Our roots are in publishing poetry on the Vandercook proof press, starting with poet-laureate Mary Swander’s Crazy Eddy on the Judgement Day in 2004. We are still very much involved in printing poetry with our recent partnership with the North American Review, the oldest literary journal in the United States, which is based out of the University of Northern Iowa.
Branching out, artist Julie Russell-Steuart began utilizing the press to make art prints and artist’s books for exhibition. Next, we began to develop work to sell in art fairs. In addition to our linoleum prints, we use our collection of metal type to create greeting cards and prints. As a book artist, it was natural to begin offering hand-sewn journals. Some of them have hand-made paste paper covers. Our newest journal is tiny, a “booklace” or book jewelry.
Our letterpress studio has begun offering custom work for business clients and wedding/personal stationery. Currently we are in the process of refurbishing some platen presses that are going to add to our production capabilities in a major way.
Contact Julie Russell-Steuart to discuss your project.