Columbus is Cool | Igloo Letterpress

Columbus has a lot going for it, lots of cool shops and things to do that are unique to the city. Each month I’m going to do/experience something new (to me) that is unique to Columbus and share it with the world here!

handmade valentines

Not only was yesterday Valentine’s Day, but it was also Columbus’s 200th birthday! Woot Woot Cbus! There’s a ton of creative energy happening right now and local businesses are thriving in the limelight.

On Saturday, Brandon and I celebrated Columbus and Valentine’s Day by heading over to Igloo Letterpress in Worthington, OH, which is just north of Columbus, for a Valentine printing party. We got to design our own valentine and then print it on a real letterpress.

The whole process is really fascinating. Our card was pretty simple using just one color and simple text, but imagine doing something with 3 or 4 colors and getting everything to line up perfectly! Well, they know how to do it over at Igloo. Allison, the owner, showed us quite a sampling of the great work they have done and everything was created with such a high caliber of craftsmanship; Brandon and I were very impressed and will definitely be back.

Check out Igloo’s blog for more pictures of the event on Saturday. You’ll also see a pic of yours truly and our fine handiwork!

Here are some of my pictures from the day:

letterpress set up

setting up the letterpress

(the term “leading” comes from literally putting lead shims inbetween the rows of the letters)

working the letterpress

freshly pressed

a freshly pressed valentine!!

handmade valentine

Given my new found fascination with this art, I came across this cool video that gives a “beginners” guide to how a letterpress works, check it out!

Letterpress from Naomie Ross on Vimeo.

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