My name is Carrie and I am a designer, letterpress printer, wife, and mama. I have a BFA in graphic design and have always been drawn to the beauty of letterpress. I learned the art of letterpress printing shortly after receiving my degree and happen to discover a 500lb antique printing press collecting dust in a garage in Rhode Island. Over the course of a year I restored the old press and it is finally at home in my studio. All of Callidora’s letterpress pieces are printed by hand printed on my Golding Pearl Press, circa 1880.
Callidora Letterpress + Design was born after I was asked to design and letterpress print many of my friends’ wedding invitations and the accessories that complemented their event. I am a full-time designer and work out of my studio on the North Shore.
I love working with brides on their wedding invitations, new parents on birth announcements, families on party invitations and many more custom designs for special moments. I have a true passion for creating and making exquisite pieces that feel less like invitations and cards and more like beautiful gifts.
To learn more please contact me, I would love to hear from you!
owner — designer, letterpress printer
Letterpress uses the relief method, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. Each piece of paper and envelope is hand-fed into our antique press one sheet at a time, one color at a time, giving each character an impression that cannot be replicated by other printing methods.
The process of letterpress printing is a tedious labor-intensive craft that requires the utmost attention to detail. Since its invention, the processes and craft of letterpress printing has remained virtually unchanged.