Intern Corner 001 | Amber

Hi there!

I'm Amber and I have had the pleasure of interning with Alissa for the past few months. Here's a little bit about me: I'm a recent UCLA graduate, I just got married and I work at Blacktop Coffee in the Arts District. 

As part of the internship, I got to design my own collection of whatever type of paper good I wanted. I chose to design these sweet greeting cards. I wanted to create something that would make people smile when they saw it and I don't think I'm alone when I say that breakfast food makes me smile A LOT. It makes my husband smile even more, especially bacon. Breakfast food makes us happy. It's so delicious and easy to cook, so we usually cook big breakfasts together. Our memories of cooking breakfast together are some of my favorite from when we were dating. There's nothing I love more than a slow morning, making breakfast and drinking coffee with my husband. 

Sometimes in order to start a project you just have to sit down and do it, you have to start somewhere. So one day at Alissa's studio, I just sat down and cranked out these sketches and they ended up being the ones I went with. They just needed to be fiddled with in Adobe Illustrator. One of the most important things I wanted to learn, aside from how to use the press, was how to edit my designs in Illustrator, so that I could turn them into beautiful paper goods. This project really helped me learn.

After you put your designs in Illustrator you send them out to be made into plates which you then put onto the letterpress and they are what make the impressions on the paper. As you can see you, have to make a few adjustments until the design lands where you want it to. This is called the "make-ready" process. Then you put every piece of paper into the machine one by one to be letterpressed. It is really a very personal and hands-on process.  

The last step was to watercolor the cards. I played around with a lot of colors to get the colors I wanted. In the end, I decided that less was more and I am really satisfied with how my first collection turned out. 

These pretties are now available in the Intern Corner section under the Shop tab. I hope they bring joy to you and those you give them to.

P.S. Keep an eye out for a post about how you can apply for the next internship.