Springtide Press

United States
No employees, lots of interns.
Jessica Spring has been a printer, designer, book artist and papermaker for over twenty years. She received her MFA from Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She is the proprietor of Springtide Press which includes a large collection of vintage foundry type, printing presses and bindery equipment. She specializes in finely-crafted editions that consider historical topics and popular culture.


Coaster for Tacoma's Art at Work month
Coaster for Tacoma's Art at Work month
To celebrate the Vandercook Centenary
To celebrate the Vandercook Centenary
Keep It Clean (from a series of mottos)
Keep It Clean (from a series of mottos)
Parts Unknown, an artist book
Parts Unknown, an artist book


Interview with Jessica from Springtide Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
That everything—type, ornament, spacing, rule, furniture, cuts—has a place in it's own container. Not that they are always there, but it's a hope and a dream.
What inspires you?: 
Type specimen books, wood type, ornaments and borders, the opportunity to use a ligature. I enjoy the challenges presented by handsetting type and incorporating unusual materials either on press or in my books.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I print on Vandercook presses as well as a C&P. Whenever possible I make my own paper, or use handmade paper from talented folks like Cindy Iverson and Helen Hiebert. If I buy paper I like to work with Revere. Daniel Smith is local, so I use their oil-based ink or rubber from Gans especially for teaching. I also use Ink in Tubes for a variety of metallics and fluorescent inks.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Since I'm not an illustrator, my work usually revolves around words and word play in combination with found materials. It's usually funny or political, sometimes both.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Artist books, broadsides, greeting cards, ephemera. I also create the collaborative Dead Feminists broadside series with Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
In the summer, either at my studio or around the country, with classes that focus on advanced typesetting. This summer: Penland.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Dive in, right away.

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