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!