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Littlemeats LA, a secret Sunday Supper club

I've been lurking around Littlemeats LA since Robin + Johanna, the husband and wife team behind it all, hosted their first dinner. It started as a "let's try and see" experiment to a full on incubator for chefs. Every Sunday 30 guests arrive to a loft where chefs who work at well-established LA restaurants (we're talking Melisse, Lukshon, etc.) get to experiment and try other recipes on their off day. These guys are passionate about food.

The first Littlemeats LA + Presshaus LA menu

The first Littlemeats LA + Presshaus LA menu

While at one of their events, I couldn't remember what I was eating so I suggested a menu and since then, Littlemeats LA has given me creative freedom! No clients but ok, these menus are also a labor of love as a pro-bono for the amazing meal they provide for me every Sunday evening. 

As a letterpress printer + designer,  I constantly design within 1 or 2 colors. Designing for digital printing felt awkward. Creating these menus was a design exercise outside the norm but it also meant having turn around prints within 2-3 days on top of the usual workload.

Now, Littlemeats LA is on Sunday Supper 24 or 25 and I barely learned that the name comes from the Spanish word "carnitas."  Carne means meat, the ending "-itas" makes it little so it means "little meats." I had no idea all this time!

Littlemeats LA
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See their food pics on IG

 

Special thanks to Brian Feinzimer for sharing his images!

Menu from a Yuna dinner hosted by Grand Performances at Littlemeats. Photo by: Brian Feinzimer

Menu from a Yuna dinner hosted by Grand Performances at Littlemeats.
Photo by: Brian Feinzimer

Photo by: Brian Feinzimer

Photo by: Brian Feinzimer

What's been going on at the Haus?

Sorry for the lack of updates, things have been busy around here!

Aside from our usual printing, we have been trying out new techniques and processes in conjunction with letterpress to create even more unique projects.

Here are some progress pictures of different projects we had going on in the past few weeks:

Here's a letterpress + foil 2015 calendar by Oakland based designer  Chelsey Dyer . It was fun working with her, be sure to grab a calendar before they're all gone! The only problem is, which color will you choose? Decisions, decisions...

Here's a letterpress + foil 2015 calendar by Oakland based designer Chelsey Dyer. It was fun working with her, be sure to grab a calendar before they're all gone! The only problem is, which color will you choose? Decisions, decisions...

First layer for  Jonathan Finn Gamino 

First layer for Jonathan Finn Gamino 

Completed card with rounded corners! One of the most graphic cards we've done so far :) 

Completed card with rounded corners! One of the most graphic cards we've done so far :) 

Indigo watercolor tests for  Savannah Farris-Gilbert

Indigo watercolor tests for Savannah Farris-Gilbert

Full indigo washes on the back of Savannah's card. Each one is unique!

Full indigo washes on the back of Savannah's card. Each one is unique!

Square business cards for  Satchel , a handbags and leather goods studio + store based in Georgia. Gold foil on one side and mounted on digital on the other. This card has been mounted to allow the 2 different processes to work together- it also gives a different color to each side of the card. Logo design by  Greta Ackerman

Square business cards for Satchel, a handbags and leather goods studio + store based in Georgia. Gold foil on one side and mounted on digital on the other. This card has been mounted to allow the 2 different processes to work together- it also gives a different color to each side of the card. Logo design by Greta Ackerman

More foil! New update for  Montaag , a very talented design studio based in Berkeley.

More foil! New update for Montaag, a very talented design studio based in Berkeley.

Color matching is a true test for the eyes. Mixing up some ink for  Urban Palate 's cards

Color matching is a true test for the eyes. Mixing up some ink for Urban Palate's cards

Letterpress cards for  Nuhr Studio , a production company based in Los Angeles who create short branded films with an emphasis on intimate details and the creative process. Definitely check out their work!

Letterpress cards for Nuhr Studio, a production company based in Los Angeles who create short branded films with an emphasis on intimate details and the creative process. Definitely check out their work!

This is just a small sampling of the work that's been going on at Presshaus! Stay tuned for more updates soon.

individual medley

It's now way past the holiday season but I promise Individual Medley, a boutique store filled with curated designer goods in Atwater Village, got these gift certificated before the rush. I just forgot to make space for them here online.

Here they are. Just like that.

If you're in the area, take the time to drop in and check out their stuff. They have something for everyone even kids!

Individual Medley
3176 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles 90039

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the solo project in gold

Seasons change and so do these business cards.

For this reprint, instead ok sticking to the grey + white theme that I've been seemingly defaulting to, I tried something diffferent. GOLD! I picked up a tube of gold in from the Printer's Fair a few weeks back from Ink in Tubes, pigment masters based out of San Jose, CA. Since then, I've been itching to use it for a project. 

They're packing is so clever!

They're packing is so clever!

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For these set of cards, I went full gold! Printed with gold ink and added a finishing gold edge on Crane's lettra 220# stock. The gold ink is subtle, not too shiny and brillant like gold foil, instead it leaves a pretty shimmer.

See the other grey and white version of these cards here and here.

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