WkndPress is an Austin-based letter press studio run as a side-project by husband and wife team Shawn and Becca Bueche. They partner with the Frankie Jean Collection to make hand-pressed stationery and prints with our classic Texas catchphrases--Howdy, God Bless Texas, Oh My Darlin, and more.
Shawn’s interest in printing was first inspired by a high school art teacher. As he learned more, he was drawn to the old-school printing press as a tool that would allow him to design, make, and sell a product without outsourcing the work.
“Seeing the press in action and eventually getting one myself is what inspired the product,” -Shawn Bueche
The name for the company developed from having limited access to their press when they got started. When they first started printing, Shawn and Becca had to drive to Becca’s parents house on the weekends to use the 1600-lb press. Now, the business is housed in their South-Austin garage, and a 2400-lb press has been added to the operation.
The first press, built circa 1910, must be hand-fed during the printing process. The second press, built in the 1930s, has more automatic functioning with suction cups that pull the paper up and move it over after it has been pressed, but it still must be watched carefully to ensure it is running smoothly.
They hand mix the ink in their garage studio, and work hard to make sure their customers are getting just what they ordered. But the nature of this form of printing means each print will have slight differences, ensuring a unique item every time.
With this kind of meticulous care spent printing, Wknd Press is able to focus on maintaining high-quality and thoughtful production for each product.
“We want our customers to have the best product possible to inspire the note-writing process,” Shawn said.
Shawn and Becca are inspired by other makers who value the art and practice of letterpress printing. Because it is less efficient and popular than it used to be, it is encouraging to them to see other small shops that are dedicated to the work and who challenge them to try new things.
Shawn said working with Frankie Jean has impacted Wknd Press in growing their customer base in Austin and collaborating with other local businesses.
“The collaborative prints and cards we created have been wildly popular and we’re thankful to be doing business with people who appreciate quality, handmade products,” Shawn said.
At Frankie Jean, we celebrate makers who put great care into their craft. And now that you know a little more about our awesome partners at Wknd Press, you can hop on over to our stationery and pick out some of their prints!
Story and photos by Kelly Coles