Printmaking + Design

Savage, Maryland

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About SideworkStudio

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About Sidework Studio

Sidework Studio is a small design and print shop run by husband-and-wife team Ryan Ives and Alex Cummings.

We specialize in works on paper: Letterpress, traditional fine printmaking (relief, intaglio and lithography) and screenprinting. We love the tactile nature of paper and the printing processes. Letterpress is the act of physically pressing an image or text into a nice cushy paper. Nothing feels quite like it. And that is what sets these old printing techniques apart from your average inkjet printer.

There's so much love and time and planing that goes into a printing project. It takes a certain amount of patience, knowledge, and a bit of OCD. When we finish a piece, there's more than just the finished product you'll be holding or hanging on your wall. There's the essence of two people working hard, having fun, and loving what they do in everything that we make.

Our work spans from bright and fun hand-lettered cards to limited edition letterpress and hand-carved woodblock prints. We recently acquired a lithography and etching press and will soon be offering fine art prints in limited editions, as well as seeking collaborative printing opportunities with other artists.

In addition, we love bringing others' dream projects to life. Creating wedding invitation suites, birth announcements, Bat/Bar Mitzvah invitation suites, party invitations, business cards, personal or business stationery and design services are the most common things we can do. We can build something from the ground up with you or if you have your own design and just need it printed, we can do that, too.

Shop members

  • Ryan

    Owner, Printmaker

    Ryan is a printmaker, photographer and educator. He received his BFA in printmaking/photography from MICA and his post-bac in art education from Towson. His day job is an elementary art teacher.

  • Alex


    Alex is a designer, photographer and a really good baker. She received her BFA in graphic design/photography from MICA. Her day job is a graphic designer for a non-profit working to end childhood hunger in America.

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Last updated on Jul 28, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Do you combine items to save on shipping?

Yes! If multiple items fit together, then you'll only be charged to ship it as one item.

Wholesale availability

We do offer wholesale on most items. Please contact us for details.

How quickly do you respond when messaged?

I will respond to you within 24 hours unless I am sick or on vacation.

Custom and personalized orders

We are happy to create custom letterpress printed goods with you! Please note that due to nature or letterpress, we cannot create a one-off or single print. After all that goes into getting the work ready to print is finished, it doesn’t make financial sense to only print one.

Letterpress is not a ‘cheap’ method of printing. There’s a lot of labor involved from designing, to mixing custom inks, to setting up the plates and getting them in place on the paper. If you are interested in, say business cards, know that you aren’t merely buying business cards. You are investing in your business and the growth of you business.

What are your capabilities?

We can create and print almost anything letterpress except broadsides. However, we can woodcut, linocut or screenprint posters.

We also offer diecutting, scoring, and edge painting. Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer foil stamping.

For fine prints and photographs, we offer custom matting and/or framing.

We can also do simple bookbinding.

What are your minimum order requirements for custom business cards?

To keep costs as reasonable as possible, our lowest quantity order is 150 cards. The more cards you order however, the lower the cost per card will be. One important thing to consider, letterpress printed cards are an investment in your business, not the cheapest alternative.

Is letterpress right for my project?

Letterpress is way different from hitting print on your computer. Each color, each side is its own printing plate. Each plate then has to be run individually on the press. And for every color and/or side, the plate and paper has to be put into the correct lined up correctly using incremental position changes to get the print in the correct place in the paper. Each ink color is hand-mixed and tested so that it is accurate to what the client wants.

Diecutting (cutting out a custom shape), scoring (so the card can be folded) are all run individually. So, let’s say the client wants a 2 color, folded card. That means three runs through the press! And all this doesn’t even happen until after designing and revisions.