We're proud to say that our daughter Annelise is going to be our next featured artist! Everyone's excited!
We are going to try and write some blogs from time to time, even though, to be totally honest, we don't have a lot of time to do so. Still, we're going to try because our life is pretty cool, and we would like to share a little of it with you. Here's a recipe from our garden and its most prolific crop: raspberries
We like to harvest our raspberries and keep them frozen until we've gathered enough for a big batch. Our garden produces gallons of berries each summer, so working in large batches makes sense for us. If you're making jam out of a few pints that you picked up at a farmers market, this method works for you as well. We always follow the fruit to sugar ratios found in our packets of pectin. (No, Pomona's Pectin did not pay us to promote them, but we do like their brand the best.)
After you've gathered up your sugar and pectin, start mashing up your berries. Measure your mashed fruit and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, mix your sugar and pectin together. This will prevent clumps of pectin to form in your jam.
We used to boil our jars for sterilizing, but now we prefer to use the oven. Just set the temperature to 250 and bake them for 20 minutes. Pop those bad boys in while you're taking care of the jam on the stove. Additionally, bring a small pot of water to a gentle boil, and simmer the jar rings and lids to make sure they're good and sterilized, too.
Once your fruit has come to a boil, add the sugar/pectin, and lemon juice if you prefer, and once again bring to a gentle but steady boil. Generally, it takes about 5 minutes of simmering jam for the pectin to work its gelling magic. An excellent way to test if your jam has set is the "frozen spoon method." Keep a metal spoon in the freezer on a small plate and use it to take a sample of jam. Set the cold spoon and little bit of jam in the freezer for a few minutes, then pull it out and see if the little sample has thickened enough that it doesn't slide off the spoon. If it's still runny, keep boiling your jam until the spoon test proves a gelled jam.
Ladle your raspberry goodness into hot jars, use a clean rag to wipe off any drips along the jar ridge, and screw on the lids. Within 24 hours all of your cooled jars will make little popping noises, signaling a successful seal of the lid. Store in a dark cupboard and enjoy your preserved taste of summer all throughout winter.
Our next art opening in the studio features beautiful illustrations by artist Alyssa Van Hulle, and to make an even better event, a portion of each of her sales is going towards Planned Parenthood. We'll be serving up complimentary wine and espresso. Join us!
We are teaming up with Rebekah Jule Photography and Going Stag,
combining our artistic talents into a curated offering for you!
You could win:
(1) beautiful hand printed letterpress journals and New Year Cards by Darling Press,
(2) a hand crafted wood cutting board by the talented Going Stag, and
(3) a 45 minute photo shoot with Rebekah Jule!
This package giveaway is worth more than $250 and would be an excellent gift for one or many of your friends this holiday season.
All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is go to Instagram and find our giveaway post:
- tag two of your loved ones,
- share and hashtag #darlingjulestag,
- follow @goingstag, @darling.press, and @rebekahjule.
If you want to be entered into the drawing *again*
- subscribe to each of our newsletters through each website
AND if you want to entered for the *third time*
- “LIKE” all three of our Facebook pages.
Winner will be chosen by random drawing December 12th! Good luck!
The past several weeks have been emotional for nearly everyone in our lives. Individuals have been left with feelings of helplessness against the powers that be, or have genuine fears for their futures. Within this turmoil, we have also seen an outpouring of support for organizations that are for people not profit-- organizations that are now facing potential uphill battles.
This holiday season, if feels especially important to spread love and to help those who need it. That's why we're changing up the traditional Black Friday sale event and shifting it into Good Karma Weekend. Instead of offering a sale on our goods, we're sending 10% of our weekend proceeds to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), who defend the people who need it most, and 10% to the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
Help us help them make a difference. Shop for cards and gifts in our online store, or visit us in person at our brick and mortar shop at 5300 SE Foster Rd. Portland, Oregon.
We often get questions about our process like, "Can I have my wedding suite printed over night?" or "What's letterpress?"
If we're talking in person, we can kinda explain with some hand gestures, "The image goes here and the rollers come down like this," but that doesn't fly in emails.
So, for years we've thought that we should totally make a video to show people what all goes into their wedding invitations. Thanks to our friends Emily and Aaron over at Hunting Ground Films, we have a real (legit) process video that even shows the kids and the chihuahua!
Check it out!
This past holiday season, we saw an interesting trend in gift giving. Plenty of folks were gifting experiences rather than things, and it seemed to us that our letterpress classes were a popular choice.
We had a great time teaching so many classes following the holidays!
Our classes are small -- one-on-one is how we prefer to teach them. It's important to get one's hands dirty setting type and mixing ink to get a real feel for this historic craft/art form, and in our workshops, there is plenty of hands-on learning.
We offer a variety of projects for those interested in dipping their toes into the waters of letterpress printing. By far, the most popular project has been setting type for pocket journals. From printing inspirational quotes, to witty one-liners, to more pragmatic verbiage, everyone enjoyed printing enough journals to gift to their friends and family members. Students were able to choose a cover paper stock and the perfect Pantone for the title before stepping up the press. Afterwards, they worked our vintage commercial saddle stapler for a quick binding, and then we trimmed the edges for a clean finish.
It's interesting how easy it is to do so much with such a simple project!
If you would like to take a letterpress course with us, you can find all of our classes listed here.
In addition to setting type, we offer classes on linoleum block carving, printing with polymer plates, and designing for letterpress (for designers anxious to see their work pressed into thick, cotton paper). Enroll with a friend and get a discount.
Spaces and classes are limited, so sign up now!
We took part in our first styled shoot over the summer, and we are still in love with the collections of photos shot by Lindsey Rose Photography.
Further credit for making this lovely event happen goes to:
Rentals: Vintage Mingle
Venues & Officiants: Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center
Flowers: Heirbloom Floral
Cakes & Catering: White Pepper & Sweetheart
Fashion: Scotch + Soda
Beauty: Kathleen Stewart
Model: Hannah Surcamp & Jesse Olsen
Fashion: Melissa Price Design House
You can find even more photos of the styled shoot and read about the inspiration and production over at a recently written blog by Wedding Chicks. See the amazing vendors who put their time and efforts into making everything rustic, cohesive, and elegant.
If you'd like to have this set as your own wedding invitations, we can customize this to suit your personal taste. Ordering information can be found on the listing, or you're welcome to send us an email with any questions you might have.
In lieu of the busiest shopping weekend of the year, we decided to lump together all of the holiday sale events (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, etc.) into one weekend promotion -- hence ALL THE SALES.
Enjoy free shipping on all orders over $20 in our online shop, and if you come visit us in our studio you'll get to take home a free packet of gift tags with any in-store purchase.
It may seem like a distant event to plan for, but let us tell you:
If you would like a full wedding suite for your 2016 wedding, the time to plan is now.
Traditionally, Save the Dates are sent to guests 10 months ahead of a wedding date. If you're getting married in the summer months, it's time to let your guests know!
One of the great things about our services is their flexibility.
For example, if you have a general idea of how you want your wedding suite to look, but you don't have all of the details completely worked out, we can come up with an overall vision and start designing your Save the Dates. While you're stamping all of your envelopes (or postcards), we'll prepare your invitations and RSVP's.
The end result will be cohesive with your already-printed-and-mailed Save the Dates.
Alternately, if you are in a bit of a time-crunch, choose from our predesigned sets, and we can have your whole suite printed more quickly than a fully custom-designed project.
Our books are open now for summer 2016 weddings. Contact us to ensure you are scheduled in. To get started, fill out the estimate form or choose from the sets in our shop. We are excited to work with you to announce the biggest celebration of your life.
This year's wedding season is wrapping up, and we're beginning to get inquires from brides and grooms who are getting ready for their 2016 wedding.
Take a look at some of our wedding favorites:
This invite was printed on both sides, which doesn't happen too often. The bride wanted the front of the invite to have a classy but casual look on the front, and use the back of the invite to include useful information. The whole set was mostly designed by the bride, with a few custom touches from us (hint, those trees are Jason's handiwork) We love a good blind impression ampersand.
This cotton inspired set was designed in house, with calligraphy and illustrations by Alia. Keep an eye out for this set appearing in our wedding shop. Soon, this set will be available for anyone to custom order.
We now have advice cards, available for purchase, in our shop, too!
Take a look at our newest holiday cards! Keeping with our love of and fascination with the natural world, both designs feature cute creatures.
The jackelope with its nose so bright was drawn by Jason, and that sly arctic fox creeping between the words Joyeux and Noël was drawn by Alia.
Each card is available in our shop, and we would feel honored if you chose to send our drawings to your friends and family this holiday season.
Join us and the entire building of Foster Row for an evening of music, drinks, demos, and more.
Well, if you haven't heard about Uber, they are the creators of a (revolutionary) rideshare network. Here's what Uber says about themselves:
"Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. "
The coolest thing is that they have been coördinating with local neighborhoods, and the businesses operating therein, to drive more traffic their way. (The pun is intentional).
We are happy to announce that Uber's newest Neighborhood Love event is focusing on the Foster and Montavilla neighborhoods, and Darling Press will be taking part, of course. They are calling our area "Portland's best-kept secret."
If you've been meaning to stop by our studio, but don't have a car, your bike has a flat, and you just used your last bus ticket, this is your perfect chance!
Uber on over here for free and get a gift certificate for $10 off our letterpress goods and services or 10% off our fine selection of locally-crafted retail merchandise!
As always, we'll have some coffee brewing.
The promotion lasts from Aug 22nd to Sept 7th, so you could even get a free lift to/from our First Friday event on September 4th... just sayin'.
It has been a lot of fun loading our new storefront's shelves with Portland-made wares. Let us introduce Idis Dream Catchers as one of our select makers.
We first noticed Idis Dream Catchers in the Montavilla neighborhood at Union Rose - a local boutique that also happens to carry our greeting cards. We were immediately enthralled with how the delicate threadwork put a modern, yet respectful, twist on a traditional art.
It's not common we come across a dream catcher that is modern and minimal. Even the feathers used are sleek and void of extra fluff.
All of Idis Dream Catchers are black, white, or both, and they feature precise geometric designs and line work. Best of all, they're made in Portland by a sweet woman. We are happy to support her on her creative business endeavor. You should, too! Come in and snag one of these modern dream catchers, and keep those bad dreams at bay.
That's right. You heard us. A bonafide employee.
Meet Robyn, the lady who handles most of our email correspondences, job inquiries, job management, and provides an overall positivity to the work room.
We asked her some questions about herself/background so that you can get an idea of how wonderful she is.
Continue reading and you'll see why she's the perfect fit for our studio:
1. Where did you go to school?
I got my B.A. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University in 2009.
2. Where did you grow up?
The woods! Eagle River, Alaska, a small community just north of Anchorage.
3. What is your favorite pastime?
I am an avid home cook and preserver of foods, I make cheese, I eat cheese, I dream of cheese, and, of course, I binge watch Law & Order.
4. Describe the paths that lead you to darling press:
Let me say, first off, that for as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a secretary. As a small child, I would ask for blank ledgers from the store instead of traditional toys. I would steal and hoard the carbon copies of checks my parents had written, and file them away in my ‘office’.
As I got older, I set my sights a bit higher and aimed to make the world a better place by spreading my love for wilderness, wildness, and our perfect planet by getting a degree in Environmental Education.
I met Alia, Jason, and their two beautiful children in 2013, and we quickly became fast friends. When they realized that their business was growing in such a way that they would need to hire someone to help with customer service, bookkeeping, and odd jobs around the shop – I was looking for a career change and gearing up to start an urban farming apprenticeship. The timing could not have been more perfect.
Now, I spend mornings at the Darling Press studio/shop and afternoons in the dirt, learning how to coax plants – for food and medicine - out of an urban landscape.
5. What quality do you like most about letterpress printing?
It’s old-school! Technology can be stressful and overwhelming, I love watching a 200 year old piece of machinery at work.
I love the look and feel of letterpress printing on cotton paper. It’s dramatic and nostalgic
7. Do you have a hero? Has he/she been a lifetime hero, or someone you recently stumbled upon?
Maybe it’s cliché but my hero is my mother. She selflessly raised my sister and I with grace and good humor.
10. In the face of an impending zombie apocalypse, how will you prepare?
Preparation would only make me anxious and paranoid. The best I can do is keep my body and mind in tip top shape. I work everyday to acquire and perfect what I like to call “skills for the apocalypse” – gardening, fabric making, sewing, butchery, preserving foods without a refrigerator, story telling, etc.
Several years ago, when our business was just a wee babe, we had dreams and ideas of where our business would branch into when it grew. As painting/drawing graduates, we always yearned for those lost days filled with life drawing classes, but we never had the time to seek out classes (go figure).
Having a studio space outside of the home, and a spacious one at that, gives us the opportunity to bring life drawing to us. Win/win!
We are happy to announce our first weekly event: Life Drawing Sessions!
If you live in the Portland area, or are coming for a visit, please join us with your drawing/painting materials, and enjoy three hours of nude figure drawing in a space with two giant presses -- hot coffee with always be provided.
You can purchase a punch card (good for 5 sessions, at $10 ea.) in our shop, or pay $12 at the door. Sessions start at 6pm and end at 9pm.
Space is limited to 15 people, so everyone will be seated first come first served. Drawing horses will be provided, if that's your thing (that was always our favorite), otherwise we will have chairs and stools. Please bring your own sketchbook/paper, drawing board, and drawing/painting materials. Sessions will start with several short gesture poses, and gradually work up to a half-hour or full-hour pose. We hope this will give you the opportunity to really work into your drawing.
We hope to see you there!
Now that we have a retail space/community space, Darling Press can finally feature talented artists from around the area. We are so excited to present Ariel, of Relm Studios.
Hanging Ariel's artwork in our space magically transformed our studio into a real store -- Cinderella style.
Her work is so appealing, it pulls folks off the street who are intrigued by the organic polyps that have sprouted on every surface of our shop.
Come by our shop to see the Relm Studio collection while it lasts. Although we will continue to offer select pieces after this month, the full show will last only through May.
Remember our big Kickstarter campaign we were promoting all the time? The purpose of that fundraiser was to move our studio out of our home and into a new, official studio space. Our efforts were successful (yay!), and we moved our business into the building of Foster Row.
If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you'll know that we actually moved twice. Our first move was into the building, where we immediately started printing away, but after a year of working and growing our business, we realized that we needed a little more room to function smoothly. We also wanted room for a small retail space to showcase the work of the other makers in the Foster Row building. So, back in November, we moved our equipment, supplies, and shelves over to the very next room in the front of the building.
Our new studio is spacious, functional, incredibly welcoming, and it has room for a growing retail store. In the front section is our retail space, and in the back you'll find us working away on paper cutting, press maneuvering, email writing, or chasing our two kids around. Both of our presses greet you as soon as you walk in with their grand beauty.
Currently for sale in our shop:
Natural perfumes and lip tints by Botica; one-of-a-kind pottery and ceramics by Mingei, Black and Blue Ceramics, and Relm Studios; jewelry by Claire Green; leather cuffs and belts by Haus Leather; hand woven kitchen towels by Terranova Handwovens; unique and modern dream catchers by Idis Dreamcatchers; and of course cards, prints, coasters, etc. printed by you-know-who. All of our shelving, including our card rack, was built by Mark Pendergrass .
Soon after we moved into our new shop, Clif, from Wolf + Rabbit Emporium, filled the vacancy with a community-focused art gallery/retail space. Since his arrival, we have been coming up with many, many collaborative events and classes. We are so thrilled to have a community of creative entrepreneurs all around us!
Having a larger space to work in means we can bring our other goals to reality. We have plans to open our space to specialized instructors for teaching classes, to host weekly life drawing sessions, to teach our own letterpress classes (coming soon!), and to welcome an ongoing rotation of guest artists (see next post for our current guest artist). We would also like to build an online shop where you can purchase the other goods we have for sale on our shelves. We might call it Darling Press & Co., but we're considering other names, too.
What do you think?
If you're in the Portland area, please stop by and say hello! We always have free coffee and conversation available.