Back around the turn of the century, you would have been pretty hard pressed to find a lady in any printshop, aside from being a proofreader. Men had to take printing as part of their curriculum in school while the ladies were taking home economics and other girly classes. If you go to printing museums today you will find mostly retired gentlemen explaining how the equipment works and giving demonstrations. Back when I discovered letterpress, I happened across one of these museums in Lancaster, PA and let them know I would be joining their club. I am still one of the few female members, but our numbers are increasing at a rapid rate across the world.
Early on, I came across the organization, Ladies of Letterpress whose motto is “Dedicated to the proposition that a woman’s place is in the printshop.” I joined immediately and it has led to a plethora of great exposure and experiences. The latest being their book of some of their members, showcasing work and print shops across the country. If you are interested in purchasing this book, click here and you can get 35% off by entering the code LETTER at checkout! The book includes 86 different print shop profiles and a large tear-out poster for each! I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be included with such an amazing group of talented printers!