Tandem Felix Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?:
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
I love working with my hands, and getting to feel every part of the process.
What inspires you?:
We have been collectors of ephemera our entire lives.
Our home is full of records, paperbacks, photographs & hand written letters.
We are makers. Over the years we’ve pressed our songs on vinyl, silkscreened t- shirts, xeroxed zines & made more mixed tapes than we can count.
We want to share the experience. Our passion is carrying on printmaking traditions & championing the handmade.
We are Tandem Felix Letterpress, a working print studio in Chicago, IL, equally inspired by the history of fine art printing & the DIY attitude of Rock & Roll.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
We use a 1920 Chandler & Price 10 x 15 platen press, a mid century 14 x 22 Sign Press, and a 1940s Line-o-Scribe proof press. We tend to favor Oil-based ink and hand mix pantone colors to order. Our favorite paper for posters is French's. and for invitation
How would you describe your artwork?:
Inspired by vintage typefaces, we print artwork that is heavily influenced by the objects we collect. Our personal projects contain self authored text, and our commercial posters are a mixture of our favorite quotes from 60s Rock & Roll or references to popular literature. We tend to use muted colors & paper stocks, and love metallic ink on dark backgrounds.
What kind of products do you create?:
We print posters, coasters, tote bags, fine art prints, gig posters, menus, save the dates & wedding invitations.
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
Yes, we offer print-your-own postcards, coasters and poster workshops, as well as one-on-one private lessons for DIY projects in our vintage artist loft in Chicago.