Q&A with Karolina of Impressus


Q:  What is the one stationery item you couldn’t live without?

I love kraft envelopes. I like pairing them with white or ivory cotton paper when I design and print my cards. The kraft paper adds a beautiful earthy feel to the project.

Q:  Who are some of your favourite Canadian designers/artists?

As a letterpress printer, I am naturally inspired by other printers. One of my favourites is Everlovin’ Press, a Canadian print shop based in Kingston. Their work is true letterpress magic. I also recently discovered and fell in love with Dahlhaus, a ceramic studio out of Vancouver run by Heather Dahl. I got one of her mugs for my birthday this year which was a little dream come true. I’m also a huge fan of Renée Anne Bouffard-McManus‘ watercolour illustrations as well as Gosia Fine Art’s prints and sculptures.

Q: What do you do when you hit a creative roadblock?

I usually just give it time and wait it out. I also remind myself to stay open and invite inspiration to arrive from (often) unexpected places. More often than not, that is exactly what happens.

Q:  Name five spots you love to go in your city.

I moved to Ottawa (from Toronto) about five years ago. Some of my favourite spots in this still fairly new to me city are: the Glebe (a wonderful neighbourhood with great local shops and restaurants), Rideau Canal (Ottawa’s highlight and a great spot for a stroll), Pure Gelato on Elgin Street (best gelato you have ever had!), Major’s Hill Par, Bridgehead coffee shops (Ottawa-based coffee shops specializing in fairly-traded coffee and delicious Chai lattes).

Q: Fill in the blank: Snail mail is…..

Snail mail is something we should cherish more these days than ever before. In the time of computers, smartphones and ever changing technology, snail mail reminds us to slow down and depicts what true care and thoughtfulness looks like. Nothing expresses those emotions better than a handwritten note sent by snail mail!


Here is a glimpse into my creative space. My antique printing press, the Golding Pearl Improved No.11, definitely steals the show.

Karolina is the owner and creative force behind Impressus. Her fascination with letterpress printing began in 2013 while planning her wedding. In search for a perfect wedding invitation, she stumbled upon numerous examples of letterpress printed ones. The beauty and elegance of letterpress was so captivating that all she started thinking about was learning how to print herself. She took a letterpress workshop in March 2014 and the hands-on experience ignited an even brighter spark. In June 2014, she  acquired the stunning Golding Pearl Improved No.11. The Golding presses were manufactured in Boston in the early 1900s.  Impressus specializes in small runs of business cards, greeting cards for any occasion, prints, gift tags, and other stationery goods, including personalized stationery for businesses and individuals alike.