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Everything we do is inspired by conviction, craftsmanship, and community. Our inmost desire is to facilitate meaningful connections, to use the time-honored tradition of letterpress stationery to bring people together. We celebrate tailor-made over generic, heritage over novelty, and process over expediency.

We bring old school to another level. This is Gutenberg. This is the eighteenth century. This is corsets and petticoats and embroidery. Our equipment is time-tested and well-worn, but we have restored everything with love—from rust and grime back to pristine printing condition. All of our presses are foot or hand powered and completely hand fed. Each sheet of paper goes through the press one at a time, and once through for each color printed. Same goes for type setting. We use traditional wood and lead type and carefully hand set one letter at a time. To say this is a labor of love is an…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 11
  • Joined July 10, 2009

Favorite materials

Paper, Ink, Wood, Lead, Pixels, Cast Iron, Steel

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About

Everything we do is inspired by conviction, craftsmanship, and community. Our inmost desire is to facilitate meaningful connections, to use the time-honored tradition of letterpress stationery to bring people together. We celebrate tailor-made over generic, heritage over novelty, and process over expediency.

We bring old school to another level. This is Gutenberg. This is the eighteenth century. This is corsets and petticoats and embroidery. Our equipment is time-tested and well-worn, but we have restored everything with love—from rust and grime back to pristine printing condition. All of our presses are foot or hand powered and completely hand fed. Each sheet of paper goes through the press one at a time, and once through for each color printed. Same goes for type setting. We use traditional wood and lead type and carefully hand set one letter at a time. To say this is a labor of love is an understatement—but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Let me introduce you to two of our prized presses:

Meet Wendy, a 20th Century Reliance Washington-Style Iron Handpress from late 1800s, manufactured by Paul Shneidewend & Co. in Chicago, Illinois. She’s over six feet tall, and is perfect for poster & broadside printing. She was purchased in Vancouver, BC and part of a dramatic border crossing story. As our largest and newest press, she is our pride and joy.

And there is also Josephine, an 8x12 New Style Chandler & Price platen press from early 1900s. She has a big, beautiful flywheel (rotating mechanical device that is used to store rotational energy), and spins in perpetual motion while I print. Josephine was our first full-sized press, and she is essential to our story as a company—we built the business on her back. She was in terrible shape when we bought her. It took countless hours with wire brushes & WD40 to scrub out the rust and bring Josephine back to printing shape.

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