I get asked a lot, what is letterpress? If you have only seen photos in magazines it is hard to truly appreciate it.
Letterpress is type of printing, using metal or plastic plates with raised art and letters (along with metal type) that are pressed into the paper leaving a crisp, beautiful impression in the paper. That impression can be with ink or with out ink.
Letterpress is not new, it has been around for 100′s of years, it was the norm for printing back in Gutenberg’s time, mid 15th century. Today it is used for wedding invites, personal and business stationery, greeting cards, etc. It lends itself well to small quantities, heavy papers, etc.
Our letterpress is a Chandler & Price New Style, that weighs over 1000 pounds! It is a clamshell style press that is operated by a small motor. We very carefully feed each and every sheet of paper to it by hand! Each color is a separate trip through the press with separate plates. Letterpress requires very little ink and is very eco friendly. We are currently using all salvaged inks (inks that would have other wise been disposed of.) And the very nature of using an old press, giving it a new life — a new working life, means its not in a scrap pile somewhere!
Why do we love letterpress?
We love the feel and texture, and the subtle variances that occur when something is handcrafted. We love the statement it makes. Letterpress is an art.