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Steel Petal Press shares beauty and humor with the world through handmade stationery. We create products that help people celebrate and connect through life’s important moments. We are committed to preserving the history of letterpress by educating the public on the process and craft of letterpress printing.


READ OUR CORE VALUES

1: Strive for the highest quality: unique, beautiful, lasting products
2: Laughter and beauty brings joy to the world
3: Be ready to help — with enthusiasm
4: Positive communication creates a respectful environment
5: Work smarter, not harder
6: Focus on community
7: Celebrate the little things
8: Be Kind


MEET OUR PEOPLE.

SHAYNA OWNER & DESIGNER

Shayna Norwood is a professionally trained visual artist with a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. She's been letterpress printing since 2004, and Steel Petal Press has been her full time gig since 2011...

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Shayna Norwood is a professionally trained visual artist with a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. She's been letterpress printing since 2004, and Steel Petal Press has been her full time gig since 2011. When not thinking up funny greeting card ideas or working with wedding clients you can find her riding her bike around Chicago, enjoying tacos, hanging out at home with her cats and plants, or out dancing to her favorite DJs and bands.

RACHEL STUDIO & WHOLESALE ACCOUNTS

Rachel loves good candles, holidays, sprinkles, and lists. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in communications. After a few years working as a wedding planner and managing a coffee shop, she discovered her passion..

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Rachel loves good candles, holidays, sprinkles, and lists. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in communications. After a few years working as a wedding planner and managing a coffee shop, she discovered her passion was the card and gifts industry. A 10-year itch for Chicago led her from Detroit to Steel Petal Press, where she works hard to keep the studio and wholesale business running smoothly. When not at Steel Petal, you can find her baking cakes, going for runs and bike rides, or planning a party (or twelve). !



MARGARET RETAIL GAL

Margaret is the retail lady at Steel Petal Press. She has a BA in Humanities from Loyola University and later became a CMT from the New School of Massage, Healing and Bodywork in downtown Chicago.....

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Margaret is the retail lady at Steel Petal Press. She has a BA in Humanities from Loyola University and later became a CMT from the New School of Massage, Healing and Bodywork in downtown Chicago. Margaret loves being creative, sharing laughs and inspiring people to find the beauty in all things. When not at Steel Petal, she spends her time collecting crystals, learning astrology, baking cookies and finessing her skills as an illustrator.

DAN ASSISTANT PRINTER

Dan is an interdisciplinary image-maker and storyteller from Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving a BFA in Printmaking from Ohio University, Dan relocated to Chicago to join the city’s thriving printmaking scene...

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Dan is an interdisciplinary image-maker and storyteller from Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving a BFA in Printmaking from Ohio University, Dan relocated to Chicago to join the city’s thriving printmaking scene. He was initially introduced to letterpress printing as an intern at Steel Petal Press in 2018, and was hired soon after to assist Shayna in everyday printing at the shop. Outside of work, you can catch Dan working on both his own and commissioned projects, making bad jokes, and worrying... a lot of worrying.


Learn Our History

Steel Petal Press® is a Chicago–based letterpress studio owned and operated by Shayna Norwood. What began as a part–time endeavor in 2008 has grown to include three presses, a paper cutter, and a small + awesome team. Together we print, package and ship each item by hand.

Steel Petal Press® was born in December 2008 when Shayna decided to design and print her own holiday cards to send to friends and family. Since then, the business has expanded to include a full line of greeting cards sold across the country, home goods, wedding invitations, and personal stationery. “Penelope”, a 1960s Chandler & Price Model-N, joined the Steel Petal Press family in the spring of 2011. In the winter of 2012 we welcomed a 1950s Challenge level paper cutter, affectionately known as “Jaws,” into our studio. Next we acquired “Sweetie” our Vandercook SP-15.

In the spring of 2016 we moved into our current location in Logan Square where we opened up a flagship retail shop in the front of our space. Here we sell Steel Petal Press greeting cards, gifts and cards from independent designers from Chicago around the country.

In the summer of 2018 a drunk driver tragically crashed through our shop window. Luckily no one was hurt, but our poor window was completely shattered. We were able to turn lemons into lemonade. We used the gaping hole in our storefront to move in our most recent press, Helen, a Heidelberg windmill made in 1960.

  • THIS IS HOW WE DO IT.



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