Smock is a print shop based in Syracuse, New York, a post-industrial town whose sprawling warehouses and pretty grit have charmed us silly. Our shop — its 30 antique presses, 50 tons of equipment, and 80 employees — resides west of downtown in the Delavan Center, a rambling building with labyrinthine hallways and wildly crooked floors. This place used to be a factory for John Deere, and before that the Syracuse Chilled Plow Company. Today, the Delavan houses many of the city’s painters, photographers, sculptors, and ceramists. This is our home.
Who are we?
We are faithful lovers of historic craft. We have letterpress ink in our veins. We believe in things, and are trying to make the world better right now. This affects everything we do. We also believe in the creation of beautiful things. and we want, like you, to feel good about where our beautiful things come from.
We were the first print shop in the U.S. to offer printing on a luxury bamboo paper. We wanted a truly sustainable paper that was gorgeous too. Today, we work with a historic paper mill a short drive down the road in New England to produce our exclusive bamboo stock.
Our Creative Director.
Smock’s creative director, Amy Graham Stigler, was an art historian before she was a designer, which explains why her invitations and cards convey an educated sense of history and style. She spent nearly a decade in Chicago, where she attended graduate school, worked at a handful of museums and co-founded Snow & Graham. In 2011, Amy opened her own paper and gift boutique called Monograham in a quiet Wisconsin lake town, where she happily resides with her husband and three children.
Amy’s inspiration for Smock: engravings on silver / antique embroidered linens / monograms & family crests / the paintings of Milton Avery / farmers’ markets / vintage wallpapers / blockprinted fabrics / slightly overblown flowers / her children’s curiosity and endless questions / gardening books / old envelopes with a mess of stamps & handwriting & postmarks / hand-lettering / the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron / design books from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s / kindhearted people / the detailing on vintage clothes / beaches filled with endless shells, creatures and vistas / the Frick Gallery (its architecture & collections) / slightly tattered architecture / slightly tattered anything.
Debbie Urbanski and Harold Kyle have known each other for a long time. Their first collaboration involved Debbie’s poetry, Harold’s lead type, and a lovely old Vandercook press. They went on to found Boxcar Press (Smock’s parent company), building it into one of the largest letterpress shops in the country. They spend their free time roaming the woods of Central New York with their children Jasper and Stella.
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In House Creative Lead
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