Melissa Gruntkosky is the power behind Pressbound, a small letterpress, stationery, and paper goods company in Beverly, Massachusetts.
From her grandmother, a lifelong crafter, Melissa inherited both considerable Polish pride and an admiration for artisanal handmade products. With a BFA from Emerson College and an MFA in Graphic Design from Marywood University, Melissa’s passion was truly sparked by a course in letterpress she took at Massachusetts College of Art in 2005. Her myriad desk jobs in graphic design secured her love for the tactility of creations on paper. In 2011 she acquired a studio space in a refurbished mill building and her own vintage letterpress.
Melissa draws on folk art for inspiration, blending it with a contemporary taste for texture, color, and pattern. Polish paper-cuttings, Russian nesting dolls, and Victorian embroidered lettering all make appearances in her designs.
At Pressbound, Melissa creates custom and wholesale cards, invitations, desk calendars, coasters, journals, and woodblock prints.
Additionally, Melissa teaches introductory level letterpress workshops out of her studio. On Saturday, February 8th, Melissa will lead a special Valentine’s Day course, where each participant will get to take home 25 of their own handmade greeting cards and envelopes.