December Merchant of the Month
Traders of the Lost Arts
13120 Central Ave.
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
It’s always wonderful when someone’s dream comes true. Ashley Cunningham’s lifelong dream was to have a design studio and Traders of the Lost Arts in downtown Boulder Creek is the realization of that dream.
Trained as a graphic artist, Ashley works as a software designer. Her husband, Ed Horsley is a Spiritual Care Advisor with Hospice of Santa Cruz. When they married in 2011, they wanted to create something special and took a workshop in letterpress to print their own wedding invitations. They were so enchanted by the process of creating their invitations together, that in lieu of wedding gifts, they asked friends and family to help them purchase their own letterpress. After setting up a letterpress studio in Santa Cruz, they realized they wanted to raise their young family in Boulder Creek. In May of 2016, they rented and began renovations of the former Blind Pilot location.
Their business is AE Letter Press and they create beautiful work for weddings and other artwork. The deep indentations of the letterpress adds a unique texture and richness from another era, that can’t be replicated with modern printing. On letterpresses from the 1880’s and 1918, to an etching press from the 1980’s, you can take a workshop and learn how to create prints, and after the workshop you can rent the letterpress to produce your own beautiful work.
Their venue, Traders of the Lost Arts, is also a co-op gallery for local folk artists to share their talents. As you step inside, the beautiful folk art and antique letterpresses takes you back to a simpler time. So stop by and look around and as Ashley shares with her customers, “Thank you for being curious!”