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A Funny Story & Unexpected Gift

Last week, we were given a type cabinet.

Now, I've been looking for a type cabinet to purchase for some time - and they don't come up particularly often. When they do, they tend to be one of two things: 1) in terrible shape - filthy, broken, missing parts, etc. or 2) ungodly expensive. Until last week, we'd pretty much resigned ourselves to a shop without a type cabinet and a workflow of setting type in an unorthodox and inconvenient manner.


But last week, a gentleman who had attended our 57 Biscayne grand opening gave Jane (our lovely landlady) a call. He'd been driving that day and spotted a lady wheeling a type cabinet out to the curb. He remembered us, and called Jane. The lady had this type cabinet in her home (it had been there for several owners, apparently), and was concerned about being around an object that had once contained lead. She was convinced that being in the same room with the type cabinet made her feel ill. Her solution? Wheel it out to the curb. I'd love to see the garbage men try to throw that hunk of steel in the back of their truck. (NO WAIT, I wouldn't love to see that!)

Sidebar: Lead isn't good for you. I concede that fact. But unless she was licking the interior of the case or using it to store food, there's no chance it could have affected her. However, I'm okay with it, because now this lovely type cabinet lives with us and holds type again! But seriously, don't eat lead. Because it will make you go crazy/kill you.


This wonderful gentleman loaded up the type cabinet into his truck and delivered it to us. We all lugged it up the stairs (darn you stairs!), and later rearranged the studio to give it a place. Since then, I've been enjoying organizing our type in the traditional California Job Case system, and i've been inspired to start setting type again. It just blows my mind that the "letterpress fates" had this great gift for us. It was a really tough week (feeling very overwhelmed, getting behind, and spilling things on my desk), and I really appreciated this unexpected gift.


Jenny came in last week (her last day!) to take these photos of another new configuration of our space. Jenny and her husband Mike headed out on Saturday to live in Portugal for a few months. It's a bittersweet goodbye for sure. Jenny has been such a huge help to us, and will be sorely missed! I am so thankful to call her my friend. Jenny will be writing and sharing photos of her time in Portugal on her personal blog. You should definitely check it out. And also take a look at an adorable photo shoot Jenny & Mike did with Karen K. Wang Photography. They are too cute. Good luck friends, and come back soon!

Grand Opening!

Today I'm excited to bring you photos and info about the Grand Opening we had a few weeks ago! Our amazing intern Jenny took all of the photos and wrote the following post. Enjoy!

Jenny the intern here. A few weeks ago the '57 Biscayne residents opened their doors to the public for the first time. It was quite the party, with lots of wine, cheese, friends, and Carmelita (our landlady and fellow studio-mate's dog).


While guests were checking out the studio, Sara was multitasking like a boss, answering everyone's questions about Constellation & Co. and printing special keepsakes for them to take home. She had multiple presses running, printing two different colors on each chipboard keepsake.


We were also selling some limited edition posters, which were reprints of our Northwest-themed posters on vintage maps of Washington. They're incredibly beautiful and we still have a few left if you're interested.


Since I'm only in the studio once or twice a week, it's rare for me to run into the other '57 Biscayne artists. The Open House was a real treat for me to get to meet and talk to our studio neighbors. There are painters, jewelry makers, print makers, photographers, videographers, and book designers. If you're ever in the neighborhood, drop in and have yourself a little look-see. For now, more photos from the Open House:


...and last but not least, Sara "perched atop her old favorite girl." (in reference to this photo, taken at the old studio.)

If you want to hear more from me (Jenny), you can check out the blog I've been updating throughout my internship here.

And if you missed the Grand Opening, don't despair! '57 Biscayne will be open to the public tonight (December 1st) and Sunday (December 4th) for a Holiday Open House! For more information, visit '57 Biscayne online.