Campbell Raw Press

Address:
604 Grand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
NY
11238
United States
Phone:
347-471-0751
Employees:
2
About:
Campbell Raw Press is a bookbinding and letterpress printing studio in Brooklyn, New York run by Maggie Campbell & Matt Raw. Maggie has 18 years of bookbinding experience and, in addition to growing up with a printmaking press in the living room, has a solid 5 years as a letterpress printer under her belt. In 2008, we started Campbell Raw Press as a full time venture and it's been full speed ahead ever since. Our letterpress work includes invitations, cards, and personal stationery and we're always happy to talk paper!
Memorial Hall Invitations
Memorial Hall Invitations
Signature Invitations
Signature Invitations
Leaves Invitations
Leaves Invitations
Entwined Invitations
Entwined Invitations
Interview with Maggie from Campbell Raw Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
2007
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
The results you can achieve are so tactile, and the physical process of the press really works for me. There's something about the rhythm of cranking and going back and forth that, while a lot of hard work, is also incredibly therapeutic and focused.
What inspires you?: 
I find myself going back to botanical illustrations and maps over and over again, particularly 19th century drawings and illustrations. Natural forms, whether botanical, astral, or animal, appeal to me greatly and I love their gentle, malleable lines. I'm also crazy for hand lettering and beautiful type forms, so it's the perfect marriage for me to combine my love of imagery with text in letterpress designs.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
In Brooklyn, I print mostly on a Vandercook 4-T flatbed cylinder press with Crane's Lettra, and I also have a small Golding Official No. 4 tabletop in our living room that I use for envelopes and small pieces. I also have two presses in Marion, Iowa in my dad's shop that I'm starting to use - a Challenge MP-15 flatbed cylinder press, and a Golding Pearl No. 14 flywheel platen press that was made in 1898. I just got those cleaned up and functional and I'm hoping to use them a lot more in the near future!
How would you describe your artwork?: 
All of my imagery is original drawings that I've done. With the designs I do for letterpress I focus on using very fine lines, since those print beautifully. I like to incorporate botanical and map drawings where I can, and occasionally a little something else creeps in, as well. I also like to hand letter as much as possible. I have sketchbooks filled with ideas in all stages of completion and am constantly drawing new ideas and new text to use in the future. My to-do list is about 17 years long right now and I just check things off as I can...it's the best kind of problem to have!
What kind of products do you create?: 
I make wedding invitations, greeting cards, blank stationery, and personal stationery...and occasionally a broadside or two. I'm also a bookbinder, so I make lots of albums, journals, and guestbooks in a variety of styles. I love incorporating beautiful materials, vintage stamps, and rich textures into my work.
Do you offer custom work?: 
yes
Where can we buy your products?: 
shop.brooklynbookbinder.com
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not right now, unfortunately!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
I think it's always good to remember that you don't know very much and it's ok to ask questions. I've been doing this full time for 4 years (with many years preceding that as a side gig!) and I still feel like I only know about the very tip of the iceberg. There are so many different kinds of machinery and techniques and tricks and styles that a lifetime isn't enough to master it all. I've become content with knowing that I'll just learn as much as I can and dive in as deep as I can go!
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