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Dear Reader,

 

I’m so glad you are here. My name is Laura Capp, and I'm the lady behind Postscript -- the brick and mortar shop and workshop -- and its sister business, Pentameter Press Studio.

Postscript is a boutique for all things paper that I hope will enchant you: clever and unexpected greeting cards; children's books that will make your heart soar; gifts for home and office that are so pretty, you won't neglect to use them. Postscript also offers a workshop space in the back where we host classes in calligraphy, bookbinding, sign painting, and related pursuits taught by highly qualified instructors.  

The back workshop space doubles, on the average day, as my personal studio, where I work as a book artist under the imprint of Pentameter Press Studio. Pentameter Press Studio is a circuitous outgrowth of my two passions -- literature and lettering. The focus of my artistic output is, in a line of pentameter, "poetry in penmanship and printing." I mean this, like any English major worth her salt, both literally and figuratively. My calligraphy and my printing almost always take as their textual foundation poems. Often Victorian poems (I suffer from Anglophilia) and just as routinely poems by women writers. But I am in love with poetry of all kinds and believe that poets as a group should be listened to, quoted, and revered far more than they tend to be. This is a belief I attempt to proselytize by framing heart-stopping language within a visual poetry of my own — a space where letterforms become not solely a means to meaning but an aesthetic end in and of themselves. Where word becomes image, writer becomes artist, and reader becomes viewer.

When self-directed, I make calligraphic art and letterpress-printed broadsides and chapbooks, but I am also for hire for custom calligraphy, bookbinding, and printing needs. Let's set up an appointment if you are in search of a calligrapher, binder, or printer and would like to get a sense of my style, but if credentials are useful, mine paint me for what I am: a bona fide school nerd. I spent over a decade studying both literature and lettering at the University of Iowa, where I received a Ph.D. in English and an MFA in Book Arts. Prior to that, I earned a B.A. in English from Creighton University.

My tandem loves of literature and lettering do have competition.  I am also a mother to two other loves: twin girls. Although I am trying not to foist my interests upon them, they adore books and can't wait to learn calligraphy, and I am admittedly thrilled.

Yours very truly,
Laura

P.S.  P.S. is, of course, the abbreviation for postscript, that tacked-on something-or-other that periodically found its way into the bottoms of letters when people still regularly wrote them and couldn’t simply move a cursor to add information where it might more naturally go. As a writer who has trouble signing off, the postscript is a familiar space for me.  I appreciate, too, its current resonance of living in a post-script world. Too many children are losing a connection between hand and mind, and I want to do my part to preserve the distinctly human benefits and idiosyncrasies of writing by hand. 

P.P.S.  Pentameter Press Studio is, then, a play on post postscript. The idea of a post postscript is bewitching to me — there’s something so indulgent about it, so excessive.  It’s as though a writer who includes not just one postscript but two simply doesn’t want to stop writing.  When the necessaries have been covered, the post postscript becomes a means to play with and luxuriate in communication itself, a way to delight a reader with the silly or the sweet, to say:  the spell of writing to you is one I would rather not break.