By Nadine Kam
Those who want to put a little more style into their correspondence might want to head to Alliway tomorrow night, the 31st, for Gotta Have It Thursday.
The evening’s special guest will be letterpress print shop designer Cari Nakanishi, of Miemiko Atelier, who will be displaying her boutique cards and journals from 4 to 8 p.m., when you can browse while enjoying desserts and drinks. There will also be discounts on Origami Bijoux jewelry, Stephanie B apparel, Melie Bianco handbags and Blue Q shopper bags. A $25 purchase will get you a free gift bag.
It’s been said for decades that the more technologically advanced a society becomes — to counter a mix of the attendant fear and confusion — the more it turns to things that are handmade and tactile, and that would apply here, as well as to the DIY movement big with both creators and consumers.
Miemiko Atelier can also create custom cards and stationery by hand-feeding specialty papers through a century-old cast-iron printing press.
I’m glad someone is preserving the old-fashioned printer’s skill. Setting individual pieces of type by hand seems so quaint in the blog age, but was once one of the stages in producing newspapers. I tried it out years ago, learning how to set pages of poetry and my favorite song lyrics, and learning to read upside down and backward in the process.
Alliway is in the Ward Warehouse. Call 589-1141.