As we've all been thrust into an era of shocking inhumanity requiring public action, we at EM Letterpress have found ourselves yearning for a little time and space in which to turn inward. A little selfishness perhaps. A desire to care for unimportant things, if only briefly. As a means of giving that a little structure, we've decided to share it with you in the form of a quarterly mailing. A sketch of some sort, accompanied by some thought or poetry, made into a letterpress print that you can hold in your hand. We hope you like it.
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL RESPONSE TO THIS POST. WE'RE HEARTENED TO KNOW SO MANY OF YOU ARE TAKING ACTION, AND GLAD TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP OUT IN A SMALL WAY. WE'VE SHIPPED ALL OF OUR STOCK.
To encourage fellow marchers in their continued support of all that is good an honorable, we've printed hundreds of these postcards designed for the Women's March by Nicole LaRue of Small Made Goods. They're pre-stamped and ready to go in sets of three.
Find your senator here - https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
and your representatives here - http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Because sustained action is so important, we're including a commemorative letterpress print of the postcard for you to keep. Pin it to your bulletin board as a reminder to stay hopeful and vocal.
It's no secret we love what we do. An added benefit of being a letterpress shop is the opportunity to work with some amazing people that expand our horizons. We'd heard about generative art, but never had the chance to delve into it until Yuri Vishnevsky got in touch with us about creating some unique business cards featuring art generated by his algorithms.
Generative art takes any input as data - from sound to movement, to colors found in famous paintings, then re-orders that data according to invented algorithms and outputs it visually. Some fine examples from Anatoly Zenkov and Leonardo Solaas:
Read more about Yuri's process on his website.
For us it was a difficult and complicated decision to march. We debated, argued. Ultimately it came down to what one might call faith. We either keep our heads down and hope for the best, or we add our names to the list of those who will refuse to cooperate with tyranny, and willingly take whatever might come from being on that list. It's a whole-hearted responsibility. I, for one, was relieved and completely humbled by the sheer numbers of others who chose courage and selflessness.
And it's only the beginning.
I made one resolution this year, which I think is easily attainable but will go a long way to helping us feel more grounded at home: to better manage our eating.
It means not only cooking more but also planning and budgeting so that mealtime can regularly be something that feeds our souls. We've had a lot of upheaval over the years and have found ourselves in a habit of resorting to desperation foods - eating out all too often or throwing together "deconstructed" meals of bread and yogurt, hummus and eggs. Not terrible stuff, but not especially uplifting. One starts to feel a little transient always eating on the run.
My first improvement for the year was to start making my own pickles. Aside from being expensive (at least in the quantities we consume), most storebought pickles are simply uninspiring. And there couldn't be an easier way to punctuate a meal with joy than by serving homemade pickles.
It turns out, Market Basket regularly discounts older pickling cucumbers en masse. This is my second batch, and I can attest that slightly wrinkly older cucumbers are every bit as delicious as smooth younger ones. I found the recipe for pickling spice on All Things Considered. If you're interested in making some yourself, best to buy whole spices in bulk from an Indian or Middle Eastern market.
I've found the easiest-to-remember recipe for brine is 1 cup of white vinegar to 3 cups of water, plus 1 tablespoon of salt. Start by adding the cucumber slices to your jar, then fill to the top with brine. Add pickling spice along with a couple of bay leaves and whole garlic cloves. I also like to add dill weed.
Let the pickles sit in the refrigerator for at least three days (just try waiting longer!).
Pictured here with Armenian string cheese.
What about you? Considering any food-based resolutions or other simple (if not easy!) changes in your routine?
In keeping with their call to "keep yourself honest," Tracksmith was on press for the running of their No Days Off desk calendar. Good people. We were humbled by their attention and honored to be featured along with their handsome photos - here. (Have a look at their beautiful and inspiring Meter Magazine while you're at it.)
"No Days Off is not a race towards your physical breaking point, but rather a call for moderation – a daily greasing of the groove where today’s run is only as important as what you are able to do tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and the day after that . . ."
(all photos courtesy of Tracksmith)
We were more than a little excited to work on this beauty of a project with the ever so talented Moth Design. They were inspired by our use of silver halftone in some of our personal work, and wanted to incorporate the process into their Gala package for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The combination of silver halftone letterpress on pale pink and grey was subtle and luscious.