71 episodes

Welcome to Hot Off The Press, a podcast that provides knowledge and emotional support for new and aspiring printers.
Your hosts, Jillian of Studio Soprano and Moriah of Moriah Creates, are two letterpress printers who believe in sharing their knowledge and learning together. Our goal is to help bridge the gap between this antique printing method and modern design. We've poured through the forums, asked the experts, and learned some things first hand. We'll be sharing all of our tips and tricks, as well as interviewing some of the leaders of the industry. Toss off that apron and tune in!

Hot Off The Press Podcast Hot Off The Press

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Welcome to Hot Off The Press, a podcast that provides knowledge and emotional support for new and aspiring printers.
Your hosts, Jillian of Studio Soprano and Moriah of Moriah Creates, are two letterpress printers who believe in sharing their knowledge and learning together. Our goal is to help bridge the gap between this antique printing method and modern design. We've poured through the forums, asked the experts, and learned some things first hand. We'll be sharing all of our tips and tricks, as well as interviewing some of the leaders of the industry. Toss off that apron and tune in!

    S5E12 - Typecasting with Val Lucas of Bowerbox

    S5E12 - Typecasting with Val Lucas of Bowerbox

    Val Lucas is one of the few changing the game and carrying on the legacy of metal typecasting. We were introduced to her stunning work via her pattered border submissions to the APA, and we knew we had to have her on to walk us though this process! This episode covers Val's journey from printing classes to creating her own line of cast borders.



    We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about typecasting to look into classes, mentorship or even reaching out to us to see where and how you can learn more! Without active participants wanting to carry on the legacy, this keystone of print history will disappear!



    To support Val, and see all of her amazing work, you can visit her website www.bowerbox.com and follow her on instagram: @bowerbox!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S5E11 - Book Club Pt 3

    S5E11 - Book Club Pt 3

    Pricing and finances are two of the scariest parts of going into business. In the third edition of our Book Club series, we cover two amazing guides to setting yourself up for financial success.



    Books discussed:

    Graphic Artists Guild Handbook, 16th Edition: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines This textbookesque guide covers so much information regarding the professional life of a graphic designer. From contracts to pricing, this book provides real world examples and standards for it all!

    Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine Everything you need to know about this book is in the title. Profit First will help set your business up for financial success by reframing the structure used to organize your money!



    LINKS

    Graphic Artists Guild Handbook, 16th Edition: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines https://amzn.to/46pn014 

    Profit First by Mike Michalowicz: https://amzn.to/46k1ETi on Amazon or Bookshop.org https://bookshop.org/p/books/la-ganancia-es-primero-transforma-tu-negocio-en-una-maquina-de-hacer-dinero-y-logra-una-rentabilidad-inmediata-profit-first-transforma-tu-negocio-mike-michalowicz/266082?ean=9780735214149

    And if you’re interested in Honeybook (Moriah’s CRM): https://share.honeybook.com/moriah68753

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S5E10 - Press Maintenance

    S5E10 - Press Maintenance

    If you want to keep your press in tip top shape, regular maintenance is key. But we know how daunting this could feel, especially if you're brand new to printing and just acquired your press friend.



    In this episode we cover some of the standard maintenance procedures you'll want to take part in. Full disclosure: this episode favors those of us operating platen presses. If you run a cylinder press or something with more parts, like a Heidelberg, there may be additional tasks you need to add to your own maintenance routine.



    Have some maintenance techniques you want to share with others? Come leave a comment on our post over at @hotoffthepresspod

    • 44 min
    S5E9 - Sculpted Embossing Pt 2 w/ JR Press

    S5E9 - Sculpted Embossing Pt 2 w/ JR Press

    For the second episode in this short series on Sculpted Embossing, we speak with Nick and Mac from JR Press in San Fransisco. JR Press is a family owned business that Nick's grandfather opened up in 1987. They have a hefty list of equipment and they've had the pleasure of working on some incredible projects.

    We pick up the sculpted embossing process from where we left off with the fabrication of the plates and talk all about setting up the prints, the most successful materials to use, and even some troubleshooting tactics that we can almost guarantee you haven't thought of.

    If you'd like to book a sculpted embossing (or any kind of print) project with JR Press, you can contact them via their email jrpress1@aol.com, or visit the contact form on their website: jrpress.co

    To see some of their great work give them a follow in Instagram: @jrpress.sf

    And to see the projects we discuss in this episode, make sure to check out our instagram over @hotoffthepresspod !!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    S5E8 - Book Club Pt 2

    S5E8 - Book Club Pt 2

    In our second edition of the "Book Club" series, we discuss some of our favorite and most popular technical handbooks. These are books that can directly enhance your knowledge of printing and print history that can be applicable to growing your press skills.



    Books covered:

    Elementary Platen Presswork by Ralph W. Polk (buy here on ThriftBooks)

    Printing and the Allied Trades by R. Randolph Karch (buy here on AbeBooks)

    General Printing by Glen Cleeton, Charles Pitkin, and Raymond Cornwell (buy here on Amazon)

    • 48 min
    S5E7 - Sculpted Embossing w/ Metal Magic

    S5E7 - Sculpted Embossing w/ Metal Magic

    If you've been oogling the beautiful results from sculpted emboss while scrolling through Instagram, you're not alone! We have been so intrigued by the process that we decided to set out and do a 2 part series on this seriously impressive print method!



    In Part 1, we speak with Mark Schumacher from Metal Magic, the #1 place to source brass and copper dies! Mark walks us through the process of creating a sculpted plate from the order submission to shipping it out. This is an episode you surely do not want to miss!



    To start your next order with Metal Magic, you can visit the contact tab on their website: https://www.metalmagic.com/



    To view the videos we discuss in the episode, you can click the following links:

    BRASS DIES

    COPPER DIES



    Follow the Hot Off the Press instagram account to see more content and updates from Metal Magic!

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Reader49385 ,

Informative and entertaining!

This podcast is so informative and generous. The hosts are funny, lighthearted, and passionate. Their hands-on experience comes through and the details they provide about the realities of printing are so useful. They aren’t as strong on printing history, but that’s not their gig, so don’t judge them too harshly, fellow nerds. Come for the insight on the letterpress stationary business as it functions today, stay for the good vibes and printing love. I’m four episodes in and I am really looking forward to the dozens of episodes ahead.

L S Smith ,

Hidden Gem of Podcasts

Hot Off the Press Pod is such an incredible resource for new and seasoned letterpress printers alike. Jillian & Moriah are open, funny, and a breath of fresh air in an industry that can be anything but. They’re thorough in their research and their lack of gate keeping make this podcast one you’ll actively listen and pay attention to (no background noise here) — it’s that good.

WingedSeedPress ,

So helpful

As an aspiring letterpress printer, I love all the info Jillian & Moriah give, along with a great dose of humor. I especially appreciate the “what not to do” tidbits. The guest interviews are wonderful & informative. Thanks for helping keep this art alive!

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