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. And finally "Leonard" a C&P from the 1920s.
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.
Owner, Designer & Lead Printer
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 2010. When not thinking up funny greeting card ideas or working with wedding clients you can find her riding her bike around Chicago, enjoying tacos, or out dancing to her favorite DJs and bands.
Kat is happy to help keep Steel Petal Press running smoothly. She completed her undergrad degree in Philosophy, but quickly realized that she should’ve gone to school for fine art instead. In 2005 she established her hand-made jewelry company, Elemental Art Jewelry where she specializes in glass and rubber chainmaille designs. She is also known internationally for her many published projects. Crafty businesses simply rock!
Printing and Studio Assistant