Beth and I both became iPhone converts within the last year and have fallen in love with snapping photos of all kinds of things. Those iPhone cameras really take great pictures! For those of you who don’t live in the iPhone world, Instagram is a photo sharing app, where you can take a photo, edit it, and share it with friends. Yeah, it’s one of those social networking things, but it’s so fun! We’ve found that as a business tool we’re able to share with our customers and retail shops little details of things going on in the 1canoe2 world. And, it makes our photos so PRETTY. We like that. You can find Beth’s instagram feed at @1canoe2beth, and Carrie is @1canoe2letterpress. Follow us!
A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to my good friend Eva, who is getting married this weekend. In Amsterdam!!
We were thrilled to design and print Eva and Theo’s invitations – two versions, actually. One in English and one in Dutch! We think they’re pretty sharp, even if we can’t read them.
I wish I could be at the wedding, but instead I’ll be up E A R L Y on Saturday morning to watch Eva and Theo tie the knot through video streaming via the world wide web. Isn’t that cool!? Thanks for thinking of all of us back home, Eva! And, I promise, I’m dressing up. Wearing my pearls.
Miss you, and our fun times together! I’m praying for sunny skies in the Netherlands on Saturday!
A while back we were asked to be a contributor to a new book by Charlotte Rivers all about stationery. The idea was to create a compilation of the best designers, the many techniques, and the most groundbreaking designs used for handcrafted stationery and paper goods. The book came out not too long ago, and guess what? We made the cover. Our recipe card box is that photo in the bottom right corner! You can also find us on pages 72 and 73.
What a great little book! It really is beautiful, and we are just one of MANY talented artists and designers included in the collection. A shout out to some of our friends who are also featured…the gang at Hammerpress in Kansas City, Morris & Essex, and Rachel and Patricia at Fawnsberg. Way to go guys!
If you’d like to get your hands on a copy you can find it right here.
People often ask us where we get our ideas, and how we come up with new designs. Inspiration comes from many different sources, so there are a lot of answers to that question. As artists and designers we like to continually feed our senses in a variety of ways so that when it comes time to create something new we have all of those images and experiences to pull from. One of those things that feeds our senses are visually interesting books. We love pretty books, and we’ve rounded up quite a collection. It’s time to share.
One that has been inspiring me lately…
The bold and colorful patterns of Orla Kiely. I’m sure you’ve seen her prints before. She’s a designer of everything from clothing to homegoods.
The 2012 True/False Film Fest, one of our town’s biggest events of the year, is in the books. And it was GREAT! More than 40 documentaries were shown over the course of the weekend, and they say that more than 30,000 people attended this year. Wowzers! Yes, there were some amazing films shown (more about those in a bit), but there was more to the fest than just the films. Here are some highlights…
If you walked down Ninth Street this weekend you might have seen Kyle Durrie and her Moveable Type Truck. A fellow letterpress printer! Kyle is in the middle of an ongoing, cross-country adventure in her delivery truck turned letterpress studio. She set out from her home in Portland, OR a year ago to literally bring letterpress to the masses. She’s been traveling around the country for the past year visiting schools, festivals, and galleries sharing the history and process of letterpress printing. Kyle contacted us a while back to let us know that she would be at True/False, so it was really great to meet her and see her truck in person! Natalie thought it was the coolest, and she did a little printmaking with Kyle…
The organizers of True/False set out to make attending the event a great experience all around, and that includes opening acts. There were probably around thirty different music groups whose job it was to entertain the crowds waiting for films to start. There were some really great ones, but my hands-down favorite was a group out of Brooklyn called Pearl and the Beard. I wish I’d gotten out my camera and filmed them, they were so much fun! I didn’t, but here is a video of them playing in the NY Subway system…
And, word on the street was that James Franco was in attendance this weekend! I didn’t spot him, but I heard some people talking excitedly about their brush with celebrity.
So which were the best films? Well, obviously I didn’t get to see them all. I’ve heard from friends about a few that were really good, ones that I’ll try to catch later. But of the ones that I did get to see, these were my three favorite…
The Imposter, directed by Bart Layton
Apparently the trailer for this one hasn’t been officially released. It’s the story of a 13 year old boy from Texas who goes missing, and then re-appears four years later in Spain. That’s all I’ll say, I don’t want to ruin it, but I can tell you that it has so many twists and turns and you’ll think you have it all figured out, but trust me, you don’t.
Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch
Wow, this one was heavy, a heart-breaker. It makes the bullying epidemic in American schools intensely personal, and shows how for some kids survival is a daily battle. It was unsettling to watch but I think one that everyone should see. Here’s the trailer…
Undefeated, directed by Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin
This is the film I was most excited about seeing, and it didn’t disappoint! Last week Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary, and it was well deserved. It follows a football team from a north Memphis high school through a season of ups and downs, and their volunteer coach who shows what it truly means to love and care for a group of kids who at times can make that task almost impossible. Yes, it is a football movie, but it is so much more than that. It’s a powerful and inspiring story that you should watch with a tissue in hand. Seriously, there weren’t many dry eyes in the 1,700 seat auditorium where it was shown.
The best part of seeing films in a setting like this is that afterward the director, and sometimes the subjects, spend time talking about the movie and answering questions. I can tell you that everyone had goosebumps when Bully came to a close and up walked two of the kids in the film who were victims of bullying. They got a standing ovation from the entire auditorium. So cool.
Way to go True/False team! Such a great event! Multiple times over the course of the weekend I just had to look around and say to the people that I was with, “We live in such an awesome town!” Can’t wait to see what next year has in store, and hopefully 1canoe2 can play a small part again!
If there is one thing I’m looking forward to this summer it is the 2012 Olympics. I. Love. The. Olympics. How can you not? The stories of overcoming obstacles, the national pride, and all those obscure and quirky sports that get time in the once-every-four-years spotlight. It’s just the best. I always find myself thinking “How can I get to the Olympics? Surely there is some obscure skill out there that I could become world class at.” Archery? Badminton? Shooting?
So what will the Olympics sound like this year? Check this out. Mark Ronson spent months with Olympic sports men and women from across the board, sound-recording their every hop, skip and jump. He collected enough sound to use as ingredients for some exciting, Olympic tunes. Here is the trailer for Beat 2012 â€“ a film documenting his journey.
It’s a big weekend here in Columbia – the True/False Film Fest is about to get underway! Back in 2003 a couple of local visionaries organized a small film festival utilizing three theaters in our downtown area. It featured some of the best documentaries of that year, and it was a huge success! Fast forward to this year, the fest has grown to eight screens and 40 different films. It’s become one of the most widely acclaimed festivals around, and I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty cool!
This year the organizers asked us to help with some design work for postcards, t-shirts, and bags that will be for sale all weekend long. Of course we said “sure, no problem!”. So if you are in town for the festival be sure to stop by the box office and pick up something awesome for yourself!
We’ve got our films picked out and tickets in hand for a fun filled weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing Undefeated. It just won the Oscar for best documentary and was co-directed by a fellow Mizzou alum. Talk about a sweet homecoming…rolling into town with that famous gold statue in hand!