I was super excited to come across Graven Feather, a relatively young functioning studio for artists, as well as a workshop, retail, and gallery space. I basically called them up and invited myself over to come and check out their space. Graven Feather is Pam & Erin, two lovely artists with a passion for bringing their illustrations to life with various forms of printing. In terms of printing as part of the manufacturing process where you may need to label a product or mark a component in some way, something more specialized (like this – https://www.easyfairs.com/de/die-welt-der-logistik-und-verpackung-2017/label-print-zuerich-2017/besuchen/ausstellerkatalog/stand/635699/) might be required, although a similar process might be deployed to achieve the effect only somewhat more advanced. Things like CIJ printers are particularly useful in an industrial context for applying ink and markings where necessary before a product is ready to be sold.
I thought I would have a little Q&A with Pam & Erin and get a little more insight into them and the studio that you won’t find on the website.
PAM: I experienced love at first sight with the equipment. I worked for a printmaker who inherited an old table top letterpress that needed repairs. I researched like mad and took a workshop with SNAP+TUMBLE, getting ready to fix and operate my former bosses press. My love of letterpress has steadily grown into Graven Feather’s respectable collection of presses and type :)
ERIN: I think the first time I heard about letterpress was in high school, while learning about the Gutenberg Bible and the revolution caused by the distribution of written material to the masses . It was the sight of those gorgeous twisty, curved cast-iron presses that intrigued me, especially the art-deco ones. And I didn’t understand how it all worked, how one got a newspaper out of a mechanical beast like that. I remember pulling the crank on an old tabletop press in Barkerville (a historic site in BC), it was such a glee-filled experience. I had no idea I’d ever have a studio filled with them.
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