Category Archives: Event

Lowcountry Artist Market

We’re rolling into beautiful spring days here in Charleston, and we’re looking forward to a day of beautiful weather for tomorrow’s Lowcountry Artist Market. We’ll be set up downtown at the Music Farm (32 Ann Street) from 10am until 3pm, and we’d love to see your smiling faces. The Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square kicks off tomorrow too, so it’s the perfect day to drop by both markets and stock up local produce and handmade goods.

We’ll be stocked with plenty of cheery, springtime cards as well as cards for graduation and Mother’s Day.

See you tomorrow!

Makers Summit Recap

The talented ladies behind the Indie Craft Parade hosted another amazing event at the beginning of February: The Makers Summit.  A one-day business conference for creatives, artists, and makers, the event allowed people to connect with fellow creatives while learning how to start or grow your creative business, hear practical advice from industry experts and participate in collective discussions. The lineup of panelists included Stephen Fraser (Spoonflower), Grace Kang (Pink Olive), and Kimm Alfonso (Etsy), and attendees also had access to 10-minute complimentary consultations with experts in various creative and non-creative fields: accounting, legal, branding, marketing, public relations, and Etsy shop reviews.

Along with the conference, there was also a dinner and after party– the “Best Craft Party Ever.” Elizabeth contacted us about doing a letterpress printing station at the craft party, and we couldn’t have been more excited to participate. Since we don’t have a portable (tabletop) press, the lovely folks at Redux Studios allowed us to borrow one of theirs. We’d thought we’d be bringing the Showcard sign press, which would have made for super quick setup and easy printing; however, I vastly underestimated the weight (it didn’t seem that heavy when it sat on the cabinet during the letterpress class), so we ended up bringing the Craftsmen tabletop platen press instead. It took us a bit more time to set up than we’d anticipated (due to a cracked weld and those darn impression screws), but our patience paid off, and the press was printing like a champ.

We made the journey to Greenville with the press as a backseat guest.

And while we missed out on the conference portion of the day, we had an amazing afternoon and evening at the dinner and craft party portion of the festivities. Dinner was delicious and beautiful (those balloons!). We were happy to chat with fellow Charleston creative Emily Jeffords and meet blogger Shannon Orr during dinner.

After dinner, the craft party kicked off. Participants chose a craft for the night (terrariums, beeswax candles, and leather bound journals were a few of the options), and everyone was also able to screen print their conference shirt with Dapper Ink, pull a letterpress print with us, and see a 3D printer in action with the Greenville Makers group.

It was so lovely to meet so many amazing people during the evening (and share our love of letterpress). A few scenes from the letterpress printing station:


We loved catching up with friends Michelle of Finkelstein’s Center (and hang out with Barnum, pictured below) and Jessica of Owlette. Being surrounded by so many passionate, creative people is exhilarating and wonderful.


What an awesome event! Thanks, Indie Craft Parade team, for letting us be a part of it. Let’s keep on making… because the world always needs more awesome. 🙂

Let’s Print!

I’m so excited to be teaching the winter series letterpress workshop at Redux Studios in downtown Charleston. Not only do they have amazing exhibitions and artist studios, but they emphasize the importance of art education and offer a variety of classes. Redux is particularly near and dear to me, as it’s where I took my first letterpress class almost five years ago.

The class meets once a week for three weeks. We’ll cover letterpress terms and vocabulary, learn how to mix ink, and print with wood and metal type using a sign press and table-top platen press. You don’t have to have any experience, and all materials will be provided. Class size is limited to six students.

When: Wednesdays, February 6, 13, and 20 / 6pm – 9pm
Cost: Member $140 / Non-Member $175
Register: Download a registration form or call 843.722.0697 or email 


DIY Event Recap: Watercolor Envelope Liners

INK MEETS PAPER kicked off December 2012 with a DIY event hosted by SpaceCraft Studios as part of the first-ever Avondale Holiday Market. Participants picked out a set of our letterpress holiday cards and then painted envelope liners with watercolors. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it was nice to take a moment and create.

This particular project is nice because it works for all ages and skill levels (perfect for a drop-in crafting event). I love how creative everyone was with painting their liners. There were definitely some lucky recipients for those cards. To see the rest of the photos from the event, check out the INK MEETS PAPER Facebook page.