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Handmade Letterpress Christmas Cards Available from The Sign of the George Press & Gallery at King University

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 9, 2016 – King University’s Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD) program has created handmade letterpress Christmas cards utilizing a turn-of-the-century platen press at The Sign of the George Press & Gallery located on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. Give a truly personalized touch to the Christmas cards you send out this year to family and friends. The cards may be purchased, beginning Monday, Nov. 14, at the Tornado Alley Shoppe in store or online at

“The Christmas cards are quite meaningful to King, as they are created with blocks that were originally here when the press was first used years ago,” says Joe Strickland, assistant professor of Photography and Digital Media at King University. “We are offering several different designs, including the most popular from last Christmas. These are strikingly beautiful cards. The designs, which will be on white and cream as well as a few in green, red, and blue, include the Wise men traveling by camel, nativity scene, Magi Nativity scene, Star of Bethlehem, and old-fashioned Christmas greetings.”

The cards may be purchased in packs 10 for $15 or 20 for $25; there will be packs of an individual design as well as compilation packs available. These vellum cards with black inked design come with matching envelopes. The back of the cards is stamped with The Sign of the George Press & Gallery logo. The inside is blank, so you can make it truly personal with your own words.

Funds received from the sale of the Christmas cards will go back into The Sign of the George Press & Gallery to revamp the space and toward the purchase of additional materials for future projects.

The Sign of the George Press & Gallery is managed by King’s DMAD program with assistance from Bristol, Tenn., native and resident of Abingdon, Va., David Winship, who serves as an adjunct professor for Appalachian Studies at King. Winship’s father, Pat, began the first letterpress operations at King in 1974.

Working alongside Winship is senior DMAD student Anne Franklin. “Anne has done a phenomenal job working with the letterpress. Her attention to detail shows through in the quality of work on the Christmas cards,” says Strickland.

“This is a great option not only for the King community - students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – but also for the surrounding community to send out these special cards this Christmas season,” Strickland says. “This is a unique resource we have here at King, and we are putting it to good use. We hope everyone will enjoy these handmade cards produced right here on campus.”

For additional information, contact Joe Strickland at 423.652.4709,, or visit


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