For some, the best professional move begins with a giant leap of faith.
Messy inks and a collection of wood and lead type eventually lured Michelle Terry, 30, of Wyoming, away from spending her professional life in front of a computer screen. Michelle got her creative parachute ready in November 2013 when she decided to leave her graphic design job and give up the steady paycheck that came with it.
“I decided I was going to take on a little adventure in letterpress,” she said.
Her design job was fun and the her coworkers were nice but something was missing.
“I wasn’t making things with my hands,” she said. “I was just working on the computer.”
Tune in to this episode of CraftSanity to find out how Michelle’s love of letterpress inspired her to make a fun and exciting career change and launch Runaway Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
You can read the rest of the newspaper column I wrote about Michelle on MLive and shop her letterpress goods on Etsy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. And watch her make a print in the video clip below.
* I don’t know about you, but I’m currently obsessed with large fonts and plotting to carve my own to block print on paper and fabric. Get in touch if you have a story to share involving letterpress, printmaking, text or fonts. Print is not dead, so let’s keep talking about it.