Paper Parasol Press
Paper Parasol Press was born in 2009, but started a few years prior at the start of a long distance relationship. What started as a correspondence between Chicago, Illinois, and St. Pete, Florida, turned into a full time business. As fate would have it, Chicago became home. In 2012, Paper Parasol Press moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. We now call California our home, but we remain inspired by our Midwest roots and true to the colors and energy of the West Coast. Our cards and limited edition prints can be found in small metropolitan boutiques around the country. We combine inspiration from our Midwest and European roots with American Folk Art and a dash of California cool. We believe in illustration, sketchbooks, travel, and combining our love for traditional letterpress with modern technology. Paper and envelopes are made with 100% renewable energy. All cards are designed and printed in the USA.
Something Of A Dandy
Whimsical, hand-drawn greeting cards by Ashleigh Long.
Steel Petal Press
Steel Petal Press® is a Chicago–based letterpress studio owned and operated by Shayna Norwood. What began as a part–time endeavor in 2008 has grown to include three presses, a paper cutter, and a small + awesome team. We print, package and ship each item by hand. Shayna was first introduced to letterpress printing through a year – long book arts class she took while earning her BFA at San Francisco Art Institute. Since graduating she has perfected her craft while working in book arts centers from San Francisco to New York. Finally settling in Chicago, she started Steel Petal Press as a way to use her letterpress skills and unique perspective to share beauty and humor with the world through handmade stationery.
Build Your Own Chicago is a series of postcards published by Wurlington Press which can be cut and assembled into miniature paper models of prominent Chicago landmarks. All postcards are designed and drawn by Matt Bergstrom. There are also postcards available of landmarks in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC and other places. The postcards measure 4-5/8" x 6-3/4" and include all pieces and instructions necessary to make one model. The scale of the miniatures varies, depending on what size will fit on a postcard. The models are designed to be as accurate as possible and therefore can be challenging to assemble. If you are comfortable with a hobby knife, craft tools and a bit of patience, you will be able to build them.