The Moveable Type Truck & The Mandate Press
Posted on March 29th, 2012 // Inspiration, Letterpress, News, Posters & Prints, Printing

We’re so excited and honored to have Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press (Portland) stop at The Mandate Press! So here’s the short and the long about Kyle and The Moveable Type Truck: Kyle was a girl who loved two things, letterpress and road trips. So, in 2010, she utilized Kickstarter.com to fund a campaign so that she could launch a moveable letterpress operation, not just the type, but the whole shebang. Kyle got herself a 1982 Chevy step van and converted it into a fully functional letterpress shop. Now she travels the nation bringing the art and function of letterpress to a town near you!

We’re elated to have her park her ride at the shop and you’re all invited! We’re making a print for all of you who show up and crank a press.

When: April 2nd (Monday)

Time: 4pm – 7ish

Where: The Mandate Press 1077 South Main St. SLC, UT 84111

Why: Duh.

You can also stay current with the happenings of the event by joining our Facebook event.

We hope to see you all here and if you can’t make it to our shop, make sure to check out the rest of the type-truck tour!

Also, if you’re in Utah and you’ve been putting off submitting an application for Craft Lake City, have no fear! Some Craft Lake City peeps will be here too for you to learn more.

*some images courtesy of Kyle Durrie

 

 

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Carl Richards: The Best Coffee Date, Ever
Posted on February 21st, 2012 // Inspiration, News, Posters & Prints, Printing

Carl Richards is probably the one person you would love to have coffee with. Maybe even a beer. Or tapas. Well, quite frankly you want to be with Carl Richards anywhere that there is ready access to a cocktail napkin and a pen. Carl has created a name for himself in the world of finance and investing by being, well, it’s simple: honest and succinct. He makes financial concepts easy to understand with the quick gesture of a sharpie on a napkin. Which almost sounds like something out of a MoMA exhibition: *insert pretentious curatorial voice* Sharpie on Napkin. However, in all actuality, Carl is an artist. This is also where we get involved, in case you were wondering why it is that some lowly printers know such a prestigious being.

Over time we’ve been printing 8″x10″ prints of Carl Richards’ financial napkin concepts and they are now a show, Visualizing Finance, at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. We also printed a limited edition letterpress cover for his book, The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways To Stop Doing Dumb Things With Money (Portfolio/Penguin, January 2012).

So, if you’re in Utah, we suggest you take a stroll up to Park City to check out his show. If you’re not around this neck of the woods, lucky for you, Carl Richards is a regular contributor to The New York Times Bucks Blog. You can see all of his financial concept napkin sketches here.

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When Worlds Collide and it Blows Your Mind
Posted on January 3rd, 2012 // Business cards, Inspiration, Letterpress, Printing

Okay, mind blown, maybe that’s an exaggeration. However, it’s pretty cool when the world of today can still dance with the world of yesterday. A perfect example of this is the use of QR codes with letterpress. It works! So, whether you have one for your business or perhaps a promotion, it’s pretty slick.

 

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Pinch and a Punch It’s the 1stish of the Month!
Posted on December 2nd, 2011 // Inspiration, Letterpress, News, Printing

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It’s December 1st, ok, well it’s technically the 2nd. We know, people all over the place are always astonished that yet another month has passed, and “how did this happen?” and “time flies” and…well, we’re pretty sure this is a symptom of age. When we were young, it was like the world and its time was the slowest moving thing. We waited, got ready 2 hours early for prom, waited for our parents to pick us up after school, it was an eternity the year we spent waiting to be 16, and Christmas and our birthday couldn’t come faster.

We’re old. Time flies, even when we’re not having fun.

So, it’s now holiday season. We want to get back to that place where we couldn’t wait to wake up early, unwrap presents, eat copious amounts of butter & sugar laden goods, and wrap ourselves in scarves and hats and still feel frozen. Bring on the nostalgia! (forget that some of us around here grew up in Southern CA)

We think that in our seasoned age, we need a tinge of darkness to reassociate ourselves with the glory of all things childlike. And, in some cases the darkness was just an inherent latency of all things child-like. Innocence, such a thin veneer. Think about Grimms’ tales – horrific, but our child minds only chose to see the straw, the coal, and the bean, as cute and laughable. Prime example: the master of dark, absurd, and slightly deadpan, Edward Gorey.

In our own sense of naughty & nice, we have some holiday cards available in our Seraph Store: www.seraph.bigcartel.com.

Happy December!

 

 

 

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