RatbeePress

letterpress wedding invitations, cards, art, and shirts

Asheville, North Carolina On Etsy since 2011

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RatbeePress

letterpress wedding invitations, cards, art, and shirts

Asheville, North Carolina | 1,623 Sales

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Last updated on May 12, 2020

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About RatbeePress

Sales 1,623
On Etsy since 2011

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

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    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.

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Last updated on May 12, 2020
Welcome to my shop where I sell letterpress cards and posters, screenprinted tshirts, stickers 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 gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
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. If a card or print is damaged in the shipping process, please let me know and I would be happy to send another. I may ask for photo documentation.
Payment
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.

If you REALLY like something but cannot afford it, message me - chances are that I have an off print or second that I can sell to you at a reduced price.
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.

For one or two cards: to reduce shipping costs, I am now shipping these in a handmarked envelope, with just a postage stamp. There is no way tracking for these. If you would like tracking, you will need to upgrade the shipping to the "First Class Shipping with Tracking"

For cards, in order to reduce plastic waste, I now no longer include plastic sleeves unless you specify in your order that you do want plastic sleeves.

Three or more cards are shipped in rigid cardboard mailers.

I always ship with USPS because I like to support the postal service; and they are always the cheapest option for small items like what I sell.


Some posters are shipped in high quality cardboard tubes if they cannot fit in my rigid mailers. For these, I recommend re-rolling them in the opposite direction, or immediately framing them.
Additional policies and FAQs
I usually try not to work on weekends, and my post office is closed anyway, so if you contact me on a Saturday or Sunday and don't hear back, I will likely get to you on Monday.

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 do my best to reply promptly