Jen Starshaped
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Announcing P22 Analog

Started Sep 14, 2015

The Platen Press Type Sale
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David L. Kent Jun 25, 2013.


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Jul 7, 2016
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Sep 15, 2015
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Announcing P22 Analog

Starshaped Press, along with P22 Type Foundry, is pleased to announce a new collaboration under the name P22 Analog, an offshoot of the digital foundry committed to the development of projects, resources and experimental work for letterpress printers.We've come together to create a modular alphabet in the same vein as Alpha-Blox that will be made with space age plastic! Currently in…See More
Sep 14, 2015
Jen Starshaped and Andrea Rahal are now friends
May 12, 2015
Jen Starshaped replied to Tiffany Smith's discussion Wanted:Galley Trays & Composing Stick(s)
"Hello, Give Paul a shout at the Platen Press Museum here in Illinois (just google his site and you'll find his email). I know he's got a ton of galleys and a handful of composing sticks, it's just a matter of what size and quantity…"
Aug 31, 2013
Jen Starshaped replied to Debbie Karnes's discussion Does stripping and refinishing a 100 year old type chest ruin it's value?
"I say go for it! We either refinish or paint most of our type banks to clean them up and give the studio a cohesive look. Many printers do, and rehabbed ones will still have the same value, if not more. And honestly, type cases are a dime a dozen so…"
Jul 22, 2013
David L. Kent replied to Jen Starshaped's discussion The Platen Press Type Sale
"Jen,   This event should be more widely known. A newbie letterpress printer can be confused by the prices for various presses. When I bought a Kelsey 6x10 in 1980, I paid $150, which included a font of type, cabinet with cases, as well as the…"
Jun 25, 2013
Jen Starshaped posted a discussion

The Platen Press Type Sale

It's that time of the year again! If you're looking for basic printing supplies, odds and ends and metal type, don't miss the annual Platen Press Type Sale in Zion, Illinois (about an hour north of Chicago). The details:ANNUAL TYPE SALESaturday, May 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Cases, Type, Tools, Supplies, Toy Presses, Proof Press, Sign Press, BooksTable Top Presses (Pilots, Sigwalts, Kelseys)  with new rollers and a starter kit847-746-8170  *  847-731-1945  *  platenpress@sbcglobal.netOne Day…See More
Apr 18, 2013

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Make/model of press(es)?
C+P 10x15, C+P 8x12, Vandercook SP-15, Sigwalt 6x9, Sigwalt 3x5
Press or Business Name
Starshaped Press
Printing for How Long?
Started learning in '96, Starshaped began in '99
Services Offered in Addition to Letterpress?
All letterpress, all the time. Only in metal and wood.
Apprentices or Interns Welcome?
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It's that time again!

Come on out if you're in the Chicago area!

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

Starshaped Press Open House

Hi Ladies,

I'm behind on posting this, but if you're in the Chicago area, our annual open house (number 11 this year!) is this Saturday, November 13th, from 7-10pm. We'd love to see you, and if you can come on the early side, I'll pull out some of our new wood type to show off... there are some beauties.

The info is on our site at, and here's an image to entice you... it's a forme set up and ready for everyone to print Saturday… Continue

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 1:32pm

We've got an internship

Hi Ladies,

Starshaped Press is looking for an intern to start anytime in the near future, and thought we'd try here first!

We are located in Chicago and work strictly with hand set metal and wood type. We have an extensive type collection that is a living, breathing monster in our studio that needs to be maintained. Duties would include sorting, setting, organizing, labeling, proofing and otherwise monitoring the type (mostly metal) so that we can make sure that it all gets used… Continue

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

The Annual Type Sale at the Platen Press Museum, Zion Illinois

Hey Ladies,

This Saturday, May 1st, is the annual type, etc. sale up at the Platen Press Museum in Zion IL (about an hour north of Chicago). It runs from 9-2, and you'll be able to find just about everything you need to get started in printing that you might not already have. There will be a ton of metal type priced to go, as well as all the other bits and pieces at what I think are very reasonable prices. Some of the Starshaped ladies will be there to help out, and if you stick around til… Continue

Posted on April 26, 2010 at 1:30pm

The 2010 Starshaped Press Wedding Collection

We're pleased to announce our new Wedding Collection, featuring a full line of invitations printed only with metal and wood type, with a few lino cuts thrown in for good measure and variety. We have 6 different cleverly themed collections, with a number of layout possibilities within each theme. All of the themes showcase the best of our type collection and provide a great deal of flexibility for ladies and gents looking to stray a little from… Continue

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:47pm — 1 Comment

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At 5:03pm on June 28, 2009, Heirloom Press said…
I'm apa #797 and went to my first wayzgoose last summer. Not sure if I can make out to the one in September- I'm an east coast-er.
But I did meet Paul Aken last summer, and really want to get out to visit his museum!
At 9:56pm on June 26, 2009, Heirloom Press said…
I just read your profile in the APA journal. Kudos! I've been a fan since the punk planet article.
At 12:49am on June 24, 2009, Jessica Spring said…
Great video! I haven't read Mike's interview yet, but looking forward to it.


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