Typecase Industries is a letterpress and design studio founded by three close friends and based in Washington, D.C. In addition to producing custom pieces for their clients, they design and print posters, cards, and coasters, which are available at select shops, at craft shows, and in their Etsy store.
If you aren't familiar with the process, letterpress is a centuries-old printing technique where inked plates with raised text and graphics are pressed into paper. This transfers the ink to the paper and creates a beautiful recessed imprint. This printing technique is very popular for wedding invitations and high-end cards.
I had the opportunity to tour Typecase Industries' NW studio, which is located in the 52 O St Artist Studios and home to a variety of other creative business owners. Alessandra and Emily showed me around, gave me a sneak peek of some ridiculously beautiful wedding invitations, and talked me through the letterpress design and printing process.
If you're interested in learning more about letterpress or other old school techniques, these ladies teach workshops out of their studio on Wood Type Printing, Linoblock Design/Printing, and Bookbinding. These 5-hour classes are beginner-friendly and include lunch.
Typecase Industries will have a booth at the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair at Union Market in Washington, D.C., on September 28th. If you aren't local, their prints are available for purchase through their Etsy store. For information on their workshops, contact Alessandra for a schedule. It's so inspiring to see these passionate ladies turning what they love into a creative and successful business. Keep up the great work!