may day studio

190 River Street
United States
802 229 0639
Just me!
May Day Studio is a bookbinding and letterpress studio, started in 2006 in Montpelier, Vermont. Kelly (me!) studied creative writing at California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, California), where she took one letterpress seminar and was hooked! May Day Studio’s roots are in traditional letterpress techniques— including handset metal and wood type and handcarved linoleum—and we pride ourselves on finding the best and most eco-friendly papers and inks to stock our studio. Our journals and albums are not only one- hundred percent acid free and bound by hand, but they’re designed by a writer and artist to feel good in your hand. May Day Studio is proud to incorporate sixteenth-century technology into the design and execution of twenty-first century wedding and special events invitations, poetry broadsides, band posters, business collateral, and more!
Interview with Kelly from may day studio
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Honestly, I love setting type, and pushing the gouge through linoleum. Mostly, it depends on the day!
What inspires you?: 
I look (and find) inspiration almost everywhere. I read lots of food and design blogs, and knitting pattern books are great for odd uses of color. I stare out the window entirely too much, looking at the shapes of things going by.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I have a Vandercook SP15, a Chandler & Price 8x12, and a Chandler & Price Pilot (and two proof presses, too). I print on all three! I use Van Son Rubber Base inks almost exclusively, and print on a real range of papers: I love French Papers (Muscletone especially!), Stonehenge, Mohawk Via and Superfine. Most of my custom wedding work is on Crane Lettra.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
I sketch everything by hand, to begin with--so it sometimes looks like a six-year-old drew it! For my card line, I use mostly wood type and vintage borders, so those are composed with the actual printing blocks.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Greeting cards, coasters, broadsides, hand-bound journals, albums, guest books and address books, plus letterpress-printed decorative paper and notepads.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Yes, I offer Intro to Letterpress (and a few advanced-beginner workshops) in my Montpelier studio as well as at Letterpress Things in Chicopee, MA.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
I wish someone had reassured me that is was okay to take it slow, and grow my business as I needed!
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