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What’s in a name?

Recently it’s come to my attention that my company name, Papillon Press, has been stolen by a company in the US. This “father daughter design team” also makes letterpress products, and to add to the confusion, uses the same CP & Co. press as we do. The owner of this company sent me a very unprofessional message on Instagram, attempting to leech information as to whether or not we were still in business (e.g so she can swoop in and take all my @papillonpress handles and domain names).

Although we have downsized the letterpress side of the business, Papillon Press is still very much alive and is not going anywhere. Joel and I spent a decade of our life developing the brand and the level of quality we put into our original designs and printed products. We poured a decade of blood, sweat, tears and not to mention money into the name Papillon Press. We came up with an original business name that meant something personal to us, created designs that were 100% unique in the stationery world, traveled to industry tradeshows in the US, craft shows, maker faires, etc. worked hours and hours to achieve the quality and originality associated with Papillon Press products.

The owner of the other Papillon Press ignores all that. She couldn’t care less. She only recently changed her company name to Papillon Press (in July 2020). A cursory ten-second Google search on her part would have revealed the name to have already been in existence, as well as several pages of Google content dedicated to OUR company, since we are well-established.

What does she hope to accomplish by co-opting our name? Your guess is as good as mine. She has not responded to my email, and continues to operate under the same name as us, going so far as to take out Google Ads for her website. Is she hoping to capitalize on our Papillon Press brand recognizability? Maybe, but our products are far different and superior to hers so I doubt that will happen. Does she want to take our buyers? Again, this is unlikely to happen since her products could never be mistaken for Papillon Press originals. Is it shameless profiteering? Maybe. Is it a case of “they’re in another country so it doesn’t matter”? Probably.

What is likely to happen is confusion, because this is what always happens when one company names itself after another. Confusion from buyers, store owners, suppliers, you name it. It’s also an incredibly stupid business move. There is no business course out there that would advocate: “go forth and thieve your company name from another” as a recipe for success.

It is NOT OKAY to steal another company’s name for your own fledgling business. It is unethical, unprofessional, dishonest and just plain wrong. We put so much work into building the original Papillon Press, and to have our identity stolen like this feels very personal. 🙁

Thanks to all our customers and supporters over the years!

Original Papillon Press products are still for sale in our Etsy shop:



Clearing out


Shop the clearance sale
Shop the clearance sale

In April last year, I wrote that Papillon Press was on hiatus while I explored another direction with my career. For the last 8 months I’ve switched gears and have dived into freelance illustration. I ended the year on a positive note and am encouraged to persevere with freelance illustration as my new career choice in 2017. I had fun with Papillon Press while it lasted, but I’m no longer interested in continuing in the stationery industry. There are many factors involved in this decision and, while I may feel like ranting about it, I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice to say that I am thrilled to no longer have to attend god-forsaken industry trade shows 😉

I’ve decided to close down Papillon Press and clear out my remaining inventory at low, low discounted prices…up to 75% off everything! It pains me to do it, knowing how much work goes into one single letterpress card, but there it is. Help me clear out space in my studio and replenish your card stashes for the coming year at the same time!

Joel and I again want to thank those of you who supported us over the years by buying our products, coming to see us at craft fairs…and even just laying down $6 for one single card. You know who you are! Happy 2017!

P.S. I’m keeping my equipment for personal use, so I won’t be selling any right now.

Upcoming 2016 Holiday Craft Shows

‘Tis the season for holiday craft shows! Joel and I are looking forward to selling at 3 local ones this year:


Sunday, November 27th – 10am-5pm St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, Ottawa, ON

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Fall 2016 Letterpress workshop



workshop_fall2016_blogSummer has come and gone; it’s time to buckle down and get busy with a fall letterpress workshop. If you’re in the Ottawa valley or in nearby Ottawa or Kingston, come out for a day and learn how to set type the old fashion way and print your own personalised note cards.


**Rescheduled to Saturday, October 15– 10 to 5

Cost: $150 per participant

Here’s what is included

-all supplies (including paper)
-learning about setting type the old-fashioned way and setting your own
-access to our 110 cases of type (possibly the most type in Ontario aside from Upper Canada Village) and our vintage cuts (etched graphics).
-a chance to use our 60-year-old letterpress to print your own note cards
– You will be walking way with at least 50 A2 (4×5.25″)  flat letterpress note cards,  a value of $100.
– the knowledge that you handcrafted a stack of your own letterpress stationery (priceless) 🙂

Day of workshop schedule

10am-11am The first hour of the workshop is spent discussing the history of letterpress printing, basic typography, types of papers and each participant’s project over coffee and Chantal’s homemade muffins. Each participant is given a handout for their own personal reference that they can keep

11am-noon The rest of the morning is devoted to learning how to compose type in a composing stick, choosing from over 110 cases of type including lead type and wood type and from our dozens of cuts (pictorial etchings mounted on wood).

noon-1pm Break for lunch. Westport has several nice cafés that serve tasty lunches.

1pm-3pm– Work on composing your type, then learn how to mount the type in the chase using furniture, leading & slugs. Each participant will proof their project on our proofing press to ensure there are no errors before printing on the big press.

3pm-5pm Each participant will learn how to mount the chase containing their type on our floor model 10×15 Chandler & Price letterpress and take their turn printing 50 pieces of their own project on a variety of paper stocks.

If you have a special project you would like to print, please discuss it with us first and we will try to accommodate you. The price may vary depending on the project.

How do I sign up? 

You can reserve your spot right away by buying the workshop listing on our website:


 Workshops take place in our studio at 26 Spring Street in Westport, ON.


On hiatus

Joel and I founded Papillon Press in 2009. I impulsively bought a letterpress and shop equipment on Kijiji and moved it to our first home and studio in Sudbury, ON. We started with wedding invitations and eventually expanded to selling our greeting cards wholesale. We went to the National Stationery Show 3 times. We’re even up for a Louie award this year! We built the company from the ground up, and so it is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that I am putting Papillon Press on hiatus for the foreseeable future.

There are a couple of reasons for this:

-I would like to pursue another career path

-I have taken Papillon Press as far as I can with what I have. To bring it to the next level would have required more time, more money and exponentially more effort; something which I am not prepared to do at this time.

-We have invested a lot of money in the company and sadly just aren’t seeing the returns. It’s difficult to make a living selling letterpress paper goods.

What this means for you, the customer: it means we are phasing out the wholesale portion of our business, as well as the wedding invitations and custom letterpress printing service. Our online store and Etsy shop will remain open; we will even introduce new cards during the next year. We will also continue doing craft fairs. We are strictly retail now, so you can still buy our cards! 

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last 7 years. I’ve worked my ass off and learned so much! I want to thank our loyal customers; every person who has bought their wedding invitations from us, or had something printed with us (the clients who didn’t whine, that is) or even those who have bought one single card has helped to keep us going. You know who you are!

Now, on to new things. Sincerely,


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