“Madness can be a medicine for the modern world, whose side effects offer a boost to our psychological immune system to help fight the existential crisis of a normal life.”
(paraphrased from Hannibal, Season 1, Episode 11: Rôti)
Paraphrasing, typesetting, printing and photography by Peter Stuart Lakanen
You’ve probably heard of Der Orchideengarten, the legendary German supernatural horror magazine published from January 1919 until November 1921. Though its literary content has been widely reprinted, the artwork—which ranges from medieval etchings to occult woodblocks to expressionist visions—has gone largely undocumented. Hence this Kickstarter campaign from @centuryguild.
The artworks balance the romantic and the gothic with hyper-elegant sophistication. The examples below only begin to convey the magazine’s incredible production values. Our friends at Century Guild are lavishing that same attention to detail on their reproductions.
Pledge rewards include hand-pressed letterpress cards, books, and even a dedication. And, of course, gemütlichkeit.
So, National Letter Writing Month is approaching...
…and we want you, your friends, your family, and everyone else in the world to participate.
Did you know that you can get a free (yes, FREE, and not the weird free that is actually not free or requires you to give up all your information) Write_On kit to get you started?
There are 10,000 kits to distribute, so sign up for yours before it’s too late!
Kits include 6 letterpress printed cards from Egg Press and Hello!Lucky with matching envelopes, a sheet of Strathmore writing paper with a matching envelope, a Write_On zine, fun Write_On stickers, and the first 5,000 kits to be claimed will also include a Gelly Roll pen from Sakura of America (note: international kits will not receive the Gelly Roll pen).
I am so happy to announce my letterpress stationery is officially on sale today! There are two items, and the above is a set of note cards, which comes in a box (5 of each design) with envelopes made of beautiful Mohawk paper. These notecards are designed in Tokyo (me illustrating), San Francisco (planning and designing), and hand-printed in New York! We spent a lot of time in every detail, and I really appreciated patience and encouraging attitudes of people at Chronicle Books. The yellow colour was not yellow at first, but we changed the plan in the end and I am now very happy with the result. The other item will follow soon… レタープレスの商品が今日発売になりました。封筒付き、箱入りのカードセット。日本ではAmazonから購入できるようです。