Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Swash Press

You’ve probably noticed by now that the old Apex dry cleaners’ building looks a bit different. The space has been split in two and things are changing. One new business appears to be in the building out process, but on the left half Swash Press has settled in and really spruced up the place. With a fresh coat of sunny yellow paint and a sweet window display, plus that beautiful antique letterpress in the front of the studio, owner and designer Julie Cook is making her mark on the neighborhood. I recently got in touch with Julie to find out the scoop about this new Wallingford business.

Swash Press specializes in letterpress wedding invitations and announcements for all occasions. Julie prints on one of four antique letterpresses including two table-top presses, a Chandler + Price treadle press and a Heidelberg Windmill. She designs and prints her own work but will also print files provided by other graphic designers. If you’re looking to order for a special occasion, be sure to plan ahead: letterpress printing is a labor-intensive art, and custom invitations can take up to four weeks to print. Commercial orders are processed in two weeks. If you’re interested in speaking with Julie about a custom order, give her a ring at 206.696.0685 to schedule an appointment.

Julie also gives classes where students learn the basics of letterpress printing and complete their own project, such as a greeting card or small print. The session consists of 3 three-hour classes plus a separate printing day and costs $200.00.

If you peek in the windows at Swash, you’ll notice a few shelves of wrapping paper and other goods; this is the start of what will become a larger retail section. Based on what’s in stock now, I hope it expands soon. If you're unable to stop by the studio to see for yourself, you can find out more by visiting

Finally, because we Wallingford bloggers do love to eat, I had to ask if Julie has a favorite neighborhood restaurant. Her picks? Bizzarro, Tutta Bella, and the recently departed Chinoise. You heard it here first.

Swash Press
4515 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Julie, of Swash Press, just did an amazing job on my son's wedding invitation. The bride and her mother worked with Julie and raved about her professionalism and design understanding. Many of my friends actually wrote me to comment on the beauty of the wedding invitation. When I received my invitation in the mail, I was brought to sentimental tears, not only due to its content, but also to its elegance. Thanks, Julie, for helping to make our son and his fiancé's day even more special. I wholeheartedly recommend Swash Press. Kristi