Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Etsy Shop of the week - Dutch Door Design

As part of my one man campaign for "proper printing", because I like people who are so stubbornly swimming against the litho and computer print stream (and because I have a garage full of metal type woodcut card blocks and an old arab treadle press oiled and ready to go) and because the result looks so good - I like to buy cards and prints from letterpress printers.

We came across Dutch Door Designs in 'Greenwich Letterpress' shop in New York before Christmas and bought a few, then realised they sold their cards and prints internationally through their Etsy shop so should stock up my 'card drawer'.

This San Fanscisco based letterpress printing company describes themselves as

"two friends, two antique printing presses, a bunch of ink and a whole lot of paper....

Mara Murphy and Anna Branning, friends and co-workers for many years established dutch door press, a design & letterpress studio, in 2006 in a beautiful victorian house in San Francisco. we named our press after the entryway to our studio- none other than a dutch door.

With an affinity for rich color, vintage patterns, natural forms and symmetry we create unique and boldly colored designs for our greeting cards, posters, and invitations. all of our designs are printed by hand on our antique chandler & price platen press or our equally lovely vandercook simple precision 15 proofing press."

PS if anyone has an unused letterpress proofing press like a Vandercook (hand operated but self inking) standing unused in the studio or garage I'd be happy to relieve you of it!

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