"Founded in 1999, Springtide Press is located in Tacoma, Washington. [They] design, print and bind artist books, broadsides and ephemera incorporating letterpress printing and handmade paper. Small finely-crafted editions and one-of-a-kind books explore historical topics, popular culture and typography from a unique perspective. [Their] shop motto, “where we always print damp” recognizes the Pacific Northwest as a fine place to print, where the damp climate helps make a good impression."
MalPina Chan is a prolific artist located in the Pacific Northwest. From https://malpinachan.com: "Her primary method is mixed media collage incorporated into prints, glass works and artist books that reflect on cultural inheritance and societal effects on personal culture. Immigration, cultural shifts, and current discourse propel her work."
Her work has been featured in many collections museums, and displays, including our own Rare Books collection.
From the beautiful and mysterious Waldron Island comes the seminal Brooding Heron Press & Bindery, founded in 1982 by Sally and Sam Green, who was also Washington's first poet laureate. The family team have been printing and binding books for over thirty years, completely off the grid, and all power arrives from solar panels.
Publishers of incredible poets such as Denise Levertov and Judy Lightfoot, every book in the Brooding Heron Press catalog shines with not just poems, but as beautiful objects created in small editions. Several of these books are printed on Rives Lightweight paper, handbound into cloth & paper over boards, lettered A-Z, & signed by the author. A true PNW treasure.