District Dogs Designs

North Vancouver
Hi, we are J (Jarin) and K (Catherine), and District Dogs Designs is our small letterpress print shop operated out of our garage in the District of North Vancouver, BC We like to create hand drawn images and hand carve them into linoleum blocks which are printed on hand-cut paper using a century old, extraordinarily heavy (2300lbs!) Chandler & Price letterpress. We sometimes mix the block prints up with old foundry type and create all sorts of remarkable paper goods.
All occasion gift tags - Set of 8
All occasion gift tags - Set of 8
Close up of a North Vancouver coaster
Close up of a North Vancouver coaster
Matted prints of local spots - hand-carved lino.
Matted prints of local spots - hand-carved lino.
Hand-carved lino greeting card.
Hand-carved lino greeting card.
Interview with Jarin & Catherine from District Dogs Designs
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
September 2011
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
The creative process! Getting dirty! The smell of wet ink! Not quite knowing how a linocut will turn out! The tactile quality of a print! Working with non-digital printing press!
What inspires you?: 
Our work is inspired by our family (the four-legged ones in particular) and friends, the West Coast, and our passions for nature, design, food and road trips.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Chandler & Price 12x18 Old Style; Chandler & Price 10 x 15 New Style, Magnetic Sign Press; 2 x Kelsey Excelsior 3x5
What kind of products do you create?: 
All sorts of paper goods, really...we've produced greeting cards, gift tags, wine tags, postcards, coasters, prints. We're always trying new things out!
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
We wish we had started this a lot earlier!
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