Date: January 14, 2013 | Story: Rosemary Hallmark | Styling: Mandy Keener |
How did Pheasant Press come to be?
I discovered letterpress printing when I was planning the invitations for my wedding. I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in, so I found a press on eBay and bought it. It had belonged to a Minnesota couple that traveled to Tunica several times a year. They were willing to bring the press with them on their next trip, so one night my then-fiancée and I left Fayetteville and drove across the state to pick it up. It was very random to meet some strangers in Tunica and pick up an antique Kelsey printing press! The press was from an old pharmacy shop and it came with a cabinet full of type and cuts. I printed my first design, “Note From an Outlaw,” using the skull and crossbones from the poison labels.
How would you describe your personal style?
I am drawn to all things inspired by the English countryside. My husband and I both love to collect hunting prints, old maps and anything with a fun, historical look to it. I am constantly scouring local auctions and estate sales for inspiration from the past.
What do you most love about your studio space?
About six months after I had my first child, a boy named Finnegan, my husband and I purchased a house on a whim at an auction. Although the house itself was amazing, I was especially drawn to the 1500-square-foot outbuilding. I knew it would be the perfect spot for my studio. I really enjoy being organized and having all my printing plates, paper and ink in one location. My father installed a gorgeous wood-burning stove to keep the area warm. I love printing to the smell of a yummy fire and the sound of classical music. Since I am operating heavy machinery in the studio, my son isn’t allowed to be around when I am printing, which means studio time is “me” time.
Pheasant Press, Fort Smith, (479) 259-2225, pheasantpress.com