Papillon Press is a letterpress studio located in Westport, Ontario, Canada, one hour from Ottawa, thirty minutes from Kingston and four hours north of Toronto that specializes in illustrated stationery with a vintage twist. Our greeting cards, wedding invitations and personalized social stationery all feature our hand-drawn illustrations and are all printed by hand on our 60 year-old letterpress. We also offer letterpress printing for business cards and corporate stationery as well as custom design and illustration services.
Let’s be honest: we’re not the oldest, cheapest, fanciest or biggest letterpress studio in the world. We’re located in Westport, Ontario, Canada so we’re probably not local either. But here’s what we are:
Committed to taking artistry and craftsmanship seriously and spreading the good word of letterpress.
At Papillon Press we consider ourselves artists, not just printers. Our designs focus on illustration, not typography. We don’t use stock imagery. We draw all our design by hand (in pen & ink). We don’t outsource any of our production process. We print it all on our handfed CP & Co. letterpress. We do it all in-house, ourselves.
Although we might never meet our clients in person, you will feel like we know you by the end of the process. Our email etiquette is stellar, punctual (we always respond a.s.a.p) and friendly (yes that might include smiley faces). We will go out of our way to accommodate you while being reasonable and fair.
So whether you buy one of our products or hire us to print one your designs, rest assured that artistry and craftsmanship were the number one focus in the making of your letterpress goods.
Chantal Bennett wears the hat of owner, illustrator, designer and presslady. She studied illustration at Parsons The New School of Design in NYC and illustrates books in her spare time. Her anachronistic passions include classic children’s, turn-of-the-century illustration and basically anything vintage.
Visit her illustration portfolio at www.chantalbennett.com
Joel Kimmel is an editorial illustrator who studied illustration at Sheridan College. His specialties include drawing portraits, Depression era imagery, relics of our industrial past and rural landscapes. His work has appeared in such publications as Wired, ESPN and the NY Times . He is also a big basketball fan.
Visit his illustration portfolio at www.joelkimmel.com
Peanut is the Papillon Press beagle mascot who loves food and wishes he was a lap dog. He does not like the letterpress because it’s too loud.