Meet a Wedding Stationer in Philadelphia, PA: Thomas-Printers Invitations (11)

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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This beautifully illustrated  save the date coaster comes to us from Kristin Joiner of 622 press, based in Hamilton, Bermuda! Here’s Kristin to tell us more:

Krista and Chris are planning a wedding with a beer theme next year, so they thought save the date coasters would be the perfect clue to what guests can expect at their celebration! The bride-to-be came to me with some pretty fabulous inspiration pieces featuring hand-drawn illustrations inspired by nature. She also knew she wanted to avoid a super-fancy wedding script, opting instead for more modern typography.

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