starshapedpress

Printing like it's 1929 since 1999

Illinois, United States · 2649 Sales

starshapedpress

Printing like it's 1929 since 1999

Illinois, United States 2649 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(754)

Announcement   Since 1999 we’ve stayed true to the original craft of letterpress, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique metal and wood type is too limiting for quality design. As an old fashioned shop with solid presswork and hard working midwestern gumption, we buck popular trends in modern, ‘couture’ printing. We are proudly one of the very few shops in the country printing entirely like it’s 1929. No computers, no plastic, no way. We don't just photograph great type, we use it!

ALL POSTERS, PRINTS AND BOXED CARDS ARE NOW SHIPPED VIA PRIORITY MAIL IN THE US. We hate when they get lost in the mail, don't you? This way they can be tracked.

PLEASE READ SHOP POLICIES BEFORE PURCHASING and convo with any questions!

IF YOU ARE IN CHICAGO... convo us for a custom listing, as we can nix the shipping if you can come and get it! ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: sorry, we have to apply sales tax.

We are not able to customize pieces that are already part of a completed edition. Looking for custom work? We specialize in invites, announcements, posters, music packaging and baby-related printing. Go to www.starshaped.com for more samples and information.

You can also be our fan on Facebook and get up-to-date info on exciting projects we're working on and events we'll be a part of.

Wholesale welcome as well; convo for info!

Announcement

Since 1999 we’ve stayed true to the original craft of letterpress, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique metal and wood type is too limiting for quality design. As an old fashioned shop with solid presswork and hard working midwestern gumption, we buck popular trends in modern, ‘couture’ printing. We are proudly one of the very few shops in the country printing entirely like it’s 1929. No computers, no plastic, no way. We don't just photograph great type, we use it!

ALL POSTERS, PRINTS AND BOXED CARDS ARE NOW SHIPPED VIA PRIORITY MAIL IN THE US. We hate when they get lost in the mail, don't you? This way they can be tracked.

PLEASE READ SHOP POLICIES BEFORE PURCHASING and convo with any questions!

IF YOU ARE IN CHICAGO... convo us for a custom listing, as we can nix the shipping if you can come and get it! ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: sorry, we have to apply sales tax.

We are not able to customize pieces that are already part of a completed edition. Looking for custom work? We specialize in invites, announcements, posters, music packaging and baby-related printing. Go to www.starshaped.com for more samples and information.

You can also be our fan on Facebook and get up-to-date info on exciting projects we're working on and events we'll be a part of.

Wholesale welcome as well; convo for info!

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Chicago letterpress coasters Set of 5
US$6.50
Dard Hunter letterpress ampersand print
US$35.00
Totemic letterpress ampersand print
US$35.00
Dive For Your Memory Letterpress Print
US$35.00
I Think I Might Break Letterpress Print
US$35.00
D for Detroit Letterpress Print
US$20.00
Thanks modular letterpress card
US$4.25
Thanks modular letterpress card Set of 6
US$18.00
Falling Heart letterpress print
US$18.00
BFF letterpress card
US$4.50
True Love letterpress card
US$4.00
XO letterpress card
US$4.50
Still Got Hope letterpress print
US$15.00
You Made A Baby letterpress card
US$4.00
DAD letterpress card
US$4.00
MOM letterpress card
US$4.00
Blox City of the Future Letterpress Poster
US$35.00
Beatrice Warde Letterpress Print
US$40.00
Chicago Union Stock Yard Letterpress Poster
US$40.00
Preissig letterpress ampersand print
US$35.00
Concave Tuscan letterpress ampersand print
US$35.00
Give Bread letterpress poster
US$40.00
Titanic letterpress card
US$4.25
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(754)
wysterrya

wysterrya on Aug 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a wonderful print--love it!

Caroline Pinto

Caroline Pinto on Jul 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These are lovely; I looking forward to future purchases.

Bessie Anderson

Bessie Anderson on Jul 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My prints were immediately hung in my studio, I love them so much! You can feel the passion in Jen's work and the high level of craft is evident in the work. Perfect upon arrival, packed well and sent so quickly. Couldn't be more pleased!

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Updates

This town is too hot! Use code TOOHOT16 for 30% off everything in the shop through July 15th.

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Still Got Hope letterpress print
US$15.00
Fire Sale! 50% off everything in the etsy shop with code FIRESALE16. Buy prints before we burn 'em to make way for the new!

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Concave Tuscan letterpress ampersand print
US$35.00

About

No computers, no plastic, no way!

At Starshaped Press, we champion the everyday art of job printing, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique metal and wood type are too limiting for quality design. As an old fashioned shop with solid presswork and hardworking midwestern gumption, we preserve the tools of the past while maintaining accessibility to these materials for our present day clients. We are proudly one of the few shops in the country offering this marriage of antiquated technology & modern sensibilities.

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  • Jen Starshaped

    Owner

    Jen’s been running Starshaped Press since 1999. She cut her teeth working at Fireproof Press in Chicago and continues the tradition of old fashioned letterpress printing. Her award winning work has appeared in numerous books and design magazines.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 4, 2011
Starshaped Press is an old school letterpress shop, meaning that we focus on the craft of good design and great typography. We work strictly with antique wood and metal typefaces for printing, as well as hand carved linoleum cuts, meaning that there is NOT a heavy deboss in the paper, like modern letterpress work. Instead, we endeavor to showcase all of the flaws, inconsistencies and inherent charm of materials that printed for 50 to 100 years before we came along, and, if we do our job correctly, will continue to print when we're long gone.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Shipping
ALL POSTERS, PRINTS AND BOXED CARDS ARE SHIPPED VIA PRIORITY MAIL. Yes, the shipping might be pricier, but it's no fun for anyone to lose items in the mail. This way packages can be easily tracked. If you prefer to insure an item, let us know before ordering.
Single cards are shipped via First Class Mail.