Jami Heinricher, BA, 1991
The Sherwood Press
Type of Business
Graphic Design and Letterpress Printing
Date of Operation
811 5th Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Description of Business or Organization
The Sherwood Press was founded in 1940 by Jocelyn Dohm, an Olympia native and graduate of the University of Washington. The press was established using letterpress technology and continues to be a letterpress-only shop today. I volunteered and apprenticed with Jocelyn beginning in 1989. At her death in 2003, I inherited the business and have continued her custom letterpress practice with a new emphasis on design. I also produce a growing stationery product line.
I use a Heidelberg Windmill 10 x 15 platen letterpress, a Chandler and Price 10 x 15 New Series platen letterpress, and a handful of other small presses for special applications. The press has a collection of fourteen cabinets of metal typefaces, many of them rare. In addition, I employ a photopolymer printing plate system that enables me to print digitally set graphics and type on the old presses. This enhances the flexibility and breadth of the work that can be produced.
The press specializes in spot-color printing on fine papers. Business cards and wedding stationery are a focus. Small literary projects are welcome, as well.
A lot of customers come to The Sherwood Press because they can get complete service from design to print at a small, local, woman-owned business. Customers enjoy the personal attention and the efficient, collaborative design process that I offer to those who want it.
I am happy to offer tours of this historic business, and I am also available for teaching workshops in basic letterpress technique, intermediate letterpress technique, and printing from photopolymer plates.
How did Evergreen prepare you for your professional life?
I engaged in four independent learning contracts during my five quarters at TESC. These contracts taught me to plan and organize my own work. Having previously studied at CU Boulder, this was a new academic experience that served as a great transition between a more traditional school and my working life. The focus on self-motivation and self-organization contributed to my desire to work for myself.