Seaborn Press

Portland, OR
United States
We are Matt & Jennie, the two people behind Seaborn Press. We began Seaborn Press because of our combined interest in typesetting, printing, and 2-dimensional art. We value traditional craftsmanship and the process of making, as well as locally-based and sustainable economies. We print custom stationery and wedding invitations - all of it hand set in moveable metal type, like in ye olden days!
Interview with Matt & Jennie from Seaborn Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Slowing down allows us to be more directly involved in the process of image making, and connect to the heritage of letterpress printing.
What inspires you?: 
Nature and its patterns - especially those we see in the Pacific Northwest - botanical illustration and catalogs; the Roycrofters, William Morris, and the Arts & Crafts movement; prolific type designers like Rudolf Koch, Frederic Goudy, Morris Fuller Benton, and Will Ransom; type foundry specimen books, hand lettering and calligraphy, and - maybe most importantly - the materials we work with - paper, ink, and metal type.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
We have a Kelsey Excelsior table top press. We usually stick with Lettra, Arturo, or pretty much anything made by French. We use oil-based letterpress inks, etching inks and litho inks depending on the print.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Traditional (we don't create our work digitally) but modern in design, with an emphasis on typography and an eye to each piece's function.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Custom stationery sets, business cards, and wedding invitations.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
We'd love to - first we need to get a bigger studio!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Canola oil works just as well as nasty solvents to clean our press.
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