"We are obsessed with where we live, and hope that we inspire our customers to appreciate the true spirit of Maine."
Fox Island Printworks got its start as a screen printing and letterpress studio located 12 miles off the coast of Maine, on North Haven Island. Claire, Angela, and Sam worked to sustain a year-round printing studio on an island with a community of 350 permanent residents.
The cozy downtown studio and shop was located in the old island grocery market. The building abutted Brown’s Boatyard, a family run business since 1888. The back door looked across the boatyard, and out to the Fox Island Thorofare, the waterway from which the business took it's name.
Sam and Claire, Fox Island Printworks, co-founders and born and raised Mainers, had the idea to print t-shirts as a side business, during the summer tourist season. They started printing in May 2011 with a well-used 4-color press. They sold their shirts at the Farmer's Market to the summer residents and tourists and soon began to receive requests for custom printing jobs from small business and local events. It was after that first summer that they saw the potential to turn this experiment into a self-sustaining business. In the winter of 2013, Angela joined the team with an inherited Chandler and Price letterpress.
In September of 2017, Kylie Watts of Watts in Maine acquired Fox Island Printworks. She plans on striving to still create high quality and well-designed products that are inspired by the environment and community in which FIP was born.