Boxcar Press started off February with a tour group from the local branch of the AIGA. These tours are a great opportunity for us to not only show what our company has to offer, but also helps us encourage and inspire people to pursue designing for letterpress projects. The group size consisted of about seven graphic designers. They showed great interest in the process from design to platemaking all the way to finishing. Everyone enjoyed watching the printers at their windmills and rubbing their fingertips over the impression in the paper. As letterpress continues to grow in popularity, we find graphic designers who visit are more knowledgeable about the craft than just a couple of years ago. A big thanks to these designers for stopping in!
Right before the holidays, Boxcar enjoyed a visit from designer, printer, letterpress instructor, and sister: Amy Redmond.
Amy’s sister, Carrie, called and arranged the tour as a surprise. She kept Amy guessing until a short time before they got to our studios.
It was more of a meeting of minds and souls than a tour, as we spent a couple of hours with Amy and Carrie. We traded stories, shared tips and tricks printer to printer, and discovered how Amy got to where she is now, a Seattle-based freelance graphic designer and instructor of an introductory letterpress printing class at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.
We are thankful to Amy for being a mentor to many students of letterpress and for giving us a fun day at Boxcar!
We love when the people we get to work with come to our shop for a visit! Annie came all the way from Monterrey, Mexico to tour the Boxcar Press studio, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to show her around the shop (and the city of Syracuse) a few weeks back.
Annie works with us for photopolymer plates, and we’re amazed by the printing she’s been doing lately. Click here to visit Filomena Press on Facebook to check out some of Annie’s work!
Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Byrd & Bleecker to our very own printshop! They were treated to a premium tour by Cathy and surprise gift coasters to be letterpress printed and diecut right before their eyes. We all share the letterpress love! Here is a picture of the die about to make contact with the printed sheet and deliver the piece cut out. What a fun time showing these fine folks around.
by Carrie Valenzuela, letterpress printer. 2:11 p.m.