Spoonflower – Create Your Own Custom Fabrics!

Beautiful fabrics at Spoonflower. Can’t wait to make our own based on our designs!

Here at Pressed we’ve fallen in love with a new site! Spoonflower is a site for custom fabrics – creating your own or buying other’s designs. You can search fabrics by colors, or “tags”, which is good since there are hundreds of pages of really awesome fabrics. Sizes are Test Swatch size (8″x8″), Fat Quarter (21″ x 18″) or by the yard. Any fabric can be printed on one of the following fabric types. Not sure which you want to use? Just order a swatch book for only a dollar!

  • Basic Combed Cotton: $17.50/yard ($15.75 with designer discount)
    • 100% combed cotton fabric, made from ring-spun yarn
  • NEW* Kona® Cotton: Premium Quilting Weight: $18/yd ($16.20 with designer discount)
    • 100% cotton fabric with a soft hand, easy to sew
  • Cotton Poplin: $20/yard ($18 with designer discount)
    • 100% cotton fabric
  • Cotton Voile: $24/yard ($21.60 with designer discount)
    • Semi-transparent 100% combed cotton fabric, with a delicate, gauzy texture.
  • Cotton Silk: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • 55% cotton / 45% silk fabric with a soft sheen on the printed side
  • Linen-Cotton Canvas: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • Sophisticated light-weight canvas woven from 55% linen and 45% combed cotton.
  • Organic Cotton Interlock Knit: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • Very soft, natural off-white knit, made from 100% organic cotton.
  • Organic Cotton Sateen: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • 100% organic cotton sateen with a glossy finish and soft hand
  • Heavy Cotton Twill: $32/yard ($28.80 with designer discount)
    • Sturdy 100% cotton twill with an optic white finish.
  • Silk Crepe de Chine: $38/yard ($34.20 pr/yd with designer discount)
    • Semi-sheer 100% silk with a delicate texture and beautiful drape.

So far we’ve only ordered fabrics but we’re really looking forward to creating some of our own designs and having them printed. Acceptable formats for uploading your design: TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF, A1, EPS, SVG. Note, all files must be less than 40 MB.

– Caroline, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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Sculptures in Porcelain by Rachel Kneebone – on view at the Brooklyn Museum

RACHEL KNEEBONE ‘Shield IV’, 2010. Porcelain. Photo: Stephen White

A few weeks ago, a good friend came to Brooklyn for a visit. It was a beautiful day out so we walked the loop in Prospect Park and then stopped by the Brooklyn Museum. It really is a wonderful museum, I can’t say enough about it, and I think my friend was quite impressed, too. Among the many stunning exhibits, one in particular stood out to both of us, the art of Rachel Kneebone. A British artist, who works from London, she is particularly known for her finely sculpted porcelain pieces that often contain tangles of body parts.

Until August 12, 2012, the Brooklyn Museum has some of her pieces on display in an exhibit called Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin. Certainly worth checking out as the photos below do her work no justice. The amount of detail, especially in the piece ‘The Descent’, really needs to be witnessed in person in order to gain a full appreciation.

I suppose what really captured my attention is the way in which Kneebone uses a very traditional and elegant material, such as porcelain, in a very unexpected way. For me, when I see her work, I think of Italian porcelain sculpture from the 18th century. However, the subject matter is quite different from that which Kneebone is depicting. In this way, for me, her work is also connected to that of Inge Jacobson, in that it is also a traditional art form used in a modern context.

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

‘The Paradise of Dispair’ and ‘The Descent’, both on display at the Brooklyn Museum.

For comparison: Centerpiece, ca. 1775–80, Italian; Cozzi factory, Hard-paste porcelain. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Letterpress Personal Stationery for a Business Based in London

Personal stationery for “Your Trusted Resource.”

Recently, we also letterpressed personal stationery for Your Trusted Resource, a business based in London, which focuses on bookkeeping, financial services and project management. We loved how the design turned out, very simple and classic, you can’t go wrong with that. We were also excited to send our first prints abroad! So, we thought we would post a couple photos.

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A detail of the stationery.

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Adorable Letterpress Baby Announcements

A baby announcement, based on our French inspired, Avignon design. The heart can be changed out for an elephant, flower or just about anything else.

Last weekend we went to press and created these charming baby announcements. We are thrilled with how they turned out and hope they are the first of many announcements that come our way!

Also, one more day to enter our  FREE LETTERPRESS GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

The detail…

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Our Antique French Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Our Avignon design in letterpress

This Saturday we letterpressed the invitations for our first contest winner! We are so excited with the way these invitations turned out. The design is classic and simple, so very French. The design is, in fact, inspired by an antique French pharmacy tin. We believe there are sources of beautiful design inspiration all around us…we just have to keep our eyes open!

Our neighbors have beautiful lavender flowers growing all through their back yard, of which they were happy to let us cut some!

This invitation measures 6.25×6.25 inches. Here we printed it on our ultra-lush, 236lb, brilliant white, Savoy paper. This stuff is amazing! We can’t wait to print our next round of invitations!

Be sure to check out our latest FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

This design can also be made more rustic with the addition of twine and a kraft paper envelope.

The RSVP card. This paper is so thick, it makes for an amazing, super crisp and deep impression.

A detail of the super-crisp text.

One more shot of the RSVP card, paired with metallic silver envelopes.

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Frugal Finds – great design doesn’t always have to break the bank

Gorgeous and affordable design ideas from Frugal Finds.

A great blog to check out is Frugal Finds. Most of the posts are about design elements for your house or apartment, but occasionally there are posts on accessories. They check out tons of sites and post about the best finds to beautify your living space without breaking the bank. You get info on great deals, some sneak peeks at the blogger’s own apartment and, on occasion, a really cute cat photo 🙂

So, be sure to take a peek and while you are looking for good deals, don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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New Letterpress Wedding Invite Giveways & Winner Announcement!

First off, a big thank you to everyone who entered our competition! We continue to be thankful for all the support we have gotten as we start out and grow our letterpress business.

Second, to everyone else who entered our contest, don’t despair, WE ARE HAVING TWO GIVEAWAYS THIS MONTH!!! So, please re-enter and feel free to enter both. In fact, we will be having quite a few giveaways as we need to letterpress all of our designs for samples.

To enter the giveaway please email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.

Third, we have a winner for the last giveaway. Congratulations,  SHAHANA. We look forward to creating beautiful invitations for your special day!

FIRST GIVEAWAY – THE OBI DESIGN

Beautiful Japanese paper creates the Obi.

Invitation without the Obi. This is flat print to give an idea of what it will look like, but both invite and RSVP will be done in letterpress.

This time round, we are offering our Obi design. It is named for and inspired by the gorgeous Japanese sashes that are used as part of a traditional kimono outfit. In the first photo, you can see the invitation is wrapped in beautiful Japanese paper and tied with a bow. The RSVP card is out so you can see how it looks, but typically it would be placed under the obi, hidden. In the second photo, the invitation is unwrapped and displayed.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included and neither will the obi/Japanese paper. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where you can purchase matching envelopes. We will also provide the winner with a link to where Japanese paper can be purchased, as well as give the winner the dimension info of how we cut this paper. This give-away is perfect for a crafty couple!

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We will print in black or charcoal and plan to use the fonts as shown.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

SECOND GIVEAWAY – THE OKAYAMA DESIGN

This is the Okayama design, letterpressed on personal stationery.

A detail of the Okayama pattern in letterpress.

Detail of type in letterpress.

A flat print sample of a wedding invite with the Okayama pattern, to get an idea what it could look like. We are not yet set on color and font.

A flat print, Okayama sample RSVP card.

This time round, we are offering our Okayama design. It is inspired by the gorgeous antique Japanese patterns that were used to adorn kimonos.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where they can purchase matching envelopes.

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We are not yet set on ink color or font yet.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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More Vintage Design Inspiration – Album Covers

Wonder what Beethoven would think of this album cover...

So, I’m not the only one in this household who likes to bring home random finds. A little while back, my husband came home with these old records. I have no idea where he found them. Right now we just have them sitting on our bookshelf. I would love to get a record player so that we could actually listen to them. Maybe one day… Anyway, just thought I would post some photos of them for a little more vintage design inspiration.

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Love this illustration.

The back of the album.

The diagonal lines give this a very late 70s or early 80s vibe.

A very psychedelic Vivaldi!

I really like this one...

Memories...this was HUGE when I was kid.

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Vintage 1960s Design Inspiration – from the USA and former USSR

I love this photo from a 1960s Life magazine. The story is about finding a cure for cancer. The way in which this photo is taken makes it look like a painting to me. It reminds me of a certain artist's work...I just can't put my finger on it at the moment.

Last week I took Pascal on his morning walk. As I rounded the corner, I noticed a pile of old magazines just sitting, forlorn, on the sidewalk. Around Park Slope, people often just leave items on the sidewalk for anyone to take. So, I just had to grab them. It was an odd mix of Life magazines and communist themed magazines from the 1960s. Once I got home, I leafed through them and was completely taken by the beautiful photos and the simple and elegant page layouts. So, following are some of my favorites. Part of me wants to tear these magazines up and try my hand at collage making, part of me wants to take the photos out, as is, and frame them, then the other part of me wants to leave these magazines exactly as is. What to do?! Anyway, just thought I would share my find and pass on the inspiration!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A photo of Russian farmers. With all the grains making a dot pattern, this one reminds me of some paintings by Seurat.

I love the clean simplicity of this layout form USSR Soviet Life Today, circa 1962.

Beach time, Russian style! I love how the woman in the middle is still, basking in the warmth of the sun, separate from and oblivious to the the crowd.

A super trippy 1960s ad.

The Russian car of the future. I would love to have this, it could totally fit into just about any street parking spot.

I'm sorry, I will NOT be able to attend your dinner party...
One thing that has certainly improved is food staging and food photography. This just looks rough.

A very real fear of the time. It reminds me of all the old signs I see around NYC about buildings that contain fallout shelters.

Another great layout.

A story concerning flooding in Florence, Italy. It was very sad to see all the photos of art that was destroyed.

Another photo from the Life magazine story on finding a cure for cancer.

Jackie and Robert Kennedy from Life magazine.

Vintage ad for fur.

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Stork, a baby boutique in Brooklyn is now selling our cards – along with the cutest baby shoes ever!

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Hand-made baby shoes that I bought for my best friend's little boy.

Recently, Eyana, the owner of Stork, a new baby boutique here in Brooklyn, contacted us about our line of cards. We were so excited that she found us and couldn’t wait to partner up with her and check out her shop. So, last night we stopped by with our first delivery. She was interested in a couple of our baby-themed cards and we also modified some of our cards for her as well. In the near future we plan to start producing a line of letterpress baby shower invites and baby announcements, which we also plan to partner on with Stork.

As soon as we stepped inside the shop, we fell in love with nearly everything she had. Many of the items she carries in her shop are made in Brooklyn, or they are hand-made. It was pretty obvious that Caroline and I wanted to go on a spending spree, but we managed some restraint! Caroline purchased an adorable little onesie for her niece that has a kimono tie in front. I purchased these amazing, hand-made leather shoes for my best friend’s son as well as a cute little onesie with a big moon on it…or as I like to think of it, a huge wheel of cheese…since most typically my best friend and I can be found sipping wine and partaking in a cheese frenzy everytime see each other!

Stork is located at 726 Franklin Avenue, between Sterling and Park. It is rather close to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, so take a weekend, bring your little ones to the museum and stop by Stork to check out all of the amazing items! To top it off, right across the street is a sweet little candy shop and ice cream parlor, The Candy Rush. Bring the kids there afterward to give them the sugar high of a lifetime!

– Stephanie & Caroline, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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The store front.

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HaHa, love this little shirt.

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Inside the shop.

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Too cute!

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Our cards!

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Cute animal bags.

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A kimono inspired onesie.

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Love these patterns!

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The moon/cheese onesie I bought for my friend.

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