WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE MAKE
THE CHAIN PRESS specializes in LETTERPRESS, an antiquarian method of relief printing where paper is pressed onto inked type or plates to create an impression. Everything we produce is printed by hand, one piece at a time, on a mid-century Vandercook cylinder press at our Los Angeles atelier and printshop. We place emphasis on beautiful design and typography, collaboration and partnership with clients, makers, and brands, and sustainability above all in our printing practices. We work with tree-free and small-batch paper, vintage wood and metal type, and recyclable photopolymer plates.
We believe there is power in print, and huge importance in the integration of printed matter into our lives and work. Nothing equals the tactile beauty of letterpress, and we are committed to keeping this centuries-old craft alive through the creation of functional art and an investment in offline correspondence to be treasured, kept, and handed down.
ABOUT THE OWNER
NAOISE McGEE (pronounced Nee-shah) founded THE CHAIN PRESS in 2015. With a background in international book publishing and graphic design, Naoise studied at the CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS in Chelsea and THE ARM in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, before acquiring her 1950s Vandercook 4T press, and relocating from New York City to Los Angeles. She is originally from Dublin, Ireland.