Shipwright & Co.

Shipwright & Co. was born in January of 2013 when a Chandler and Price letterpress circa 1911 entered the lives of two old friends, Jen Kruch and Jessie Alberts. The result, in my honest opinion, is one of the most exciting letterpress and design companies in the nation. Jen and Jessie have a distinct style, sense of humor, and impeccable craftsmanship that sets them apart from the pack.

Photo by Matt Morris

Photo by Matt Morris

Tucked away in a small garage atop a mountain, their printshop is located in an especially lovely part of the Napa Valley. Being surrounded by such beauty helps inspire these gals to be especially mindful and environmentally conscious in their work. They print with low-VOC rubber-based inks, use vegetable oil and other natural products to clean their press, and use 100% cotton, tree-free paper. Talk about an environmentally friendly small business!

Watch their process as they create a business card from (almost) start to finish in this short film by Matt Morris.

Before we go any further, some full disclosure: my sister is one-half of this company and my husband made the above film. That said, I'm not just writing about it because I'm biased — I'm sharing it because Shipwright & Co. deserves insane recognition for their unique design aesthetic, not to mention the painstaking skill and time it takes to pull and trim each and every piece they produce by hand.

With any piece of technology becoming obsolete after five years, it's astounding to think that something built more than 100 years ago is still relevant and does exactly what it was designed to do. With this type of approach, many tend to take themselves too seriously because they feel they're preserving this piece of history. What Shipwright does is bring levity to this labor-intensive art form — they have fun while producing beautiful things (check out their nautical series, which includes a merman version of Steve Guttenberg). They are the real deal, folks!

 

For more information about Shipwright & Co., get connected...

web: shipwrightandco.com » shop: etsy » email:  info@shipwrightandco.com 

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Cork Planter Magnets

We are wine people and therefore there's a pretty excessive stock of wine corks lying around the house at any given time. I also have a slight obsession with house plants...but our apartment has minimal natural light, which inevitably means that most of my plants die. This is depressing for obvious reasons, so I've been brainstorming ways of keeping house plants alive - even if it's just clippings from bigger plants outside. The best solution I've found so far is to put clippings of low-light plants into bottles filled with water - no soil...they seems to be perfectly happy. But in experimentation mode, I was inspired (by this blog post I stumbled upon) to try out some wine cork planters. And then I made 'em into magnets, since our fridge faces a direct light source and all. I'm just going to try watering it with a dropper once a week and see how it works! Here's a little DIY tutorial for you. 20120626-200548.jpg

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Sweet Tooth

I have an undeniable sweet tooth. I have come to terms with this fact, and found a way to keep my addiction under control (ha!). My general rule is to have a square of dark chocolate after dinner. That usually does the trick, but every once in a while I need more. Like this weekend, for instance. So, in the interest of portion control, I began to search for recipes that are literally just enough for me, myself and I...in one sitting. Otherwise it sits around the house and I snack on it every time I walk past and...well...you see where this is going! One of my favorite indulgences has always been cookie dough. I've come a long way from my high school days when a friend and I used to kill an entire roll of that chemical-and-preservative-heavy Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough stuff.

The following is a recipe that I believe I've perfected after some trial and error. I love this recipe so much because not only is it egg-free (raw egg is always a concern when chowing down on cookie dough), but I was able to cut the fat and sugar down by almost half from the original recipe and it tastes even better. Weird how that works out! Don't be afraid to experiment in order to cater to your own tastes! Maybe you want to use real chocolate chips in the mini variety...or maybe you want you use crushed mint chocolate bar...or maybe you want to use coconut extract instead of vanilla. The possibilities are endless, and luckily this recipe is so simple and yummy that you can easily whip it up whenever you get the craving!

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Adapted from Desserts for Two

 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon milk (I used organic 1%, but soy or almond would also work well) 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla 1/3 cup all-purpose unbleached flour Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional) 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

For chocolate coating: 1/4 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil

1.) In a small saucepan, melt the butter and sugars over low heat. When it's combined, remove from heat, and whisk in the milk, cinnamon, and the vanilla. Next, whisk in the flour. Cover and refrigerate the mixture until completely chilled (about 1 hour). If you skip this step, your chocolate chips will melt!

2.) Once the dough has chilled, stir in the chocolate chips, then roll the mixture into about tablespoon-sized balls using your hands. This will make about six balls. Place them in the freezer for one hour.

3.) For the chocolate coating, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a tiny sauce pan over very low heat, stirring constantly (or you could use a double-boiler if you're fancy and happen to have one). Turn the heat off as soon as it's incorporated. Using a spoon, pour the chocolate mixture over the top of the cookie dough balls until just covered, then chill to set.

If you are a flake sea salt fiend like I am, you can choose to leave the salt out of the mixture and instead sprinkle a few flake on top of each ball before the chocolate sets.

You can keep these in a tupperware container in the fridge for a few days. But they won't last for more than a day, I promise you that. Which is totally okay!

Ulyana Sergeenko

My mind is continuously blown by visionary Russian fashion designer and photographer Ulyana Sergeenko. I want to wear everything this woman creates...and that's about all I have to say about that.  

 

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The above photos are all from her 2011 lookbook. You can check out more of the 2011 lineup here.Her 2012 lookbook (equally as stellar) is also out and available for view on Vogue.ru.

All photos via Ulyana Sergeenko.