Our Story

 

Based in the Pacific Northwest, The Arts & Crafts Press was founded in 1996 by Bruce Smith and Yoshiko Yamamoto. We specialize in crafting letterpress printed note cards and limited-edition block prints. We work with the belief that art is not an object, it is a way of life. We strive to create things of beauty by using our head, our heart, and our hands. 

Begun as a publishing house concerned with the historic Arts and Crafts movement, all the publications of The Arts and Crafts Press have been letterpress printed and bound by hand. Today the Press produces greeting cards and limited-edition blockprints that are letterpress printed from hand cut blocks inspired by the turn-of-the-century movement. All of our current note cards and prints are designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto.

 

Books by Yoshiko & Bruce about the Arts & Crafts movement

Beautiful Necessity: Decorating with Arts & Crafts, Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1996, written by Bruce Smith & Yoshiko Yamamoto
Arts & Crafts Ideals, 1999, compiled by Bruce Smith & Yoshiko Yamamoto
Japanese Bath, 2001, Gibbs Smith Publisher, written by Bruce Smith & Yoshiko Yamamoto
Greene & Greene Masterworks, Chronicle Books, written by Bruce Smith
Greene & Greene: Developing a California Architecture, Gibbs Smith Publisher, written by Bruce Smith