Smokey Road Press is is a commercial letterpress and book bindery located in Winterville that designs and makes greeting cards, wedding paraphernalia, and business cards. They also do fine art publishing where they work with all kinds of artists to realize their work in print or book form. We’re very lucky to have such a high-quality locally grown press here!
I was excited to learn that in December, the press will be moving into the beautiful historic Leathers Building on Pulaski where they will teach design, letterpress, and binding workshops. This is a much needed service in this area, as printing presses are cost prohibitive for individuals to own, yet printmakers and bookmakers abound in Athens, and letterpress has experienced a renaissance.
They’ve begun a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money to purchase a Polymer Platemaker, which is how much of contemporary letterpress is done these days. For pledges of $25 or more, you will receive a gift of a print made by the press. At their kickstarter site, they have bios of the participating artists along with the work they have printed with Smokey Road. Learn more by watching the short video below. -Leslie