intentionally handcrafted heirloom paper

about callidora

Welcome! I am Carrie, the founder, designer, and letterpress printer behind Callidora Letterpress & Design, an award winning bespoke letterpress and design studio located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. 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 our studio is now home to three antique printing presses. All of Callidora’s letterpress pieces are printed in our studio, by hand on our Golding Pearl and Golding Jobber Presses, circa 1880 and 1910.

With our strong passion for fine art wedding stationery and exquisite invitation design, Callidora’s custom invitation suites are more than just paper. Your wedding invitation suite will be beautifully and intentionally handcrafted into a heirloom piece. I hope to have the pleasure of working together to create the wedding invitation of your dreams!

To learn more please contact me, I would love to hear from you!

fine art printing

about letterpress

All of Callidora’s custom and semi-custom wedding stationery is letterpress printed in the studio by Carrie. Letterpress printing 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 art that requires the utmost attention to detail. Since its invention, the processes and craft of letterpress printing has remained virtually unchanged. We combine the classical printing method of letterpress with our focus on fine art design. This allows us to handcraft an invitation suite that evokes an unparalleled old-world sense of beauty.