Sara & Brad McNally
1) We're a husband and wife team, who met in design school and love working together.
2) We really like hanging out with our cat, Whiskey. She's a great conversationalist.
3) We're about 50/50 techies and luddites - we love working digitally, but also LOVE printing by hand.
4) We love living in Seattle. It was our dream to live here, and we love every day here. (Even the gloomy ones.)
What got you started crafting?
In design school, we learned about design and printing history, and were taught to work with our hands as much as possible - and it stuck! There's nothing like being able to have a hand in every part of the design process - from the first client meeting, to printing each piece by hand.
What is your source of inspiration?
We're inspired by lots of things - music, photography, history, and life! But when we're doing custom work for clients, our biggest source of inspiration is the client! Our desire is always to give the client something that they absolutely love.
What have you made recently?
I recently designed and printed a series of tiny, business card sized enclosure cards. I started knowing what the format would be, but let myself be inspired by our shop's collection of vintage letterpress cuts, carvings and lead type. I spent the day in the shop, setting type by hand, and imagining each one as I went along. I then printed them on our Chandler & Price platen press, hand feeding them one at a time. Once I'd printed the first round, I scanned the cards and had photopolymer plates made for reprinting the next edition.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
We sell our greeting cards, posters, etc. on etsy, at a few boutiques in Seattle, and at crafting & letterpress events.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Good design is always important - but there's something magical about the tactile, handmade feel of letterpress. And as a couple who values the handmade in their own work, we like to purchase handmade from other artists and designers.