With the New Year fast approaching, it’s that time to update your calendars for 2013. In the spirit of keeping things interesting, I curated a small selection of unique calendars that hopefully appeal to a wide variety of tastes and considerations. Hope you enjoy what you see!
Hammerpress “Lunar” Calendar
A familiar favorite from an earlier post on letterpress cards, Hammerpress released a wonderful rustic, yet refined calendar that follows the phases of the moon. This one is the most conventional (and thus may be the most user friendly) of the group in terms of it’s 11” x 17” size and tear-off pages. There isn’t much room for marking daily appointments, but there is a handy section for notes and reminders.
12 Musketeers Collaborative Calendar
This calendar is interesting in that it is the singular product by a collaboration of designers known as 12 Musketeers. The cooperative aligned underneath a collective interest in preserving hand-printing techniques. For the calendar, each designer illustrated his or her own personal take on each month.
Some pages are fun, others are personal, and a few are delightfully irreverent. It’s interesting to see the breadth of styles and interpretations of the designers – especially within a given format and two-toned palette. All in all, it’s a great hand-made day ticker for your desk, wall, or fridge.
Patrick Frey Woven Unraveling Calendar
(image via lastejeymaneje.blogspot.com)
At the more conceptual end of the spectrum, this calendar by Patrick Frey functions by unweaving it from bottom up. When the day is over, you pull the dangling string to unravel it upward – in essence erasing the day and depositing it in a nice pile of string below. Obviously it’s not a day-planner, but it makes for a satisfying evening ritual.
(On a nerdy hermeneutic note, ancient Greek society viewed both string and weaving as metonyms for the passage of time. The interactive element of this calendar is reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, wherein Penelope weaves her shroud by day but unravels it by night to delay her impending betrothal to an unwanted suitor. Just a little something for you…)
Stitch Design Co. & Sideshow Press “Southern” Calendar
Designed exclusively for Garden & Gun, this letterpress calendar was produced through the combined efforts of Stitch Design Co. & Sideshow Press – both of which hail from Charleston, SC. Each month features a unique illustration of southern motif, whether it is an epicurean diagram or a montage of hunting rifles. Additionally, each design is complemented by a quote from one of twelve choice southern authors. Complete with an optional wooden mounting plaque and leather hanging strap, it is about as charming as it gets.
Campbell Raw Press Limited Edition Cyanotype Calendars
Last but not least, this series of one-of-a-kind calendars from Campbell Raw Press is my absolute favorite for 2013. Each of the 60 unique prints is crafted completely by hand using a winsome combination of processes.
First, Maggie of Campbell Raw gathered Queen Anne’s Lace while visiting family in Iowa. She then prepared her paper and printed the cyanotypes by hand before returning to her letterpress studio in Brooklyn. The pages were then pressed using hand-written lettering for the days and months – all of which are displayed on a single scroll-like page. As a final touch, each print has hand torn edges to create a uniform deckle around the single calendar page. How’s that for handmade?
Yet all craft aside, the other beautiful aspect of this calendar is the charitable nature behind the entire series. For each calendar sold, the press will donate $15 to the Cure Alzheimers Fund. As if beautiful craftsmanship isn’t enough to keep you happy and humble all year, knowing that your money supported a good cause should do the trick. If you are interested in learning more about the production and/or availability of these calendars, be sure to check the blog at Campbell Raw Press.