At The Southern Letterpress, we offer high-quality letterpress printing and design services. Through public events and workshops, we educate about the art and history of letterpress printing with the goal of making letterpress printing accessible to the Southeastern United States.
We provide an array of printing options from handset metal and wood type, in-house photo polymer plates technology, and hand-carved lino blocks. Please contact us for an estimate for your project!
We also create greeting cards and other printed stationery items; for sale at retail locations around the South and at our etsy site.
The quality of exquisite, handmade letterpress products is vital to us and our clients. We believe in the power of finely crafted paper products. As a small studio, we have the ability to work closely with our clients to create prints with personality and lasting significance.
Our cards, stationery, hand-crafted and custom prints are used as art and affirmation. Our cards are tacked to walls, placed in frames, hung on bulletin boards, and savoured by recipients for years.
The Southern Letterpress embraces the unique culture of the Southeast. Our focus on local art and culture is evident in our work. We engage with our community through events, workshops, and sharing space and resources. We gain inspiration from the breezy Gulf Coast, decadent music festivals and impromptu second lines, the rich summer heat, and the folklore of the South.
We have been printing across the Southeast since 2006. We have spread our love of the craft of letterpress in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana. We have over 20 years experience producing and teaching about letterpress printing, typography, design, and book arts.
The Southern Letterpress opened on Labor Day 2011 in Columbus, Mississippi, in the front office of one of the last locally-printed newspapers in the country, The Columbus Dispatch. In 1840, a newspaper called The Southern published at this very location, and we chose to align ourselves with the storied history of printing in the south by naming our press The Southern Letterpress.
Jessica Peterson runs The Southern Letterpress in New Orleans. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, she moved to the South in 2006 to immerse herself in letterpress printing (and escape winter). She studied printing while earning a MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama, and then as a resident artist of the town of Gordo, Alabama, under the mentorship of Glenn House, Sr. and Kathy Fetters. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and a MFA from the Book Arts Program at University of Alabama (2009). She has taught printing, book arts, typography and graphic design at University of Alabama, Mississippi University for Women, Purchase College, The University of Bridgeport, and Tulane University. She lives in New Orleans with her partner, Dan and son, August (and 6000 + lbs of printing equipment).
Bridget Elmer runs The Southern Letterpress in Florida. She is currently the Letterpress and Book Arts Coordinator at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. Bridget studied bookbinding, letterpress printing, printmaking, and artists’ books at the Cooper Union, Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Asheville BookWorks, and the California Rare Book School. She received her MFA in the Book Arts, as well as her MLIS, from the University of Alabama. She is a frequent instructor at Ox-Bow, Penland, The Press at Colorado College, and Ringling College of Art and Design.
Bridget and Jessica met while studying at The University of Alabama. In 2013, they decided to start an non-traditional business model by opening two separate businesses under the same name, and sharing resources and logistical support.