Oh boy it was that time of the year again, when we get to pack up and go to New York to show people what we've been up to!
Here's Ken, putting up the shelves on our booth. On the other side of the wall is our friend John, helping Ken secure the shelves.
It takes a few hours to put everything up. There is usually some sort of snag during the set up, but this time it all went very smoothly!
Shocking, I know!
As always, we got to see a ton of awesome new stuff by other designers. Here are just a few:
The Easy, Tiger booth had the coolest card-dispensing machine, and it really worked!!!
Bright and super happy art prints by Sue Jean Ko.
I wanted to take home all of the animals from Finkelstein's Center.
And here are some of the faces behind the designs we admire. Thank you guys for being such good sports and doing silly pics for us!!!
Rose, Tess, and Kara of Egg Press
Don't mess with Jordan from Enormous Champion...
...or Kevin from Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress!
Here's Eva from Sycamore Street Press keeping a low profile. She does such amazing work!
...as does the wonderfully Offensive + Delightful Olga!
You can count on the always witty and irreverent Old Tom Foolery 's Joel to throw down a song and dance routine that'll light up a room!
Bob Shea might seem nice, but it's his wife Colleen who is the real angel of the Perfectly Nice duo..
Our old NSS neighbors Patricia and Rachel of Fawnsberg always show up with fresh new goodies. Cards, stamps, letter openers.. these two are always working up new items that we didn't know we needed.
Slides? Road trips? Dangerous cocktail recipes? Mark and Maura of RedCamper have you covered. Their card line somehow has the power to make places that you've never been to feel familiar. Check out their blog to see all the other fun stuff these talented folks are up to.
Perfectly modern. Perfectly simple. Perfectly.. perfect. We love Jesse and Gold Teeth Brooklyn's vision of the world.
We got to know Wild Ink's Matt and Rebecca better this time around.. and they are a lot of fun! Fellow Chico natives, we're looking forward to dropping in and bothering them while they're printing the next time we're up in Chico to visit Ken's family..
Newcomers F as in Frank keep it simple and direct, with a slightly retro-modern look and nice tight printing on their C&P!
No stranger to wood type, fight posters, or Vandercooks, Steam Whistle Letterpress had a lot of fun things to show at NSS. Brian may have been in the "New" section of NSS, but the skill in his printing tells a different story..
We've been seeing his stuff around at other places (such as the International Printing Museum's Printer's Fair), but this time we finally got to catch up with Jeremy of Margin right at the end of NSS. Ken scored one of those moon-phase calendars.. and is eager to start watching the night sky when 2015 rolls around.
Fun prints and cards from the talented Katie from Idlewild Co!
The dynamic duo of Wishbone Letterpress!
Bench Pressed guy Andrew shows off his printing muscle.
It seemed like Ashkahn was having a great show!
Here's a shot of the very glorious "crate packing stage" after the show closes for NSS. (In the backround is Wally of Anemone Press doing the same.) It was great catching up with store owners and the reps that dropped in to say hi, and it's always entertaining to swap shop talk and printing secrets with our booth neighbor pals.. There were so many more awesome people and stuff there, we wish we could capture everything/everyone. We miss our friends already and we look forward to next year!!
It's become something of a tradition to have a post-show wrap up late lunch at Frank with other paper people. Starting in the foreground (with the hip chick in the hat) and going clockwise around the table we see the good and talented folks here from... Lady Pilot Letterpress, Blue Barnhouse, Shed Letterpress, Power and Light, Impie13, Banquet Workshop, Blackbird Letterpress, Anemone Letterpress, (yours truly Fugu Fugu Press), Pistachio Press, and Ink Meets Paper.