Category Archives: Charleston

Pecha Kucha 15

This past Tuesday we were nestled beneath enormous oak trees draped in Spanish moss at the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard for Pecha Kucha 15. (A quick explanation of Pecha Kucha: it’s Japanese for the sound of conversation. It’s a “mix of show-and-tell, open-mike night and happy hour that has become a forum for ideas on design, architecture and other forms of creativity.” Presenters have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to discuss 20 slides.)

Jamie and I have been to past Pecha Kucha nights and always leave feeling inspired. Being self-employed, it’s easy to get stuck behind the computer or feel the need to be working ALL of the time. The creative community in Charleston is talented, encouraging, and growing. Pecha Kucha 15 definitely did not disappoint (check out the full list of presenters here). The definite theme was importance of the story… whether that’s highlighting the “slow-fashion” movement by investing in quality over trends, learning exactly what goes in to the product sitting on your nightstand, or supporting physical publications.

Miss getting tickets? (They always sell out in record time.) There’s a great recap video here too.

Now, go do something creative this weekend.

Mixson Maker’s Market

In November 2011, we participated in the first Maker’s Market at Mixson. (For those of you unfamiliar with Mixson, it’s an eco-conscious community in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston.) I’ve been lucky enough to work with Mixson in the past with the Charleston Craft Bee, so, of course, Jamie and I were really happy to hear that they’re introducing a Maker’s Market on the first Sunday of each month.
The series of markets kicked off this April and will be continuing monthly through December 2012.

INK MEETS PAPER will be set up May 6, July 1, October 7, November 4, and December 2– we’d love to have you make the Maker’s Market a part of your Sunday afternoon!

The following photos are from the April 2012 Maker’s Market (all courtesy of Mixson). It was so much fun, and, as always, we loved seeing so many people who love sending cards.

St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

We could not have asked for more perfect weather to spend the entire day outside during the 2012 St. Paddy’s Day Block Party in Park Circle. With over 10,000 people in attendance, Park Circle is definitely becoming the place to go for St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The day kicked off around noon with a parade down East Montague and continued until well into the evening. There were games and kids’ activities, amazing food by local restaurants and foot trucks, plenty of Guinness to drink, and lots of handmade goods by local artisans. This was our first year participating as vendors, and Jamie and I had such a great time meeting new people and enjoying the beautiful day. So, a big thank you to everyone who dropped by our tent to say hello and pick up a card.
Below are a few scenes from the day. There were people everywhere!

We were set up near EVO Pizza– our tent is on the right-hand side of the photo below.

Again, it was an absolutely beautiful day to spend outside.

Lowcountry Artist Market

Jamie and I were really excited to be selected as a vendor for the Lowcountry Artist Market. Coordinated by Kristen Gastaldo, the Lowcountry Artist Market is a place for Charleston artisans to sell their handmade and vintage goods locally. I’d attended previous markets and was always so impressed by the caliber of participating vendors. The Music Farm is a great venue too. It’s got great architecture and lots of character (high ceilings, brick walls, wood floors), which complements the bazaar-like feel of the event (it’s filled to the brim with amazing, handmade goods).

Despite the dreary day and occasional downpour, the Artist Market was bustling with people. Lots of friends from Park Circle dropped by (we have the best, most supportive friends). And we enjoyed meeting several other awesome people too: Kristen (mixed media) and Janelle (fused glass jewelry), Seth (screen printing), and Carla (baked goods). It was also great to see the creative business ladies I grab coffee with:  Allison, Jeni of Sea Star Arts, and Sarah of Dodeline Design (who was another Lowcountry Artist Market vendor).

For those of you who’ve seen us at previous shows, you’ll noticed we changed up our display. (More on that here.)

We also introduced two new cards.

Yay was inspired by pieces of washi tape.

and Bummer because everyone has a bad day every now and then.

Type Truck Comes to Charleston!

Sideshow Press Movable Type Event

Last week Jamie and I headed over to the Sideshow Press studio in downtown Charleston for the Movable Type event with Kyle Durrie and her type truck. Kyle, who is from Portland, Oregon, has been traveling the United States in a 1982 Chevy step van that she’s outfitted with built-in cabinets, lots of type, a Showcard sign press, and a Golding Official No. 3 tabletop press. She’s been on the road since June 2011 bringing the world of print and movable type to the public. I love that Kyle’s project was funded through Kickstarter… it’s a testament that print is still very much alive and appreciated.

Everyone who stopped by that evening got the opportunity to print a two-color piece using the Sideshow Press Vandercook and Kyle’s sign press. Along with pulling our own print, we really enjoyed talking letterpress with Kyle and the Sideshow Press team. Cheers to the love of print

Peanut Party Letterpress Print