Did you know that there is a real, working letterpress printer in Tallahassee? Yes, in a world of digital, a machine invented 600 years ago exists, inside which the letterpress artist manually places letter blocks and inks, to create a paper art form that is nearly extinct. It is amazing to see…a relic of the real…a time before computers. And it’s beautiful.
Mika Fowler, owner of Sangha Press, fell in love with the printing process, and lucky for us, has been sharing that appreciation with the community. Working with customers, wedding planners, designers, and small business owners, he has carved out a niche to showcase his craftsmanship by becoming the premier place for letterpress in Tallahassee. Every point in his process, from the design to the actual printing and trimming, is done in-house, which allows for quality control at every level, ensuring the final product meets or exceeds the exceptional quality expected from a fine craftsman.
Recently, there has been a resurgence of letterpress printing in wedding invitations, as the craftsmanship and artisan quality of hand-printed stationary uniquely expresses the sentimentality of the moment. Couples desiring something truly unique have been thrilled to find Sangha Press. It’s hard to describe how these invitations look different…you must see them in-person to understand.
Though wedding invitations have become a specialty for Sangha Press, Mika Fowler is not stopping there. In August, he will be in New York for a month-long artist residency. He has also been diligently creating new work for his 2018 show at LeMoyne Gallery, which will showcase a wide selection of locally-produced posters and greeting cards. Fowler is also a photographer with a unique style and primarily black-and-white photography. He sometimes offers workshops as well.
Seeing the equipment and craftsmanship of a working letterpress is a rare and beautiful thing. Stop by Sangha Press at 1034 Commercial Drive in Railroad Square Art Park to see it in action. Hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. The studio is closed Thursday and Friday. Sangha Press can be followed on Facebook and can be contacted at (850) 508-0482.
Photography by Josh Hobson (JHobsonphoto.com)