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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

February 13, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Inside a time capsule where printing by hand still thrives

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Sketched Feb. 11, 2015
daymoonpress2 rgbEven in this pixel-fixated city, artisans still thrive.

Take Maura Shapley, who established her business, Day Moon Press, on Beacon Hill in 1982. To keep up with demand, she works 60-hour weeks handcrafting wedding invitations, business cards and limited-edition books, which she prints one at a time on a Chandler and Price letterpress from the 1920s.

A visit to her shop and living quarters inside a two-story brick building on Beacon Avenue South felt like entering a time capsule. Here fonts aren’t found on a computer screen but inside drawers full of metal type. I could have spent hours admiring every block of “dingbat” type in her collection.

People still appreciate the tactile nature of handcrafted prints, said Shapley, adding that digital “just doesn’t give us the same satisfaction.”

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Shapley has an enviable commute. She and her husband, Jack LeNoir, who is also a printer, live in the apartment right above Day Moon Press.

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