I was wondering if anyone in this industry is out to do business. It really seems that a majority do this as just a hobby from my personal experience. I’m wondering if it is because of the possibility of return customers given most of letterpress is geared towards wedding invitations.
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i started out printing for fun as a hobby, then after about 20 years it grew into a full time business, i rarely print wedding invitations, i print about everything and anything. There are quite a few on this site who print for a living.
Don’t mistake online presence with existance. For most printers is actually doing jobwork or bookwork or specialty printing, there isn’t extra time to spend online.
Wedding business is only one sector of the trade. It may be the only part that designers and journalists know, but there is a lot more out there.
I am actually quite new to the trade, but we are running a business on doing invitations, and programs not just for weddings but showers, and all sorts of parties. We also do an ok amount of wholesale items but we are quite young in our business. Our background is photography and not design but sure do love what we do. We still run a successful photography company and a growing letterpress shop (not to mention selling Heidelberg die jackets too). Hop over to Boxcar Press’s blog to learn more!
Please do not hear me as naive. It has been quite a bit of hard work and had the help of experienced pressmen to train and teach me along the way, and I have a lot more learning to do too.
Just a hobby here. I’ve been collecting letterpress type & equipment since 1982.
Dabbled in offset/letterpress printing in the ‘90’s for money, but got out of it because I’d take days off my regular job to meet a lesser paying deadline.
Now I’m retired, and have no real desire to print for money.
I print what I want to print, for the edification and the bewilderment of others, particularly the Amalgamated Printers Association, the Monks and Friars club, and the Michigan Letterpress Guild, and other projects.
Besides, I fear the exacting persnickety-ness of Bridezilla and the Mother of Bridezilla.
It may be an unfounded fear, but ain’t no sense in takin’ a chance.