Tandem Felix Letterpress

2150 S Canalport Ave, Suite 3A-6
United States
Printed works are tactile, living objects, meant to be savored, read, and kept close. At Tandem Felix Letterpress, the experience of creating something handmade is as valued as the final product. Our goal is to help you make something memorable. Tandem Felix Letterpress is Jamiel Dado and Elizabeth Isakson-Dado. Inspired by their creative background, Liz & Jamiel founded Tandem Felix Letterpress as a working studio, with an aesthetic equally inspired by the history of fine art printing, and the DIY attitude of Rock & Roll.
How to Become an Artist, Poster
How to Become an Artist, Poster
Ginsberg, Large Format Poster
Ginsberg, Large Format Poster
View of our shop with 2014 Calendar
View of our shop with 2014 Calendar
Letterpress Printed Record Bag from vintage wood type
Letterpress Printed Record Bag from vintage wood type
Interview with Elizabeth from Tandem Felix Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
About 5 years ago
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.
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