Eight Print Shop Instagrams to Sate Your Design Lust

You know how sometimes you’re bored and alone and just want to look at pretty things on the Internet? Wait a minute. I feel this could be misinterpreted. What I mean is, sometimes you just want to look at photos of print shops and their products. I myself and guilty of spending an embarrassingly long time drooling over letterpress business cards. To each her own.

Well have no fear! In order to help you meet your daily quota of print-love, we’ve compiled a list of gorgeous print-related Instagram accounts that you can browse to your heart’s content. Bonus—they’re all in Canada!


Clawhammer Press

Fernie, BC

Lovely print samples alongside some truly spectacular photos of metal and wooden type. Love the type here »

The makin’ of the forms. #woodtype #funfriday #poster #livemusic #oldtime

A photo posted by Michael Hepher (@clawhammerpress) on


Pomegranate Letterpress

Oakville, ON

Their Instagram contains an eclectic mix of posters, cards, design and travel photos. Follow them here » They also have a very nice Pinterest board… Check it out here »

I want to believe. A photo posted by Margot + Joe (@pomeletterpress) on


Impressus Letterpress Paper Goods

Ottawa, ON

Whoever manages this Instagram does some pretty impressive (tee hee) and artistic photography. Mostly samples with a few choice shop pics. Be impressed here »

Their Pinterest account is very browseable. I particularly like the studio board. Follow them here »


Jackson Creek Press

Peterborough, ON

Creative work with beautiful multi-layered and multi-coloured prints. Experience life in colour here »


District Dogs Designs

North Vancouver, BC

Because everything is better with dogs. Find out why here »


Fort Heavy Letterpress

Edmonton, AB

Prepare to drool over these gorgeous and detailed business cards. Also fun to see the business-y side to the press, like paper shipments, ink mixing and so on. Start drooling here »

Detail of some fun overprints and knockouts on some thank you cards from today. #letterpress #lettra A photo posted by Fort Heavy (@fortheavy) on


Everlovin’ Press

Kingston, ON

Gorgeous colours about on this Instagram account! Cards, posters, and the occasional d’awww-worthy family snap. D’awwws start here »


Ink Petals Press

Woodbridge, ON

There’s no other way to say it. Get ready for printing nirvana. Another example of top-notch photography of a great variety of printed artwork. Find your zen here » Also some great stuff on Pinterest here »

portraitHope you enjoyed this look at some of Canada’s print shops. If you have any suggestions for Instagrams featuring the printing arts, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Also, don’t forget to check out the Devil’s Artisan Pinterest page, where we share some print-shop love of our own.


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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.