Thyrsus Press

1617 Parker Street
United States
+1 510-387-5339
Thyrsus Press is a fine art print shop and publishing house in Berkeley, California. We make artifacts of all sorts - books, broadsides, mail art, buttons, curious ephemera, and more. We use a combination of traditional print media: engraving, etching and relief, alongside texts usually hand set in lead type with a deep respect for typographical history. Imagery is created by engraving, etching, linocut, collagraphs, and solar plate (photo etching). Our shop is currently equipped with a 1914 Chandler & Price 12x18 platen press, a whomping Conrad Etching Press, and a cute little Vandercook 01 Proof Press. We publish what we like and are always seeking people/work to like from emerging or established writers, but we have an equally strong desire to republish neglected historic work that deserves to be read by new readers.
Chris Olander, "Silver King Creek, Upper and Lower Fish Valley"
Chris Olander, "Silver King Creek, Upper and Lower Fish Valley"
Joaquin Miller, "Twilight at the Hights"
Joaquin Miller, "Twilight at the Hights"
John Clare, "To John Clare"
John Clare, "To John Clare"
Ogden Nash, "The Catsup Bottle"
Ogden Nash, "The Catsup Bottle"
Interview with Jinny from Thyrsus Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
I started printing letterpress when I was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001.
What inspires you?: 
We love things that are obscure, forgotten, and occasionally unloved.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
We have a Chandler and Price 12x18 old style platen press, a Conrad etching press, and a Vandercook 01 proofing press. We tend to print on Mohawk and Stonehenge papers.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
We make printed matter and we publish poetry. We see printing as a medium of creative expression, not simply reproduction. It is our chosen language and we are continually exploring the possibilities of its various dialects. We strive to create work that happily marries text and image. We tell stories. We make art. We experiment. Me make a mess. We create some things that have a point. If you hire us we will happily print something for you. But we also create for our own sake and because some things need to exist.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Broadsides, chapbooks, cards, ephemera, and unclassifiable assemblages of all kinds.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not yet.
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