Letter & Lark

123 High Street, Studio One (located inside MBACC)
United States
339 204 1755
1 (just me!)
Via the "About" section on my site, here's a bit about me: Colleen grew up in a creative family of painters and printers, learning to love the process of making things by hand. In 2004, she graduated from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, receiving a BFA in Graphic Design. After working as a designer for several years, she took a letterpress workshop and was at once smitten with the entire process, learning all aspects of printing and deciding that this was where her heart was. She studied under several printers for over two years before launching her own freelance design and letterpress services in 2009, and then launching her studio, Letter & Lark, in 2012. Outside of the studio, Colleen is happiest while cooking in the kitchen, digging in the garden, collecting pinecones and seashells, watching Jane Austen movies while drinking a good cuppa, and spending time with her husband and her two cats.
Interview with Colleen from Letter & Lark
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
In 2008 – I had just been laid off at the start of the recession and wanted to take a workshop. A workshop lead to another one, and another, then an internship, then a printing position... letterpress definitely snowballed for me!
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I love the fiddley parts of letterpress – tinkering with the press to get the pressure and ink coverage just so, and tweaking a color so it's just right. I also enjoy the methodical process of printing, and being able to work on a beautiful antique press!
What inspires you?: 
Really good catalogs with beautiful pattern & color combinations (like Anthro & Toast UK). Also flipping through my daily blog reads (OSBP, frolic, simplesong, an apple a day) and catching up those I follow on Instagram inspires me on a daily basis. Getting outside and going for walks in the woods or going for a lake swim in the summer helps to get past creative blocks. And a really good cuppa tea is the best.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I print on a Vandercook SP-15, and I usually always use 100% cotton papers: Crane Lettra, Reich Savoy, and Holyoke. I also love French Paper, Soho Paoer, & Green Paper Company for colored tree pulp stock.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Modern, simple designs, often with hand-drawn illustrations and pops of color.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Note cards, gift sets, prints, and the like.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
I do! I often teach at the AS220 Printshop in Providence, RI (where I'm a past keymember). I'm also going to start offering occasional workshops in our new studio space, which will be listed on our facebook/blog/online shop when they're available. I also have lots of experience doing 1:1's with people and assisting them to print a larger project. If you have any questions about learning with me, send me and email and we can talk further!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Make more mistakes. Get your hands dirty. Don't be so anxious about measuring – rulers are your best friend. The only way you're gonna learn is to do it yourself and learn "by hand".
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