Bruno Press

Address:
154 5th ave SE
St. Joseph
MN
56374
United States
Phone:
6123272542
Employees:
CSB and SJU college interns, baby!
About:
My story about how Bruno Press came to be, is that I grew up with an artsy dad. He was a art professor at the College of St. Benedict and also was a freelance graphic designer. He started to acquire letterpress equipment in the late 1980s when all the local shops were closing. He got his hands on over 100 drawers of type and about 5 presses. He built onto the garage so that he could have a place to put all these new presses. I spent a lot of time printing in there with him throughout high school and college. I received my BFA in Printmaking from St. Cloud State University in 1997 and moved to Madison, WI. I came home once a month to continue printing with Pop and had a few shows and interned at some cool places in Madison. Then in 1993 my father passed away suddenly of a heart attack. I moved home soon after and took over the print shop. I developed my logo of the chick based on my father's logo, which was a rooster. I put them together and decided to take over and start my own business. My niece and I starting making funny (or so WE thought) cards and they slowly but surely started getting picked up by local stores. I have continued to make the cards and design and print broadsides, posters, invites, postcards... you name it. Been quite a journey!
"Blackbird"  This is a 7 color reduction block linoleum block carving.
"Blackbird" This is a 7 color reduction block linoleum block carving.
"Giraffe"  The giraffe is a 4 color reduction block carving.
"Giraffe" The giraffe is a 4 color reduction block carving.
"Michele Bachmann" card from the Bruno Press greeting card line. Hand set type with linoleum block carvings.
"Michele Bachmann" card from the Bruno Press greeting card line. Hand set type with linoleum block carvings.
"Drinkin buddies" card from the Bruno Press greeting card line. Handset type with found copper plate image.
"Drinkin buddies" card from the Bruno Press greeting card line. Handset type with found copper plate image.
Interview with Mary from Bruno Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
Back in highschool I guess, then got my BFA in Printmaking in 1997
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Gettin inky, making stuff with my hands, big giant wood type, the smell of my shop, the networking, the paper... I could go on and on and on and...
What inspires you?: 
Other printers that are rockin cool stuff. Seeing awesome paper, hand made or otherwise. The possibility of greatness. Good music and great coffee.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I use Van Son inks and I print big stuff on my Vandercook #4 proof press and all of my cards are printed on my Chandler & Price 12X18 press.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
awesome, flawed, colorful, edgy, funny, thoughtful, ironic...
What kind of products do you create?: 
Cards, postcards, posters, invites, broadsides, t-shirts, stickers...
Do you offer custom work?: 
yes
Where can we buy your products?: 
http://www.brunopress.bigcartel.com/products, http://www.etsy.com/shop/brunopress?ref=si_shop
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
I have had a few workshops through the local colleges, I did a card making workshop that was a blast, would like to do more.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Uh, that I should not leave oil based ink on my press overnight. To not ever waste paper. Always use slip sheets. Gauge pins are freakin' expensive, make sure you will clear them.
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