The Peacock Press, a Baltimore-based design and letterpress studio, is owned and operated by me, Lauren Giordano, a graphic designer with over 10 years experience (see my design work at: www.laurengiordano.com.) Quickly embracing the process of letterpress printing—which creates a final product that is unquestionably handmade—what started as a Saturday workshop focused on hand-setting type quickly progressed to a 24-hour there-and-back road trip to pick up Charlene, my beloved (and occasionally cursed) Craftsman Superior.
I currently offer: Custom design and printing of business and personal stationery, announcements, and invitations; a growing collection of wedding invitation packages; greeting cards; and limited edition prints.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do custom projects work?
Send me an email and we can set up an in-person meeting, phone call, or online meeting (skype or google video chat). If you have a good idea of what you are looking for we can also work via email to establish project specs and concept. Download this PDF to learn more about the process for custom projects and for a list of common terms.
How long will it take to print?
The custom design and printing process usually takes between 4-6 weeks, plus shipping if you are not local to the Baltimore, MD area. The design process including edits typically takes 2 weeks, 1-2 weeks for ordering and receiving supplies, and another 1-2 weeks for printing.
Brides and Grooms-to-be:
Wondering when you should order your wedding stationery?
Check out our guide to all your 'Big Day' stationery needs.
How much will it cost?
Prices will vary based on the specifications for your project. Email me and I would be happy to discuss your project and prepare an estimate for you. You can also download current prices for our wedding collection packages.
Will my project be printed with a deep impression?
Historically printing with a deep impression was considered to be bad form. It was not good for the metal type that was used to print and not ideal when printing on both sides of a sheet. I typically print with a light impression, enough to see and feel but not enough to show through the reverse side of the printed piece. If you prefer a deep impression, I will happily accommodate and recommend your project be printed on cotton paper.
Do you use recycled paper?
I love the planet! My go-to papers and envelopes are Neenah Environment which is made from 100% post-consumer waste fiber, brown kraft envelopes also made from 100% post-consumer waste fiber and Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper (made from cotton linters—a byproduct of the cotton industry that is recognized by the EPA as recovered fiber). Looking for something with a pop of color? The French Paper Company has some great options and is powered by fully renewable hydroelectric generators. Did you purchase cards or prints from me at a fair? The plastic sleeves the cards are packaged in are made from plant-derived materials and are compostable and biodegradable.
Still have questions? Email me and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.