Bruce and Karen Licher

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Independent Project Press

Musician, artist & designer Bruce Licher founded Independent Project Press after learning the art of letterpress printing at the Women's Graphic Center in downtown Los Angeles at the beginning of 1982. His initial projects centered around creating album covers, postcards and promotional stamps for his band Savage Republic. It didn't take long before he was producing work for other L.A. underground music groups, along with a growing number of clients in the Los Angeles design community. In addition to packaging and releasing music on his own record label (Independent Project Records), his other music-related projects have included work for clients ranging from R.E.M. to Harold Budd to Stereolab. Independent Project Press also produces elegant and creative business stationery, invitations, wine labels, promotional stamp sheets and booklets, and numerous other pieces of letterpress-printed ephemera for clients large and small. Licher was nominated twice for a Grammy Award for his album packaging, and has been credited with starting the trend in letterpress-printed CD and record packaging using industrial-style chipboard. His graphic design and letterpress work has been featured in two major design exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, and has also been exhibited in California, Arizona, and Paris, France. After 17 years living and working in Sedona, Arizona, Licher and his artist wife Karen have relocated Independent Project Press to the Eastern Sierra town of Bishop, California, where they are collaborating on the creation of the cards you see in our Etsy store.

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  • Bruce Licher

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Artist & musician Bruce Licher has been feeding chipboard into letterpresses since 1982. Shortly thereafter he bought his own letterpress equipment & set up shop in an old warehouse in downtown L.A. It's been kind of non-stop ever since.

  • Karen Licher

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Karen Nielsen Licher is an installation artist, painter and photographer whose work is informed by the substance and textures of the earth.

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