Thursday, June 30, 2011

Meet the Makers: Sarah Rollinger of Tutta Lou Press

How did you get started printing?

All my life I have enjoyed creating, whether it be baking, sewing, cooking or refinishing furniture, the simple pleasures of life have been mine to share with family and friends. With a background in architecture and design, I started Tutta Lou Press because I wanted to create simple luxuries for others with an emphasis of creating a handmade yet professional-quality product.

What do you like best about letterpress printing?

For me, the impression a printing-plate pressed into paper leaves behind is one of the most beautiful and simple things in the world. My designs are simple and playful; urban living, architecture, lines, patterns, vintage ephemera, typography, and flora and fauna inspire my designs.

Will you tell us more about your press?

Chandler? He is an amazing beast! The press stands almost as tall as me at 5'6 and has me beat in the weight category at 2,000 lbs! Thank goodness! The press was build in 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio. When I decided I wanted a press of my own, I started searching the northwest classifieds. There were a few presses available, but none seemed to be a good fit for me and what I wanted to do. Then a month later, at thanksgiving dinner, my uncle tells me that he has two presses and has been trying to sell one of them. I buy it, have it moved to Seattle and set out cleaning it and looking for parts. Parts came from all over the USA from other printers who had saved part from other presses!

Are you working on anything new for the Buyer's Market of American Craft?
Yes! We will be showing new calenders, a series of blind impression card along with mini art posters that are framable and mailable, along with our most popular cards!

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