a couple of months ago, i began slowly but surely learning the art of letterpress. it took me no time at all to realize the love and care that must go into every creation. in the wake of my new found appreciation for this craft, it was a special treat to visit smokey road press in the leather's building in athens, ga. margot ecke was kind enough to demonstrate some of the techniques that she uses in her letterpress and bookbinding shop, as well as letting me visit with her sweet dog. make sure to stop by to see margot's finely crafted pieces, and maybe learn some skills of your own. it's not an experience that you'll want to miss.
words & photographs by michelle norris