Letterpress We Love
In our September 2012 Design Finder, photo director Anna Alexander visited the Chicago Shop of Chandra Greer. There, Greer, a letterpress aficionado and stationary expert, has curated a selection of designs from local craftspeople who produce their pieces in small batches. Hallmark or Papyrus it most definitely is not. As a compliment to the story, here are 8 letterpress products we love.
Egg Press knows letterpress, and the Portland-based studio consistently comes out with some of the loveliest designs—on cards, calendars, paper dolls, stitch kits, and kids' clothes—out there. We love sending (and receiving) their greetings, and have a soft spot for this Thumbs Up card, perfect for saying congratulations, thanks, or just a little snail mail hello.
There's a certain little rush that comes when a product happens to combine a couple of your favorite things into one cool treat. Take this biscuit greeting card from the always-on-point Japanese d-bros: It looks like a cookie but it's a paper greeting card. So. Good. Take a pen to the "icing" and send it to a sweetie.
How often can you well and truly make someone's day for less than the cost of a cup of coffee? These smiley guys from Poketo come four to a pack for a mere $6 (add a stamp and you're still under the price of a small drip). Write a quick little love (or like, or whassup, or or or...) note, fold the face in thirds, pop him in the mail and, well, you've done it! In a couple days time you will have one happy pal. Viva paper cards and the postal system!
How handy to have an all-occasion stash of notes to send for special events, or simply when inspiration strikes. Stacy Pancake, of San Francisco’s very own Pancake & Franks, has put together a fantastic box-set of 30 letterpress greetings that should last you through the year. What a great collection to keep in touch with pals!
We have seen hostesses go white when guests put wet glasses straight down on the coffee table. Now, whether or not water stains on varnished wood strike fear in your heart, laying a few of these letterpress palms around the house would no doubt encourage folks to follow the instructions carefully: "PUT IT THERE PAL."