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Tuesday
Jan172012

Red Bird Ink

The first time I saw this Cow Parts print, I knew I wanted to learn a bit more about the artist. Turns out it's a collaboration between Julia and Collin Farill from Red Bird Ink in Atlanta and their friend, Lucy Laliberte. Lucy is responsible for the original drawing and then the Farill's created a letterpress image for the print. The final result would work perfectly in any meat lover's kitchen. 

What fun is cow parts without pig parts? Julia, Collin and Lucy collaborated again for this charming pig print. 

For those not familiar with the process of making letterpress, it's most certainly a labor of love. The machine is old, often over 100 years, which means there will be no electricity to assist in the process. Julia, pictured above, uses just her feet and hands to move pedals and levers to make the desired imprints. Over and over again... 

At Red Bird Ink, Julia and her husband Collin design and produce pretty coasters, prints and stationery. As Julia states on her site, "Our perspective is what makes us special. We see familiar things in unexpected ways." Pictured above, the Maidenhair Fern and the Fiddlehead Fern coasters. 

These numbered coasters are especially fun. Julia shares, "I was thrilled to get my hands on this set of antique wood type." These work great for numbered tables at a wedding or for any lover of design or old type. Inspired by hand knit sweaters and scarves are the Cable Knit coasters, which are particularly lovely. 

I'm a fan of all of Red Bird Ink's notecards- Love & Joy; Love You Mom; Eye Wear and Red Camillias. Julia concludes, "We are driven to design by our limitless interest in the world around us. Our mission is to inspire others to feel the same curiosity and delight that we do." 

 

Photos: Red Bird Ink   Content: Sweet Peach


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Reader Comments (5)

These photos are precious.....I crave the letterpress product. It is so classy and talk about classy....does Julia always wear a black dress and pearls when she works?
Awesome.....love the cable knit coaster...I'm all about texture. Great post Pam.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelody Trivisone

I love the cow and pig parts prints, really fun.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCammie

I love all things letterpress too. Thanks for turning me on to another great artist.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJD

The "Love You Mom" card is so sweet - and timely. I need to buy one of those!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny D.

Everyone stole my thunder with the other comments - this is another great post. I had no idea a machine like that is still used today. I love when i learn something new on your site! Although I like them all, the notecards caught my eye. And the cow parts - love it!!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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