November 18, 2011 – Colleen Ellse, letterpress artist and designer, uses a guillotine at the AS220 Printshop in Providence, RI, to cut the long strips of paper into separate gift tags that she will later package and sell on her website or at various craft fairs during the holidays. Making letterpress gift tags is a long process composed of many steps – from the designing, preparing, printing, and post-printing phases. “This is part of the reason why letterpress is so expensive. It is because it is so time consuming,” says Ellse. What does Colleen do after a long day of printing? ““Relax! Have a glass a wine!” she exclaims. “Maybe some homemade popcorn and dark chocolate too.” Photo by Sarah Mongeau-Birkett.

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