Vandalia Street Press

Saint Paul
United States
Mostly One. Sometimes Two.
Vandalia Street Press started in a studio that Fred (my husband) and I had on Vandalia Street in Saint Paul. Our first press was a Chandler & Price. It was all very exciting and new. I have BFA in painting and photography and had never really thought about printmaking. I've always made weird little postcards and ditties that I would mail to people so a line of greeting cards seemed like the perfect next step. So, that is what we did. Designed a line of greeting cards and went to it. That was four years ago and boy have we learned a lot. Fred has joined the wonderful world of wine and I, well I have embraced printmaking like a tree hugger on on old oak tree. Vandalia Street Press is now a two press show. The C&P and one Heidleberg Windmill. I have expanded my ideas to prints and artwork as well. My artwork (pre-printmaking) was landscape inspired and mostly large blocks of one or two colors that make up an image that reminds you of a certain place without being anywhere specific. I cut the shapes from linoleum blocks and away we go. I do all of my printing on the beloved Heidleberg. Yes even short runs of 30 or 40 prints. It's a production press I know but when we sail – we sail. So, that is it for now.
Interview with Kim from Vandalia Street Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
Four years ago. 2008.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I love paper and I love to think about order.
What inspires you?: 
I'm inspired by my environment, by the landscape around me. Little things that I see - funny situations, subtle humor, nature - they all inspire me. Rock and Roll Baby! That inspires me.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
While I have two presses I pretty much stick to the Windmill. We are BFF's. I use a variety of inks that I find or that are given to me. I mixed my colors by hand. The line of greeting cards are printed on some leftover paper from a photo album company that my husband had way back when. When I say leftover I guess I mean reclaimed or saved. It was a lot of paper - really beautiful paper that we couldn't part with. Like a small bedroom filled with paper. My artwork is usually printed on Crane's Lettra which I use a lot for custom orders.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Large blocks of color. Not bright. Subtle in its humor. Modern.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Greeting Cards, Art Prints, Kitchen Art
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
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