2015: A Year of Unprecedented Growth

In 2015, we experienced unprecedented growth of custom orders, on-site printing, and retail sales, and expanded our staff and physical space in response. It has been an exhilarating year, to say the least. Even coming down with mono in late August (from which I am still recovering) didn't slow us down, thanks to Martin's unwavering commitment to ensuring day-to-day operations run smoothly, and to our fantastic employees.

Tim (who left for grad school this summer), Baxter, Andrea and Josh worked tirelessly to ensure custom orders were printed on time, with the same high quality and attention to detail that has propelled our business almost completely by word of mouth alone. Katie has also been invaluable, acting as our receptionist, in-house graphic designer, and shop keeper at The Pea Pod. We are incredibly fortunate!

I'd like to recap highlights from the past year, so I'll save my aspirations for 2016 for another post... Don't worry, this one is mostly pics! And yet, still doesn't include the classes and workshops, field trips, custom printing projects, and so much more that we do on a daily basis...

In January, we expanded into studio 112, behind The Pea Pod. We moved our etching and relief presses and office into the new space, allowing for the full use of studio 111 (The Pea Pod) for retail space. The move gave artists a lot more room for working, and us more space for meeting with clients.

Our interview for the AL.com feature, "On the Job," was published in the Huntsville Times.

We demonstrated moveable type and letterpress printing for the "101 Inventions That Changed the World" exhibit at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

We were included in a blog post by iHeartHsv: “Top 8 Picks for Geeky Spots in Huntsville” and featured in another: “Two Peas in a Pod: My Interview with Green Pea Press Founders Martin Blanco and Rachel Lackey” 

And were also prominently featured in the article “Public Studios: Making Art Accessible,” in the Spring 2015 issue of the Artists & Makers national magazine.

In March, we hosted The Itinerant Printer, a letterpress artist who spent 2015 traveling to over 100 printshops around the US, sharing stories and creating prints with each shop's unique collection of type.

We were included in another iHeartHsv blog post: “10 Must-Have Huntsville Souvenirs”

Printed choose-your-own-adventure themed t-shirts on site for the Fine Arts Festival at local magnet school, Academy for Academics and Arts

We hosted Martin's sister, Marianna, from Uruguay, March-June during her stay in Huntsville. She was great company and a wonderful help!

In April, we were featured in another blog post by iHeartHsv: “4 AWESOME Art Class Options for Visitors in Huntsville, AL” 

We built an awesome new display booth for traveling shows out of pallet wood, designed by Martin himself

Which we set up at Panoply Arts Festival, where we sold our wares and printed the winning designs from our t-shirt contest on demand--and won a merit award!

We also printed t-shirts on site for Spring Fest, a local music festival held at Yellowhammer Brewery.

We spent the first weekend of May in Montgomery at one of our all-time favorite shows, Southern Makers, surrounded by people we admire, who are crafting some of the greatest food, art, music and goods in the South today.

We also printed t-shirts on site for the Downtown Huntsville Food Truck Rally, recognized as one of the best in the nation

In June, the incomparable Sean Starwars of Woodcut Funhouse taught a 3-day full-color woodcut workshop

We held our first free Members Night: Open Studio for GPP members to socialize while working on individual or collaborative projects

And worked with the Huntsville-Madison Co. Convention & Visitors Bureau and the American Advertising Federation of North Alabama to screen print the top 10 designs from the DesignHsv poster contest.

We screen printed t-shirts on site for Beer Quest, hosted by SciQuest Hands On Science Museum

And for the inaugural Microwave Dave Day Celebration, produced by the Microwave Dave Day Foundation, committed to promoting music education in public schools (for which we raised $800!)

In July, we printed t-shirts on site for the Alabama Tomato Festival, hosted by Stone Hollow Farmstead.

In August, we set up at Greene Street Farmer’s Market and the Downtown Art Walk

And began printing our 2016 Letterpress Fundraising Calendar.

In September, we printed t-shirts on site for Slide the City in downtown Huntsville

And Big Spring Crush wine festival, hosted by Homegrown Huntsville

Worked on our 2016 Letterpress Fundraising Calendar...

And were featured in an article about Lowe Mill in the September issue of Alabama Living magazine.

In October, we were honored to be invited to demonstrate our craft at Kentuck Festival of the Arts, one of the longest-running (and one of the best!) art and craft shows in the South

We were included in Our Valley Events' blog post: "5 Places to Get Unique Gifts in Huntsville"

And worked on our 2016 Letterpress Fundraising Calendar...

We made a huge move, adding a new 1500 sq. ft. location for screen printing, just up the street!

In November, we moved equipment and gave up studio 112 after less than a year

We were contacted by Whole Foods Market to begin selling our HOME t-shirts, letterpress wine tags, and entire line of towels and aprons in the new Huntsville store location

Screen printed t-shirts on site for the Hospitality Industry Convention hosted by the Huntsville-Madison Co. Convention & Visitors Bureau at the new Campus 805

Were included in Rocket City Mom's "2015 Hometown Holiday Gift Guide"

Worked on our 2016 Letterpress Fundraising Calendar...

Acquired Rocket City Brand and released 4 new and 4 previously released t-shirt designs at once


And finally completed our gorgeous 2016 Letterpress Fundraising Calendar, which completely sold out before Christmas for the very first time!

In December, we were featured in an article by AL.com that was distributed to newspapers across the state, "Alabama-made gifts you can buy online for $25 or less," and as a result, experienced the largest volume of online orders we've ever received 


We screen printed cloth grocery bags to give away at Santa's Workshop Local Vendor Fair held at the new Whole Foods Market in Huntsville

And tried our best to keep up with demand during a shopping season that was exponentially busier than any we've experienced over the past five years!

So as always, thank you for your continued support that makes it possible for us to do what we do, which is what we love. See you in 2016!