My first graphic design job was during college in an offset print shop. I loved collating, burning film, listening to the rhythm of the presses, and taking in the smell of fresh ink. After working as a graphic designer for many years, a serendipitous introduction to letterpress at one point reintroduced me to the love I have for paper, design and working with my hands.
I'm in love with Louisiana and my city. My work is inspired by my surroundings – both natural and man-made. I am drawn to the old world aesthetic of New Orleans and the natural landscapes of the Southeast.
As I can, and through my work, I like to give back to my local community. I’ve recently supported The Nature Conservancy’s Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration, The Gulf Coast Restoration Network, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Mesa Production Company, Liberty’s Kitchen, Friends of Lafitte Corridor, Team Gleason, The ALS Association, The Delta Gamma Foundation, The Academy of the Sacred Heart, The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Crescent City Schools.
Presse Dufour is a one-person design and letterpress studio based in the heart of New Orleans. My letterpress goods are carefully hand cranked, one at a time, on my vintage Vandercook proof press. Most of my work is printed on specialty milled, luxurious 100% cotton stock made from cotton linters left over from the textile industry. This stock is archival, acid free, recyclable, biodegradable, and elemental chlorine free.