Small Fires Press
When did you start letterpress printing?:
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
The impact of the hand & the tactile results.
What inspires you?:
Walter Hamady, my professors Steve Miller & Anna Embree, other small press shops & publishers: Cuneiform, Ugly Duckling Presse, Octopus Books, Brave Men Press, Green Boat House, High 5 Press, Double Cross Press, & so many others.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
I use a Vandercook 4, rubber based Van Son ink & oil based metallics, & keep a supply of Cranes Lettra on hand, but love handmade papers, vellum, & Saint Armand.
How would you describe your artwork?:
I work with a lot of different illustrators/artists when making books. My end of the craft is in shaping the form of the book to add further dimension to the content.
What kind of products do you create?:
Wedding invites, books, Matchbook Magazine, handmade decorative & archival boxes, posters, business cards, post cards, cards, and anything else you can put ink on.
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
Yes, primarily binding but some printing as well.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?:
I wish I had spent some time learning graphic design before I got my MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. I also wish I had spent some interning in studios where I could learn how to caste type, die cut & foil stamp - skills that are tricky to come by outside a commercial enterprise that specializes in them.