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.