After learning the craft of letterpress printing in Germany, I strive to bring this age-old method into our present time - a time when a simple greeting card, a scribble on a napkin or a business card say so much. I still get excited after pulling the first print of a design from the press. It's the moment when a design transforms from a digital file onto a piece of thick, cotton paper. That part never gets old.
We didn't pick this name to go along with the German trend of names just for kicks. During 2011, I lived in Munich, Germany for a year and learned the language, the culture and most importantly, how to print with a master printer and typographer Christa Schwarztrauber. As an apprentice in her print studio, the Fliegenkopf Werksttat, I learned the traditional method of typesetting without computers and plates. It was 100% analog with only metal and wood type.
To this day, I still try to keep my German language skills (it drives my husband crazy), and crave the German style beers and fine bread.
More info about Christa and the Fliegenkopf Werkstatt:
The house has been an epitome for the past few years. My husband and I are proud to have built our home from the ground up. It started as a tired 1930s bungalow and now has transformed into a one-of-a-kind parametric piece of architecture. We've moved half a dozen times during this build and now know plenty about construction and where to source all kinds of materials. Building a house is not for the faint of heart, but it reaps reward and fulfillment larger than the moon.
I have a Vandercook 4T, a Vandercook SP-15 and a Challenge 15 that is not yet up and printing. It's our most recent press that we're still cleaning up. On these 50+ year old presses, each sheet of paper is handfed one by one. It takes a little longer but I enjoy the involvement that each print requires.