Joined May 3 2014
Originally published in the October issue of the WMAC sCoop
One-year ago, Brannon Carter was clueless about letterpress. He had no formal training in art or design. No professional portfolio. He had been a science teacher for the past nine years.
Now, he's just opened his online storefront with Etsy to sell his own limited edition letterpress card sets.
It all began with a yearning to do something different with his career. You've been there. Not wanting to work for someone else. Wanting to have an outlet to share your creative ideas with the world without compromising your artistic integrity to a paycheck. The inspiration came in the form of an article in SouthernLiving which profiled 9thletterpress.com.
The search was on! Brannon had to find out more about this thing called letterpress. After an exhaustive Google search, several YouTube videos, and a lucky connection with a Greenville printmaking artist, Brannon found William Wheatley and the West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Brannon, and his wife Robin, took two of Wheatley's letterpress classes to experience letterpress for themselves. They were hooked!
After much practice and lots of hustle, Brannon has been able to open his own letterpress business, R&B Printery, LLC. After the charter school that Brannon worked for closed before this school year started, Brannon became a full-time small businessman. Robin continues to teach at Greenville Tech, but helps guide Brannon in how to best focus his creative ideas into a workable business (as all good wives do).
Almost one-year to date from first reading about letterpress, Brannon has just released several limited edition note card sets on Etsy. You can check out his Etsy store at http://rbprintey.etsy.com. He is currently working on several limited edition Christmas card series for the upcoming holiday season. He has also launched his own website to blog about the art of the handwritten note. You can sign-up to receive his blog articles by email at www.rbprintery.com/subscribe.
Thanks to the mentoring of Wheatley and the resources available as a Tier 2 co-op member, Brannon has taken full advantage of all the printing equipment available in the co-op's basement Printery. Brannon and Robin have since moved to the West Main area of Spartanburg and are falling in love with their new city and fellow artists at WMAC.
If you get a chance to stop by the co-op Printery sometime, Brannon would love a chance to hear about your artistic endeavors. He's always looking for inspiration for his next series of limited edition letterpress note cards.
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