Michelle's Open Road


    Tabula Rasa


    Kansas City, MO


    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:


Letterpress Printer/Founder
Two Tone Press

“Do you really want to spend years thinking about what you want to do? Or do you want to actually do something?”


Design Entrepreneurship


Desire Instincts Fulfillment Simplicity Fear Risk Goals Family Money & Financial Security Talent Values Choices Determination Focus Experience Opportunity Passion Self-Reflection


Accomplishing Goals


clues, doctor, drawing, dreams, environment, exposure, finances, letterpress, material possessions, money, over thinking, pattern, printing, printmaking, rejection, sacrifice, skills, support, vision, waiting


  • Originally went to art school and studied illustration, but the department wasn't meeting her expectations, so she switched to printmaking.
  • Interned at a letterpress shop during her senior year, then spent a few years after school really getting to know the industry.
  • After years of sitting around and talking to her friends about what they wanted to do, she decided she should open her own shop.
  • Says for a while, she was waiting for the "right moment," until she finally realized she needed to just jump in; opened her own press.
  • Believes that if you think back to all the little things you've truly enjoyed doing and piece all of those "clues" together, you'll find your passion.
  • Thinks that doing something is always better than waiting around, dreaming about what you could be doing, and actually doing nothing
  • At times, her mom still tells her she should've been a doctor, despite the fact that she never had any interest in becoming a doctor.
  • Says she lives paycheck to paycheck sometimes, but she'd gladly sacrifice "fancy toasters" to do what she wants, when she wants.

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