Established in Starkville, Mississippi in 2003, Crooked Letter Press is the imprint of book artist and graphic designer, Ellen Knudson. The work produced by Crooked Letter Press is the synthesis of images and words in the form of letterpress printed handmade books and printed matter.
In all of the work produced by the press, a visual space is created in which the reader/viewer is an active participant. The type is to be viewed, the imagery to be read, and vice versa. The choices of text, imagery, materials, and binding style are made entirely in support of the specific environment of the printed piece.
“I believe that making things by hand creates a connection to people. For me, making books by hand is not simply a means to an end — the handmade aspect is a large part of the conceptual statement I make. I’m interested in the taking of time, the appreciation of materials, the practical choices involved in the making and the experience of meaningful, understandable work. Those processes involve intimacy, observation, and distillation. That is ultimately what my work is about.”
Crooked Letter Press