The Paper Chronicles Feature

holiday helper

Thanks so much to Sarah at The Paper Chronicles for the feature! If you aren't familiar with Sarah's blog, check it out. She features all things paper. It's amazing.

You can see our feature here.

Holiday Markets!

holiday cards

It's the most wonderful time of the year! We're participating in several markets throughout the season. Come say hi, shop amazing local makers and maybe even grab a beer. Hope to see you there!

November 12th – West Elm
                            1000 W North Ave, Chicago | 11am-4pm
November 18th – Show of Hands at Architectural Artifacts
                            4325 N Ravenswood, Chicago | 5pm-9pm
                            get tickets to the preview party here!
November 19th-20th – Show of Hands at Architectural Artifacts
                            4325 N Ravenswood, Chicago | 10am-5pm
November 26th – West Elm Small Business Saturday Market
                            1000 W North Ave, Chicago | 11am-4pm
December 11th – Revolution Craft Show at Revolution Brewing Tap Room
                            3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago | 12pm-6pm

2016 Inspiration Corporation Holiday Card

It’s that time of year when we all focus our energy on giving­. Personally, I enjoy finding ways I can help my fellow Chicagoans. It’s such an amazing city but there’s a lot of heartache and hardship too. Inspiration Corporation is an organization that focuses on helping people affected by homelessness and poverty by increasing their self-sufficiency as a “catalyst for self-reliance.” They offer social services, employment training and placement and they are committed to improving people’s lives.

I heard about Inspiration Corporation from my friends at hāzel, as they are very active with their fundraising efforts. Every year Inspiration Corporation asks an artist to design a holiday card for them to sell to raise funding. hāzel asked if I would be interested in designing a card for IC’s annual holiday card fundraiser. For me it seemed like a small but important way for me to give back to our community. That was in 2012 and I am honored to say, they have asked me to design every year since. Below is our 2016 design available now.

If you would like to support this wonderful cause by purchasing holiday cards, you can order them here. 100% of the profits go to a wonderful cause that directly improves the community and your purchase is 100% tax-deductible. Inspiration Corporation gives people an opportunity to reach their potential while positively impacting the health of our community. They’re truly the definition of giving-back.

You can learn more at their website inspirationcorp.org.

#chicago #inspirationcorporation

Shop talk – printing and podcasts

Letterpress printing is a craft. It takes patience; attention and I find it very relaxing, almost meditative. I print on an antique platen press. Every piece of paper is fed through the press by hand, one color at a time. Each print really is a labor of love, its time consuming and meditative and magical. The last three years I've gotten into podcasts while printing. I've always listened to the NPR classics, This American Life, Radiolab and Fresh Air but I quickly had listened to all the episodes, and many more than once.

my podcasts

Every couple months I subscribe to a new podcast and binge. When I first discover a podcast I prefer to listen to them in order from oldest to newest and often three to six episodes a day. There's lots of time to listen while printing and I print a lot. Once I've binged I decide whether to subscribe or not. Not-new-to-me podcasts I now listen to on a weekly basis, although, I'm always searching for a binge worthy podcast.

I thought I would share a few of my favorites. Keep in mind, I subscribe to dozens of really great podcasts and eventually I hope to share them all but this is just a little intro to my podcast world. I'll start with three.

         Reply all

  1. Reply All – this show discusses anything having to do with the internet.
    But really it's so much more. They had me from the very first episode. I'm still smitten. I hate to admit it but initially I found PJ naïve & borderline annoying. This season has certainly changed my mind. PJ is much more thoughtful, well-spoken and professional then I first thought. Sorry PJ for wrongfully judging, you've won me over.

          death sex and money

  1. Death, Sex and Money – this podcast is" about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation."
    I discovered this one after listening to an interview with Anna Sale on After the Jump. Such a great show. Anna is a skillful interviewer, each episode feels like you're listening to a natural, intimate talk between friends.

         revisionist history

  1. Revisionist HistoryMalcolm Gladwell revisits and reinterprets the past.
    I've listened to many interviews and talks with Malcolm Gladwell. I always enjoy hearing his perspective and findings. When I found out he had a podcast I was excited and rightfully so, it's amazing! He helped me realize I'm a Cézanne.

Give them a listen. You won't be disappointed.

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