our studio

Our Studio

Our studio is located in a historic building in a small Iowa town. From here, we work our design and printing magic.

In our studio, we specialize in letterpress printing. Letterpress is a relief printing process. It has a tactile quality, as each piece is hand-fed into the press and the design is imprinted onto the paper.

In addition to our custom work, we have a line of greeting cards and paper goods that we sell in the studio, online, and other select retailers. We also carry a selection stationery and gift items in our retail portion of the studio.

Currently all of our presses are human powered (no electricity!). The studio is home to a Nolan Proof Press, two platen presses (a Kelsey 6×10 and a Chandler and Price 10×15), and a Kingsley Foil Stamper, among other printing trinkets and equipment. Check out the video below of our Chandler and Price 10×15 in action in our prior location!

Iron Leaf Press Studio

Recent Posts

Letterpress Conference coming to Io-way

Type on the Cob

One of my favorite things about being a letterpress printer has been meeting other printers, young and old. Over the years they’ve been one of the best resources for learning new tips and tricks, acquiring new equipment, and hearing tales of printing lore. The Midwest and Great Northern Printers’ Fair was the first printing events I ever went to –before I even had any printing equipment.

This year they are partnering with the Ladies of Letterpress and hosting Type on the Cob III at Printers’ Hall on the Thresher’s Grounds in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. There will be workshops, lectures, and printer camaraderie in abundance. I’ll be heading down to Mount Pleasant this September and I’d encourage anyone interested in learning more about the world of letterpress to join the fun. Check out more details here.

And for those wondering what past events have been like, I posted about the first Type on the Cob here and a past Midwest and Great Northern Printers’ Fair here.

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