It's not escaped us that today is International Women's Day, especially as we are a woman-owned and woman-operated business on both the letterpress side and the design side. We are proud members of the Ladies of Letterpress, who cheekily assert that a woman's place is in the printshop. And it's true: we take great pleasure in working and creating with our hands in what was previously a male-dominated industry. It is with no small sense of accomplishment and tremendous pleasure that we coax elegant ephemera from these oversized, antique machines.
In my dreams, at my perfect dinner party, I would save a seat at the table for my long-since-departed great-grandmother, Susie, who lived in the original Cherry Laurel house in Laurel, MS. I'd be eager to linger at the table after dinner to show her what I've created with these hands—to see her delight in the beautiful paper and the ink impressed into each piece. To laugh about the many mishaps along the path to where I am now. And to share the process of letterpress printing as we know it today; that so many women are also producing beautiful works of art on these machines. I'd like to think she'd be pleased.