I’m a woman. I’m ADHD, wife & mother, un-registered nurse to type 1 diabetic & celiac children, graphic designer & letterpress printer.
Outside of my perfect love for my kids, my next favorite would have to be my love for heavy machinery, nature wash, all things letterpress and of course my husband!
We live in a little town called Driggs, in the heart of the rural Rocky Mountains. What started as a humble basement studio, has grown in to a small design and letterpress company servicing the needs of clients including, but not limited to, stationery for business, wedding, social, personal, and more. Ultimately leaving a mark of character in its making.
After the birth of my 1st child, I bought my first press in 2005 and started Dingbat Press. Named aptly for my love of typography – a dingbat is, by definition, a printers mark or ornament used in type and layout for expression, detailing or in lieu of missing letters. Most people chuckle and just think I’m the dingbat.
The business started with wedding and everyday letterpress goods and expanded in 2007 after the birth of my second child to include an online Etsy storefront which significantly expanded my reach.
2009 Brought graphic design full circle (which was what my BFA was in) by adding branding and business collateral not only through design work but with print work as well. This also brought in more custom orders and return clients (and their friends)! We also rounded out our family with adorable baby number 3!
Henrietta the Heidelberg was our second press acquisition for the business which happened in 2010. She was bought so we could fulfill larger volume and start wholesaling our collection to boutique brick & mortar shops. With the purchase of Henrietta, the studio moved from our basement into a dedicated finished space attached to our home – a whopping 25×30′ studio!
2011/2012 ushered in our debut and expanding full-letterpress collection to the wholesale market to the National Stationery show as well as a Bridal Album collection. We were nominated in 2011 as a top-three finalist in the holiday greetings over $3.50 for a Louie Award (the Oscar’s of the greeting card industry) and had many finalist pieces in the 2012 Best New Product Categories at the 2012 National Stationery Show.
Whatever the future deems worthy of Dingbat Press, I’m excited to see how the business grows and changes with my family, customers and friends. It wouldn’t be what it is without them! I’d like to think I know it all; but in actuality, I am just starting to fully understand the meaning behind “the older I get, the less I know.” I am truly humbled at all the amazing design talent, professionals, and every-day humans in the world today. They continually teach and inspire me to move forward in every living thing – striving for progression and growth toward better humanity, knowledge, and happiness. Here I hope to post my findings, developments and eccentricities from a Dingbat’s Perspective.
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