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Decatur, GA 30031

404-667-9570

Cherry Laurel Studio is a southern design and letterpress studio based in Decatur, GA. Think hospitality. Attention to detail. Think a little southern comfort (the yes ma’am and the mixer) splashed into the work. 

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Easter is almost here

Elizabeth Kotz

Easter is almost here, and we have just a few of these lovely little cards left. We printed them in such a short run and managed to hold back some for this year. 

When we made these, our team made a cute video to pair with it to show the process of production. We are still pretty pleased with how that turned out, and hope you enjoy it as well (if you never got to see it the first time).

tea time

Elizabeth Kotz

We drink a lot of tea around here. Copious amounts. You might say it keeps the press operator running, which keeps the press running.

We've just ordered more from the impeccable Harney & Sons Tea Co. (they have fantastic teas and fabulous customer service) and received a discount code to share. You get $10 off of your first order of $30 or more, and they have free shipping on the website. It's a win win. 

Here is the link for the discount: https://www.talkable.com/x/Cz2EgB

Back to printing :-)

spring is on the brain

Elizabeth Kotz

It's just about spring gardening season here in Atlanta. Plant sales are about to pop up everywhere (YAY), and everyone is starting their seeds (if they have not already). This time of year always feels like waking up from a long winter snooze in the studio, even though we've spent months hardly sleeping at all. We fling the studio doors wide open and soak up that sunshine.

To that end, flowers upon flowers upon flowers are on our mind. We admittedly don't have a lot of floral prints in our repertoire, but we're working on that (promise). In the meantime, enjoy the sunny yellow of this birthday card. Happy Friday! While it may not be your actual birthday, we hope you have the loveliest of days!

calligraphy in the news!

Elizabeth Kotz

I was surprised to see a calligrapher mentioned on the front page of CNN this morning, and pleased to click through.

If you scroll past the political bits about top-secret clearance at the top of the article, there are some nice pieces of history, information, and context about the White House calligraphers. 

"As calligraphers, we feel like we're playing an integral role. The invitation sets the stage for the whole event. Calligraphers are helping, simply, to set the stage for diplomacy," the former chief calligrapher said. 

"Whatever happens, whatever conflicts they have, if you see your name beautifully written on a placard, your nation's flag on a menu, you can't help to soften up a bit," he said. "Protocol is about human interactions, and as calligraphers, it's our job to introduce creativity and beauty."

Indeed, indeed!!! Long live elegant paper goods. 

luck of the irish to ya!

Elizabeth Kotz

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We had a customer reach out to us in early February to inquire about St. Patrick's Day cards, citing a need for family- and friends-friendly cards that weren't too flirty (and presumably not inappropriate for younger audiences). We're happy to report we've got our first ever St. Patrick's Day cards designed, printed, and in stock. 

One card is based on absurdist humor (above left) using our Medium is the Message style, and one is based on our cut paper design and similar to our Love cut paper card. We're pleased with how they turned out, and excited to see what you think. 

Buy them now in the store or find them at select retail partner locations. 

While you're at it, we should probably point out that we've reorganized the website. We always appreciate feedback on that as well!

It was a good mail day

Elizabeth Kotz

It's no secret that our customers are what drive us around here — both in concept and in passion, really. We find it nearly impossible to create anything in a vacuum, hard as we try, but the human experience would demand that we do anything but work in solitude. We are social creatures, and built for  nothing less. 

We received a lovely message from a repeat customer yesterday thanking us for the work we do, saying we do indeed "impact and bless" lives. It was open, from the heart and totally vulnerable, and such a lift to read and re-read.

We really try to create cards and art that uplift, send a positive message, or hold you in our hearts and help you to hold others in yours. It sounds corny, but it's the truth. We edit and re-edit to be sure that nothing is mean spirited, and that every card we put into the world brings light instead of darkness. It's what drives us, and what keeps us on track more than any other element of our "brand". It's so heartwarming to hear that our message has hit at least one direct mark.

We also received this lovely review on our Bee Mine card from a customer in Massachusetts, and can't help but share as it makes us proud as punch.

LOVE this card! Printed on an antique letterpress on heavy, warm, crisply cut cardstock, so it's beautiful to hold and behold. Top quality design and production and worth every penny. Just noticed the studio donates part of their proceeds to the Pollinator Partnership-- thank you for supporting bees!

Our bee Valentine's card, pictured above and mentioned in the review, benefits the Pollinator Partnership, with a portion of the proceeds of every card heading straight to them. Bees are so very close to our hearts around here, it was another natural leap to do a bee card. 

We always always love hearing from you — don't hesitate to reach out even with basic feedback or needs for a certain niche we aren't hitting. We love it!

Bestseller, Back on the Block

Elizabeth Kotz

Way back when we first started printing letterpress greeting cards, we concocted a personal project card and put it out to market to see if anyone else shared our sense of humor. And it took off as our surprise first best seller.

We're happy to report "What Would Victoria Do?" — our best inside joke with smart people EVER — is back in a new form with a slight redesign to update it (and to make it more playful of course) . We're pretty stoked to have her back. 

We've printed the card on beautiful premium cotton Savoy in black and a soft, subtle pink, and paired it with a recycled kraft card for modern flair and finesse. Best "thinking of you" greeting card ever? Send it just because. Because even if your name isn't Victoria, the humor is not lost.

WWVD???

Are you on our mailing list?

Elizabeth Kotz

We are getting ready to send out a newsletter, which will include a discount coupon to reward our faithful mailing list subscribers. Are you on the list? 

 

 

fascinating film ephemera

Elizabeth Kotz

Our dear friend Spike shared this fascinating (and fabulous) movie short recently and I'm still thinking about it. In a nutshell, a couple of friends in Nebraska found the motherlode of old letterpress plates for movie advertisements. I'll admit to not being a huge film buff, but I am completely captivated by the story. Essentially, for $2,000 they bought about $10 million in letterpress plates. Talk about a return on investment!

Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did. 

PSA: Snow day!

Elizabeth Kotz

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Due to awesomely "inclement" weather, we will not be shipping packages today. Living in the South does have its benefits! #snowday #yippeeeeee!

love letters: hafiz in the spotlight

Elizabeth Kotz

Continuing with our new Valentines cards, we have another medium is the message design inspired by good, old-fashioned love letters written on a typewriter. In this case, the typewriter is wielded by Hafiz. He lived from 1315 to 1390 in Iran, and his words are still incredibly awesome. 

When we designed this, we imagined sitting down at an antique typewriter, inserting paper thin almost gauzy paper, and "penning" something of a love letter to a loved one or dearest acquaintance. The language is such that you might use it for a lover or a friend, with equal parts intimacy and devotion. 

We printed this one, as with our other white paper cards, on lovely cotton Savoy by Reich. The tactile quality of this paper is unsurpassed, especially when combined with letterpress. The effect is elegant and sophisticated.

benefitting the bees!

Elizabeth Kotz

We are thrilled to showcase one of our new Valentines cards — Bee Mine!! Featuring an antique bee engraving (though not engraved, converted and letterpress printed) and simple typography. In this case, the concept heavy on the brain is the medium is the message. Antique typewriters and antique letterpress have so much in common when you think about basic mechanics, it was a natural leap.

This card will benefit the Pollinator Partnership, with a portion of the proceeds of every card heading straight to them. Bees are so very close to our hearts around here, it was another natural leap to do a bee card. 

Straight from their website:

WHY DOES POLLINATION MATTER TO US?

  • Worldwide, roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend.

  • Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.

  • In the United States, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.

ARE POLLINATORS IN TROUBLE?

  • Worldwide there is disturbing evidence that pollinating animals have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive plant and animal species, and diseases and parasites.

  • Many pollinators are federally “listed species,” meaning that there is evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.

  • The U.S. has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past 10 years.

  • A lack of research has hindered our knowledge about the status of pollinators.  The E.U. has been so concerned that they have invested over $20 million investigating the status of pollinators in Europe.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT POLLINATORS?

  • Plant for pollinators
  • Substitute flower beds for lawns
  • Reduce pesticide use
  • Supply salt or mineral licks for butterflies and water for all wildlife
  • Install houses for bats and native bees
  • Cultivate native plans, especially those that provide nectar and larval food for pollinators – FREE Ecoregional Pollinator Planting Guides
  • Watch for pollinators
  • VOTE!  Make your voice be heard for conservation and pollinators
  • Experience time outdoors and work with plants and animals
  • Volunteer for pollinator-friendly organizations and garden groups
  • Join the Pollinator Partnership at Get Involved
  • Reduce your impact
  • Reduce your consumption – reduce, recycle, reuse
  • Walk, cycle, use public transit, carpool, telecommute
  • Buy locally produced or organic food

spring is coming... right?

Elizabeth Kotz

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Maybe because it just finished raining, and maybe the birds are singing their little hearts out today because they are thinking what I'm thinking: we can't wait for the flowers to start popping out and the weather to be just a little bit more consistently warm!

The above piece was printed for the Designing Women project with Smokey Road Press and it remains one of our favorite projects. The bird is legit a sparrow, and one we see a lot of around here at our feeders. And the song...remains one of our favorite old gospel tracks, as well as one of my favorite house music tracks sung by Kenny Bobien back in the Body & Soul heyday. 

We printed this piece on beautiful cotton Savoy with light blue and copper ink. 

tidying up around here

Elizabeth Kotz

We've been doing a bit of spring cleaning around here. Call it wishful thinking for better weather, or just finally reaching that saturation point where you just can't take the "stuff" anymore. This has translated into 5 giant (GIANT) recycling bags of shredded paper from my personal files, and a rethink for how the studio space is organized. 

It also means a rethink for how this website is organized. You'll notice a menu "rename", from letterpress to printing, and a new page under printing that calls out our print production and print management serivces. This is something we've been doing for *coughmumble*20*cough* years (HOW has it been that long?), and something that seems to be a bit of a dying art if conversations with others is any indication.

We've already been helping other studios bring their design files to press, so this is not a new service, per se. Just a new callout. 

We print letterpress products in house, and have for many years now. But we also have a passion for printing and print production in general; I have both taught print production for designers AND simply done it for a fee for designers. I've sourced specialty printing and managed liaisons and production timelines for everything from corporate brochures, a deck of playing cards, NONletterpress wedding invitations, pop-up banners, signage, and everything in between. And I've cleaned up many, many files so that they are generally seaworthy and able to "work" in the real world. 

If this sounds like something you need (or, in some cases, are quite desperate for) — drop us a line: inquiry [at] cherrylaurelstudio.com. Or fill out our easy peasy form. 

Closing 2017

Elizabeth Kotz

Suddenly, the light at the end of the tunnel is looking an awful lot like the light of a new year. Not the train, but a chance to wipe some slates clean, start some new habits, kick some bad habits, and plan for the bright, bubbly future 2018 feels like it's going to be.

So many had a really tough and challenging go of it in 2017 for a variety of reasons — so here's to closing the books on all that. On walking through the door that is 2018 and smiling broadly at the possibilities, and at what is to come. 

Here's to you, here's to your successes (and failures) this year, and here's to the best 2018 any of us can muster. I have a good feeling about this one!

2018 Desk Calendars are here!

Elizabeth Kotz

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Our 2018 desk calendars are here, and in the shop. We are pretty stoked about this year's edition. We've added patterns to jazz up the bottom, but kept the same beautiful handmade wooden bases.

The wooden bases are hand made from North Carolina wood by our dear ol' dad (yeah, really!! it's a family affair around here!). The cards are printed on beautiful, premium cotton Reich Savoy (our favorite) in classic black and white with the grey patterns at the bottom. We think you'll be just as pleased as we are with how they turned out. 

They are perfect for gifting to others as well as for treating yourself to something special that will make you smile for the entirety of next year. 

spotlight on hatch show print

Elizabeth Kotz

 Wood type at Moiety Press; photo copyright Cherry Laurel Studio

Wood type at Moiety Press; photo copyright Cherry Laurel Studio

We are loving this CNN article on our friends over at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. EB hadn't been in awhile, but stopped by last month to say hi, buy more prints, and marvel at how the Country Music Hall of Fame space is so much larger than the old Broadway location. 

We got the manual for our 10x15 C&P Old Style from our buddy Jim Sherraden; we literally walked down the street to Kinkos and made photocopies of the Hatch manual. And naturally, every time we use our wood type we think of the great work they continue to produce over there at Hatch.

Happy letterpressing!

the first day of spring

Elizabeth Kotz

It's the first day of Spring! Hooray hoooray!! We're not exactly winter people around these parts, so the start of sandals season is something of a fabulous occurrence.

We printed late into the night to fill a large order on our floral Loveliest Birthday cards, so we must not be the only ones daydreaming of flowers and gardening and sunshine and warmer weather. Our poor azaleas took a beating with the recent frost—here's to hoping everyone rebounds with gusto.

Happy Monday! Happy Spring! 

kiss me, i'm irish!

Elizabeth Kotz

Celebrating the luck of the Irish today!

While Audrey Hepburn was British and born in Belgium so not actually Irish (though her stepmother was, in fact, Irish)—we think this print on green paper is perfect for today. In fact, when the work of the day is done, we'll be spending it in the garden tending to any freeze damage as best we can. It's been unseasonably cold in the South, and many plants are paying the price. It's the only time of year in the South that it's socially acceptable to spread your linens all over the front lawn *laugh* Hoping for the best and anticipating warmer weather any minute now! 

Our Hepburn letterpress print was hand pulled on our 105 year old Venus the Letterpress (our Chandler & Price 10x15 platen press) with a metallic copper ink for the botanical elements and a dark brown (with copper in the mix, though it's hard to see) for the type. The paper is a spring fern green, an American made cover stock by French Paper. The quote is set in calligraphy and hand styled type—and it betrays our feelings every early Spring when it's time to start the seeds and dream of the many wondrous things popping up in our gardens.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, all!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.