Pillowface Press

Address:
777 West Middlefield Rd,
Mountain View
CA
94043
United States
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About:
PILLOWFACE PRESS is a small printmaking studio I set up to experiment with handset typography. Until recently, ours was one of the most traditional and conservative trades. For five hundred yeas, the tools and techniques of assembling type have not changed. Fonts were discreet, tangible things, you experienced on a physical level. In every letter, every space and ruler, there was a trace of the creators hand. Computers changed everything. Typesetting became easy and responsive, type choices became infinite, and the layout possibilities became limitless, bound only by the the imagination of a designer. But some people still cling to the old ways. They long for the harmony of a line justified by hand, and the slight bite that the metal blocks leave on the paper. They rejoice in the tiny variations between prints, and the smell of fresh ink. I’ve gotten into design because I fell in love with computers. I’ve gotten into letterpress, because I fell in love with design.¶
Interview with Ivan from Pillowface Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
Around 2006
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
The tactile quality and the way production difficulties organically inform the aestetics.
What inspires you?: 
Other printers, history.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I operate a small Kelsey 5x8 and en even smaller Sigwalt Chicago #9. Most of my printing is done either on thick cotton rag paper, or my own handmade sheets.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Somewhat reserved and respective of the craft.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Book plates, business cards, miniature books, historical reproductions.
Do you offer custom work?: 
yes
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