622press

Handmade cards, prints, flowers, textiles and more

Bermuda · 655 Sales

622press

Handmade cards, prints, flowers, textiles and more

Bermuda 655 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(194)

Announcement   622 press is the ultimate handmade boutique. Opened in 2008 featuring letterpress goods printed on an antique printing press, the shop has since expanded into paper flowers, textiles, fine art and more. Every piece is made by hand by one woman with sustainable and locally sourced materials. Thanks for shopping!

YES! 622 press is available for wholesale — simply message me your email address and I'll send you the latest digital catalogs!

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Announcement
Last updated on Aug 4, 2016

622 press is the ultimate handmade boutique. Opened in 2008 featuring letterpress goods printed on an antique printing press, the shop has since expanded into paper flowers, textiles, fine art and more. Every piece is made by hand by one woman with sustainable and locally sourced materials. Thanks for shopping!

YES! 622 press is available for wholesale — simply message me your email address and I'll send you the latest digital catalogs!

622press.com | facebook.com/622press | instagram.com/622press

Kristin Joiner

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Kristin Joiner

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(194)
lrkitchens

lrkitchens on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love, Love, LOVE!!! I bought three different designs and they are all absolutely fabulous!

lrkitchens

lrkitchens on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love, Love, LOVE!!! I bought three different designs and they are all absolutely fabulous!

lrkitchens

lrkitchens on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love, Love, LOVE!!! I bought three different designs and they are all absolutely fabulous!

nakia11241

nakia11241 on Apr 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

It was exactly as described. Really great quality. It's smaller than the average card but the measurements are in the listing. Def would buy again.

Midknightsaber

Midknightsaber on Apr 25, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic and fun cards! I will most likely order more in the future. Thanks a bunch!

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About

How Kristin met Bess

I first encountered letterpress at college in Wisconsin, where I was earning my BFA in graphic design. I loved design, but missed the tactile quality and unpredictability of materials from my fine art classes—and all of a sudden here was a medium that was the perfect marriage of the two. My very first project was an edition of 20-page letterpress and intaglio printed books that kept me setting type and printing for hours—and loving it. (A few years later, one of the books was my very first etsy sale!)

I went on to graduate with a snazzy portfolio and get a job at a regional magazine. By 24, I was art director of that magazine—realizing a dream I didn’t think I’d reach for decades—and stayed there for the next 5 years.

In the mean time, I came across a small clam press on craigslist only an hour from where I was living. Presses are rare, and even though this was a completely different style than what I had learned on and I didn’t know if it actually worked, I knew I had to take a chance. Oh, and I was also living in a tiny second-floor apartment at the time which meant for the next several years I drove 45 minutes to print in my parents’ basement nearly every weekend. This was actually fairly convenient since my dad is rather mechanically minded and boy, did we have some fixing to do!

Fast forward to the present and I’ve been pursuing letterpress as a weekend and evening hobby/business for more than six years. I have greeting cards and limited edition prints in a handful of stores across the country and have printed business cards, invitations and other custom work for countless clients. I’ve also set a new goal of a brick-and-mortar shop and working for myself full time.

I generally print on 100% recycled cotton paper that is specifically designed for letterpress. It’s just the best! I currently print with oil-based inks and clean with a low-toxicity solution. My press is a Pearl Old Style from 1882, and I named her Bess. She’s an oldie—meaning she’s completely mechanical (no electricity here!) and all her moving parts are powered by me.

I’ve collected a fair amount of vintage wood and lead type over the years that I absolutely love to print with. All the other designs in my shop are either vintage printing plates or designed by me and made into plates by a small company in Michigan.

I recently took the plunge and moved in with my boyfriend—in Bermuda. This meant taking the first step toward owning my own business: going down to part time at the magazine and growing both freelance design and letterpress! I blog about my adventures at 622press.wordpress.com.

Stay tuned for more new designs and please get in touch if you’d like to work together on a custom project at six22press [!at] yahoo.com. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Kristin

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  • Kristin Joiner

    Owner

    Drinker of brand old fashioneds. BFA in graphic design. Former magazine art director. Now working for myself doing freelance design and printing with my 1882 Pearl Old Style letterpress—and loving it!

  • Bess the Press

    Workhorse

    Several hundred pounds of 133-year-old cast iron brought back to life in the mid-2000's. Bess prints every single piece of 622 press work!

Shop policies

Last updated on July 18, 2016

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
Paypal is your friend, and mine. FYI: you don't have to have an account to use paypal, you can simply use your credit card.
Shipping
**PLEASE NOTE I have recently moved! Actual time in transit is approximately 5-10 business days to the U.S. and Europe, although please note I have no control over packages that get held up in customs. I will get your order posted as soon as possible after it is placed (sometimes even the same day).

Faster shipping with tracking starts at $51 via FedEx. Please contact me before placing your order if you're interested.
Refunds and Exchanges
By and large, 622 press has a 'no returns' policy. There should be no reason for a return, we only sell what we consider to be perfect. There will, of course, be slight variations from one card to another, that's the beauty of something made by a human being instead of a machine. If you truly think you deserve a refund, it will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

We also list our 'seconds,' which, as is explained in the item description, have small defects and significantly lower prices. You know what you're getting into, please don't try to return these.

Orders cancelled before they are shipped will be refunded in full, less Paypal fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
Packaging
All 622 press cards are packed to arrive safely and unbent. Some come in cello wrappers, but I try to cut down on packaging material when shipping goods. If you would like all your purchases packaged in cello, please convo me before or after the transaction and add it to your "note to seller" (there is no extra charge). I try to recycle shipping materials as much as possible while keeping your order safe and sound.

Custom work
622 press is more than happy to do custom work. Please give me as much information up front as possible so the workflow can be as efficient as possible.
There are many things to keep in mind when designing for letterpress. Letterpress truly excels at printing line art. You will get the deepest impression and overall best results from lines between 1-4 points. Large areas of color will not show the impression as well, nor will it be 100% consistent. Very small text or complicated designs may get clogged up with ink and not print well. For more guidelines on designing for letterpress, see: http://www.boxcarpress.com/letterpress/designing-for-letterpress.html

Accuracy
Each and every piece of paper is placed into the press by yours truly. This means there will be slight variations from piece to piece — that's the beauty of handmade! Please allow up to 1/16" variation.

Timeline
Letterpress is a physical process done completely by hand. I cut each piece of paper, print, fold and package everything by hand. Expect even the smallest job to take a minimum of 2-3 weeks, add another week for each additional ink color.

Wholesale
622 press merchandise is available to purchase for resale. Please contact me at six22press [!at] yahoo.com for more information.