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".