Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
Today we are honored to introduce you to Linda from Aloha Letterpress.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
Aloha! My name is Linda and my shop is called Aloha Letterpress. The Hawaiian word aloha has so many special meanings…hello, farewell, care, and love. I want those who use my stationery to share their aloha with others. I also strive to share my aloha with my customers through the care and love for the work I do.
My letterpress business evolved as a result of my hand paper making and creating of artist books. I’ve created limited edition books made with my own handmade paper using different kinds of plant fibers, my writing, and prints. I initially began printing with an
antique Chandler Price Pilot printing press, considered to be a tabletop press at 160 lbs. Soon after, I acquired another antique printing press, an Old Style Chandler Price 8 x 12 that weighs about 1,050 lbs. uncrated. I had yearned for a larger printing press for a
while and was finally able to acquire one and had it shipped 2,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean to my home in Hawaii.
My work with paper making and book arts eventually led me to open an online shop on Etsy where I offer personalized letterpress printed stationery and greeting cards. My shop is still in the process of growing and I am eager to create new work. As a sole proprietor and owner of Aloha Letterpress, I hand cut each sheet of paper, hand mix the inks, hand set the metal type, hand set the letterpress plates, and hand print each card, often using my two presses for one order. It is a labor intensive process, but I love to work with these antique printing presses and I love the touch, feel and tactile qualities of letterpress printed work. I also spend a lot of time working on illustrations that are used for my stationery in addition to using some vintage images or dies.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
I love to create with my hands and happy that when I wake up in the morning, I look forward to do some printing, work on designs and illustrations or plan for a new line of stationery. I also love meeting new people and being able to inspire others to stay in touch with friends and family the “old fashioned” way through personally written correspondence.
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
Living in Hawaii, I am surrounded every day by the natural beauty and inspiration of my environment. Everyone knows we have gorgeous beaches and sandy shores, but we also have serene bamboo forests, unique indigenous plants and wildlife, and wonderful
cultural and ethnic diversity.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
Read, write, sketch, journal, print, cook and eat — not necessarily in that order!
At this very moment, what are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful to my family and friends who always show their unconditional love and support. I am also grateful to my clients who are a wonderful source of inspiration, encouragement and warmth.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Aloha Letterpress!