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Artist Statement

Arianna has long been fascinated with letterforms, the urban landscape and recontextualization. On the surface Paper Jam Press is a no frills approach to poster design. Working strictly with gothic wood type, black ink and a Vandercook letterpress, she prints five to seven word phrases of what she calls words to live by. A closer read reveals these phrases, when stripped down to their most essential, blossom into powerful mantras, bolstering us all toward certainty.

USE YOUR WORDS is printed by Paper Jam Press for Counter Type. These are trying times and we must RESIST.

Why We Love It

Like us, Orland has long loved letterforms. She fuses her fondness for typography with her raw design talent and a fascination with re-contextualization. Working exclusively with gothic wood type, black ink, and a Vandercook letterpress, she prints short phrases on crisp cotton paper for Paper Jam Press. Pared down to their essence, hand-rendered in bold black-and-white, these phrases become what Orland calls “words to live by”—powerful, motivating mantras. In the case of today’s edition, a crucial, empowering mandate worth repeating ... Read more on the blog!


+ Each piece is hand-pressed to order by the artist. Because of this, orders may require a longer shipping timeline than usual.
+ The paper is sized 14.75" x 10.75". The size of the words on the page are approximately 7.5" x 7.5".
+ All orders for this edition are final sale and not eligible for discount or return.


Somerset Mouldmade 100% Cotton Printmaking Paper and Rubber Based Ink

Paper Jam Press

Arianna Orland is a San Francisco based creative director, strategist, and artist with over 20 years experience working on both coasts for startups and Fortune 500 companies leading brand, marketing and product work. In 2009 she founded Paper Jam Press, a letterpress poster business, as a means to get back to the roots of the practice of graphic design. Her work has been featured in several prestigious design publications such as Swiss Miss, Dwell Magazine, Design Milk and Brand New. In 2017, as a response to the results of the presidential election, Arianna co-founded Counter Type a free protest art... Read More
collective that aims to help people use their words by speaking truth to power. Arianna also recently co-founded In/Visible Talks, a design conference about the creative process that will take place January of 2018 in San Francisco. Although Arianna spends much of her time in San Francisco, Brooklyn will always have a piece of her heart.
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