Constellation & Co.

110 Cherry Street #204
United States
Two Owners, One Intern, and One Part-Time Helper
Constellation & Co. is a boutique design & print studio located in downtown Seattle, WA. We specialize in design, letterpress and handmade ephemera. We are Sara & Brad McNally, a husband and wife team of designers & printers.
Interview with Sara from Constellation & Co.
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
We bought our first tabletop press in 2007 while still in college. Sara apprenticed with a printer for a year in 2009, and we set up our shop and bought our first full size press in January of 2010.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
What's not to love? I love the physicality of setting type and printing. I love getting my hands dirty. I love paper. And I love being involved with a project every single step of the way.
What inspires you?: 
We're inspired by all kinds of things! Here's a brief list: paper, our cats, food, interior design, nature, photography, music, estate sales, good television, knitting, our beautiful city of Seattle, etc., etc., etc.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
We work primarily with our 8x12 New Style Chandler & Price press, but we also have an 1880′s era free-standing Chandler & Price proof press, a 5×8 Kelsey Excelsior tabletop press, and a tiny Sigwalt Chicago Printing Press No. 11. For wedding & business clients, we typically print on Crane's Lettra. For our personal projects and greeting cards, we often use 100% recycled kraft paper and chipboard.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
We create elegant, vintage inspired design with personality. We use a mixture of vintage wood type/printer's blocks and photopolymer plates to establish a historic feel but maintain design flexibility.
What kind of products do you create?: 
We create wedding invitations and business stationery for our clients, and greeting cards and paper gift products for wholesale and for our own personal enjoyment.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not currently.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Be patient, learn everything you can. Don't be afraid to work for free, but know when to stop.
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