As much as I enjoy the freedom, flexibility and independence of being a solo-preneur, I definitely miss connecting with other creatives and business-savvy people on a regular basis. One thing engage!09 really inspired me to do is not wait for someone else to create what I'm looking for, but to just go out and make it happen! I decided to organize a get-together of a few "small shop" wedding pros I knew in the Orlando area and last Friday was our first "official" meet up. The lovely and super talented Anna Bond of Rifle Design kindly offered her brand new studio space to host our first get together.
Some of Anna's gorgeous work:
Here's who came: Anna of Rifle Design | Sarah and Lisa of Orange Blossom Ink | Fiona of Anavi Ink | Grace of Grace Edmands Calligraphy | Becka of Studio 222 Photography | Ashley of Ashley Brooke Designs | Monica of BoomBox Bindery
Nick of Mama's Sauce Print Shop, right next door, treated us with coffee and delicious baked goods from Davis Bakery. If you've been on the hunt for a local letterpress resources, definitely contact Nick. They have a full screenprinting set up as well.
He also gave us tour of the shop which included running one of their letterpresses and giving us a fresh off the press souvenir designed by Anna (yes, that is some s-weet hand drawn type by Anna).
Hopefully this is just the start of many inspiring meet-ups to come!