Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello. My name is Carly. I own and operate Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress with my dear husband Kevin. Our whimsical and diverse collection of letterpress paper goods—from greeting cards and stationery to blank books of all sizes and styles—are masterfully printed in our garage print shop on post-consumer recycled and tree-free papers with vegetable-based ink.
How did you get started in your business?
I worked at commercial print shops in my late teens/early twenties, specifically in the bindery department. From there, I became interested in the process of hand-sewn bookbinding and pursued a formal education in the book arts. At Oregon College of Art & Craft, I was introduced to letterpress printing. This culmination of experiences, along with falling in love with a Bellingham man, led me to drop out of art school and become a young entrepreneur. Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress opened in 2004. With the help of my then new husband, Kevin, we began collecting and restoring old presses and bookbinding tools, and offering our services to the Bellingham community.
About four years ago, we began creating our own line of paper goods and slowly, that has taken over and become the focus of our business. We love working exclusively on our own designs, created in-house and by artist friends from the Pacific Northwest and the UK.
Are you debuting anything new at the winter show?
Yes! Some of our new additions for 2014 will be finished just before and available at the show.
Is this a full-time business for you?
Oh yes. Kevin and I, with the help of two full-time workers, are on the move non-stop.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
My current fave is our Zodiac Birthday Cards and Calendar. Antique gold foil atop denim blue cotton paper pays loving tribute to the night sky. These, along with our molecules cards, are inspired by my sciencey parents.