The artwork for some of the new Not Made in China wedding series of buttons, save the dates and favors.
So I've been a little under the radar this week... that's because Wedding Day Hooray is this weekend in Atlanta! I've been a mad woman prepping for this thing and have had no time to blog. Eeek! I did manage to snag a few pics of the dress rehearsal in my kitchen.
Over the past few weeks, when I mention that I'm participating in a wedding show, I get some blank stares and questions like, "Wait, like what kinds of things would Not Made in China do for weddings?"
Well, wonder no more. We've got you covered from the engagement to the altar. Start with a magnetic 2.25" save the date, followed up with an unique invitation littered with a few custom 1.25" buttons, get swagged up at your bachelor/bachelorette party with clever buttons to wear out on the town, use buttons at your reception as placecards with buttons that say: "Bridesmaid" or "I just came for the open bar" or "If found please return to room 109," and send guests home with a commemorative mirror or bottle opener, in a stamped muslin bag, as a nice little "thank you."
More to come after the weekend. Plus, a recap of Wedding Day Hooray!
Of course, I didn’t leave Yee-Haw empty handed... I managed to snag an awesome banjo print and “One-of-a-Kind Journal” made from recycled press sheets. Cory was enamored with the Soul Series of prints, but he’s much better at squelching impulse purchases than I am (note to reader: if you ever go shopping with me, I will be that devil on your shoulder who convinces you to buy everything your heart desires). Luckily, Yee-Haw has an Etsy shop so I can surprise him with one for his birthday (shoot, I suck at surprises!).
Yee-Haw Industries, in downtown Knoxville, is Mecca for any typophile. If you’re into letterpress and wood block printing, this place is a must see. They house a fully functional letterpress art print shop and creative studio in the back, and run a retail shop in the front.
While perusing the poster collections in their boutique, Cory and I struck up a conversation with a friendly employee. Once we explained that we’re designers from out of town, he generously invited us to go behind the counter and tour the letterpress studio. Above are the “decent” photos I was able to capture on my phone’s camera.
I was enamored with the amazing variety of letterpress findings. The tiny collections of stars, lines, zig-zags, and other type-frills made my brain tingle. What was especially mind tickling was all the organization. A place for everything and everything in its place. When you’re dealing with drawers and drawers of type, storage and a filing system are essential. I’m surprised they don’t use the Dewey Decimal System.
Here’s a fun fact: do you know where the terms “uppercase” and “lowercase” come from? When printers set font by hand a letter at a time, they placed the case holding the most frequent forms of the letters on a lower shelf for convenience. They called this box the “lower case.” Capital letters were placed higher in a different box called the “upper case.” Knowledge is power, folks.
Took a trip to Knoxville, TN last weekend. It just so happens to be exactly halfway between Charlotte and Cincinnati, therefore making it the perfect meeting point for two luvas in a LDR. And lucky for me, my luva likes old stuff just as much as I do. So we made it a point to check out as many record stores, antique shops and vintage clothing boutiques as possible. Among our favorites were: Hot Horse, Raven Rarities and Records, Nostalgia and Willow Creek Gallery (which is the subject of this post).
Willow Creek Gallery is an architectural salvage warehouse specializing in European antiques from the 18th century to modern design. Everything is housed in a big ol’, rundown, rail warehouse in the Old City. It is a very unassuming place from the outside, but once you cross the threshold, you enter a gloriously large room with exposed ceilings, dramatic skylights and rows of centuries old furniture. It was absolutely fascinating. I cannot express how perfect the ambiance was. We were Bill and Ted stepping into a bygone era of excellent antiques.
Among my favorite things were the large-scale glass jugs, cabinets with more drawers than a Calvin Klein ad, a beautiful wooden row boat that hung from ceiling rafters, the aisles of occasional chairs and two taxidermy squirrels playing poker.
Definitely worth a look-see if you’re ever in the East Tennessee neck of the woods.