like yesterday! This will probably be one of the last chances to get your hands on stock printed on our handmade bottle jack press! We'll be transitioning over to the new equipment very soon and as a result, we'll be offering some discounts on our holiday collection as well as bringing back some old favorites like our letterpress ice cream cone cards.

So hopefully we'll see you this weekend!


March 06, 2014

and they're in!!!

The printing end of our studio space with the press and paper cutter installed.

After many weeks months of preparation and a lot of planning, we finally moved our new machinery into our new studio space this week! As many of you may know, the new machines arrived before our new studio was ready to receive them. So they've been in storage in our building since their arrival. It's been such a tease to have the press and paper cutter almost within our reach but unable to use them!

L-R: Our press guy getting the Windmill ready to move into our space, our press guy and the machinery movers getting ready to move the paper cutter into it's new home in our studio space.

It took our press guy and two machinery movers almost all day to unpack, partially disassemble and then reassemble our Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress and Chandler&Price Craftsman paper cutter. We were happy to provide donuts and coffee but other than that, we pretty much stood back and watched with bated breath as they worked away.

L-R: Moving the paper cutter along the hallway into our space, the press crosses the threshold into our studio.

Luckily both machines were in really good shape and everything went really smoothly. We were exhausted by the end of the day, but so so so excited and relieved to finally have everything in place and ready to go. We still have a little work to do, mainly we need to get an electrician in to do a little work, but we're nearly there! 

L-R: The paper cutter in its corner next to the composing table, the press on the other side of the composing table next to the window.

We're so ready to jump in now and get to work! Take a look at the video we took of the press when we first plugged it in this week, the rollers went in a few seconds later. It finally feels like things are moving along now, we should be up and running in no time now!

We hope that everyone is having a happy start to March,  for us it's brought our machines and some much-needed rain in the southland. Here's to more progress and hopefully more rain!