Stubborn Press & Company

United States
Stub­born Press & Com­pany is a hus­band and wife team of table­top gamers and paper-lovers with two table­top presses under their roof (and some unde­ni­ably epic pencil-and-paper sagas in their past) offer­ing brand­ing, cus­tom sta­tionery, design, illus­tra­tion, let­ter­ing, and let­ter­press print­ing ser­vices with a heart for all things local, sus­tain­able, and geeky.
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Interview with Justin & Tiffany from Stubborn Press & Company
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
January 2012
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
2100lbs of solid cast iron with a little bell on it cranking out beautiful prints on amazingly tactile paper—what is there not to love?
What inspires you?: 
Nature. Video Games. RPGs. Teh internets. Our need to slow down and feel the paper instead of just touching our flat screened mobile devices all day long. Art history. Fantasy novels. Toddlers. A good book. A tasty espresso. A long walk with the dog. The goofy things our kids say. The stars.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
We have an Old Style C&P Pilot tabletop press that is way over 100 years old as well as a Showcard Model B tabletop proof press. They are both awesome. We use Van Son oil-based inks for most of our projects, and our preferences for paper include chipboard, Legion bamboo, Arturo, Crane's Lettra, and handmade papers from folks like Porridge Paper.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
We're both kind of geeky, growing up playing video games and table-top RPGs. We still enjoy those things, and I think we really want to bring some of that geekery into our work. I (Tiffany) know that when we got married, I hated looking through the stationery books that were offered to us. Luckily, as a graphic designer, I took things into my own hands for our invites, and I've been giving the same options to anyone else I know who asks ever since. I come from a fine arts background, so a lot of my influences come from my art school experience, while Justin comes from a more musical perspective. We mix in the middle and amazing things happen!
What kind of products do you create?: 
Completely custom designed wedding stationery, baby announcements, graduation announcements, event invitations, and business collateral are our bread'n'butter ... but we also love to create original art prints of our own. Packaging, CD sleeves, coasters, hand-bound notebooks, and other fun items have also graced our presses. We can round corners, edge paint, and hot foil stamp, too!
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Our online store and website are almost finished! We'll launch by July 2014.
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not yet, but the local Virginia Art of the Book Center here in Charlottesville, Virginia offers a fantastic variety of letterpress classes and workshops. Support them!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
The best way to get to know your press is to take it apart and put it back together again. Did we know that as beginners? Perhaps in the back of our mind, yes ... but ... now we really know.
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