Miss Pearl and Marie Antoinette..... February 04 2014

Last weekend brought some new additions to the letterpress studio.  Miss Pearl- a 1913 Golding Pearl floor press and a huge guillotine paper cutter- let's call her Marie Antoinette (we all know her fate).  Both of which are still on the ground level of our barn.  The first order of business is to do a little restoration project on the press.  She needs to be taken apart, cleaned, painted and gotten upstairs in pieces.  There is less to do with the paper cutter but she also needs to be taken apart for the climb upstairs.

I had been searching for a Golding Pearl for a while.  I love the Golding presses, they have a certain flair about them.  They are also not nearly as huge and as the Chandler and Price presses a lot of people have.  They certainly would not make it to the second floor.  The Pearl is a dainty 600 pounds compared to the 1200+ pound C&P floor presses. 

Then I need to learn how to use them!  The press has a motor which is a little daunting but I am sure that I can just spin the fly wheel until I get some experience with how to use the press.

Updates from Green Grape Press.... January 22 2014

I've had a busy fall/winter with my letterpress business Green Grape Press.  I did a lot of custom work for the holidays which was so much fun!  I've also started doing a line of dog cards which have been very popular.  It's funny a friend who was sending them out as part of her dog care business was actually getting cards back to say what great cards!  Recently, my husband gave me two whale illustrations that he had done.  I was able to scan them and have dies cut of the images which arrived yesterday.  I rushed over to the studio to try them out and we are very pleased with the results.  I hope that there will be more illustrations being turned into cards in the near future.

Here is a picture of Goldie- my Golding Official No. 4 press.  She really is doing a great job with the cards and invitations.


More to come!  If you like my letterpress cards- you can see all my printing on our Facebook page.