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About Us

Our studio is built on a love of working with our hands and the desire to gather community around the return to forgotten processes. We work from what used to be the Principal’s Office in Calgary’s King Edward School, given new life by cSPACE.

Ian is a photographer and letterpress printer. He has an eagle eye for registration, a beautiful way of capturing a moment on film, and a stunning memory for football (soccer, the real soccer) trivia.

Jessica is a designer and letterpress printer. She has a knack for translating stories into the tangible, a love of hand drawn type, and a list of ongoing crafts that’s way too long.

When we’re not in the studio, we’re in the mountains, sun or snow.


The Presses

Chandler & price 8 x 12”

Our first press, ratcheted lovingly to a Uhaul and brought back to Calgary from Indianapolis, is the definition of ‘human powered’. Her treadle and flywheel create a meditative music, backed by 1 tonne of power. She’s a cast iron, hundred year old beauty.

Strengths: Business cards, Greeting Cards, & Hang Tags.

Chandler & price galley proof press

The baby sister to our platen press is a charmer. Built in the 1920’s and used for proofing type, this press came to us with the original ink brayer and a snappy little cupboard full of paper.

Strengths: Type & Linocut

VANDERCOOK 4C ‘the brit’

Currently en-route by way of 3105 nautical miles, we are very excited to add this British gem to our studio. Made by Western, a British manufacturer who licensed the now infamous Vandercook presses in the UK, the 4C was created to pull impeccably precise proofs. She is a jack of all trades and we can’t wait to have her here.

Strengths: Pillowy Type, Posters, Wedding Suites


Our Values

Our ecological footprint and impact on the world is very important to us. We endeavor to create a business that fuels our local economy, and an inclusive and welcoming space that thrives on human connection. As often as we can we use 100% recycled, tree-free paper. Our solvents are naturally derived and our beloved C&P can be operated in a power outage.


Retail

We have a selection of in-house designed, hand printed cards. We are very proud to have them available for sale in some of our favourite local businesses:

  • Our Daily Brett

  • Community Natural Foods

  • Crafted Granary Road

  • Shelf Life Books

  • Maven & Grace

  • The Next Page

  • Junction 9

  • The Heart - Bragg Creek

If you are a retailer looking for locally printed cards, please get in touch.