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we are vertallee

Bright, modern design with a focus on the art of printmaking.

Mildred Verta and Sylvia Lee are the namesakes of Vertallee. Mildred was a seamstress, and her handwork is present in the clothes she made that we hold and admire today.  A printed card is a piece of the present that can be passed along and held, admired, decades after being created. With a toast to our namesakes and with creative skills and spirits, Kat and Brad Murph opened the doors of Vertallee in Austin, Texas in 2007.  

Kat provides creative direction and printmaking expertise. With an MFA in Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her print background brings a fine art aesthetic to everything Vertallee makes. From Pantone to Pinterest boards, she can edit myriad options and fully realize a concept in print. Kat spent nearly a decade in stationery and print design for both retail and event production prior to launching Vertallee. Projects included notables such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Fox's Good Day Chicago.

Brad directs production and studio operation. After years at one of the largest commercial letterpress shops in the country as well as smaller local print shops, Brad developed an extensive skill set around the complicated and antique equipment. Invaluable, as letterpress machines don’t come with tech support. Brad can creatively troubleshoot anything on press, and clients seek the highest level of execution he delivers on every job.

{Vertallee, literally translated, is a hybrid of vert: French for green, and allée: a feature of a French formal garden.  Alors, allons à Paris!}