Behind Lady Pilot Letterpress is the one-woman force, Emily Wismer. Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wismer juxtaposes classical illustrations with wicked lines for special occasions in her letterpress greetings, As she states on her website, her specialty is in the arena of ‘sarcastic and sweet letterpressed greeting cards’.
As personal messages go, nothing beats a hand-written card. Sadly, the majority of cards are either a visual abomination beyond the Cosby sweater, or are twee enough to make Zooey Deschanel vomit organic stevia. Calligraphuck cards elevate swear words with ornate hand lettering and tactile letterpress. It’s like cursing in a top hat. $25 will […]
Heather Noss, owner of Digby and Rose, pioneered a special type of embossing that creates a super-deep impression in paper, 50 percent deeper than traditional letterpress printing. Known as Letterpress Light, the method is exclusive to Digby and Rose and was recently featured in Washingtonian Magazine online.
Moon In June Press designed these beautifully simple calendars for 2011. The months run lengthwise with every Sunday numbered and highlighted in a different shade. They’re available for $15 through their website and Etsy.
Brooklyn-based printer Stukenborg has recently been doing amazing prints using dice as letterpress pieces with the dots on them arranged to create various patterns and shapes. They’re quite affordable ($20-$250), so he shouldn’t have much trouble selling these things.
In the age of email, there is something uniquely special about a hand written note sent in the post. There’s a certain romanticism in opening the envelope, uncovering its contents, reading someone’s personal script. One studio adding to the allure of personalized cards, notes, and invitations is Pancake & Franks.