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First Friday on Pearl Street : Small Press

Tonight! It’s First Friday October 7thBoulder Arts & Crafts welcomes 9 local artists participating in “small press: the art of letterpress“. The show will run through November 6th. We are pleased to have a Chandler & Price Pilot Press in the window!
This show celebrates modern approaches to the time honored art of typesetting and small press printmaking. The artists are: David Ashley, Allison Bozeman, Rick Griffith, Alicia McKim, Kay Moller, Tom Parson, Ray Tomasso, Gail Watson & Matthew Winheld.

A percentage of sales will benefit the Book Arts League, a local group dedicated to preserving the arts of bookbinding, paper making and letterpress printing. From its home base on an historic farm in Lafayette, the Book Arts League offers hands on classes in all the book arts. Letterpress fanatics will be interested in attending the Open House at the Ewing Farm in Lafayette this Saturday October 1st. Visit for more information.

Boulder Arts & Crafts
October 7th – First Friday Artist Reception
1421 Pearl Street Mall – 6 – 8 pm


foodie foundation

The Heritage Handmade Calendar has brought so much joy and opportunity to the BirdDog Press since it’s creation in collaboration with WonderBound Press. The rewards just keep coming! I am happy to announce yet one more connection this collection of days carefully pressed on paper has given me – Black Cat Farm~Table~Bistro. They are a picture of exactly what the calendar set out to celebrate. Eric and Jill Skokan are a treat to work with. They have cultivated an inspirational 70-acre farm in Boulder with heritage breed pigs, sheep and chickens, as well as row after row of organic heirloom vegetables which they tend to with full heart and soul and serve in their 13th Street Boulder restaurant.

Kirsten Boyer Photography

Kirsten Boyer Photography

Today, they are cooking at the James Beard House in New York, having been invited for another event after last year’s debut. Just this past Thursday, my husband and I had the pleasure of cozying up on one of their plush leather loveseats for a tasting of what will be offered tonight in the Big Apple. Paired with wine, each course was an experience to discover, reflect and savor. The vibe of the restaurant, the care that goes into each morsel of flavor and knowing that each bite could be traced to local origins right down to the very root it came from made me feel almost a celebrity status.

Kirsten Boyer Photography

Two Hands
October 27, 2010, 7:43 am
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About 10 years ago, when we moved to Boulder, one of my first discoveries was Two Hands Paperie. Open mouth, proceed to drool. Carefully curated racks of handmade papers from all over the world, letterpress cards, books, embellishments, notebooks, exquisite writing utensils … you get it. Basically, my kind of heaven and an excellent place to buy a gift. With holiday season upon us, I am proud to announce that BirdDog Press paper goods are available at Two Hand Paperie and I would especially like to point you to the bdp WoodType Stationery Collection, now on prominent display at Two Hands and an excellent gift choice for anyone on your list!

Light My Fire!

I needed another thing on my list, like I needed to set my head on fire. But I went ahead and did it anyway. Who wouldn’t want to work with Kristin of Studio22 {yes, the one with the house I want to move into} and Denise of my favorite kiddo clothier, Dandy Social Club? It was an opportunity to be incessantly inspired, immerse myself in the local/grassroots direction I was headed anyway and meld with like minds. I couldn’t say no.

So … Firefly Handmade is here! and we’re setting it ablaze with a holiday handmade craft market December 10th, 11th & 12th on Pearl Street in Boulder!

That means we’re looking for exceptional Colorado crafters to apply by October 25th for our market. All of you creative folks that I have met at the past few markets of the summer, Horseshoe, Sweet William … It’s time to bring your goods to Boulder town. Download the application on our website today!

imagine sustainability


Urban Oasis chose to go with a 100% recycled seed paper for their business cards. It makes sense for them to practice what they preach and have their first impression really speak to what they’re all about. When I met with them to set this project in motion, they told me of all of the marketing materials that they have been unhappy with in the past. Glossy postcards and brochures with great photos but without true representation of their image.

Our big design ideas + small batch letterpress approach works for them because they don’t have to order multiple thousands of something, the  eco-friendly look and feel has more potential to garner new business with their ideal demographic and they’re staying inline with their sustainable philosophy, too.


urban oasis

UrbanOasis_bizHave I ever mentioned how much Lyons rocks? There are so many fabulous small business owners here that I am lucky to have as neighbors – everyone is a neighbor when you live in a 1.5 square mile town, right? Urban Oasis is a landscape design company that really has it figured out. In addition to that, they are awesome people to work with. Here is the design for the new Urban Oasis business cards. Stay tuned for the final product here on Two 4 Tuesday!

Lyons Good Ol’ Days & Studio Tour

good_old_day_logoThis weekend is the Lyons Good Ol’ Days and Studio Tour! We only had a weekend of recovery from the Lyons Outdoor Games but we’re ready to go with some more big fun in this small town. I am happy to be a part of the studio tour this year along with a whole host of other Lyons artists, the only drawback is, I won’t be able to go on the tour myself! If you’re in the area, come out to Lyons, grab a funnel cake, get dizzy … and see some great art!

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