Paper Hammer Studios is based in Tieton, Washington, a lovely orchard town at the far western edge of the Yakima Valley in Central Washington. Surrounded by apple, pear, cherry, and apricot orchards, with the east side of the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop, an informal arts incubator called Mighty Tieton has taken root.
Since 2007, we’ve connected creative urban designers with local artisans, and given unused warehouse and storefront spaces new purpose. Our romantic idea has become a compelling story.
Our small crew lives and works in the Tieton area, and our design team shares time between Seattle and Tieton. We freely merge the best of 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries graphic technology. With (literally) tons of heavy equipment - 3 letterpresses, a 1920s Smyth Stitcher, a century-old book press, wood and lead type - the by-hand methods of 1970s graphic design, and current digital tools, we create our signature remix of old-new, urban-rural, and orchard-industrial.
By launching a wholesale line, we hope to bring a little bit of Paper Hammer and Tieton to you.