Wild Ink Press
Wild Ink Press is a little letterpress studio that designs and manufactures (made in-house space from start to finish): witty and pretty greeting cards, stationery and other paper goods in its downtown shop renovated from an old soda bottling plant. Wild Ink Press keeps old printing machines and techniques alive but liven them up with fresh artwork and zingy prose! Its paper goods are eco-produced from recycled stock and also 100% made in the USA for you.
At Wild Ink Press, the staff mix inks, by hand, one color at a time. On any given day, they can be found drawing, plating, printing, packaging and shipping cards. Stop by their Downtown Chico shop to see it all in action and pick up something special.
About Wild Ink Press
Owner and designer Rebekah Tennis started Wild Ink Press in 2009, springing out of a desire to create a cherished, finished product. After working both in a corporate design firm and as a freelance designer, while she loved her job, she found the nature of branding design to be a frustrating factor—websites getting tweaked over and over, logos stretched out of proportion, with no finality to the work. She longed to create art that was both finished (forever!) and cherished. Hence, Wild Ink Press was born, to create beautiful paper goods that others would value and enjoy. Her husband Matt listened to her wild-haired ideas and they both took a series of letterpress classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book, then made the plunge and purchased a 1908 Chandler and Price Platen Press on Ebay. That was what started it all!
Wild Ink Press uses six presses almost daily: three Heidelberg Windmills—C3PO (the Shiny Guy), R2D2 (the one that fell over), and Alpha (their first)—a Vandercook Universal III proof press, and their original Chandler & Price and Golding Jobber 10 x 15 platen presses. The seventh is a Kelsey 5 x 8 hand press that is mostly used for children who the shop,