Name: Victoria Heifner
Location: Oakland, CA
Company: Milkfed Press
What is your aesthetic: “Ye Olde Chic” [ha ha].
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?: For starters, I think that the equipment I use is so beautiful. I consider myself to be more of a craftsperson than an artist, and I try and utilize all of the things in my studio. All of the vintage cuts, the wood type, my linoleum cuts—it’s all part of my working process.
The studio itself was a grocery store long ago, and I still have some of the original pieces from then. The Wonderbread counter, the baskets where I keep my cards are all recycled. Sort of like my (once obsolete) equipment; I like to give things new purpose, new life.
I like to think that this is conveyed in my design and working process, too.
Favorite part of your studio?: First choice is on-press. Another little detail that I love, is my transom window. Sounds silly, but I have a long stick with a hook on it (what is the official word for this?) that I use to open it. It’s the same way we used to open the windows in elementary school, and it makes me smile every single time. I am a bit of a princess in this space–it’s quite large and I am the only one who works here. I love that.
Where do you go for inspiration? : The grocery store and the library. I am a nut for interesting or foreign packaging. Funny that I work in a reclaimed grocery store and yes, I used to work at a library.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? : My printing presses!
Is there anything you’d upgrade to?: For a few years I was considering the larger, more production-oriented Windmill press. I’ve decided that the slower, hand-fed methods that I use, while more time-consuming, suit me just fine. I like the quality I can produce and each piece really becomes a work of art.
Anything else we should know?: Thanks for letting me share my space with you! The funny thing is that a majority of my of my clients live out of the Bay area, so never come in to my space itself. While I am in love with all-things old, I am grateful for the technology which lets me create and work with people all over the country. xo Victoria
This beautiful press is dated 1871. It originally came with a treadle (like the treadle sewing machines) for the power, but at some point, someone put a motor on it. It’s a beautiful piece of equipment and I love just it!
Name: Rebecca Kutys
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Company: Moontree Letterpress
What is your aesthetic? Simple graphics, muted colors, lots of white space.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I believe that keeping the studio clean and organized makes me much more productive. As soon as I get messy or cluttered I slow down. I think my design reflects this too, less is more.
Favorite part of your studio? My favorite thing about the studio are my studiomates: Breck (of Sesame Letterpress) and her full-time employee Amanda. We get along so well, with the perfect mix of hard work, NPR and laughter. I’d go crazy if I had to work alone…
Where do you go for inspiration? I go outside.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My ruler, guillotine cutter, my press (of course), Quickbooks, iphone, Pandora, Adobe Illustrator, UPS, Pantone Book of Colors
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Anything computer-related, probably nothing press-related.
Anything else we should know? I can’t believe how lucky I am to be doing what I’m doing. Owning a business is so challenging, but it’s also the adventure of a lifetime. Thanks for checking out my studio!
Alexis’s sister Megan of Brown Parcel Press designed and printed the invitations for his wedding to Alex and they’re totally cool! Oh yeah, and there’s a VIDEO with a behind the scenes look of printing the invites…check it out! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see their 3D save the dates….yeah, 3-friggin-D…complete with your own glasses. Genius.
[images from Brown Parcel Press]
Name: Eunice & Sabrina Moyle
Location: San Francisco
What is your aesthetic? Vintage-inspired and whimsical, with a modern twist.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? It’s cozy, colorful, quirky, and upbeat. It’s full of vintage ephemera, colorful Mexican banners and pom poms, and hand-made craft projects.
Favorite part of your studio? Our client meeting area/crafting area (upstairs). It feels like a club house and is where we brainstorm, make stuff, and play!
Where do you go for inspiration? All over: the flea market, blogs, vintage designers and illustrators, films, Mad Men (!)
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Heidelberg Windmill Presses, HP Indigo Presses, 20-inch iMac, Adobe Illustrator, bone folder, tape gun, pretty ribbon and vintage ephemera
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Having a full-time COO, so we can concentrate on creative stuff!
Anything else we should know? We welcome visitors anytime to drop in, check out our cards and invitations, and see the presses in action.
Are you in the wedding industry and have a fab office space? Send it over for a studio tour feature!
[images from Hello!Lucky]
Nicole and her husband Jerome designed these invitation booklets last year for their wedding…very cool right? She tells me the printing was relatively cheap from Dazzle Printing, so if anyone else has worked with them, lemme know how they were!
[images from Jerome Daksiewicz]
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