What led you to get into the letterpress business?
Both of us came from decades of working with complicated design and print projects. It was something we did well together right from the start. When the economy crashed, we needed to make a change and take a huge risk in order to keep doing the one aspect of our jobs we loved most— which was working with paper and design.
It was a series of puzzle pieces falling into place from there that led us to letterpress and into the guidance of our dear friends Tom and Patty, as well as Mitch’s mentor and friend, Chuck, all of whom spent a great deal of time helping us learn how to use the presses as an extension of ourselves, and create well-crafted and beautiful paper goods.
What are some advantages and challenges of working with your significant other?
That’s a loaded question. Haha! It’s certainly not for the faint of heart.
One of the advantages is knowing each other’s habits and moods so well that it's second nature knowing how to balance the day: when to help pick each other up, when to steer clear of each other, and when it’s OK for a quiet day of focus.
The disadvantage comes when we can’t quite tap into each other, and instead work against each other. Those are the days when it’s best no one else is around. We just can’t help but respond emotionally with each other under stress, so even the dogs tend to hide those days. But a great working relationship recognizes when emotions flare and that even the worst of moods can be altered with simple understanding, laughter, and maybe some goofy dancing thrown in for good measure!