It’s never too early for love and letterpress

I recently has the pleasure of taking a letterpress workshop with Rosanna and Joel Kvernmo of Iron Curtain Letterpress in Los Angeles. A part of the Hammer Museum’s urban renewal project, Art ReSTORE LA, this workshop is one of many events scheduled throughout the month of November in temporary storefronts of Westwood Village. With my stationery spending habit and excitement about accessible arts in Westwood (a paradox of sorts for folks who are familiar with rent prices around there), I couldn’t resist an experience in this so-called “pop-up village” of artisans and creatives.

Given that the Black Friday is just days away, this workshop was the perfect opportunity to get a head start on those Christmas cards that we all promise to send out each year. But when I found these beautiful giant letters amongst the drawers upon drawers of typeface options, I was struck with an idea for another holiday: Valentine’s Day. Here’s what I came up with against my favorite festive backdrop…

Letterpress cards 1

Can you see those paper envelope inserts? Are they donuts, you ask? Why yes, they are. As fate would have it, the good people of Paper Source have diversified their print designs to include my most frequent midnight craving.

Letterpress cards 2

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