Starshaped Press

4636 N. Ravenswood #103
United States
Since 1999 we’ve stayed true to the original craft of letterpress, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique metal and wood type is too limiting for quality design. As an old fashioned shop with solid presswork and hard working midwestern gumption, we buck popular trends in modern, ‘couture’ printing. We like to print business cards, music packaging, posters, cards, social stationery and the occasional wacky project. No computers, no plastic, no way. This IS your grandfather’s print shop!
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City of Big Hot Dogs
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Interview with Jennifer from Starshaped Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Handling type from our extensive collection, and being aware of the history of it, knowing we are only caretakers of these faces for the next generation.
What inspires you?: 
Finding more interesting type from the last 150 years, the large community of printmakers in Chicago, everyday ephemera from the early 20th century, a well kept kitchen garden and my awesome kid.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
The studio houses an 8x12 C&P, a 10x15 C&P, 3 small Sigwalt platens, and a Vandercook SP19. We use oil based inks. Our favorite paper is French, as we try to stick to papers made locally, domestically, and in union shops.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Nostalgic with a heavy nod to the 20s, coupled with a 21st century understanding of what's happened in design history since then.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Business cards, music packaging, posters, broadsides, cards and social stationery.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Unfortunately, no. Our presses are running nonstop and we can't fit any classes into the mix.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
To get more type while it was still cheap! And taking a business class certainly would have helped.
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