We're an Australian-and-American, wife-and-husband, letterpress-and-design team in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
We're passionate about original illustration, hand lettering, beautiful papers, and printing the old-fashioned (hard) way – on our enormous 114-year-old Chandler & Price from Washington and our petite Adana press from Paris.
Helen grew up in Australia, and has been drawing and making cards all her life. She graduated from the University of Queensland, worked in Canada, and fell in love with letterpress in New Orleans, where she was a stationery designer. She launched Sweet Olive Press in Seattle two years later, heading out on a hair-raising mission across the Cascades to rescue the Chandler & Price from its dull and early retirement.
Kendall is a New Englander who served in the United States Army for 14 years, and graduated from Regis University with a degree in information technology management. He's great at highly technical things, heavy-lifting things, doing the numbers, and jumping out of planes.
We met in the tiny village of Queidersbach, in Germany, and settled down (at last!) near Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs. We make cards, wedding invitations, birth announcements, lettering projects, custom rubber stamps, art prints and illustrations for customers around the world.
We take pride in the thrill people get from our work, and in being part of the preservation of the historic art of letterpress.