Two Crow Press is a combination letterpress stationery company (creating greeting cards and coasters for retail) and a job printer (doing custom work for clients who have designs to be printed, or who need a custom design created and printed). I specialize in smaller runs since my Chandler and Price Pilot is entirely human-powered (no motor on that little guy), but have printed wedding invites with over 1000 printed pieces total, so I like to think of us as a small, but mighty team.
Two Crow Press was founded in March 2012 by me, Ash Flinn. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a BFA in Printmaking. During my undergrad I took a ton of book arts and paper media courses and really fell in love with letterpress. After I graduated, I wanted to keep making cool stuff with paper, so I saved up and brought a Chandler & Price Pilot. My first official job was designing and printing a set of wedding invites for my friends, and I’ve been designing and printing ever since.
The name comes from a version of an old English rhyme that uses crows for augury (though originally it was magpies, but when English people immigrated to America where magpies were less common, it was adapted to the local corvids).
One, for sorrow
Two, for mirth
Three, for a wedding
Four, a birth.
There are many different variations, but two birds is always a lucky number. I also respect the adaptability and intelligence of crows, and so I decided to pick this auspicious symbol for my press.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Rachel Melis and Linda Samson-Talleur: my letterpress mentors
Annie Spence, John and Kelsey Girvin, Sandy Mead, Amanda Hedrick, Charlie Sargent, Dane Sargent, Cheryl Jennison DaProza and Keith DaProza, Kevin and Bev Jennison: AKA, The Bad-Asses that have helped me move my 200 lb. press.