Two Crow Press

1406 Yuma St
United States
I have been working in letterpress and book arts since 2005 when an assistant professor at Kansas State University (Rachel Melis) was teaching classes in those fields. Though I ultimately transferred to the University of Kansas to finish a BFA in Printmaking, I never stopped taking classes in letterpress and book arts. When I found a C & P Pilot last year, I jumped at the opportunity to work with letterpress again. I love letterpress, because it engages multiple senses. My press is cast iron with well-worn smooth parts and pitted rough patches. The smell and tack of the oil-based ink as I mix the perfect color. The clicking that the gears make as I print. The coolness of the paper fresh from the damp-pack. The surge of success from using just the right amount of ink and pressure to get that crisp impression and rich color that all letterpress printers seek. I love it all.
Interview with Ashley from Two Crow Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
mixing the perfect color of ink and the ability to use so many different kinds of paper
What inspires you?: 
Nature, history, strange facts
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Press: C & P Pilot / Paper: 140# Muscletone (French Paper Co. Michigan, USA), Somerset Velvet (St. Cuthbert's Mill of England), Arturo (Cartiera Magnani of Italy) / Ink: Van Son Oil-based
How would you describe your artwork?: 
mostly typographically based, simple and modern, irreverent
What kind of products do you create?: 
wedding invitations, stationary, greeting cards, business cards, letterhead, small books
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:; Varney's Book Store in Manhattan, KS; Wonder Fair in Lawrence, KS
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
You can't print white on black paper and have it look good.
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