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About Inkwell

Inkwell is a modern handmade boutique and letterpress studio located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with an abundant selection of specialty printed paper products and handmade delights made with love, by artists from around the corner and across the world.

In 2015, we added online shopping so you can now shop from anywhere!

the Boutique

Inkwell Interior Michelle Doucette

Photo: Michelle Doucette Photography

Established in early 2011, this crisp, creative retail space provides a venue for modern, handmade art and incredible gifts from a diverse array of makers.

With a focus on illustrative items, the boutique showcases art prints, greeting cards and other paper goods along with home decor and accessories.

the Studio

Andrea Rahal Inkwell Owner Michelle Doucette

Photo: Michelle Doucette Photography

The studio is home to two presses, which are used to create our in-house product line
- Inkwell Originals

Inkwell also offers custom letterpress printing of personal stationery, business cards, event invitations, posters and art prints.

At Inkwell, we approach letterpress printing as an art form. We enjoy the hands-on approach to printing and work with clients to create unique, hand printed pieces. Interested in letterpress printing? Check out our FAQ’s to answer any question you may have.

Letterpress Printing

The Cure for anything is Salt Water by in-house brand, Inkwell Originals

Photo: Michelle Doucette Photography

Letterpress is a centuries-old printing art that involves using a cast iron, hand-powered printing press, through which paper is fed, one sheet at a time. The end result is a delightfully tactile paper impression. The classic feel and finish of letterpress takes printing back to an era of quality and craftsmanship that is unrivaled in today’s printing methods.

the Presses

Isabella "Pretty Izzy" is a floor model Golding Pearl Improved #11 built c. 1921. See pictures of Izzy’s journey and restoration.

Jasper Oatman "JO" is a Vandercook SP-15 built in 1965.

the Owner

Andrea Rahal Inkwell Owner Michelle Doucette

Photo: Michelle Doucette Photography

Andrea Rahal is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) and has a background in graphic design.

After studying letterpress under Joe Landry of the Dawson Print Shop at NSCAD, Andrea imagined one day owning a shop where she could sell her designs amongst the work of other inspiring artists. Her vision for Inkwell evolved through her love of creating tactile keepsakes.

Andrea lives with her partner Daniel, a graphic designer and their two cats, Serif & Eli.