If you’re a bride gathering inspiration for your big day, you’ve surely been stopped in your tracks by some beautiful letterpress invitations. This old-school printing technique uses type or plates to apply ink to paper, leaving behind an elegant and subtle indentation. If you’re smitten with this hands-on art form and want the style for your wedding stationery, you need look no further than Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design on Main Street downtown.
The name says it all. At this full-service print shop in Over-the-Rhine, owner Brian Stuparyk can help you create the perfect design or print one you’ve already dreamed up. “Letterpress gives an elegance and gravity to the event,” he says. When a letterpress invitation slips out of the envelope, it practically begs you to run your fingers over the texture.
Steam Whistle has carefully restored vintage presses and more than 100 cases of type. It even offers workshops for creative types who want to learn the technique. Set up a time to stop by the shop and lay your hands on some samples. steamwhistlepress.com —Michelle Taute
Photo by Ryan Kurtz