Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Save The Date

We had the pleasure of designing and printing this lovely save the date for a Spring wedding in Charleston. The bride came to us with a really unique color palette of taupe, gray and aubergine, which quickly became one of our favorite combinations.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Garden and Gun Magazine

Thank you to Garden and Gun Magazine for including a recently designed and printed invite of ours. Garden and Gun Magazine is one of our favorites, so we were so excited to be included in their holiday guide. If you're interested in ordering these dinner party invites, give us a call, we'd be happy to put some in the mail for you!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Festive Letterpress

Hope to see you all on Wednesday, December 2nd for our holiday show. We’ll have cards and art prints as well as a scratch-and-dent pile full of some sweet deals. We’ll be roasting marshmallows on the patio and sipping on hot chocolate so stop by for some festive cheer. Please forward along to anyone that you think might be interested.

Happy Holidays,
The Ladies of Sideshow Press

Monday, November 16, 2009

getting ready...

...for the holidays that is. We've updated our etsy site with some of our latest holiday editions. We're busy working on others, so we'll share those soon too!

Monday, November 9, 2009

AIGA SC Best of Show

This past Friday we made trip to Columbia for the AIGA South Carolina InShow Awards. It's an annual event that features designs from across the state. We took home 5 cubes (made to look like cheese) and a special judges award for the Labelle/Parsons Invitations. We were also thrilled to receive Best of Show for the Sideshow Press stationery package. We always enjoy this event and are honored to have been included.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Regal Affair

An intimate wedding in at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia was our inspiration behind this regal set. (see the save the date we did earlier this year) Each piece of the invitation set was letterpressed and gold foiled. The set was complete with "A Guide to the Art of Packing" which contained tips for packing the right gear for this destination wedding. The weekend looked fabulous! Charm City Cakes did both the Wedding Cake and Grooms Cake. We were thrilled to be a part of such an unique event.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Southern Living

If you happen to be out and about, check out the new issue of Southern Living Christmas at Home. Two of our 09 holiday cards are featured (no. 5 and no. 10). If your interested in either, drop us a note, and we'll package them up for you!

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's finished! Check out our new portfolio site, launched today Special thanks to Peter Frank Edwards Photography for use of his amazing photographs of our pony-size press. Sandy Lang who wrote the thoughtful and beautiful copy. And to Blue Ion who helped our vision for the site come to life.

Pecha Kucha 4

The Sideshow Press ladies will be speaking at the up coming Pecha Kucha 4, Oct. 21. Come out and join us!

Pecha Kucha, Japanese for the sound of conversation, is a mix of show-and-tell, open-mike night and happy hour that has become a forum for ideas on design, architecture and other forms of creativity. Devised in 2003 in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha Night has spread virally to over 135 cities around the world as an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work in public.

Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds, giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Spools and Spools of Thread

This is a set we just finished for our friends Kim and Will. Our challenge was to incorporate color, but keep things simple, so we came up with this thread treatment. Multi-colored spools and spools of thread later, we were finished! Kim did most of the assembly herself - great job Kim!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cupcakes & Paper

Several of months ago, we had the pleasure of working with Melissa Bigner, the editor of Charleston Weddings; Roo Way, a fantastic photographer; and Renato Poliafito, the owner of Baked, to create a mock wedding dessert spread. We were challenged with the task of designing materials that any bride could make and assemble. Stamps, cloth bags, twigs, vintage prints and lots of amazing desserts made for a beautiful shoot. Look for the full story this month in Charleston Weddings.

Lowcountry Field Feast

We just finished these invitations for Lowcountry Field Feast, a field dinner to benefit Lowcountry Local First, an organization that advocates the benefits of a local living economy. Charleston chef Mike Lata of Fig will be preparing the feast out of local and sustainable food. We wanted the invite to be sustainable as well as respresentative of the event. We letterpressed the invite on the front of small seed envelopes, filled the envelopes with heirloom seeds and addressed the backs of the envelopes. Simple and reusable.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Mountain Celebration

We just completed this set for a couple getting married in the mountains of South Carolina. This outside wedding will take place this fall in a meadow at the foot of the mountains. The bride provided us with images to get us inspired, it is truly a beautiful spot!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Reduce Reuse Recycle with Halle

Between chipboard, plantable seed paper, and rubber paper (made of 100% recycled tires) this invitation is by far the most green invite we've created to date. It was a great challenge to bring all of these materials and textures together, we used hand drawn type and illustrations to tie all of the various pages together. We're currently working on all of the event materials (some of which include) hand painted table cloths on organic cotton, plantable menus, and green screen graphics!

In case you missed it, check out the Save the Date we did for Halle:

And, Halle's site:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Taste of Summer

Our first print run on the new press! We printed these materials for a photo shoot for The Lee Brothers and Kiawah's Legends Magazine last week. Turned out great. We were even able to print large solid areas, which is a first for Sideshow Press! Look for the full article next Spring.

1,050 lbs of pure love

After years of hunting for the perfect Vandercook No. 4 Proof press, we finally found one. Last week we rolled her right into our new space...and she is a beauty! It's 1,050 lbs of pure love. We can't wait to start pressin'!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pack Your Bags

Sewn leather and embossed luggage tags were mailed in a custom wrapped box to guests for our most recent client getting married in Keswick, Virginia. The bride and groom are avid travelers and are hosting a destination wedding - so the luggage tag was a perfect fit.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

PRINT Magazine Regional Design Annual 2009

We just received word that Sideshow Press was chosen to be included in PRINT Magazine's Regional Design Annual...times two! There were over 5,000 entries this year so we are thrilled to have been chosen. And to make it even more special, the two pieces selected were pieces done for members of the Sideshow Press Family. The baby shower invite for Courtney and the birth announcement for Otto. The issue will be on news stands this November.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Movin' on Up (to 9 Cannon)

We are so thrilled to share the news that we are moving! After years, and we mean years, of searching, we've finally found the perfect home for our press. After nearly 60 years in business, Fralix Shoe Repair is closing their doors. The building is currently getting a fresh coat of paint inside and out and stained concret floors. We hope to be offically moved in by July 1, so please stop by and say "hello".

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Library Wedding

We just completed this set for our bride and groom getting married on the steps of the Pittsburgh Public Library. Keeping with the library theme, we created this set based on a small box of bookplates. Each set includes a custom wrapped box, invitation, response card and envelope, reception card, library history card and set of book plates for each guest. We love this small (3.5x5), non-traditional invite!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Charleston Meets Vietnam Part II

We've just completed this invitation for our "east meets west" bride and groom. This time we used blind letterpress, letterpress and gold edging on all pieces, which, we think was the perfect compliment to their save the date (see post from January 4th). The piece was finished off with a deep red letterpress liner and gold calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Sitting Room

Our next event will be Thursday, April 23 at The Sitting Room in Mount Pleasant. We'll be teaming up with four other local designers to showcase our wares. The show is from 10 am until 3 pm. Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us last night, the ladies of Sideshow were blown away! Thanks to all your support, we're going to have to get pressin' again, and soon!

Lesesne was the perfect host! We are lucky to have such a inspiring store in Charleston. Thank you to Fish for the beautiful and delicious sweet treats.

If you missed last night, not to worry, we left the loot with the ladies at Lesesne. So if you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by and say "Hello"!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fresh Letterpress

Join the ladies of Sideshow at Lesesne for the debut of our newest letterpress creations

Wednesday, April 8th
539 King Street

Champagne and desserts provided by Fish

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A labor of love.

Our latest project was for the newest member of the Sideshow Press family. Joining the ranks of Gabe and Otto, Sally Bea arrived on the scene last fall. This birth announcement was truly a labor of love. It's been pressed, backed, glued, lined and is finally ready for the mail!