Green Bird Press

United States
Green Bird Press is a small letterpress operation with a modern minimalist approach to design. All products are hand printed on a 6x10 inch Kelsey press using a combination of handset type and magnesium plates produced from digital files.
Eames Chairs Letterpress Cards
Eames Chairs Letterpress Cards
Beer Glasses Pub Coasters
Beer Glasses Pub Coasters
Think Happy Thoughts - Stymie Statements Collection
Think Happy Thoughts - Stymie Statements Collection
Giraffe - Animals Silhouettes Collection
Giraffe - Animals Silhouettes Collection
Interview with Susan from Green Bird Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
I was introduced to letterpress in 2002 when I took a class in college. However, Green Bird Press has only been up and running since summer 2011.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I love the process itself, it's time consuming and a lot of work but gives you are great sense of accomplishment, and since each piece is created by hand, the slight variations in colour, registration, and pressure make each print unique.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
My current press is a small tabletop model, a 6 x 10 inch Kelsey Mercury. Although, I've previously used Vandercooks and floor model platen presses like C&Ps. My paper of choice for most of my designs is 100lb Pop Tone card stock made by The French Paper Company, one of the last small independently run paper mills in America. French Paper produces many wonderful papers and is extremely environmentally friendly, which makes me happy. This paper is nice and thick and comes in some wonderful colours. I also use Eames Furniture paper for my Eames Collection, it is a product developed in collaboration with the Eames office, has a wonderfully unique woven texture mimicking that found in their original furniture designs, and it is made with a minimum of 30% post consumer fiber and a manufacturing process that uses non-polluting renewable energy. But I'm open to printing on just about anything depending on the project.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Minimal and modern designs. I like to keep things simple with clean lines and bold, bright colours.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Green Bird Press produces various ready-to-purchase designs including cards, coasters, and gift tags. I'm hoping to be able to offer a range of personalized products including business, calling, and correspondence cards soon and I'm always open to working with clients on individual custom projects. In the past, I've used letterpress in combination with other printing processes to create artists' books as part of my personal artistic practice. And I would love to collaborate with other artists and writers to create projects in the future.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Someday I would love to, but I don't quite have everything organized enough for that yet.
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