Vandercook 219, 8x12 C&P, Baltimorean No 14, Nolan Proof
Services Offered in Addition to Letterpress?
Graphic Design, Linoleum Carvings
Apprentices or Interns Welcome?
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Myrtle Alley Press started in January 2008 as a small boutique print shop whose goal is to provide fantastic letterpress printing. Striking design and perfect printing–whatever the desired affect–are what I strive to accomplish on every project.
For my education in design I chose the School of Visual Concepts not only because of their fabulous instructors, but because it had an amazing letterpress shop. After 2+ years of taking foundation design classes my schedule finally allowed for me to take the Intro to Letterpress class and from that point on, I knew that my goals as a digital designer were forever changed. Understanding the history and craftsmanship behind this profession helped me develop a critical eye for typography and what constitutes a good design. After a short year and a half I became one of the teaching assistants for the letterpress program and started searching for type, presses, and all the antique printing equipment I could find. It took another year and a half to finally complete the restoration of everything I collected. Letterpress printing has been a craft for over 500 years that I am passionate about learning and more importantly, preserving.
All projects at Myrtle Alley are printed by hand, one color at a time, one piece at a time on antique letterpresses. I have designed and printed limited edition broadsides, invitations, announcements, personal + business stationary, greeting cards, band posters, and more! I print anything and everything I possibly can. If I haven't done it before, I'll figure out how–the more challenging the better!
My love and skill with linoleum cutting and unique plate making add another hand crafted element to the art of hand setting wood and metal type. Depending on the project, digital letterpress using photopolymer plates (made from any pdf) opens up a world of possibilities using this very beautiful printing medium.
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