A 1, 000 lb in my kitchen

In three days, I’ll be the happy owner of an 8×12 Chandler and Price letterpress, fully restored by Ed Regan in Indiana. On Wednesday, he will arrive– ready to move it from his truck and roll it into my kitchen.

Yes, my kitchen. It’s the only place I have for such a lovely, huge item.

I am moving the rest of my shop to a new location as Water Street Studio is closing. But trying to get a heavy press up to the second floor again is impossible. So my husband suggested the little sitting room of our kitchen. After moving the furniture out, I agree– it’s perfect.

I don’t have a photo yet, but it’s one of these beauties!

Travel safely, Ed….

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It’s Not Easy

brian_ai____200___CMYK_Preview_I’ve been looking for a new press. And I’m always looking for new type. And stuff.

So there’s a fine balance between always shopping and finding time to ‘make” and print.

I did finish 25 invitations this week, the first time I’ve done that. And I’m working on a polymer plate for Skin Touch Therapy so we can have cards in the shop that show our collaboration.

Finding time to create as well as manage the business is always a challenge. But it keeps me moving forward and excited about my life and what I do.

Passion

I went walking with a friend today, telling her about the print shop I happened to stop into yesterday. They do all commercial work on offset presses these days–

But I asked if they had any old letterpress equipment. (I’m always on the lookout for a new press.) They had a huge Kluge, way too big for me. But they also had type. Cabinets and cases of type.

My friend asked if seeing it made my heart beat a little faster. “Yes,” I laughed.

“Then you know it’s a passion, don’t you?” she said.

I can’t stop thinking about it. And I’m wondering…well, let’s just say I have a few ideas to run by them.

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Creating Custom- But No Weddings!

When I first started letterpress printing, I wasn’t sure which direction I would go. I love working in wood, metal, and polymer. But I knew one thing I didn’t want to do– weddings!! So I assumed I wouldn’t want to do custom work of any kind.fruit

I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find I LOVE doing prints and cards for people. I’ve had many people ask for specific quotes or themes, and it’s been great fun to work them out.

Here are two about to head out the door! Fruits and veggies for our local organic grocery story, Kickshaws, and a quote card for a fellow artist.

Who knew I’d have so much fun?

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