From the beginning, Bryce McCloud and Isle of Printing have been an important part of Barista Parlor. Partnering from the early stages of logo design to the build out of both locations, Bryce and Andy have worked hard to create space that brings the marriage of art and commerce to the forefront.
Isle of Printing began when Bryce moved back to Nashville in 1997 and was really trying to figure out how to make art and make a living. He was entrusted with a collection of letterpress equipment when his uncle, a letterpress historian, passed away at an early age. At that time, nobody really cared much about a letterpress, but Nashville has a deep history in printing, and letterpress in particular. And with Bryce’s desire to make public art, he saw making posters as a way to do that in the commercial world. It would serve as a way to make public art and make a living.
Along the way Bryce wanted to make bigger things and more impactful things, but the right opportunities had not come along until Barista Parlor. It was the first place he could put a lot into practice and really help shape a space. And it has turned into one of the best partnerships. Both Bryce and Andy are really open to experimenting, have the same goals in mind, a similar design aesthetic, and maintain a really seamless process of talking about an idea and making it happen.
It’s with this relationship, the ability to take risks and the faith in one another that Bryce and Andy have been able to make ideas happen.
Isle of Printing and Barista Parlor have created all of the elements with the purpose of merging art and commerce, and making the space feel like an public art installation on top of being a place to get great coffee. It’s been a huge inspiration not only to Andy, but the employees and customers as well. The space has become something that is a shared experience among everyone. From the table markers that serve a real function and move around the space to the murals and menus.
Isle of Printing and Barista Parlor are not done yet. There are future projects in the works that continue on with this trend of experimenting and creating new art. Visit often and see what’s in store.
Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing
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