Hammerpress

After lunch yesterday I was headed home, but the painters were there and I knew they were sanding and it would be noisy and messy, so I took a detour.

Hammerpress has been in the Crossroads a good while.  In fact, I had them make Mr. Blandings’s 40th birthday invitations.  They’ve moved just around the corner from their original spot and I hadn’t made the time to stop in.

Brady Vest started the company in 1994 after finishing at the Kansas City Art Institute.  He had a thing for letterpress and he turned it into a jumping little business.

Brady was getting ready for First Fridays when I stopped in.  I told him I’d come back when everything was out and he said, “Come on back.”  As in the back room.  You do know I love the back room.

Piles of stuff and stacks of boxes and a palette of ink that I could have brought home and hung on the wall.

If you are a visual person this is the type of place that make your synapses snap, crackle and pop.

Covers for journals waiting for production,

cards
and stationary.
All designed and produced here in this little sunny spot on Southwest Boulevard.

Brady has done a lot of posters for local music venues and some of these are available at the shop and on-line.

But they do other posters as well.  One of the reasons I stopped was because a friend had mentioned the poster above.  

A reminder I could certainly use, though this one might be better for me.  I always forget this part.

One of the reasons I had Brady do Mr. Blandings’s invitation was because I wanted something really special.  It was so simple, just black and white, but I was taken with the idea that they would be produced by hand, by someone setting those blocks.

Hammerpress does custom work, of course, and has many samples of comprehensive work they have done for events and organizations.

I know the weather is not supposed to be great, but May is usually a hopping First Fridays; stop in and see Brady and his crew.

As an added incentive Fresher than Fresh Snow Cones will be set up right in front.  That’s at least two senses satisfied.
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15 thoughts on “Hammerpress

  1. Wow! Lucy you to be able to just drop in at Hammerpress. I’ve been wanting to go there and to Hatch Show Print in Nashville. As a graphic designer, I’ve been a long-time lover of the beautiful art of letterpress.

  2. Oh joy! Finally my boys can learn what a true snow cone tastes like–no it is not just like Fla-vor-ice.

  3. What a great shop. I just got back from checking out the web site as I may need some of those butterfly Thank-you notes! thanks for sharing.

  4. oh my! eye candy galore! now i want to see Mr.B’s b’day invitations!
    ps- a snowcone sounds really good right now (and yes it’s only 6:16am)

  5. Now that is something that appeals to me more than the Grandest of Balls. I love a good print shop-even the smell! I have a friend that is in the marketing end of a large printing company and he is generous with left over card stock.
    What fun to see these works in progress.

  6. Love this, I am a sucker for anything paper. You just cannot beat the old press method of printing!
    Leslie

  7. Beautiful work! I will check out their items online. Much more interesting than the standard Crane’s “thank you” notes, etc.

  8. My first job in journalism was writing a weekly “teen” column, writing the “locals” which my editor/owner insisted that the line “refreshments were served and a good time had by all” was expected by the readers. The ancient letterpress, the melted lead, the newspaper being “put to bed”—on the bed of the press. And the day after the weekly paper came out, the melting of that week to make room for the coming week’s words. The OU journalism school not much better. Electric media: three IBM typewriters with the stupid ball things but which we fought over. When I hear young people talk about cool fonts, I remember the old typesetter having to form and fit the type. It makes me smile yet yearn for the craft, not just posers with instant gratification at their fingertips. I think black and white hand-crafted type, letter press invitation is a classic…as is turning 40. Great choice.

  9. Firefly – it’s worth the stop if you are ever in the area.

    Tracy – she has her dates on her blog if you don’t make it tonight. It would be a fun block party addition, wouldn’t it?

    Erika – really, they are nothing to write home about, but I love the indentation of those letters.

    Debra – I should have mentioned the smell – one of the best parts.

    Court – you would love it! Thanks.

    Leslie and Boxwood – I completely agree.

    Dark – I worked on a selectric at KU as well. Now that I think about it, there wasn’t a computer in sight. I wonder if I could still edit tape on one of those old machines? I did love the rhythm of those clicks.

  10. Is there such thing as Paperaholics, I have a serious paper addiction. I feel a paper binge coming on.
    Oh, perhaps the snowcone will cool me off after all that hot steamy crisp paper.

  11. Oh how I want the “Things Change” print. I went to the site and it’s not listed. I am almost shattered 🙁

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