Hand Made in L.A. : Still Paper Chasing

More local letterpress printers with noteworthy designs

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Maginating Letterpress + Design, established by former animator Brad Woods, depicts whimsical characters (sushi and hand tools with smiley faces and limbs) inspired in part by the 1950s and ’60s modernism movement. Andria Sato and Megan Acheson’s Peach Press line incorporates motifs from the natural world (palm leaves, pandas) and recently expanded to include elegant wine tags. Lilikoi Design + Letterpress, another collaboration by Sato (its founder) and Acheson, focuses on custom work such as wedding invitations. At Aardvark Letterpress, Brooks Ocon and his staff produce holiday cards, birth announcements, business stationery, and wedding invitations in rich, luxurious fonts and colors. Traction Press owner Alan Nadon does wedding invitations, marketing material, business cards, and light binding of books and pamphlets, while his partner, Riitta Salmijak, creates handmade note cards out of the shop using found objects (paper, fabric, ribbon, charms). 

For those who’d like to try old-world printing at home, Paper Source recently introduced the Letterpress Machine Combo Kit. The printer fits on a table and comes with ink, paper, printing plates, and positioning guides. $149.99.

To master a few techniques from the pros, private letterpress instruction is offered by Lala Press, the custom division of the Dee&Lala note card line. Single-day workshops: From $250, plus $25 shop fee. Two-day workshops: From $375, plus $25 shop fee.