SURVIVAL LETTERPRESS

Survival Letterpress was founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Joey and Amanda Gross. Even though the establish date is recent, the dream of owning a small letterpress and design studio has been a long-awaited goal for both Joey and Amanda. What started out as a dream and hobby in a college apartment in Warrensburg, MO in 2011 has quickly turned into a reality.  Many long nights were spent cranking out printmaking projects on a scrapbooking machine coupled with a homemade exposure unit built out of scrap wood and UV black lights for processing plates. After college they weren’t really sure where the hobby would take them but after an extensive amount of research and a lot of digging they quickly started gathering more equipment and hauling it home on a trailer. Their journeys to find printing equipment have taken them all over the Midwest and they continue to travel to find the next treasure hidden in the back of a barn or old newspaper shop. After two years of finding and restoring equipment, printing out of basements and garages and fighting humidity and frigid temperatures in 2014, they stumbled upon Bonfire Space in Mission, KS and they finally had a place to call home for their studio.

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