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An Interview with Long Letter Press Goods

Karin Rambo of truncationblog.com shares an interview with Long Letter Press Goods

Hi friends! As part of my Slow Fashion Friday series I want to start introducing you to different brands that are creating goods in an ethical and slow way. I’m pretty excited about some of the brands I’m lining up to show you! So what better way than to start with a friend of mine from college! She and her husband have recently launched Long Letter Press Goods where they make the most charming cards and prints! So without further ado, I’ll let Naomi do the talking:


Karin Rambo of truncationblog.com shares an interview with Long Letter Press Goods

 Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Naomi Long. I co-own and operate a Letterpress and Paper Goods company called Long Letterpress Goods with my husband Gabe. We create letterpress art prints and greeting cards. Everything we make is illustrated, printed, packaged and shipped from our studio in the Seattle Area.


Q. How did you get into making prints?

My formal training is in Graphic Design. I was working as a Designer at a Manufacturing Company for a few years. A lot of my time was spent emailing and fighting for my team to get the resources they needed. I ended up feeling very disconnected from the creative process. I wanted to make products that I felt personally connected to and products I could be proud of. I had always admired the process of letterpress from a distance and started researching it randomly one day. My husband and I ended up buying a press for our Christmas gift to each other one year and we decided to try and make it a business together.


Karin Rambo of truncationblog.com shares an interview with Long Letter Press Goods

Q. What are your inspirations during the creative process?
Currently I am very inspired by form and color. I love how they work together and that one can make or break the other. I follow a lot of Interior Designers on Instagram, I’m really inspired by how they see the world through the textures and pieces they pick. I also just got back from a trip to Paris where I visited the Louvre and I have been slightly obsessed with researching hieroglyphics – the shapes and lines they used are so elegant and simple.

 Q. What is it like to be a female entrepreneur? What struggles have you had? What successes?

 For me right now being a female entrepreneur is a lot of days researching how to make my business profitable, setting goals for myself, and carving out time to paint and create new products. The biggest struggle, especially with a newer business, is feeling alone and not having mentors or colleagues to work with and learn from. The most rewarding moment has been seeing people connect with the products that we create.


Karin Rambo of truncationblog.com shares an interview with Long Letter Press Goods
(all photos in the post were taken by One Button Photography)

Q. How can we see more?
 You can visit our website: longletterpressgoods.com
And follow a long on Instagram: @longletterpressgoods

Thanks Naomi! I’m super intrigued by the letterpress process now and I can’t wait to see what else she creates.
Until next time,
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22 Comments

  • Reply candy

    Really clean minimal lines. Not my style but I know some of my friends would like this.

    March 18, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Reply Karin

      That’s a great way to describe it Candy!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    This was really cool to read! I loved seeing where she gets her inspiration from these days. Thanks for sharing!

    March 18, 2016 at 10:53 am
    • Reply Karin

      I thought that was fun as well Crystal! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Meagan

    I love the designs. Minimalistic and perfect for so many fashionistas out there!

    Meagan
    http://www.livingboldly.ca

    March 18, 2016 at 11:21 am
    • Reply Karin

      Agreed Meagan! I’m glad you like her stuff!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply tammy thiele

    This is such a cool post! Love seeing friends building their own brands…and letterpresses cards are the bomb!

    March 18, 2016 at 11:30 am
    • Reply Karin

      I agree Tammy! It’s so fun to be able to support people who are hustling to build a business! And I know!! I didn’t know much about them, but I did some research on the process and it’s pretty cool!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Shann Eva

    Awesome! So cool to meet your friend and learn about her and her husband’s business. I love those cards!

    March 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Shann! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Susannah

    Thanks so much for introducing us to her! I love the minimalism in her products! <3

    March 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Yay! So glad you like her stuff Susannah!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    Love her style and I always enjoy reading the backstory behind small businesses and products. Thank you for sharing this bit of inspiration!

    March 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm
    • Reply Karin

      I love it to Marlynn! And you are welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply diana

    I love supporting small businesses, thanks for introducing us to Long Letter Press Goods!

    March 19, 2016 at 1:00 am
    • Reply Karin

      You’re welcome too Diana! I do too and that’s why I wanted to spread the word about Naomi!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Dreammerin

    I really like the minimalism. I was enjoying to read about the story behind. Very nice article!

    March 19, 2016 at 4:59 am
    • Reply Karin

      Me too! Glad you enjoyed it!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Love small businesses! Awesome to read about her struggle with not feeling connected to her passion and her decision to change that. Great interview 😄

    March 20, 2016 at 9:10 am
    • Reply Karin

      Me too Ashley! She definitely inspired me!

      March 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    Such a cool post! I love that she gets inspiration from hieroglyphics – I was always fascinated by ancient Egypt in school. I think that inspiration shows in her work. I also relate to how it can feel lonely starting a business and figuring out what to do next. I feel that way in blogging a lot! I wish someone could just tell me what to do. Sometimes it’s fun and rewarding to figure it out myself 🙂

    March 21, 2016 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Angie @ My So-Called Chaos

    I love learning about small business owners like this. I love her products too!

    March 21, 2016 at 3:53 pm
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