Letterpress, Oh, Sweet Letterpress.


Hi friends,

I want to show you a sneak peak of another project I've been working on this summer. Some of you might remember that I used to work as a teaching assistant in the Book Art Studio at Mills College while finishing my graduate work in poetry. I loved working with the letterpress and bookbinding students to incorporate images and text into paper and fabric projects. I also loved having access to all that gorgeous letterpress equipment including drawers of wood type, stacks of ornamental borders, and an assortment of movable metal type.

So, this summer I was given the opportunity to print alongside a dear letterpress friend and I wholeheartedly leaped at the chance. I've only been able to join her a handful of times, but it's been such a sweet homecoming. Here's a tiny peak at some of the projects I've been designing and printing, complete with an ink stained apron and a bit of afternoon sun.

It's been so satisfying rekindling my love affair with letterpress that I think I need to have regular access to this equipment in my studio life. Perhaps I will remedy this, this fall. I can't imagine a better way to bring in autumn than with some fresh new printmaking kicks. (Okay, so homegrown pumpkins and hand knit scarves and warm apple cider might also be quite nice, I admit.) So, as soon as the prints are done I promise you'll be the first ones to know.

And happy August to you. xoxo, k.


  1. What bliss! I've only been able to spend one day with letterpress but even then understand your love of it. Your work looks gorgeous and I hope you get to incorporate letterpress more often. xo lj

  2. Your description of letterpress and the work I've seen done with it definitely make me want to have a try at it one day. I think it goes back to this thread you've bee talking about - being close to the process of the things we make and eat... The glimpses of your work look lovely, dear. Can't wait to see more.


  3. I'm with Louise... what bliss! Sounds and looks like all the right ingredients for a brilliant and creative summer. I have yet to explore the fantastical world of letterpress but your post makes me all the keener to do so.


  4. me: thank you!

    louise: oh, i think you would love letterpress very much. it's such a joy.

    maria: so nice to see you here! yes, you should certainly try your design eye at letterpress. and i LOVE what you've written about "being close to the process of the things we make and eat". love this much.

    gracia: yes, i think you and louise would just love it so much. i can see letterpress worked into your future collages. as if they could get anymore lovely!

    off for a summer vacation,

  5. Karine Ardault8/17/2010

    These are lovely cards. I hope than one day I will have the opportunity to attend a letter press workshop...

  6. Anonymous9/11/2010

    Cool, going to check that out!


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