Wed, Jun 17 2015 by Kristin Amico

Introduce yourself and tell us about your handmade business.
My name is Rachel Robinson, I'm a stationery designer and a letterpress printer. Robinson Press was founded in 2010 as a custom design and print shop dedicated to creating timeless pieces to announce and commemorate life's most special occasions.

Can you describe your studio?
My studio is not neat - books of paper samples, ribbon swatches and Pantone books are never where they're supposed to be. My bookshelf is overstuffed with books of botanical prints and antique typography samples, and there are three shelves with wedding invitation jobs in progress. My Chandler and Price Platen Press is downstairs from the office, and hangs out with an antique challenge paper cutter. They're both cast iron monsters that laugh at me when I try clumsily to make them do their jobs.

What's your creative process, how do you find inspiration?
I love designing invitations for weddings the most, each couple comes to me with a dream in mind of how they will announce their wedding, but no idea how to make that dream a reality on paper. I love to look through old books and prints and wallpaper patterns for that perfect motif or monogram or tree etching that feels like the right spark on which to base the rest of the design.

Can you explain your printing process?
My designs are done in illustrator and then polymer plates are made for each color of the design from the digital files. Once the plates arrive from the plate maker, each ink color must be mixed by hand and then the press is inked up and ready to go. Aligning the plate to the paper, and getting the impression pressure just right takes almost as much time as doing a run of 100 pieces - it's a finicky business.

Anything you'd like to add about the importance of buying handmade?
Handmade goods are pieces of art in their own right. The taste, skill and passion of the person making these goods become part of the finished piece, they are that intangible quality that makes an object come to life. Buying handmade helps to keep craftsmanship alive, helps to keep the knowledge flowing from one generation to the next, and gives us all hope that the goods of today and the future don't have to be bland, common and lifeless.

Guilty pleasure you'd like to share?
The Fluffernutter.

Sun, Jun 14 2015 by Kristin Amico

Whiskers, kitty, puss, tiger -- whatever you call your cat, it’s clear our artists and customers are fond of felines. We’ve rounded up our favorite items that make purrfect gifts for cat ladies and gents, and even treats for your furry friends, too. No cat is too big, too cute, or too sparkly for Craftland.

Art Prints, Ryan Berkley

Women’s Tee, Red Prairie Press

Handsome Kitty & Crystal Pillows, Pretty Snake

Space Kitty Tee, Pinecone + Chickadee

Cat Mug with Lid, Lucky Monkey

Felted Barrettes and Brooches, Migration Goods

Block Prints, Meredith Stern

Catnip, Masionwares

Found that perfect something you think is the cat’s meow but can't make it to the store? That's OK. Give us a call at 401.272.4285 and we can ship the order to you. Cat got your tongue? We are happy to receive emails, too:

Sat, Jun 13 2015 by Kristin Amico

Looking for the perfect gift for pops? Of course you are. We've got a lot more than just ties for dad. Whether he’s into dapper accessories or locally printed art, you’ll find the best ever gift for dad.

Circuit Board Cufflinks, Circuit Breaker Labs

Printed Wallet, Shara Porter

H.P. Lovecraft Print, Alec Thibodeau

Bicycle Gear Clocks,

Whale T-Shirt, Gnome Enterprises

Father’s Day Cards
Two Trick Pony

Paper parasol Press

Mon, May 25 2015 by Kristin Amico

Summer, the OTHER gift giving season – baby showers, wedding showers, house warming parties, garden parties and more. We know you have a busy summer lined up. While we can’t help you bake the cake or peel the potatoes for your crowd pleasing potato salad, we can help you bring the most sparkly, fantastic gift.

The most stylish baby gifts
Baby spork and spoon set, Beehive Handmade. Lead-free pewter for a happy baby and mommy.

Keep all the babies on your list clothed in the cutest onsies. We have dozens of options, including several that show off your Rhode Island pride.

Fancy and functional gifts for housewarmings and garden parties
Tea Towels and Herb Marker Set, Girls Can Tell

Cherrywood Utensils, Jonathan’s Spoons

Craftland highly encourages sending snail mail. We have scoured the country for high quality printed and letterpress cards and invites. Why not mail a memorable card instead of sending an email?

Wedding Cards, Parrot Design Studio

Party & Shower Invites, ilee Papergoods

Any questions? Stop by the shop and we can help you hand pick an unforgettable gift.

Mon, May 18 2015 by Kristin Amico
Graduation is hard work. Don’t all those papers, essays, multiple choice tests and sleepless nights deserve a gift? We think they do. Here are few suggestions for the grads in your life.

Remember Rhode Island
We hate to see you go, but if graduation means packing up and leaving town, we have lovely pieces to help you remember your time here fondly.

Rhode Island Print, Paper Parasol Press

Laser Cut Cuff Bracelet of City Street Maps, Joyo

RIPTA Bangle Bracelet, With Care Jewelry

Go West, or East or South
Taking off to cross the border or an ocean post -graduation? We hope you document your adventures on paper, as well as on Instagram. Here’s how:

Map Journal, Kristin Crane

Kristin also compiled great tips on how to put together the essential and portable travel journal kit.
Happy travels, everyone!

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