D&d Letterpress

Dee Why
My wife Danika and I (Doug) started our small letterpress studio after falling in love with the tactile nature of letterpress and the whole process involved in getting to the end result. Running a 1920's foot treadled Chandler & Price as well as a 1952 Heidelberg T-Platen we love to get our hands dirty working on a range of custom projects. Who really know what the future will bring but at the moment we love every chance we get to oil & ink up our presses and get the fly wheels in motion.
One of three swing tags for a beautiful custom made bottle of Limoncello
One of three swing tags for a beautiful custom made bottle of Limoncello
Interview with Doug from D&d Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
Danika and I started learning in 2011
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I love the challenge. Every project has its quirks and I am forever learning, but there is nothing better than pulling the first print on some thick cotton stock..
What inspires you?: 
Hand crafted thoughtful design and the skill of some of the makers out there creating beautiful handmade goods, not just letterpress, but over a range of mediums.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
We print on our Heidelberg T-Platen (Windmill) for our bigger jobs but love using our Chandler & Price platen for small jobs as it connects you just that little bit closer to the process.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Diverse! Lately we haven't had much time to work on our own design work as we work closely with designers on their projects but over the next few months we're finally getting a chance to work on our own custom work
What kind of products do you create?: 
Anything that can fit and run through a platen we'll give a go. Wedding invitations, business cards, coasters, swing tags, menus & other stationery is what we do a lot of but we're exploring a range of new avenues to extend our offering in the future.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
For now we produce custom projects for clients via our website ddletterpress.com.au
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
In early 2012 we ran a series of 'Introduction to Lettepress' workshops with &Company in the Rocks and they were a total hit. We made some great friends and it was great to see so many enthusiastic students sharing the same passion for letterpress. Later this year (2013) we'll be looking to run another round of workshops
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
There are times when I still feel like a beginner and I am constantly learning and improving but I guess the main thing is patience and making sure the presses are well oiled. Its better to over oil than under oil. Also briar press.org is like a bible. Go on there and ask any and every question you have.
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