Today’s wedding stationer interview is with letterpress printer and co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress, Kseniya Thomas of Thomas-Printers Invitations, based in Carlisle, PA. Enjoy!

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

After graduating from college, I had a fellowship to study and work in Germany for a year. A friend and I happened to go to Mainz one weekend—that’s where the Gutenberg Museum has a working letterpress-print shop. A few weeks later, I wrote and asked if they accepted interns, and they did, so I moved to Mainz. I worked there for six months, and learned how to set type and print from guys who had spent their whole careers in print shops as pressmen, stonemen, or compositors before offset printing edged them out. It was great: the shop has hundreds of cases of type, and I could print whatever I wanted. I once printed a birth announcement for a princess, which was neat. I had no idea at the time that I had found my calling in life; even after I returned to the U.S., and realized that letterpress was happening here, I still only knew the basics of the history of printing and the craft of letterpress—and I knew nothing about running a small business. That was 12 years ago; I’ve been in business for eight years now.

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What is your favorite color combination?

Gray with gray–or different grays with some orange-ishness


What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

Though I didn’t design it, the Bob and Soledad anniversary invitation is the coolest invitation I’ve ever art-directed. Designed by Michael Musser of Anticipate invitations, this invitation features a die-cut shape of Delicate Arch in southern Utah.

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Do you have a favorite typeface?

So many! Don’t make me choose or the one I don’t pick will get jealous.

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What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Hm. We’ve been asked to print on leather, copper, giant flags . . . but usually bizarre requests are limited to printing a great many invitations in a very short time. Which we do, happily. ;)

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Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand, unless the “and” is a catchword!

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Any advice for brides?

Hey, yeah! I wrote a whole article on this for Wedding Lovely: Tips on Working with a Letterpress Printer.

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Do you offer more than just stationery?

Yes! We’ll print anything flat: cards of all kinds, tags, boxes, cd covers . . . let us know what you have in mind and we’ll find a way to make it.

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Great, thanks Kseniya! For more information about Thomas-Printers Invitations, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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