RatbeePress

letterpress wedding invitations, cards, art, and shirts

Asheville, North Carolina · 708 Sales

RatbeePress

letterpress wedding invitations, cards, art, and shirts

Asheville, North Carolina 708 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Sally Morgan

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About

Rat + Bee = Ratbee Press

It started with Winnifred the rat and Henry the bee. Best friends, despite the obvious barriers. Whiskers and wings. Squeak and buzz. Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Hence, Ratbee.

I started Ratbee Press started in 2012 because I was interested in woodblock printing and old music posters. I had heard of letterpress but didn't know what it was, except that is was old fashioned and cool. I reached out to a letterpress printshop in Asheville, Innerer Klang, and started apprenticing there. It took several more years of collecting materials, lead and wood type, and finding a small 1920's Pilot press from school house auction, and working a soul-crushing desk job until I finally took the plunge to make my hobby a business. Back in the days of yore, a print shop apprenticeship lasted 7 years. So I still think of myself as an apprentice to the trade. Each job I do is an opportunity to dig in and get dirty, create, make mistakes, fix those mistakes, and learn.

In 2017 I expanded my operation by building a studio in my back yard, in the former place of a rusty old shed (so sometimes I call it my shudio, or shedio). I bought a 1960's Vandercook SP 15 - the smallest and lightest Vandercook ever made.

I am inspired by nature - both the wild rural countryside and deep wood - and the gritty urban wildlife that perseveres in its wildness despite the mess of human culture trying to squeeze it out. Music is another serious inspiration, being both a musician myself, vinyl collector, and fan of various styles from old time mountain music to soul to free jazz. And finally, Asheville, Western North Carolina, and the Appalachian mountains will always be in my heart.

So here I am, designing and letterpress printing cards, art prints, and wedding invitations, and screenprinting shirts. It's entirely a one-woman operation. It's entirely Ratbee!

*Thanks for looking, and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions*
Love, Ratbee

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  • Sally Morgan

    Owner

    Musician/artist/letterpress printer/business woman. From Virginia. Lives in North Carolina. Enthusiast of critters, woods, typography, paper, wooden objects, and shape note singing. Old time music fiddler. Likes goats.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 12, 2016
Welcome to my shop where I sell letterpress cards and posters, block prints, tee shirts and more! I also do custom orders, please contact me with details and we can work something out. Check out www.ratbeepress.com for a gallery of past work.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be excited about your purchase! If you don't like what you have purchased, or if you feel it isn't what was represented in the photos and description, I am willing to offer a full refund (not including shipping costs), if you contact me within 7 days of receiving the item. I do my absolute best to make all items as high quality as possible, but this is a handmade process. Every letterpress print is a little different, and that is part of the charm.
Payment
Payment through Paypal. Orders will be shipped after payment is received. I do my best to provide accurate measurements and descriptions of items. Please read these carefully, and feel free to contact me with any questions! If you are interested in buying multiple items, I can likely re-calculate shipping costs for you in advance.
Shipping
I do my best to ship out as soon as possible, but I do say 1-3 business days processing time for cards and prints in the event that I can't ship out that soon. If you need something faster, please convo me and we can discuss!

T-shirts have a 1 week turnaround because I often run out of sizes and colors. But if you need something soon just let me know what size you want, and I can tell you what colors I have on hand.

Single cards are shipping in plastic, acid free sleeves, with their envelopes and chipboard backing. They are shipped in rigid cardboard mailers to ensure they arrive unbent. I ship using USPS First Class when items are under 13 ounces, which comes with tracking. If you would like your items to be shipped differently, please contact me prior to checkout.

Some posters are shipped in high quality cardboard tubes or rigid mailers. They are rolled up with newsprint for protection. I recommend re-rolling them in the opposite direction, or immediately framing them.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm more than happy to customize your items, or even write an inscription inside the cards, if you'd like. Just send me a message and I will reply promptly.