Austin Press

Our friends at Bay Area design studio Austin Press just launched their online store.  Their cards are favorites of ours (and not just because many of them are printed on Rising Museum Board...)  Treat yourself and check them out.

In their words:

Austin Press is a small letterpress and design studio where magic happens! Located in the historic Pier 70 shipyard of San Francisco, AP is surrounded by the industrial maritime past, the bay, feral cats, and contemporary artisans. Inspired by the craftsmanship of days gone by, AP prints all pieces on a
19th century old-style press. Where elegance meets function. Each print is hand fed to create a unique impression. Image, text, and ink on beautiful paper.

AP aesthetic is informed by rare books and turn of the century ephemera. Or any curious, small object that conveys a sense of beauty.

"I like to watch her sway. She's luck before I'm going away..."

Kim Austin & Austin Press has been a favorite of mine for a while now, ever since our first conversation when I said "there's a song with your name - know it?" (turns out it is about her).  

Austin Press has been churning out "fine letterpress ephemera" since 1994.  She uses Rising Conservation Board for a lot of her work and has lately started adding color using Colorscope

Of her non-letterpress work:

Working since 1989, Kimberly Austin has produced photographs on silk, muslin, wood, and paper. She works exclusively with vintage photographic recipes, Van Dyke, Cyanotype, and Gum Bichromate, and mixes all emulsions by hand in her studio. Her images are built up from consecutive printing, either through multiple runs of translucent emulsions, or by layering images on transparent silk and vellum. 

The content of Austin's work focuses on conceptions of normal behavior and development. She has worked extensively with portraits, vintage illustrations, text excerpts, and most recently personal documents from her family history. In each series she has focused on the discrepancy between societal expectations of the individual and the reality of being human. Her work continues to explore this delicate balance, exposing our vulnerability to a seemingly unending cast of social mores and accepted modes of healthy living.