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Meet Gocco

                    Gocco

Here’s the best pic I could find of a Gocco system.  It’s tough to see all the parts up close, but you can get a good idea…basically, Gocco is a silkscreen/stamper combo.  You create an image on a screen, then impress it onto the machine and make multiple prints by pressing down on it.  I’ll keep looking for visuals, but for now, heeeeeeere’s Gocco!

Gocco Your Socks Off

                    Bubbledog Gocco Trees

When I started this blog, I thought letterpress printing was the only way to produce original, beautiful designs on paper (ok, screening is pretty cool too).  Then I found Gocco – sounds like the name of a large lizard, no?  Gocco is actually an amazing, compact, totally self contained full color printing system invented in Japan by Noboru Hayama in 1977.  Gocco really gives prints a handmade look.  Having been popular in Japan for many years, Gocco fever is now spreading among crafters in the US – just as Gocco was beginning to be discontinued overseas!  The “Save Gocco” campaign has done just that, and now anyone can buy Gocco products and begin printing.  The system is a bit pricey (about $400 for a starter kit), but if you consider how much letterpresses cost (much more), you might find it’s worth looking into.

This week I’ll be highlighting Gocco papermakers and the wonderful world of Gocco!  The notecards you see here are from Bubbledog, and they really show how vibrant Gocco prints can be.  Check out Bubbledog’s Etsy page or her website.

               Blossom Creations Lovebirds 

               Blossom Creations Animals

In keeping with my recycled paper theme this week, my search through Etsy led me to Blossom Creations, a Brisbane, Australia-based woman who quit her job to study graphic design and start her own stylish sustainable products company.  Along with placemats, napkins, and other accessories, Blossom Creations also has these adorable hand-screened notecards, sold in sets or individually. I love her “Lovebirds” and “Animals” prints.  They’re made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled card stock, and come with brown kraft envelopes.  Check out her website, too.  A welcome addition to the world of sustainable products!

Write Responsibly

The worldwide Live Earth concerts are tomorrow – 7.7.07 – so I’d like to show off some awesome letterpress that are also environmentally friendly.  The most fun one I’ve found is Seltzer Goods, an Astoria, Queens-based company who use custom made paper that’s “thick, luxurious and best of all, 100% post-consumer recycled. We print using vegetable-based ink, use recyled paper shipping materials and avoid petroleum products wherever possible.”  The cards are totally witty, bright and unique…you’ve never seen cards like this before.  One of their newest products are “patternpads,” a tablet of awesome sheets of recycled writing paper with bright patterns on the back.  Use it for scrapbooking, collage, or to tell all your friends you saw Al Gore rocking out at a Live Earth concert (that’s the rumor)!

                        Seltzer Goods patterpad

You can’t buy Seltzer’s cards on their site, but they have a store locator to find them nationwide!  Run out and buy one NOW!

                Blogathon 2007 

I was really looking forward to posting about how I would be blogging during Blogathon 2007.  Unfortunately, I found out today that the date for the ‘thon is July 28th, and I will be out of town….instead, this is an important post about what you can do to help other bloggers during this great event.

During the Blogathon, many, probably hundreds, of bloggers will be “posting” on their blogs every 30 minutes for 24 hours (or as long as they can last!)  You can find the list of blogs hereChoose a charity or blog that you support, and sponsor them.  There is a very wide range of charities.  You can either pledge money based on how many posts the bloggers have, or a flat donation.  I’m probably going to do a couple of flat donations…since the news about the Blogathon date just came out today, I’m going to wait a few days to see who has signed up.  However, my charities of choice will most likely be

The American Cancer Society

The National Kidney Foundation

Mazon: A Response to Jewish Hunger

Check back here or Blogathon often, as this is a very popular event!  Find a blog you like to read, a charity you support, and feel proud that you made a difference!

Happy 4th!

         Creative Apples cupcake white 

Since I live in a far-away place, my kids will be going to school on July 4th.  We will be missing our annual barbeque and beach fireworks, but I’ll be sure to make some cupcakes to celebrate.  I hope they come out as yummy looking at these beautiful cards from Creative Apples.  Based out of Chicago, Creative Apples notecards are the designer’s own photos.  She also has great close ups of Superhero figures, vintage robots, and coffee beans (and who doesn’t heart coffee beans, especially in the morning?)  Of course, she’s an Etsy find…go check her out now!  Thanks to my friend at Paper Shop ink for the inspiration!

              Creative Apples cupcake pink

              Letterary Press Get Well       

We’ve had some sickies in the house this past week, so I thought my Sunday Etsy stroll would focus on the all important get well card. This card comes from Letterary Press, out of Portland (Oregon or Maine, I’m not sure). What I love about these cards are the uniqueness of bringing ordinary sentiments totally out of the box. They do a line of Shakespeare quotation cards, birth announcements, and custom design. And, everything is printed with soy ink and 100% recycled paper. Definitely worth checking out!

And who can resist the ‘Mom’s chicken soup’ card…again from Two Piglets Press

               Two Piglets Soup