The Collins Press was acquired by the library in 2009. It is a tabletop platen press. To print, ink is applied to the circular ink disc, paper is set into the platen, and when the lever is pulled, rollers pick up the ink and transfer it to the paper. Because of its size, the Collins Press is limited to printing note cards and bookmarks, some of which are on display in the Archives & Special Collections. The first item printed by the Collins Library was a bookmark. The bookmark was designed by local artist Chandler O’Leary with original poetry by Puget Sound Professor Hans Ostrom. Other keepsakes printed from the Press have commemorated freshman orientation, the Al-Mutanabbi Street project, and special occasions. Local letterpress artists Jessica Spring, Chandler O’Leary and Carl Montford all helped to restore the Press. Several students from Pacific Lutheran University’s Printing Program have served as Printers–In-Residence. The Press is used in classes that focus on the history of technology, printing and book history as well as communication. For more information on the Press, contact Collins Library Director, Jane Carlin: email@example.com.
Check out our original prints below and keep an eye out for printing events at Collins!
Printing in Tacoma
Springtide Press is a local press run by Jessica Spring. One of the images below is a broadside printed in 2008 to promote a community auction as well as a keepsake printed by Collins Library staff during the summer of 2016. Beautiful Angle Press, run by designer Lance Kagey, is another local press known for their unique Guerrilla Arts posters that are distributed free around Tacoma. The Arts & Crafts Press is known for their letterpress printed note cards and limited-edition block prints. The Anagram Press, run by Chandler O’Leary, focuses on illustration, stationary, paper art and artists’ books. Jessica and Chandler collaborate on the Dead Feminists series. The series features quotes by historical feminists, tied in with current political and social issues. The Elliott Press is a small private press located in the PLU arts building, Ingram Hall. Founded in 1982, The Press provides a hands-on workshop for students in the Publishing & Printing Arts program.