When did you start letterpress printing?:
I started printing on and off back when I was studying my Masters at University
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
The tactile nature of it all and how much more rewarding it is to print everything by hand instead of just clicking 'print'. I also love the smell of the inks, paper and even the grease of the press!
What inspires you?:
Clean, minimal design. I believe that simple is best and this shows in the design work I do. I also surf the net searching for letterpress and print forums/blogs/websites to see what other people are doing and how they go about doing it. I love to learn new tips & techniques!
I am trying to do my bit to keep letterpress alive and well!
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
My printing press is a hand operated Adana 8x5 Press
Papers I tend to use - 100% Cotton papers such as Somerset, Bockingford, Cranes and most recently Khadi which is made from cotton rag from off cuts of T-shirts from factories in India... Very exotic!
How would you describe your artwork?:
Minimalistic, clean and elegant. I like to combine old and new techniques to create unique pieces.
What kind of products do you create?:
Greetings cards, business cards, wedding invites, wine labels, stickers, name place holders, compliment slips, letter headed paper, clothing tags you name it! the only thing I dont usually do is large scale posters above A4 as my press is slightly too small to do large scale things.
I also offer a thermography service on all letterpress products that add that little bit extra to a final product. It adds a nice contrast in texture as with thermography the print is raised from the paper without embossing stamps.
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
Not at this time but I plan to in the future!
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?:
I researched pretty heavily although I underestimated just how much work is involved in letterpress printing. In the beginning i was terribly inefficient with my process however over time I have learned to become a lot more efficient... So i suppose generally i would have liked to know how other printers work when i first started.