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Stern & Faye, Printers is a letterpress print shop & hand bindery established by C. Christopher Stern & Jules Remedios Faye. Our print shop is located in a little red converted milking barn in the heart of the Skagit tulip fields, just one mile west of the little village of Bow Edison. The office bindery is filled with book cases, rare papers, nipping presses, glue jars, needles & thread. The barn, hidden behind lush bamboo stalks, houses an extensive collection of 19th & early 20th century letterpress equipment, which includes over 20 cabinets filled with wood & metal type, dingbats, ornaments & rescued job cuts of every description.

It all began in the late 1970s when I apprenticed at the age of 17 to a tiny letterpress job shop in San Francisco. After working several years in commercial print shops throughout San Francisco & Seattle, I met my husband, Chris, in 1987 in Seattle while hunting for a press. While assisting Chris to complete a fine press poetry chapbook in 1992, we fell in love. Though we’d each established private presses with unique visions, in 1994 we combined our print shops, mingled our dingbats & moved from Seattle to the Skagit Valley where we began working collaboratively as Stern & Faye, Printers. For the next 14 years we published limited edition fine press poetry chapbooks & offered commercial letterpress & hand binding services to produce commission books, job work & ephemera.

In the winter of 2006 we lost Chris to cancer. I miss him tremendously. But with the generous help & loving support of many dear friends, I have preserved the heart of our shop & the spirit of our creative work together. I now continue to offer relief printing, hand bookbinding & letterpress printing services to a large community of artists, writers, graphic designers & others. It is my great pleasure to make this beautiful studio available to others through private instruction & by offering my services as master printer with over 30 years of experience to assist clients to create letterpress prints & unique book works.



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