Typothecary Letterpress

United States
Typothecary Letterpress was founded in 2011 by Megan Zettlemoyer. Her love of letterpress began with a trip to the Lancaster Heritage Center Museum where she watched a demonstration and experienced her first taste of the reclaimed printing technique. For the graphic design program graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, it was love at first sight. Having already possessed the groundwork and understanding of what it takes to create and design, Megan shifted her focus to learning the intricacies and nuances of the physical printing process. Shortly after attending an array of classes and workshops from multiple instructors and print shops along the east coast, she quickly set out to begin her own printing venture with the purchase of a 10 x 15 Chandler and Price printing press. Typothecary Letterpress offers a wide variety of services including wedding & special occasion invitations, greeting cards, business cards & stationery, as well as broadsides and promotional materials. Typothecary Letterpress collaborates with designers and clients alike to create that perfect letterpress piece that complements any occasion. Custom letterpressed wedding vows, favorite poems or artistic imagery make great gifts for that special someone as well!
Everything Happens for a Reason
Everything Happens for a Reason
Mark Twain Quote
Mark Twain Quote
Mushroom bookplates
Mushroom bookplates
To and From with Love business cards
To and From with Love business cards
Interview with Megan from Typothecary Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I like that I am able to combine my design skills on the computer with the hand skills of a printer to create beautiful works of art. I was starting to get bored with sitting behind a computer all day, but with letterpress, my perspective has changed.
What inspires you?: 
I am mostly inspired by the people who have come before me and started the letterpress flame within me! I am also inspired by the people that have done what I one day hope to accomplish. It shows that my dreams are possible and nothing is out of reach! But inspiration also comes from each and every client as well as my family and friends.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I usually print on my 10x15 C&P, using rubber ink on Lettra or Somerset.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
My work is very practical. I try to come up with ideas that interest me, but would also interest others, as well as be something I would buy if it were someone else's work. I enjoy trying to push myself to always try and come up with something that hasnt been done before. I feel a lot of letterpress work is redundant.
What kind of products do you create?: 
notecards, coasters, posters, picture frame mats, bookplates, wedding invitations, stationery, business cards
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
no workshops are offered at this time.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
I am always learning more information about letterpress, it is a never ending process. I only wish that I had learned about letterpress much earlier on. I think the rest just falls into place with each job that you print, little by little. Hands on experience is the best thing you could get if you are looking to be a printer.
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