Our Studio


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
Books Yoshiko Illustrated:
Audrey Sutherland's Paddling North (Patagonia Press, 2015)
Audrey Sutherland's Paddling my Own Canoe (Patagonia Press, to be published in June 2017)

We have been featured on the City of Tacoma's video series "artTown: artist & place." Take a virtual tour of our studio and watch the video.


The Tillicum Building:

Originally built for the Tillicum Toy Company in 1929 on Route 99, the “Tillicum Building” was once the largest wooden toy manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest. The company ceased operation within a few years due to the Great Depression. The building was subsequently taken over by a variety of companies, many of which were food manufacturing companies such as Darigold. 

Today the building is home of Gallucci’s Catering and our printing press where you can still see the original 1920’s exteriors, especially the castle-like whimsical structure in front.


Our Presses:

Shniedewend & Lee Co. Oldstyle Gordon Platen Press
Colt's Armory Platen Press
Vandercook No. 4 Proofing Press
Vandercook 219-AB
Heidelberg Cylinder Press
Chandler & Price Pilot Press
Kelsey Excelsior Table Top Press