The antique letter presses in the old Tucker Printing House on North State Street are still at work, but the end result is anything but old-fashioned.
Jackson-based Thimblepress is a homegrown collaboration of manual printing press and digital branding design that started in 2011 inside owner Kristen Ley’s bedroom, closet and one half of a garage in North Jackson. “We looked like hoarders,” she laughs. “There were boxes stacked all the way to the ceiling and on every work surface, but honestly, I thought it was normal. Isn’t this what everyone does when they’re pursuing a dream?”
”Ley and her team find inspiration everywhere, including the downtown work space they moved into in 2012. The interior, including the beautifully decorated apartment on the second floor, oozes charm and cheerful, colorful energy. The studio reflects Ley’s philosophy of bringing fun into the workplace, something she learned while interning one summer with Matchbox Studios in Dallas, Texas.
“I learned so much in that summer about how a studio operated, the open environment, working together and how you have to incorporate play and animals into every workplace. It’s not unusual for us to have a minimum of four dogs and one cat up here a day. For us, having animals at work makes the work environment more relaxed, fun and more like home.”
“Thimblepress was born out of a desire to make things with my hands, to make beautiful products, and to make others smile with our products,” Ley explains. As a result, celebrations are Thimblepress’ specialty. From party supplies to uniquely designed cards and exclusive collections suitable for bridal showers, wedding parties, bachelorette festivities and more, the designers at Thimblepress continually use their cheery aesthetic and cheeky designs to send a positive message to the world.
The world has noticed. With collaborators like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Hallmark, and, most recently, Target, Thimblepress continually demonstrates what Mississippi creatives can do. “Life is short, and there are a lot of things that can bring us down in life, so if I am going to put anything out into the world it is only going to uplift someone or make them feel better.”
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Author: Ashley Locke, Writer for DIME Entertainment Magazine
Editor: Natalie West, Digital Content Editor for Premier Wedding Magazine