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Friday Features - 01/17/20

Happy Friday Everyone! We hope the new year has been treating you well! Here is a roundup of what Inkwell has featured on social media this week!

Letterpress Printed Local Card by Inkwell Boutique
It has been almost an entire year since Inkwell Originals has debuted this Halifax-Dartmouth card series and it is still growing in popularity! It’s the perfect card if you need to show some love to someone living across the harbour. Like all the cards by Inkwell Originals, it is letterpress printed by hand (and with love) here in Halifax! You can check out this card, and the rest of the Inkwell Original product line, in-store or online here.

screen printed handmade hankie by Rcboisjoli
These Canadian made screen printed hankies by Rcboisjoli are both fun & functional. They are a cheerful way of keeping a pop of colour with you as you venture through the drearier winter months! We have an assortment of patterns that include cats (seen above), raccoons, horses, anchors and a few more to choose from in-store now.

Hand Illustrated Unicorn Card by Saucy Face Studio
This super sweet card, by Saucy Face Studio, can be used for almost any quirky occasion. It, along with many of the other love cards we carry, is perfect for sending a message that is equal parts sassy and sweet. Available in-store and online here.

Letterpress Printed Hedgehog Card by ILee Letterpress
Whether you’re a lover of hedgehogs or not, this adorable letterpress printed hedgehog love card by ILee Letterpress has been capturing hearts for a while now. It’s small, heartwarming, beautifully detailed, and isn’t heavily directed towards any specific message. It’s the sort of card that can be kept on hand and used for any occasion. Available in-store and online here.

Hand Lettering Ocean Print by Kim Roach of Happy Sappy Mail
This nautical print is a great gift for someone looking to bring some maritime feeling with them wherever they are. Made by Kim Roach of Happy Sappy Mail, it is a beautiful example of flawless hand lettering in a clean circle composition. It is available in-store and online here. Continue reading

Friday Features - 12/20/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With less than a week left before Christmas, we have been featuring a bunch of products that would be perfect for your gift-giving needs!

Letterpress printed linocut print by Deep Hollow Prints
This letterpress linocut print is the perfect epitome of East Coast cozy! Printed here in Nova Scotia by the talented Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print, this print & much more of Laura’s work is available in-store!

Amethyst hanging planter by rcboisjoli
This geometrically formed amethyst glazed hanging planter by Alexx Boisjoli of rcboisjoli is perfect for anyone who is a fan of plants, crystals, or both! Available in-store.

Bird & Wildflower Calendar by Rigel Stuhmiller
There are still a few 2020 Calendars available in our Halifax shop. Featured here is a wonderful calendar by Rigel Stuhmiller focused on birds and wildflowers! Each monthly image is colourful, bright, and eye-catching. If you still need your calendar for the new year, this might be the perfect one for you!

Handmade Soap by Laughing Pear
Laughing Pear Soaps have been a long-standing popular stocking stuffer for shoppers at Inkwell. They’re affordable, long-lasting, high-lather bars that are handmade in Nova Scotia with no harsh chemicals. Available is a variety of scents including seasonal favourites such as Frosted Fir & Cinnamon.

Letterpress printed Hanukkah cards by 9th Letter Press
It’s not too late to pick up Hanukkah cards in-store! Here are three letterpress printed designs we brought in from the fantastic folks at 9th Letter Press!

Handmade Felt Art Hoops by Laura Nightingale of The Yellow Birdcage
Laura Nightingale, of The Yellow Birdhouse, has an assortment of art hoops available here at Inkwell! Her hoops are handmade from wool felt and patterned fabric. Some are holiday focused while others are for all year round. All are locally made & beautiful. Available in-store now! Continue reading

Friday Features - 12/13/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With the holiday season in full swing, we’ve been posting about all sorts of products! Holiday Cards and 2020 Calendars have been selling quickly but we still have a few to mention! Here are the new products we’ve featured on social media this week.

Letterpress Bookmarks by The Little Paper House Press
All the way from Australia, these adorable letterpress printed bookmarks from The Little Paper House Press have been proving to be a perfect stocking stuffer. They’re colourful, incredibly detailed and formatted perfectly to highlight a fun little graphic peaking out of a closed book. Feel free to check out wide array of designs in-store now!

Pet Bowties by Sweet Pickles Design
Back by popular demand, and just in time for holiday photos, pet bowties by Sweet Pickles Designs have been restocked. These bowties are designed with a simple elastic hoop to slip over your pet’s regular collar so they can be worn without much hassle. We have a large selection of designs, but limited stock for each, in-store now!

Floral Calendar By Badger & Burke
There are still a few 2020 Badger & Burke flower calendars left in-store! This calendar is delightfully vibrant & a great way to introduce some cheer in your new year. If you still need your calendar for the 2020 year this might be the one for you.


Plant Calendar by Bloomwolf Studio
If you’re shopping for a plant lover, Bloomwolf Studio’s 2020 plant calendar could be the perfect fit! Each month features an adorably illustrated assortment of succulents, cacti, hanging plants & mini plant terrariums. Available in-store now!

Punch Needle Embroidery by Chelsea of Luna Dragonfly
We were able to welcome the wonderful work by Chelsea of Luna Dragonfly Designs this week! Chelsea is a self-taught fibre artist, who fell in love with fibre art when searching for a new creative outlet. An assortment of her punch needle embroidery hoops can be found in-store now.

Handmade Bag by Frankie & Coco
Another new arrival this week! These bags by Frankie & Coco are beautiful and functional. They are generously sized & fit everything you need for a busy day. Snaps on the side easily convert it from a chic carryall to a roomie tote, depending on your needs. Available in 3 delightful patterns to suit your personality. Quantities are limited, available in-store now.

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Friday Features - 11/29/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With the store being a full on winter wonderland, we’ve continued to feature products with a more holiday focus. Here’s a roundup of the great gifts & decor that we shared on social media this week!

screenprinted pet plush ornament by Broderpress
Along with the food-focused screenprinted wood ornaments we featured last week, we were sure to bring in more of Broderpress’ always popular screenprinted plush animals ornaments as well. These ornaments are adorable on the tree and are also available in larger plush versions that are a more realistic size. In-store now, quantities & designs are limited.

Laser cut wood ornaments from Henderson Dry Goods
These charming laser cut ornaments are our newest arrival from Canada’s west coast. Alex of Henderson Dry Goods makes ornaments that are stunning, minimal & modern. Featured here are the classic (and Canadian themed!) designs of winter hats, fishing boats, Canada geese, and pinecones. Available in-store now.

Illustrated 2020 Tea Towel Calendar by Cara Rowlands
Inkwell is pleased to welcome Cara Rowlands from Carabara Designs to the shop! Cara is a multi-talented digital illustrator & designer who makes an assortment of cards, prints, and tea towels. Featured here is her eye-catching 2020 tea towel calendar that would be a fantastic fit for any baker/cupcake lover in your life. Available in-store now along with much more of her lovely work!

Screenprinted Purses by Shara Porter
New wallets, clutches and purses from Shara Porter have arrived! Colourful and screenprinted by hand, we have clutches and purses available in vegan leather and wallets in genuine leather. Available in an assortment of colours and designs while quantities last!

Pewter Baby's First Christmas Ornament by Beehive Handmade
This beautiful pewter ornament from Beehive Handmade is the perfect way to celebrate baby’s first Christmas! It is ready to hang with green ribbon & gift box. In-store now! Continue reading

Friday Features - 11/22/19

Friday Features - 11/22/19

Happy Friday everyone! The holiday season has arrived and we’ve been busy welcoming new artists and products to the store! Here’s what we’ve featured on social media this past week!

silkscreened taco ornament by Broderpress
We couldn’t let Halifax’s first-ever taco week go by without featuring Broderpress’ fantastic silkscreened wooden ornaments! Their taco ornament took the spotlight this week; however, we have their ornaments in many other designs such as hamburgers and chickens. These ornaments are custom laser-cut from 3/16” basswood and then hand printed in vibrant colours. These incredible eye-catching ornaments are a great addition to any tree!

Handmade Porcelain Mugs by Rachel De Conde
We had the pleasure of welcoming the ceramic artist Rachel De Conde to the store this week! Rachel’s pieces are unique, beautiful, and expansive in terms of texture & aesthetic. She has developed a variety of glazes resulting in a wide range of colourful pieces completely different from one another! While we featured the mugs from her hand-drawn floral series, we also have pieces with blue tones, metallic accents and honeycomb designs!

Hand-Embroidered Art Hoops by All The Pretty Things
We also welcomed another new artist! We now carry a large selection of beautiful hand-embroidered hoop art by Emily of All The Pretty Things NS. Whether it is lettering or illustrations, Emily’s work is incredibly detailed and carefully designed. Designs made to be displayed year-long, or specifically for the holiday season, are in-store now.

Animal Swimsuit Calendar by Paper Wilderness
We had to mention Jenna Puente’s, of Paper Wilderness, heartwarming 2020 calendar of Swimsuit Animal illustrations. This calendar features 12 adorable critters modeling an assortment of swimsuit fashion. These watercolour illustrations are incredibly pleasant, family-friendly, and formatted to be framed easily after the year is over!

Laser-cut wood wreath by Paper + Light
If you’re looking for a stylish (and long-lasting!) wreath to welcome the holiday season, this fantastic laser-cut art piece (from Ali of Light + Paper) does the trick! Starting from a paper-cutting, this beautiful wreath is laser-cut from 1/8" birch wood and measures approximately 15” x 13.5”. It is a perfect addition to a door, window or feature wall!

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Friday Features - 11/08/19

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s what we featured this past week on social media.

2020 Calendar by IdleWild Co.
Perfect for any lover of literature, Idlewild’s beautifully illustrated “Ladies of Literature” features an iconic authoress for each month. The list includes Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Parker, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Phyllis Wheatley, Judy Blume, Murasaki Shikibu & Alice Walker. Available now in-store. 

letterpresses birthday cards by pike street press
We have plenty of pop culture cards available in the store. Here are some new arrivals from the talented artists at Pike Street Press. These letterpress printed cards are the perfect way to light-heartedly wish someone a happy birthday!

Hand-lettered holiday cards by Hello Sweet Design
Local Hand Lettering artist Crystal Picard of Hello Sweetie Design has dropped off a bunch of new designs. We featured a few of the punny new cards from her holiday collection!

local milk chocolate by King & North
This week King & North chocolate released a new custom collaboration flavour with us! This Inkwell themed chocolate bar is a mixture of milk chocolate, crunchy toffee bits, and puffed rice. It is equally as delicious as it is beautiful!

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Nocturne Halifax - Monumental Signage ✨

Nocturne Halifax 2019

Nocturne is Saturday, October 19th!

Nocturne: Art at Night is a free event that showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Now in its 12th year, the festival brings art and energy to the streets between 6pm - midnight on Saturday, October 19th.



Come crank the wheel on our antique letterpress and print your own keepsake! This year’s theme is SCAFFOLD and we’ll reveal the design that visitors will be printing closer to the day of the event. This year’s project will truly commemorate the night and all ages are welcome!



Here is our exhibit description:

Downtown Halifax is in a state of flux. Almost everywhere you turn there is scaffolding staged to help build new or improve existing structures. Halifax once had illuminated scaffold signage in its downtown core too. For one night, participants can mix the old with the new and print by hand a Nocturne sign keepsake using a century-old letterpress.

Keep your eyes peeled for the guide to plan your route. We look forward to seeing you out! Until then, check out the post that Nocturne has put together to Have the Best Nocturne Ever!

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Friday Features - 08/23/19

We’re going to start to release a weekly blog post to highlight what we’ve been featuring on our social media platforms. Hopefully, it will serve as a quick way for those who don’t always see our daily posts to still be able to see what has been catching our eye!

This week we’ve featured three local artists - Marla Benton, Andrea Crouse, and Alex MacAskill of Midnight Oil Print & Design.

polka dot mug by marla benton
We’ve been super smitten with Marla Benton’s fun & functional polka dot mugs this week. They’re a great choice if you’re looking for a new favourite mug for yourself, or their complementary colours also work well paired up as a fantastic wedding gift!

Cornwall St Halifax Paper Collage Andrea Crouse
It’s easy to see the amount of work and time that goes into each of Andrea Crouse’s paper collage designs, and her newest addition of the Cornwallis Street Row-house is no exception to this! Andrea’s work is a great way to highlight some of the memorable architecture of Halifax. It works well as a subtle souvenir of a trip to the Maritimes, or to send some nostalgia to a Haligonian who now lives elsewhere. Inkwell carries her work in 8x10” prints and 5x7” cards and a selection are available in our online store.

House Hippo Screenprint by Alex MacAskill
Alex MacAskill of Midnight Oil has returned with his Nova Scotia Map Print & his iconic house hippo print, available in-store and online. He also has brought in his new print that showcases the stunning visual history of the sneaker! All three featured prints are 16x20” in size.

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Lunar Landing at Inkwell! 🌕

lunar landing at inkwell

COME PRINT YOUR OWN FREE LETTERPRESS KEEPSAKE!

 

Have you heard!? We'll have our letterpress set up from 11-2 on Saturday, July 20th.

 

Come print your own free moon-themed coaster in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing!

All are welcome!

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