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.
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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