November 18, 2011 – At 7 on a sunny morning in the AS220 Printshop in Providence, RI, Colleen Ellse prepares herself and the antique Vandercook letterpress printer for a day of holiday gift tag printing. Ellse is a graphic designer by training, but her true passion lies in the antique letterpress process. “I found letterpress in a funny way. I came upon it after I got laid off from my first design job. I took a workshop at a whim and I didn’t realize how much letterpress would come to consume my life!” exclaims Ellse. Photo by Sarah Mongeau-Birkett.

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