Folks, it’s a Christmas miracle: we’ve got our 2016 Letterpress Calendar up in the shop before the New Year! We’ve got a new crew of illustrators and fresh color palette to knock your socks off (it’s seriously bright).
Illustrators include longtime friend and contributor Brian Gunderson alongside first-time calendar collaborators: Jesse Lindhorst, Invisible Creature, Tom Froese and Bill Ferenc.
Studio On Fire chose the ink colors (a blazing take on the traditional CMYK palette, subbing a fluorescent pink in for the magenta and a dark navy instead of black) and paper colors before setting the illustrators loose on our theme for the year: Home. Normally we don’t expound too much on how we choose the theme, but this year with our big move we’re pretty excited to have a new place to call home (our very own building in St. Paul, just a few miles from our previous Mpls location), so we were excited to see what “home” meant to all of our contributors, too.
Papers are all from French: the pages are 100# French Poptone Sweet Tooth, while the stand is made out of a stock that we custom duplexed in-house using French Poptone Blu Raspberry and French Construction Nightshift Blue. All of the months, along with the outer wrap, were letterpress printed with four inks on one sheet before getting cut down and hand collated. The stands are letterpress printed, scored, diecut and hand assembled (note: “hand-assembled” is code for “time consuming handwork” that we have a love/hate relationship with).
Ben posted some great process photos on our Instagram, so be sure to pop over there if you’re curious.
The 2014 Studio On Fire letterpress printed desktop calendar, a project that has been happening annually for over a decade, has recently been completed and now ready for purchase over in our shop.
Each year we here at Studio On Fire select ink colors, paper stocks, and a come up with a theme before asking a slew of illustrators to join us in creating custom artwork for each month. This year we tackled January and October, the remaining months feature illustrations from the ever talented: Beeteeth, Lab Partners, Brian Gunderson, Jolby, and Kate Bingaman-Burt.
The theme for 2014 was “Happy Place,” playing on the concept that your happy place might be an actual place or maybe just something small in your life that brings you joy. From kittens to castles and coffee to burgers, this year is chock-full of delightful illustrations to keep you in a good mood all year (small disclaimer: you might get very hungry some months).
As for the nitty-gritty print specifications, there are two major components of this calendar: the easel stand and the calendar pages themselves. The production of the easel stand started with us creating a custom duplexed stock comprised of French PopTone Sno Cone 100# cover and French Construction Grout Grey 100# cover. After duplexing the stands were letterpress printed with a tonal ink before being diecut and hand assembled. Our favorite feature of the stand is on the back where the diecut allows you to get a peek at the Sno Cone blue paper.
The calendar pages were all printed at the same time on one press sheet, French Speckletone Starch White 140# cover, alongside the outer wrap that uses bits and pieces of imagery from the calendar months. Though the color palette is slightly more traditional than we’ve used in the past, (a pale blue, orangey red, mustardy yellow and a metallic champagne in place of black), we think the colors kept the everything feeling bright and cheery (and allowed for beautiful overprinting).
Available for purchase right now in our store, and for a limited time the promo code SOF2014 will get you one for only $20 bucks!
The Studio On Fire 2010 Calendar is now available on our new web site. This calendar is a decade marker for us. Established the end of 1999, Studio On Fire began letterpress printing in a cold Minnesota basement. Our first press occupied a spot between the boiler and the litter box, and oh, how the studio has since grown. Now seven presses strong with a fully equipped studio space, we celebrate ten years as a bustling design and print studio. This Tenfold Edition calendar is letterpress printed with four colors on a cotton-blend stock, each month beautifully illustrated by selected designers the world over. Contributors: Jan/Jul_ Studio On Fire Feb/Aug_Cecilie Ellefsen Mar/Sept_ Brian Gunderson Apr/Oct_ The Little Friends of Printmaking May/Nov_ ghostpatrol Jun/Dec_ Rilla Alexander (Rinzen)
We worked together with designer Stuart Flake and illustrator Brian Gunderson on this fine little journal project for the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation is truly one of the significant supporters of Minnesota artists. Each year they award grants to independent artists in several categories. This journal was used to commemorate the artist fellows awarded in 2008.
The journal is perfect bound with a letterpress printed 60pt blotter board affixed on front and back covers. We found an existing library pocket and printed those to contain a card with the list of the artist fellows. Note the beautiful way Gunderson incorporates overprinting into his illustration to make a third color.