Welcome to the first post of The nane press Guide to Setting Up a Studio (TNPGTSUAS). Obviously this is a really catchy abbreviation; it’s going to spread like wildfire!

So, if you’ve made it this far, you probably know I’m a letterpress printer. Printing is great. I want to print more, all the time, whenever I want. I want to take on a hundred jobs at once and be able to print them all. Trouble is, when you’re renting printing time on a press from someone else, you don’t really have that luxury.

Enter: opportunity. I’m going to be honest with you. I got really lucky. A friend of a friend of mine in Michigan was selling a UNI-I Vandercook. I would love to own a UNI-I Vandercook. And here she is:

Isn’t she beautiful?

She’s going to need a little bit of work, but she comes with a type cabinet, galleys, metal furniture, quoins and keys, leads, coppers, and basically anything you can think of that’s really, really heavy.

But I’m feeling really great about things. And in case you’re a person, who, like me, has never moved anything that weighs thousands of pounds across the country or tried to find affordable studio space in New York City, you are in for a treat!

And not only am I going to write about all the things I’m learning about setting up a studio, you’ll get to see nane press’s recent projects hot off the press.

And you also get to see me make granola, bake cookies, and drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.