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You spoke, we listened. You wanted affordable letterpress business cards, and now you can have them. If you don't mind a longer turnaround, and black ink you can get 250 letterpressed calling cards for only $95. You can even supply your own design.

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Business Card BLITZ!
Posted on August 16th, 2011 // Business cards, Letterpress, News, Printing //

It’s Blitz time! Here’s how our 24 hr blitz will work:

Place a custom 1 or 2 color business card order between Noon, August 16th – Noon, August 17th, and we will add an extra 250 cards to your order!

The Rules:

  • min order of 250 cards – which is a pretty standard minimum order size
  • order between 12pm-12pm, August 16-17
  • 2 color max
  • submit your order to print@themandatepress.com
  • include the word BLITZ in the subject line
  • custom cards only – this promotion does not apply to our $95 card offer
  • if you have questions if your order will qualify, call: 801/359.4868

We’re excited to hear from you and get your orders rolling!

 

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Inspiration in the Bag
Posted on August 8th, 2011 // Inspiration, News //

 

We really love contrast. We love old/new, vintage/modern, black/white, fire/ice. It’s only natural; we are printmakers using archaic machines to produce exciting ephemera to please the tastes of today. So, today’s post will explore something we’ve stumbled upon that strikes our contrast fancy. And, really, contrast was just a starting point, so don’t judge our tangent.

Through personal trial we discovered last weekend that those alternative to plastic bags bags are the BEST thing to move with. They can handle fairly heavy weight, they are compact, and you don’t have to break them down like boxes of the past. However, the downside – they’re just sort of ugly and not very designer friendly. Then one of us in the shop reminisced about those net bags they used to have back in the day in health food stores, before the days of Whole Foods. Oh yea! No one could remember what they were called, or that they even had a name, in fact. However, we found them. On the modern encyclopedia – the internet! Behold, the Avoska! Originally the bag was a convenient, “just in case” or the “perhaps” bag used in Soviet Russian times. Food shortages were commonplace and while one was out and about, if they stumbled upon an item they needed, they also needed something in which to carry the impromptu score. Information like this just gets us really excited. And it’s something as simple as a bag that makes us look at the entire cycle of things, design, use, trend, and in this case – social opinion. The Avoska was phased out by the emergence of the plastic bag. It then became a symbol in Russia of disheveled appearance. Since we all cringe when we’re at the checkstand and we’ve forgotten our reusable bag, it’s like you’re an instant hater of the earth and societal outcast. You suddenly feel the urge to validate your plastic bag of Earth’s demise by muttering something to the store clerk like, “I use it for the kitty litter.” Then strike a big, “Oh! Almost forgot the kitty litter.” Then you run to grab the cheapest little box of litter you can find, because, in truth, you don’t even have a cat. But, that’s just how ostracized you feel.

Long story short. We love the look of the Avoska. We love the leather handle detail on some, the ombre coloring on other, and mostly, we love that it’s size is estimated by how many grapefruits it can hold.

And, to bring it all back to letterpress – how cool would the net pattern be letterpressed on some invite? business card?

Here’s a website devoted to them. However, we don’t really know what the entirety of the content on this website consists of, so we’re not saying we endorse or support it – we don’t speak russian.

photo from avoski.livejournal.com

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  1. Plasticplace.net

    Now that’s a very chic and gorgeous bag to use for groceries!



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Motorcycles, Letterpress Printing, and God
Posted on August 3rd, 2011 // Inspiration, News, Printing //

A while back, we, like most other people who are impressed with craft, tweeted this video about Shinya Kimura the bike builder.

It was the most retweeted item we’ve ever seen from any of our posts and was fun to watch people around the world respond to it the same way we did – with awe.

Impressed is to say the least about how we felt about Shinya Kimura, and the beautiful editing in the film had us almost in tears. It may also be important to state that one of our shop favorites is the Robert M. Pirsig novel, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It’s all about quality. The pursuit of quality is something we strive for around the shop, whole-heartedly.

After watching the Kimura video, naturally, we wanted more. After some clicking around the ol’ interweb, we came across another beautifully crafted video from Etsy. It is one of their Handmade Portraits, this one highlighting the work of Adam Cramer. Adam Cramer is a character. He has a lot of emotion surrounding quality, intellect of craft, workmanship, and pride.

Cramer brings up a very interesting point in the first little bit of the video: what is the difference between a Phillips & a Flathead? We admit, we knew one was flat and the other with a cross-top, but the difference in functionality? Not so sure. So, we looked it up.

In brief, there was this guy, Henry Phillips, who refined the self-centering screw design off the hands of an acquaintance, John Thompson. Apparently Thompsson was burnt out on the design after some failed attempts at marketing it. So, Phillips did some tweaks and got a patent and next thing you know, one of its first customers was General Motors.

The Phillips screw proved itself to be more effective and useful for automated production lines. This automatically (ha!) strikes us, because we’re in the business of running machines and these little bits of fact really please us. So, now every time we tighten a Phillips screw, we’re going to imagine that our arm is really a robot and make a little riveting sound to accompany it.

We’re not quite sure what it is about knowing why there is a Phillips screw, but thanks to Adam Cramer, we’re super glad we do now.

Also, on this internet journey, we discovered the polite way to out a fool is to tell them to go fetch a left-handed screwdriver.

Whatever/whoever your God may be. As a collective, around the shop, we can agree that God lies in the details. Everyday, when we notice a new detail, really nail a detail we’ve been trying to make better, or feel enlightened by the quality of something we’ve printed, to us, that is everything.

Adam Cramer and Shinya Kimura build and customize motorcycles. We print.


Handmade Portraits: Liberty Vintage Motorcycles from Etsy on Vimeo.

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  1. dug

    everything about that is awesome. And I believe—hauntingly, very true.

    Such a loss of humanity out there today, good to see some still have it in a big way. That dude does.



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Double XL Solvent Transfer + Tutorial!
Posted on July 29th, 2011 // News, Posters & Prints, Printing //

When we get a wild hair to do something aesthetic around the shop, we want it done big. Sometimes ‘big’ refers to something that seems small but ends up being a much larger project (mainly because of our demand for things to be near perfect- and ‘perfect’ who knows what that is on any given day), or in this case, ‘big’ simply refers to the size of its finished size.

We wanted people to know what they were getting into when walking through the front door. So, what better than a 15′x10′ sign? I’ll tell you: a 15′x10′ solvent transfer sign with an awesome Beatrice Warde quotation, that’s what. We figured we’d let you in on how we did it – sort of. Sort of, only because we might be leaving out some details, but you’ll get the gist.

You’ll need:

  • Canvas surface
  • Acetone
  • Toner-based print out - we built our file, to scale, in Illustrator and separated it in artboards to sizes the big roll printer at Kinkos could handle.
  • Latex gloves- do NOT use nitrile, acetone will melt them. Yes, we found this out accidentally and one of us will become intolerant of solvents in the near future. Which also reminds us to remind you all of how dangerous handling solvents without protection is. Or, perhaps it could go full circle and you’ll find yourself casually standing downwind at the gas pump and if that’s the gateway to paint huffing, not wearing gloves is second base. And, we’ve all seen those episodes of COPS with the paint huffers.
  • Brayer- We used a brayer to really get the ink to transfer from the printout to the canvas. However, something that you can find that will apply pressure and roll along will work too. We did some troubleshooting with this and we started with using jars and rolling them, but we couldn’t get the pressure right over such a large surface. We’ve used spoons with smaller jobs, to give you an idea.
  • Ruler
  • Rags
  • Masking or Painter’s Tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Friends

What You’ll Do:

  • When designing your printout, make sure that you reflect it in the end so that the image will transfer with the correct orientation. This is imperative with text, unless you want the whole thing to be only legible in a mirror, which, we’re assuming is not the case.
  • Layout your canvas. You might want to place something for the canvas to press into underneath, especially if you’re working on a hard surface. This will also prevent slippage. Line up and tape your printout to the canvas.
  • Apply acetone to rag and rub into the paper.
  • If you’re doing a large transfer, like ours, you will most likely need a 3rd person to smooth out the printout as you go so that it doesn’t wrinkle or kink along the way.
  • Quickly have someone trace your steps with the brayer or rolling apparatus to ensure that the ink transfers to the canvas.
  • And repeat! Et voilá!

Also, we set up a stop motion video for your enjoyment:

XL solvent transfer from The Mandate Press on Vimeo.

XL solvent transfer from The Mandate Press on Vimeo.

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