"North Haven Island, our home, is everything. We love the unsophisticated rocky shores, the insanity of the fleeting summer, and the raw thick freezing slog of winter. We are obsessed with where we live, and hope that we inspire our customers to appreciate the true spirit of Maine."
Fox Island Printworks is a screen printing and letterpress studio located 12 miles off the coast of Maine, on North Haven Island. Claire, Angela, and Sam have worked to sustain a year-round printing studio on an island with a community of 350 permanent residents.
The cozy downtown studio and shop is located in the old island grocery market. The building abuts Brown’s Boatyard, a family run business since 1888. The back door looks across the boatyard, and out to the Fox Island Thorofare, the waterway from which the business takes 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.
Fox Island Printworks is constantly striving to create high quality and well-designed products that are inspired by the environment and community in which the business has thrived. The crew hopes their business will continue to build the economy of a small island in Maine, or at the very least make the Community Days parade a little more energetic and colorful.