Like a lot of graphic designers, I too have fallen under the spell of letterpress. Not only are letterpressed products so beautiful, elegant and timeless, but I just love the idea of designing and working with my hands (as opposed to spending 10 hours a day on the computer in Illustrator and InDesign).
Whilst it’s resurgence has really taken off overseas (particularly in America), there are not a huge amount of well established letterpress companies in Australia. BUT this is beginning to change, starting with the opening of The Distillery in North Sydney. I am attending their launch on Thursday evening and will have my camera in tow to photograph the proceedings.
And then on Sunday I am off to the Penrith Museum of Printing to do a letterpress course on the Adana machine, which is a tabletop press. I cannot wait! Once again I will have my camera and will do a follow up post next week detailing my adventures in letterpress.
I have designed a new business card for myself which I will soon be getting printed using letterpress – I will show you the results as soon as it is completed!
For now I leave you with some lovely examples of letterpressed products.
Bicycle Letterpress Card by Letterpress Delicacies
Letterpress Launch invitation by The Distillery
David West business cards by Taste of Ink
Stephanie Reinish business cards by Dingbat Press
And some beautiful letterpress videos.