Moglea is an Iowa-based design studio that focuses on the craft of artful stationery and paper goods. Production processes are done by hand and make each piece feel
All of Moglea's hand-painted products are created by our staff in our Audubon, Iowa studio. Our watercolor cards and notebook covers are painted in large sheets of 4-ply mat board and recycled chipboard before being trimmed down to final size.
A custom blend of dye is mixed to create the perfect hue for our dip dye cards. We dip each of our 4-ply mat board cards by hand before they are letterpressed.
Most everything we create is designed and printed in our Audubon, Iowa studio. We print on one Chandler & Price platen letterpress, one Kluge Automatic foil stamping press and two Heidelberg Windmill letterpresses that were all built in the 1900's.
We cut, punch, and bind all of Moglea's sketchbooks and jotters in our own studio. The covers are hand-painted and foil-stamped on our Kluge. Holes are punched in high quality paper and bound by our production team.
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Moglea's studio was designed and built by Chad Gleason on their farm in Audubon, Iowa. The studio space opened in February of 2015. Eventually the business outgrew the Audubon space and the couple decided to move to Des Moines in 2018 to have better access to a growing creative workforce within the greater Des Moines metro.
Design & Inspiration
Moglea launched in 2012 in the farmhouse of Chad and Meg Gleason. As the business grew, the space was quickly outgrown with addition of new presses and staff. Chad started designing the new studio in 2013 in anticipation that Moglea would certainly outgrow its home. In 2014, Chad started construction on the studio with the help of friends, family and local contractors. The bottom level houses a letterpress studio and woodshop while the upper level has a shared kitchen and living quarters for short-term employees. The studio was built next to the Nishnabotna River that runs adjacent to the farm and stands high off the ground to protect the space from potential flooding.
Moglea was launched in May of 2012 by Chad and Meg Gleason. After moving to Chad's family farm in Audubon, Iowa, they bought a century-old letterpress and started creating the Moglea line. Meg sought to bring unexpected processes like dip dye and hand painting to the fine stationery market. Moglea moved the business to Des Moines, Iowa in the fall of 2018 where they continue to manufacture hand painted paper goods. They are currently working on expanding the Moglea line to include furniture and home goods in 2023.
Chad and Meg
Moglea is under the creative direction of Chad & Meg Gleason. Meg, the illustrator behind the stationery line, loves gestural brush strokes and intricate geometric patterns. Chad, the designer behind the furniture and home accessory line, loves pairing modern design with artistic finishes.