Red Flower Letterpress

United States
Kelly Shields is an artist, educator, and lover of paper and print. She started Red Flower Letterpress in 2013 after she had the good fortune of acquiring a Vandercook 4t printing press at auction at the Cincinnati International Airport, which she lovingly restored. The studio serves as a rebellious counterpart to her day job as a high school digital art teacher.
Interview with Kelly from Red Flower Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I fell in love with letterpress because it allows me to employ antique and modern technologies together in the production of beautiful, tactile, affordable art. To me, it is the perfect balance between hand skills and the computer.
What inspires you?: 
I find my Vandercook press itself inspiring. After cleaning and restoring every square inch, I see it as a modern artistic tool that is grounded in centuries of letterpress history.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I have a Vandercook 4t and I use Braden Sutphin Rubber Based Inks.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
My background is in both painting and drawing, which is why the pieces I enjoy creating most at Red Flower Letterpress are strongly image based.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Red Flower Letterpress is a small studio specializing in fine handcrafted letterpress goods.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not yet.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
I was really inspired when Brad Vetter told me, "If you can make it type high, anything will print."
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