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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.

WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER was printed by Paper Jam Press using a typecase without enough T's to be able to print the whole thing at once. This means it was printed in three passes. WE ARE...BETTER...TOGETHER. Truer words have never been spoken.

Why We Love It

Paper Jam Press pieces are pared down, unadorned, and striking in their carefully considered simplicity. That’s a big part of what makes them so mantra-worthy. Fun fact: WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER was printed using a typecase without enough T’s to be able to print the phrase all at once, meaning the print went through the press three times. Which is to say, producing this edition was a manner of meditation on the meaning of the phrase itself—bringing it all together is where the beauty lies ... Read more on the blog! 


+ Each piece is hand-pressed to order by the artist.
+ 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

15"x11" | edition of 200

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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