Aviary Press

Based in Switzerland/Copenhagen/San Francisco, Aviary Press specializes in fine press books, prints, posters and postcards.
Late Summer 1-6
Late Summer 1-6
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we are eating breakfast / it is the same time everywhere
Interview with Megan from Aviary Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
In 2000, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with Harry and Sandra Reese.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I like the way the restraints of the medium force you to be more creative. Also, I love making works that are handmade, but because of editioning, can be sold to a broader public.
What inspires you?: 
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
In California I mostly printed on Vandercook model 4 and Universal 1 presses; here in Switzerland I use a Fag proof press, which is very similar to the V4. I print in Basel at a great studio called Druckwerk - druckwerk.ch
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Classic sensibilities, in a spare, modern color palette and shape repertoire. Lots of overprinting for hazy, aqueous colors. Usually with text. Less is more.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Fine press books, chapbooks, posters, postcards. Formerly also greeting cards and calendars. Oh, and new letterpress printers, of course! I've spent a lot of time teaching (SF Center for the Book, SF Academy of Art University) and I love it.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not at the moment, unfortunately. Look for me in Copenhagen in the next two years!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
The technique seems easy, but it really does take time to figure out how to make quality, original work. Keep at it, the wait is worth it.
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