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MARaven on Dec 27, 20195 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made and packaged too, thank you!
hilry96 on Dec 4, 20195 out of 5 stars
Cute design, and was perfect for Thanksgiving. Thank you!
tcartercrna on Nov 29, 20195 out of 5 stars
I always have a wonderful experience when shopping with a.!
Rachel on Nov 23, 20195 out of 5 stars
Such a perfect little card for my sweetie! Thank you!
Hannah on Nov 2, 20195 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, unique design. The person it was a gift for loved it and will be framing it. A lovely touch was the beautiful packaging it came in too.
Renee on Oct 24, 20195 out of 5 stars
Item is as pictured and as described in the listing! Perfect!
Kelly on Oct 17, 20195 out of 5 stars
I work in the cardiology department and I have used this card before. Felt the need to buy a bundle of them this time. Love these cards!
Megan on Sep 4, 20195 out of 5 stars
Unique and well crafted - thank you
Vicky on Aug 30, 20194 out of 5 stars
Got it on time. Cute gift card.
Amanda on Aug 17, 20195 out of 5 stars
So cute! And the packing job was adorable too.
a tiny daydream
I’ve been playing with paper since I can remember. In fact, one of my most favorite holiday traditions as a child was visiting grandma & grandpa’s on Christmas Eve & opening my annual gift of construction paper & markers. I would retire in a corner for hours to draw, fold, cut & glue to my heart’s content. Then in high school, I was fortunate enough to enroll in a graphic arts program at our local trade school. That’s where I ran my first press, an AB Dick duplicator. I remember walking in the room the first day & standing in awe, gazing at the presses, light tables, stacks of paper & being engulfed by the scent of ink. It was magical; today instead of a school, it’s my own studio. I have yet to lose the feeling of awe or magic.
In college I studied graphic design & had the most amazing typography teacher. He was the first to introduce me to letterpress printing. I had of course seen it before in my art history classes, however, I had never experienced the craft until then. For our final project we had to handset a paragraph of type & print it on specialty paper with a platen press. From the moment I held the composing stick, I was hooked. Touching each piece of metal filled me with romance; who had touched these letters? What had been printed with them? The history of the fonts, composing sticks and press further sparked my interest & I began collecting wood type & books on printing, design & typography. It was official, I became addicted.
Once out of school, I worked in the agency, corporate & not-for-profit world for several years. I eventually decided that world was not for me. I began freelancing & picked up a retail job at a stationery store I frequented. The owner was very supportive of artists & his employees. He encouraged us to sell our handmade goods in the shop to help supplement our income. I had always made my own cards, jewelry, books & ornaments so I naturally started creating at every opportunity. First, I created cards using my antique typewriter which evolved to gocco, then I discovered Columbia College Book & Paper Center. It was there I took my first letterpress class… and my second… and third… and volunteered on my days off. I embraced letterpress printing & surrounded myself with it. Unlike my earlier experience with letterpress printing, I learned a more modern way to print using photopolymer plates instead of type & blocks. This opened a whole new world of opportunity for me. Instead of designing with existing fonts & images, I could create any design I wanted on the computer, then letterpress print it.
I had always dreamt of having my very own studio where I could create pretty, useful things. With the encouragement of my husband, family & friends, I made it happen in 2007. I purchased my very first press, a 1913 new style Chandler and Price platen press & quickly named her Wilamina. Shortly after, I quit my retail job & decided I would design & print for the rest of my days. I found a studio in a not-so-desirable area of Chicago & worked every moment I could developing my line & reaching out to small boutiques in Chicago. Slowly a. favorite design, inc. outgrew the studio. In 2009 I moved the business to the historic ravenswood corridor in Chicago. That same year we exhibited at national stationery show and tripled our business almost overnight. We’ve embraced that momentum & keep moving forward. We continue to design & letterpress print our goods in our shop, expanding our line seasonally. Visiting flea markets on the weekend for inspiration, filling notebooks with ideas & doodles, printing weekly & designing often has become my routine. I'm grateful to say, what once was a tiny daydream has become my reality.
amber j. favorite
Owner, Designer, Brainstormer, Printer, Business Multi-tasker
title: letterpress junkie, skillful daydreamer, professional brainstormer hopes, dreams & wishes: i’d like to make the world a little better than when I got here personal credo: never underestimate the power of a smile fav #: magical 33 color: pms199
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