918 Printery

5 Harvest Lane
United States
918 Printery is a hobby studio producing printed works simply for the fun of it. I love printing. I am a life long printer having started off my commercial career in 1988 at the age of 16, much after the height of letterpress. For me letterpress printing is a way to relax. The time and thought it takes to set type and cuts, lock up a chase and make ready a print is just the change in pace needed from the push button electronic world of modern commercial print.
Interview with Matthew from 918 Printery
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What inspires you?: 
Multi color work from the late 1800s otherwise known as artistic printing.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
From week to week I do show print style poster on a Heidelberg Cylinder which is a dream of a press to print with. In the studio we have a table top Hohner B which I acquire in like new condition. There is also a Golding Jobber #7 that was a filthy mess but has been cleaned, painted and polished and looks more like a show piece than a printing press. Our last and most interesting press is an ATF Little Giant #6 that sadly sits wrapped up on a skid outside. One day the hope is to have it rigged into the studio and put back to use, hopefully doing some nice edition book work.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
For the most part the works I create are just for the sake of creating it. Occasional or Holiday cards, clever prints for framing, and the occasional stationary or wedding run for friends and family. I don't seek out commercial letterpress work, but I would like to build a relationship with some designers to work with them in creating works. For me the creative part is the hardest and I'd much prefer to print beautifully what some one far more talented can envision. I am always up for a challenge as well.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
I don't offer workshops but I am always willing to share and teach what I know to anyone that wants to hear me drone on about how wonderful I think printing, especially letterpress, is.
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