Chaz Cole: BRYLO STUDIO
It all started with paper and iron: soft, thick, 100% cotton paper juxtaposed with heavy, 100-year-old cast iron. Together with hand-mixed ink and polymer plates, these materials are the foundation for modern letterpress.
The process of printing on these beautiful old presses enables me to work with my hands, away from a computer. As a creative who works primarily with design software, this is something that called to me.
Hi, I’m Chaz. I’m the owner and creative director of BRYLO, a local creative studio with a focus on modern and minimal aesthetics. I specialize in letterpress, a method of printing that uses antique presses to print with debossed, tactile impression. There are 3 facets to the studio: letterpress greeting cards (you can find them at Yore downtown), letterpress wedding invitations and graphic design.
I learned letterpress through curating in a working print museum during college. It’s the type of craft you need a mentor for and by volunteering at the museum I was able to print projects on the communal presses with guidance from student curators. Eventually I began to teach other students the “obsolete” craft in my free time too. The quirky antique tools and grounding textural qualities of letterpress totally swept me off my feet.
After graduating from Cal Poly, I left those presses. I explored the Western half of the US during a 2 ½ month long road trip, moved to Boulder, and worked at a marketing software company. I knew I wanted to start a letterpress studio someday, but I had no sort of timeline attached to the idea. I didn’t get serious about it until my honeymoon, when the traveling and time off work gave me space to think and dream freely.