Tweedle Press

American Made Since 2008

Nina Bell & Ian Bell

Chicago, Illinois
Creative letterpress enthusiasts, passionate about sustainability, with giant cast iron printing presses! We build paper personalities.

Tell us about your business.

The Tweedle Story started with a rock band. We (that's Nina and Ian, the owners) played guitar together in New York, discovering pretty quickly that we are one of those rare couples that really enjoys working together. Our experience managing promotion and corralling band mates cemented our skills for running a business without making anyone’s brains explode. Although Nina graduated with a degree in music, playing in a band gave her the opportunity to learn the design skills necessary to create show posters, album covers, and websites. This fiercely influenced both her unique style and her dedication to artistic integrity. After the whole rockstar dream failed to pan out (WAH wah), Nina spent many years working in graphic and web design and Ian pursued a career as a business analyst. When we finally tied the knot in Chicago, Nina discovered the mindblowing beauty of letterpress printing through helping to design and create our own wedding invitations. She thought: I must do this.

What makes your business stand out?

We are a family owned and operated letterpress print shop focused on our personal approach and use of sustainable materials to create stylish, unique paper goods. We are dedicated to blending revolutionary styles and traditional methods in producing truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Our vintage printing equipment—Edward, Leonard, Isabel, and Frank—crowd our Rogers Park shop with mechanical personality, which serves both to set us apart and to fuel our own creativity. If you’re creative, rebellious, fashionable, and a little bit punk rock, our designs and vintage equipment create rich textures ideal for your invitations, announcements, stationery, business cards, and anything you need to express your personal style. Our commitment to sustainability goes far beyond using recycled paper and vegetable based ink. We have strict standards for the shop, as well as everything that comes into or leaves it. Tweedle creations are not only beautifully embellished, but also ecologically conscious.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Be yourself. They will come.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.

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