Clementine Press

Los Angeles
United States
Yellow A - limited edition letterpress print.
Yellow A - limited edition letterpress print.
Books - linoleum block print.
Books - linoleum block print.
Less talkin' - letterpress print.
Less talkin' - letterpress print.
Stab bound books with original pastepaper covers.
Stab bound books with original pastepaper covers.
Interview with Richenda from Clementine Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
I took my first letterpress class at San Francisco Center for the book in 1997, but I didn't get my own press until 1999. Printing became a big part of my life after I finished grad school in 2002.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I really like the whole process: from sketching out an idea to setting type to proofing and production. But my absolute favorite thing is seeing multiple pieces drying on the table.
What inspires you?: 
My biggest inspiration is music. It shows up in my work over and over again. I am planning a multimedia project for 2012 combining music, letterpress and bookbinding.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I have a C&P Pilot press and a Showcard Signcard proof press. Right now I'm using the proof press most as I work through a lot of wood type art and card ideas. I inherited a lot of ink when I bought my C&P, so I'm mostly using old Van Son cans from the 60s! That stuff lasts forever. And for paper, I really like Paper Source. They have a great range of colors and I can just pop over to a store if I need something in a rush.
What kind of products do you create?: 
I make limited edition prints and a small line of greeting cards.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Yes. I offer bookbinding workshops a few times a year. My most popular workshop is Coptic Binding, but I also teach Case Binding and Japanese Stab Binding. I announce classes on my web site, twitter feed and Facebook page.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
I'm just now realizing I don't need to use harsh chemicals to clean up ink, if I do the clean-up right away. Since I work out of my home, it's a relief to use Simple Green to clean plates and brayers. It works just as well and doesn't damage my equipment or rollers.
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