Clandestine Press was built around a love for history, machinery and art – we come to the shop each day hungry for a new challenge on an old piece of equipment. The whole process is quite romantic, really (what is letterpress, anyway?) and we hope it strikes the same happy chord for you as it does for us to be a part of creating new art on a hunk of iron built in 1922. (Click here to read about our presses!) Though we print primarily with photopolymer plates, Meredith learned how to print with some seriously amazing teachers, hand-setting moveable lead and wood type. Perhaps the most amazing thing about letterpress is the impression- the letters leave a visible indentation in the paper that moves printing from the two-dimensional realm well into the third dimension. The tactile quality of letterpress is so yummy you might have to stop yourself short of actually eating your business cards. We’re pretty much over the moon to be able to offer this amazing process to the public, and are looking forward to working with you!

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Designing for an event or a business can be overwhelming, but we’re here to take some of the weight off your shoulders! The first step is to get in touch with us- shoot us an email to get the ball rolling.

Once we have an idea of what you’re looking for, we will work with you to draw up an estimate. Some of the things that affect the price of custom letterpress are quantity, design, paper stock, number of colors, number of sides, enclosures and finishing services. If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you are welcome to drop by the studio to look at samples and color swatches and give us your creative vision in person. Not local? No worries- we can always mail you samples and converse via email and phone. We will begin designing and printing your project once we receive a signed copy of our custom printing contract and a 50% non-refundable deposit on your order. Upon receipt of the deposit, we will provide you with a project schedule and details about the design process, if applicable. We want you to be tickled pink with your custom paper goodies, so we’ll do everything we can to make the design and production process easy and enjoyable for you. Please keep in mind that the following price lists serve as a reference point but that all jobs will be bid individually based on varying factors.

*Note: We are designer friendly! We love it when folks send their own designs or work done by another designer to us for printing, so zip us some Illustrator files and let’s get started!


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