Merry Saucemas

We thought we’d share a few pics from our recent Christmas party. This is actually the first full-on Christmas party we’ve ever had. We always want to, but we just get so dad-gum busy and it never happens. This year, it had to happen. It’s just been such a landmark year for us in so many ways. The volume and quality of our work has seen dramatic shifts over the past year and we just needed to celebrate. Fessey even hosted a trivia hour, which got rather heated. We got together for this family dinner at Palmer’s Garden & Goods and ate some very tasty Italian grub from Prato.

Our friend F Harvell of Occasional Photo came by to shoot the event at very short notice and we’re ever-so grateful. You can see the full gallery here.

 

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Sauceoween ’13

Mama’s Sauce has been overrun by doppelgangers! Sauceoween provided a bevy of tricks and treats to the crew. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Can you guess who’s who?

Adam Grason: Helping campers everywhere.

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Don’t leave home without your gun! Or this poster!  Adam & his wife Christina are the peeps behind Zadok44, a creative studio specializing in apparel, illustration, & branding. This 11″ x 17″ “Camping Essentials” poster was printed on .017″ maple veneer, and was inspired by Adam’s imminent Fatherhood and Davy Crockett.

“This project had a very dear place in my heart. My wife and I were waiting for the arrival of our first kiddo (Harper), and I realized that as a designer & dad I had a self-inflicted obligation to create a piece for his room. We went with a camping theme, inspired by Davy Crockett and the idea for an “essentials” set was born. My illustration style nods very highly to the old 50’s style, and I wanted to capture that with this piece. I am also a huge fan of imperfect line work and chose to intentionally have things be off. I think it’s important to explore digital imperfection. I did some research on the essentials of camping and consolidated my own ideas into the piece. The digital era we are in has totally skewed what is essential for camping, ie. an iPod is not essential, but I found it on several lists. I pushed hard for a ton of hours and got it just where I wanted it. I strived to create a piece that would be marketable and a piece inspired by the adventures I want to have as a parent. Be adventurous my friends!”

- Adam Grason.

We loved running this project! Any chance we get to print on wood is pretty exciting. It definitely adds a few variables to the mix. The ink tends to lay down a little rough if the wood is really grainy, and the screens will pick up a little more dust along the way. Nothing too crazy though, and overall if makes a print like this even cooler.

 

The “Camping Essentials” poster is available now in the Zadok44 Store!

 

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Mama Welcomes Elizabeth!

After a lengthy scouring of the known world, Mama’s Sauce is VERY excited to announce that we have found our new letter press operator; Elizabeth Ross. Originally from Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Elizabeth made her way to the Sauce from Baltimore, Maryland; where she spent the last year and 1/2 there as a letter presser. After going to school for design at Harding University, Elizabeth found herself at a crossroads; not wanting to spend her career behind a computer screen, but still wanting to be involved in the creative process in some capacity. She began her career in the print industry with a bit of luck, as an apprenticeship in 2010 would quickly turn into a career & passion; ultimately leading her to her new home with us!

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Elizabeth made a visit to the Sauce in May of this year, and after spending a weekend with the crew, both sides knew that this was a match made in print heaven. She has been with us for about a month now, and has since been churning out top notch work day after day. Any letter pressed projects going forward will be handled by our new “Queen of the ‘Press,” so be on the lookout for some great projects in the near future!

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As an added bonus, not only did we get a super awesome new letter press operator, but she brought her dog too! The shop dog count now stands at TWO!

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Love Letters Update: Check’s in the mail!

We’re pleased to report that we have received 50 pre-orders for Love Letters and we’re sending Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum our first check for the proceeds. We couldn’t be more pleased to send this check for $1,100 along to the good folks in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

We’re still taking pre-orders, so CLICK HERE to reserve your set now!

Spring 2013 Internship

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We are feverishly elated to announce that the Mama’s Sauce Internship Program is now officially sponsored by French Paper Co.

No one shares our awkwardly intense enthusiasm for inspiring young print designers more than the fine folks at French. Together, we aim to build a program that introduces aspiring print designers to the world of spot color in a unique and hands-on sorta way.

Here’s a rundown of our new & improved educational gauntlet for Spring 2013:

French Paper Treasure Chest:

The kindly souls over at French Paper Co. will be supplying Mama’s interns with an arsenal of inspiring goods that are essential for any aspiring spot color print designer / paper geek.

Spot Color Seminar:

Learn a bit about the ins & outs of designing for spot color printing and demonstrate that learning by designing and printing a screen printed project.

French Sample Room:

Select intern projects will be proudly displayed in the French Sample Room.

Guest Professor:

Spring 2013 interns will have their portfolios personally reviewed by this semester’s Guest Professor: James White of Signalnoise Studio. This is a golden opportunity to hear a Canadian accent in a professional setting.

Hard work:

The only way to learn how to look at print is to look at print. A lot. We instill our obsession with quality in our interns by teaching them to check every single print that comes off press. Every printer at Mama’s Sauce got their start in quality control and it’s the only reason they can print the way they do.

Press Time:

Get to know letterpress and silkscreen printing by getting all up in the business of our presses. Learn to oil them, clean them, and help our pressmen run them.

The internships are unpaid, but we’ll happily work with your educational institution so that your work here is rewarded with credit. If you are not a student, don’t be afraid to throw your name in the hat!

If this sounds like something that makes you want to pee your pants, don’t fight that feeling. Click here to apply.

Love Letters Update: Artwork + Pre-Orders

We’re pleased as punch to give a first look at the artwork contributed for Love Letters! $22 of the purchase price from this set of letterpress printed coasters will got to help sustain the Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum. Paper for the coasters and packaging has been generously donated by Neenah Paper and French Paper Co.

Click here to order.

This is a terrific opportunity to celebrate a legacy of influence and inspiration. We can’t thank these designers enough for their incredible contribution:

A: Fuzzco

E: Justin Mezzell

I: Aaron Draplin

O: Dana Tanamachi

U: Jon Contino

&: Jessica Hische

Y: Ross Moody

Click here to order.


Come inside, stay a while…

Kwu stopped by for a few days and filmed what we do. Enjoy!

our red jumpsuit apparatus.

new website. check.
new uniforms. check.

we’re dressed and ready to print your goods.
let’s do this thing.