Making a Book (Also – We are OPEN!)

February 16, 2017 Written by Joe Menth

Finished book stack - crop

Oh my. It has been a fast paced existence for us in the last month and a half since we re-opened the studio with quadruple the services we had prior to the Big Move and consolidation of all copy center and business printing services from our purchase of Whidbey Island Printing & Office Supply.

We are…adapting. And quickly. It’s all good. The pace of “copy center” life versus “fine art printing” life is quite different, but not bad. And to boot, we’re of course still doing all of the fine art reproductions, photographic printing, and graphic design work that we’ve always done. We’re just now also cranking out hundreds or thousands of other printed sheets of paper every day on top of that.

Which brings me to our newest capability, with which I’ve just now had the adventure of prototyping and producing a final product: bookmaking. Not the comb binding “8th grade book report” look. Not the wire binding “sales presentation look”. No, we’re talking about actual soft-cover perfect-bound books. (more…)

We’re almost done…come visit!

January 12, 2017 Written by Joe Menth

Since everyone is asking, this will be a super quick update:
Yes, we’re almost done with everything in the new location.
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Update on the Big Move

October 20, 2016 Written by Joe Menth

and after

Time for an update!
Yes, we’re still moving…and expanding…but as anyone who’s ever had to remodel knows, everything always takes longer than you think it will. Especially when I am the one doing the time estimate, as I’ve been reminded a few times now by Rhiannon and Nancy both…
We thoroughly gutted the old Lind’s Jewelry space at 105 First Street in Langley, and have built new walls to re-partition the space for our needs.
Here’s a before and after just to bring you up to speed.

Before...

Before…

and after

And after…

It feels like we have a long way to go, but at the same time, it will go quickly once we jump back in. (more…)

On the Move…

September 7, 2016 Written by Joe Menth

105 First Street - The "Old Lind's Space"

Our Move is to the “Old Lind’s Space” in Langley

So…we’re moving the whole operation to what locals refer to as “the old Lind’s Jewelry space” in Langley. Yeah – that space next door to Whidbey Island Bank, downstairs…on 1st street.

The inside as it was left...needs a lot of work!

The inside as it was left…needs a lot of work!

You can imagine we’re pretty excited. (more…)

Announcing Our Merger

September 7, 2016 Written by Joe Menth

Fine Balance Imaging and Printing New Logo 2016

 

I’ll cut to the chase here, since it’s already been seeded by my other creative partner (my wife, Rhiannon) over on her blog post for Feather & Fox’s big move when she teased the idea of a merger.

Yes, a Merger!

Fine Balance Imaging and Whidbey Island Printing are merging to become one: Fine Balance Imaging & Printing.

And we’re taking Feather & Fox with us. And we’re moving back to Langley. It’s where Fine Balance began as a collaboration with local artists a little over ten years ago. (more…)