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Hazel + Violet letterpress shop: Made in Arizona

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 1:42pm
Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 1:13pm

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nancy hill at hazel + violet letterpress store
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Nancy Hill at Hazel + Violet.

Nancy Hill likes to do things with her hands. The owner of Grand Avenue’s one and only letterpress shop, Hazel + Violet, Hill spends her days printing everything from thank-you cards and wedding invitations to posters and artwork using century-old presses — the old-fashioned way.

It all started for her years ago when she and a friend decided on a lark to try letterpress — and liked it.

Letterpress is an analogue way of printing in today’s digital world, and it's a visceral process — from setting the type, to selecting the color of the ink to the texture of the paper.

The Show got the chance to try it out with Hill recently, and she spoke with her to learn why she’s made letterpress into a career after starting it on a whim.

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