ARTIST INTERVIEW: Nicole Katz of Paper Chase Press
Since 2009, Nicole Katz has been the Executive Director of Paper Chase Press, her family-run, commercial press and bindery known for producing bespoke, cutting-edge printed media since 1976.
During her tenure, Katz launched an eponymous publishing imprint along with a collaborative series called Paper Cuts, which has made retail goods like notebooks and personal stationery with clothing brands like Everlane, and designers, including Clare Vivier, Kelly Wearstler, and Commune, among others.
We spoke to Katz about her creative process and background.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
My parents started Paper Chase 40 years ago and brought me to work with them as a baby. My first job was at the counter here when I was 13. I definitely have ink in my veins! Before taking over 6 years ago, I worked as an art dealer. My time with artists helped me develop the visual language I use with each of my clients’ projects till this day.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
We love to joke that Paper Chase Press is something in between a strip club and a library, because that’s actually true! This part of Hollywood, where we’ve been for 30 years in all its seedy glory, really informs the aesthetic and tone of our shop. We keep it pretty spirited here.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Notebooks, good looking business cards, and strong coffee.