We make impressions™

Detail picture of C&P Platen Press

New Leaf Letterpress is a design studio and letterpress print shop based in Minneapolis, Minnesota operated by artisan/owner Steven Filler.

What started with an interest in sketching, art projects and paper as a child lead to the creation of a unique business focusing on custom design combined with letterpress printing.

In 1996 I had the good fortune to take a class in letterpress printing. While I found great satisfaction in the process of setting type and printing on a Vandercook proof press I was curious at what was happening in another corner of the building...the bindery.

Several classes in hand book binding and box making later I was producing wonderful hand bound books, journals, photo albums, fabric and paper covered boxes and more.

Handcrafting books and boxes was incredibly enjoyable but letterpress printing came calling again in 2002 when friends asked me to design and print their wedding invitations. I enjoyed the process so much I decided to create a business around custom designed and letterpress printed wedding invitations and related paper goods.

After renting studio space for a few year I stumbled across a completely rebuilt 1907 Chandler & Price Platen Press. I bought the press and had it crated and shipped from Indiana to Minneapolis. She arrived in early May 2009 and I set her up in my garage workshop. She prints beautifully and has become known as Mrs. Boyle (another story for another time).

Picture of platen press crated and wrapped after delivery

In 2013 new leaf letterpress launched a series of greeting cards and stationery lines. The nice collection, naughty collection, MANstationery, everyday notes, one-liners, holiday cards, business cards, wedding invitations and personalized stationery can all be found and purchased right here in the online shop.

Today I continue to create new products, printing each by hand one impression at a time. There is nothing else quite like running your fingers over a letterpress printed card and feeling the design which has been pressed deeply into the luxurious paper stocks.

We make impressions.