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Caveworks Press & Studios is Dream Big Grow Here finalist

March 27, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK- Caveworks Press & Studios, a letterpress specialty printing and art-based business, was chosen as one of thirty finalists in the 2016 Iowa DREAM BIG GROW HERE business grant contest. The finalists will compete on April 14th at Collins Community Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa for a $5000 grant in each industry, and an overall winner will receive $5,000 more that day.

Artist/printers Julie Russell-Steuart and David Steuart hope to use the funds to refurbish the Chandler & Price press and help invest in the goal of opening a storefront.

About letterpress printing, Ms. Russell-Steuart says, "Letterpress has a unique look and a tactile feel of impression into fine papers, which is achieved using vintage metal and wood types, custom metal cuts, and linoleum carvings. We print on a 1963 Vandercook proof press or the 1917 Chandler & Price platen press. Some of our offerings are custom posters, business cards, wedding invitations, coasters and packaging."

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With a storefront, greeting cards, art prints and hand-made journals from the studio will be offered in the retail area up front, and joined by artisan goods from other makers. Letterpress is especially appealing to those wanting a hand-made feel and can be marketed to other hand-crafted businesses to accentuate their look. Additionally they plan to hold workshops to teach the craft of letterpress printing and other related arts.

More information about the business can be found at



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