Friday, December 21, 2012
Someone asked me what's all this "As Seen on Nashville on TV" nonsense about the other day.
Well really they said, "Hey that's great why are you doing it?"
And I said, "Isn't it obvious?" And we both laughed!
But actually I think I gave a really long winded answer about public art and perception of self and ownership of ideas. And then I really went on a long time about what it means to be aware of a moment happening in the moment. And what that does to the moment.
And then I started talking about all the attention our city is getting and how it is changing so quickly and that we have to treasure the parts that make us unique and special as a people.
It is pretty fun to see your city in a semi made up way on tv. Since I didn't make the story up - it seems sort of like a dream I might have of a familiar land that isn't quite how I remember it. Though instead of Hayden Panettiere in it - it would be my Mom or someone I haven't seen in a long time since high school.
But I digress...
As seen on Nashville!!!!
We made these prints so that they could be used!
Today we stopped by a few places here in Nashville that have actually been seen on Nashville the show to give them they're real prize of fame!
It felt good to bestow our print that commemorated the event upon the people that are Nashvillians. It really makes the whole experience complete in my mind.
Reality to fiction to film to post production to the airwaves to my mind's reality back to shared physical reality again! When folks started making prints to convey ideas across space and time this all would have seemed like pure fantasy to them!
And now we bring it back into this other intra-space that we all time travel on together
What a crazy world!!!!
I'm happy it is still turning
And I'm glad we have something to smile about as a group
Let us know ...if you know of a place that has been seen on Nashville and we'll try to get over there to properly celebrate.
And of course don't hesitate to pick up your own copy! These projects are funded directly through your support.
Power to the people!
Your humble servants at Isle of Printing.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Yule tide greetings friends and neighbors!
Due to our extreme stance and this subject we at Isle of Printing willfully eschewed that scourge upon family values know to most as Black Friday and for good measure we thumbed our noses at Cyber Monday and Titillating Tuesday and whatever else the people at Entertainment Tonight have come up with to talk about lately.
While others--devious self serving, greedy scoundrels--sought to rob you of your time with those you love, we stayed out of the way. More family, more friends we said! And I am positive you were probably the better for it!
Thus in the continuing efforts of IOP to give you exactly what you want exactly when you need it we bring you the 12th Annual
Oh Shit! I Haven't Bought Any Gifts Yet Weekend Extravaganza!!!!
Take a moment to peruse the listings we have dutifully loaded onto out little Etsy Shop and consider making someone much happier just in the Old Saint Nick of time!
It is our pledge to ship anything ordered this weekend and monday out by Tuesday so you can get it in your hot little hands ASAP (USPS) - get in touch if you need something faster!
Conveniently offered here on the Internet are a few new things to make the end of the year more exciting that we have been cooking up just for you (and me!)
Here's a quick run down of the good tidings we bring!
Nifty Laser Style Bird Ornaments!
If you can put a bird on it you should! Or so I heard.
Straight from our hearts to yours via our laser cutter: six exciting hand-drawn birds etched into birch with some really nicely dyed twine to hang them from your tree or a nail or your ear.
Illustrated by the illustrious Shelby Rodefffer and packaged with a tiny red heart! You can't beat this holiday treat!
$20 for all 6 in the set!
Laser Charms…with the Convincers!
Hey, that's my wine! Hey, why not have another glass! Hey, what's your number?
Some things don't need too much convincing…maybe just a tiny, tiny small voice of reason or gusto to help you out. Which luckily you can find in our small grouping of tiny men extolling the virtues of whatever you think you are hearing them say.
Laser cut from our collection of antique typographic ornaments into birch plywood, these dapper fellows will help you through any situation and help you rest easy knowing that drink is in fact still yours....and that you are very handsome/lovely.
Set of 10 charming fellows with sturdy clasps (roughly 1 1/2 inches tall) packed together on a fancy recycled card.
$25 for a set of 10
Do you see what I see!?
We've always been proud of our town. So it was with great relief that we found out last year that network TV was proud of Nashville, too!
Hooray Nashville! Hooray those of you with cameras, budgets and clout!
Like silly school girls I think we all tune in once a week to see what magic has made our lives fit inside that box in our living rooms!
Hey I go there to the 5 spot...
Wait that's my bank!
Isn't that the bluebird cafe?
I park in that lot.....
Maybe we see what we want to see (sometimes even our posters!) but I know we all are having a good time checking out the semi-made up version of what our lives are like.
Anyway at least now the world can see what we all do when we aren't whittling on our porch or discovering electricity and shoes for the very first time (again).
How to celebrate such a thing in our city? How about the way we always have? With a nice letterpress poster!
Now you too can celebrate any and all fame surreptitiously derived from living in the location of a TV drama!
Be you a major player or a minor pan shot, this is our town and it was on TV by god!
$20 in Nashville Red and brown chipboard or in Nashville Red and white cardstock
Help make my dream of this poster being on the show happen and support the local arts in a very direct way!
Amazing refillable wooden notebook
"Mama if plywood is flat and rigid how come this wooden notebook bends and flexes like a noodle?"
If you are looking for a notebook that is wooden, novel, and quite beautiful you have come to the right place. Crafted from a single piece of 1/8 birch, this notebook is laser cut in such a way as to have a flexible spine while retaining its tuff wooden good looks. Inside is a replaceable letterpressed notebook with a one of a kind cover made from a real live IOP poster. A classy cloth elastic band holds everything closed for easy transport.
A marvel of science and craft! Get yours today!
Size 5 5/8" x 4 3/8"
$30 for blank amazing wooden notebook
Custom monograming $15 (see product details for current styles)
Giant letters that make you happy you can spell.
A collaborative project that has been four plus years in the making - has finally arrived!!!!
Seen for the first time here today online and available for purchase
Our goal: to design a shadow typeface composed of a fill, a shadow and a major letter form that would give us the most design mileage possible from one letter set. Each letter has three separate blocks that can be used alone or combined together in a seemingly endless parade of permutations.
Our hope - to give people the opportunity to artfully use type in their lives in a big way!
A joint typographic project between mad Swiss printer Dafi Khüne of Baby Ink Twice and your humble servants here at Isle of Printing -
With just 26 soldiers we can wage war on stupidity one word at a time.
What can I do with giant letters?
Spell your name!
Spell your kid's name!
Tell the world you had a baby in the coolest way ever: XX or XY!
Insult your neighbors!
Make a paper word blanket!
Have fun with a librarian!
The possibilities of language are nearly limitless!
Get the very first prototypes to be run ever now!
Thus far we have toiled and produced
All the letters to spell I S L E O F P R I N T I N G
plus W D Y X !
What can I do with that? Use your brain, dummy!
You could spell HOTDOG! FOXY! HOE!
Or GOLF! PRIG! PEPPER!
More letters in the works....completion date pre X-mas 2012
Help us finish this project by buying a letter today!
$20 per letter
Size 18" x ?" depending on letter
Variable colors (dealer's choice based on careful psychic reading of your order)
Prehistoric laser buddies for your tree or cup hook over the door
When we think of lasers we think of plastics and when we think of plastics we think of petroleum products...and when we think of petroleum products we think of DINOSAURS!!!!
Ergo, we are always thinking about laser dinosaurs. Our intrepid intern assistant pointed out that laser dinosaurs are very close to lasered dinosaurs. So with a little work on her part we made that happen.
Illustrations courtesy of one Kelsey Taylor…lasering courtesy of the 21st century.
Get a set of happy dinosaurs before they are extinct.... Again!
Hang them on your tree or
Be the first on your block to ditch mistletoe for dinosaurs as the new doorjamb kissing sensation!
Set of 4 $20