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Whether you just want some thank you cards for your wedding guests or an elaborate custom invitation set with save the dates, menus, hand-stitched programs, etc. Two Crow Press is celebrating that now all Americans are able to be legally married and have those marriages honored in all states.
The seed for Two Crow Press was started when I wanted to print my own wedding invitations in 2010, and I chose the theme of the English Counting Magpie/Crows rhyme (it turned into crow augury in America, since those are more common):
One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil’s own sel’
I thought it would be auspicious to signify my marriage with a symbol of joy: two crows. Hence when I started my business in 2012, I remembered that symbol and used it to mark a joyful venture, hence Two Crow Press.
Two Crow Press will have a booth at the Mini Maker Faire in Aggieville this Saturday, September 20th. The Maker Faire is only part of the festivities being held in honor of Aggieville’s 125th Birthday. I will be in Booth #4, near The Dusty Bookshelf.
Similar to my demo at Art Happens 2013 at the Manhattan Arts Center, I will be printing various items, showing how to set up and clean up the press, and allowing people to pull prints for free. I will also be selling Two Crow Press paper goods and taking custom orders.
In addition to the Mini Maker Faire on Moro Street, there will be:
Entertainment stage, scheduled with acts throughout the day
I’ve been sick and this poster has gotten longer and longer, because I kept finding bits of history that were awesome or important and had to include. Here’s the rough final. I will have a higher quality one for sale later, and INTERNET, don’t you dare use this without my permission. I’ve spent at least 50 hours working on this poster and I’m a poor, freelance graphic designer, it would be an epic dick move. I’m going to make this affordable for educators as well as maybe a digital download for those who would like to take it to their own printshop. I’d like to make other posters like this in the future, and will take suggestions as to what you’d like me to make next.
There is a lot of work beyond the design and the actual printing that I have to do for Two Crow Press. A big part of it is making sure that as I print new things that my inventory is up to date. Right now I’m rescanning things which don’t have a great picture. It is really important for an Etsy shop to have a uniform look, and I’ve not done the best job at that. Hence rescanning everything I’ve made so far. My website will also look better with higher resolution and tidier images.
After I got those wedding invitations done, I had two commissions for local digital work: a logo and ad, and a website redesign. I also printed the Japanese poem and lobster cards and then went to visit my parents over winter break. It was nice to have a bit of a vacation, even though I did quite a bit of work during the break. Annie (my apprentice) saved my butt with Etsy orders, by going over to my studio and shipping out most of my orders while I was gone. I need to do a post about her on here sometime…
I’ve also changed websites. Weebly had a better (free) template for a proper shop site then WordPress.com did, and GoDaddy.com had cheeper fees than WordPress did. It’s a much cleaner look now and should be live in the next couple days. However, Weebly sucks for blogging, so I exported by old WordPress data to a new blog and I’ll just have links between the two. Luckily, I was able to find two templates that play nice with each other visually. Eventually, I will make everything from scratch. I’m waiting for Macaw to come out in Q1 2014. It blows all the other WYSIWYG editors out of the water.
I also need to post scans of the New Years cards I made for friends.