Where is the Pressbound website?
For now, I've taken the Pressbound website off-line. The future of my former full-time business is up in the air since I'm working an in-house design job and my time is limited. Although I'm not selling my letterpress equipment or giving up my studio. In fact, I'm still occasionally printing—most recently the thank you's for my wedding. I still love letterpress just as much as I used to but I'm also interested in exploring new mediums and forms of expressing my creativity. I don't want to feel held back by specifically running a letterpress business, even part-time.
So for now, Pressbound is a very part-time side project. The Etsy shop is still active and most inventory is available at 50% off until it's sold out. Since I was overzealous with my quantities there is still quite a bit of inventory hanging around. I make time every Saturday (or Sunday if something comes up) to ship out orders. So please spread the word: Letterpress at 50% off!
What am I doing here?
I'm not ready yet to write a manifesto. But this blog is a long time coming. I overthought what I wanted it to be or even be named. I wrote plenty of potential posts in my notebook but never shared any of it because I didn't have time to develop a new site. I hesitated even putting up a site, being a designer, because there isn't a branded look yet. But now that I'm back from a 2 week honeymoon in the Caribbean, I'm content to let this site develop fluidly, over time. Because sharing my work and story is something I must do.
The blog on this site (my former portfolio site, revamped using Squarespace) is a result of the shift in my life from business owner to employee; from doing what I thought I should do to what I must; from ignoring my intuition to living from my values. A huge part of me wishes I found the time and courage to share the earlier stages of this journey. But I recently heard this great quote from Brene Brown on the Being Boss podcast:
Over the last year I've done a lot of healing and growing. But maybe I wasn't quite ready to share until now.
I'm not making any promises about what this blog will or won't become. It's certainly a work in progress. But I want it to be a place to reflect on how I got to where I am now as well as a place to explore where I'm headed next. My only definitive plan is to show up. I value sharing and want to inspire others to have courage to do what they must and not what they feel like they should. I'm starting with showing up here to share once a week, each Wednesday, with a new post. And I really hope you'll join me on the journey ahead!