Happy Penguin Press is a small letterpress company based in Birmingham, AL. It began a few years ago in much the same way as other paper companies: as a fun hobby. Its owner and head paper aficionado, Ashley Leath, began designing websites in high school for fun. Creativity and its many forms had been a part of her life since birth: Both of her parents are painters, and Ashley grew up traveling the Southern California coast as her parents sold their art at outdoor art shows. Eventually, her web design hobby led to designing promotional materials for her parents’ art gallery, and thus, design met paper. A love affair was born. She’s been obsessed ever since.
Of course, getting married only fueled the fire. Thankfully, her partner in crime and now husband, Bryan, is supportive of his wife’s obsessions. A great appreciation for art doesn’t hurt either.
Thus began a quiet love affair of paperie between a husband and wife, she, a paper- and words-loving obsessive, and he, a numbers-crunching environmental engineer. They both love clean design and thoughtful words. After designing wedding stationery for friends and family (and themselves), they decided to put together a collection of their own. When they’re not printing, Bryan can be found cheering on his favorite soccer teams while Ashley pursues her love of fiction writing.