I was in Minnesota in 2011 for a wedding, and I had most of a day to myself to explore. By chance, I came across the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and I spent some time looking at their machines and “drawers of letters” that they had in their space.
A ghost of what I saw lingered in my mind until I had a conversation with my friend Jen of Just Enough Nonsense. We were talking about cards and printmaking, and she told me that she had just taken a letterpress course at the Bow and Arrow Press. I immediately signed up for the first “crash course” that I could fit in my schedule. Ted of Mindhue Studios was my instructor, and I still like to remind him that he couldn’t remember my name for the longest time.
In March of 2012, I typeset and printed my first letterpress calling card, and I’ve been obsessed ever since.
After the last year of friendly prods and moral support from Jen, Ted, and many others, I decided to open up a small shop to sell my prints. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself, as letterpress is a labor of love for me. I have both full-time and part-time jobs that occupy a lot of my time, so any time that I can carve out for letterpress is golden.
My store will be having a “soft-open” for about a week, and then I’ll be closed until the “holidaze” are over. If you’re able to place an order while the store is still open, I promise that you will get your print in time for Christmas.
In the meantime, be sure to bookmark mmvk.co and check back here often for new prints, blog entries, and more.
Thanks for visiting and happy holidays!