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Back when I was in college I took a printing course in the Industrial Arts department. The class covered silk screen, offset and letterpress printing. Great experience for a young aspiring graphic design communications major. I printed my first business card, well more of a calling card (right). Dirtbag_Chico_1984Over the years I focused on new technologies, as the computer changed the landscape of the career I had chosen. Nevertheless, as technology advanced I longed for the old school.

A Passion Rekindled

While on a visit to Seattle in 2008 we went to the EMP Museum where there was an exhibit of The Art of Hatch Show Print. Needless to say, I found that a spark had ignited a passion for letterpress. More and more I’d experiment with digital designs that emulated the flavor of old type on paper. Then one day I saw a press for sale. Luckily, it had already been sold. Lucky because a press is not a wise impulse buy. Collecting my thoughts I decided to find a class and do some research. That eventually lead us to our 10 x 15 Chandler & Price purchase. It’s a slow process, building a studio. Limited by space, funds and availability. So the journey has begun. Finding time design/print/play is always a challenge.