Words by Ilana Griffo
Photos by Olivia Bauso at Rochester Art Supply
When I started my design studio, I reached out to quite a few local business owners to ask for advice, to connect and to remind myself I wasn’t alone on this journey. I couldn’t believe the amount of resources that were right in Upstate New York and under my nose, and I’m excited to share some of those with you today!
One of the most common questions I get is, “Where did you get these printed?” Honestly, that’s a loaded question. There are so many printing methods, that I need a lot more information about what you want to print to recommend a printer to you. Plus, Rochester has more printers than coffee shops -- you just have to do some research.
The first is greengirlpress. Amy’s attention to detail, coupled with her eye for design are top notch. If you’re looking for wedding stationery, she’s your gal. Amy can print your custom design -- or better yet, design one for you!
Type High Letterpress is also great for custom projects. Tony has an amazing collection of wood type, so if you want to see how letterpress works, get your butt over to his studio and prepare to be amazed. If you’re totally in love with Letterpress, you should also check out Boxcar -- just a short drive away in Syracuse!
Tiny Fish Printing has so many capabilities for screen printing - they do beautiful work, and can definitely cater to your fabulous ideas. It’s pretty easy to order most of your supplies online, but it’s even better when you can purchase it locally, supporting other small businesses, and getting outside of your office to explore something new!
If you’re looking for supplies from hand crafted papers, to the perfect pastel color, you have to go to Rochester Art Supply -- pictured here. The walls are overflowing with brushes, calligraphy tools, and the most beautiful selection of decorative papers. Calligraphy supplies are a bit sparse locally, but this will definitely get you started. RIT teaches calligraphy classes, so check out the RIT’s bookstore if you’re looking for additional inks or nibs. When all else fails, you can thank the internet!
Bits and Pieces is another great little shop in the village of Fairport. I’ve found boxes full of calligraphy nibs for $2, and ink for pennies! You never know what you’re going to find there, so it’s always a great place to explore.
I spend a lot of time shipping orders, and shipping/inventory got a whole lot easier when I discovered this local gem. Bags Unlimited is my go-to! I call in my order, and then I head downtown, pick it up, and I’m good to go! I get my cello-sleeves here, my flat mailers, and they’ve got a great selection of tissue paper too! Check out their online catalog to see how many options they have!
I can’t wait to see the gems you discover and create in Rochester!
Ilana Griffo is a designer and illustrator based in Rochester. She owns a product line, Sugar & Type, where she creates paper goods that are bound to keep you organized, inspired, and smiling. Ilana teaches lettering at Rochester Brainery and will be hosting multiple sessions during our What a Crafty Weekend: All Things Lettering, July 22-23.