Chuck Bauer, MHAAA SAT 2022
Christy Nesja
Nesja Press
307 Green Street
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin 53572

#14 on the tour map.

Our studio is located in our home on a walkout basement level. There are two entrance options: 1) Park on Green Street or in our driveway and enter through our home’s side door near the garage. You’ll walk down two steps outside, and six steps inside to reach the studio level. 2) A ground level entrance is available on the back side of our home on Highland Street. Park on Highland Street, walk across the grass to the studio doors and up one step into the studio.

Credit cards are accepted.

About Nesja Press:

Nesja Press is a letterpress design and printing studio based in Mount Horeb, Wis. Owners, Christy and Paul Nesja, are Wisconsin natives and a married couple who enjoy collaborating together. Their home printing studio houses three antique printing presses and a growing collection of metal and wood type.

Christy (she/her) earned a BFA with a concentration in graphic design from UW-Stout in 1991. She has a love for typography and relief printing. Her letterpress journey began after taking a class at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. 

“Stepping into my studio is like taking a step back in history. Using moveable wood and metal type, I’m passionate about preserving the art and craft of hand typesetting and letterpress printing. I obsess over fine detail and enjoy bringing new life to vintage type and images. I also love playing with color, carving linoleum blocks, and printing ink to paper. My collection of early to mid-twentieth century ephemera inspires me, as does nature, my faith and the people I meet. I strive for designs that will bring a smile, lift spirits and encourage the world to be kinder, more connected and joy-filled.”

Paul (he/him) earned a business administration degree from UW-Stout in 1990 and is a talented writer with a keen sense of humor. For fun he likes to enter cartoon caption contests. He’s won The New Yorker cartoon caption contest twice, and he co-hosts a podcast of the same name. It was through this podcast that Paul and Christy met New Yorker cartoonist, Drew Dernavich, who is collaborating with Nesja Press on a series of art prints.

“Nesja Press for me is the best of two worlds. I can help run the business side of it and I also get to have fun writing copy for the creations we dream up. Christy and I are like peanut butter and chocolate, two great things that are even better together!”

Chuck Bauer, MHAAA SAT 2022
Chuck Bauer, MHAAA SAT 2022
Artist Demonstration:

Christy will be demonstrating traditional hand typesetting and letterpress printing. Using a pre-designed type lock-up, studio guests will be invited to pull their own souvenir print with Christy’s help and instruction.

Chuck Bauer, MHAAA SAT 2022