Most of our releases over the past couple years have been letterpress printed by the wonderful John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress in New Orleans. He uses a Platen Press, made by The Chandler & Price Company, Craftsman model. We first encountered John while we were both living in New Orleans (now Travis just lives there), per the suggestion of a friend who worked with him. A few releases have been digitally printed in both Chicago and Portland. One, NTR018, was silkscreen printed by the extremely talented and creative folks at Sonnenzimmer, in Chicago. The first 15 or so releases were foil stamped at a wedding and party invitation shop at which a friend of ours worked, in Skokie, IL.
We asked John to send us a brief bio, and he sent this:
“I have been printing for pleasure, business and artistic expression since childhood. I had a career in commercial offset printing, which ended when advances in digital graphics revolutionized the printing trades and many jobs were eliminated. I then took a step back in time to re-create the old and irreplaceable ways of fine printing. In addition to custom letterpress printing, I create fine art prints combining linoleum cuts and type. My work can be seen every day at the Dutch Alley Artists’ Co-op in the French Quarter (one block down from Café Du Monde) and at the Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park on the last Saturday of every month.”
For more information about John and his shop, see here.
We’d also like to use this space to thank our dear friend Rusty C. Cook for their assistance with final print/plate file production work. Rusty is a Chicago-based designer focused on branding and illustration for socially-conscious businesses and mission-driven organizations. They do freelance work, so feel free to get in touch.