Karakter Prints

van Hövellstraat
Karakter Prints started when Bart designed the birth announcement for his son Faas. Searching for a authentic way to print his design he came in contact with a letterpress printshop. Since the moment he received his cards, he was sold. He contacted a retired letterpress printer (who learned printing in a monastery decades ago) and started learning operating the presses. Since then a lot has happened. Bart made his first steps in Letterpress on a Adana 8x5. Now he is the proud owner of a 1900's Platen Press a 1955 Cylinder Press and a 1914 Karl Krause paper cutter. His main focus is learning as much as possible about the craft of old school printing and combining this with modern day trends and possibilities.
Birth Announcement by Karakter Prints
Birth Announcement by Karakter Prints
wood type print by Karakter Prints
wood type print by Karakter Prints
Letterpress invitation by Karakter Prints
Letterpress invitation by Karakter Prints
Prints by Karakter Prints
Prints by Karakter Prints
Interview with Bart from Karakter Prints
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
The power of simplicity and the honour of being able to work with presses that are 3 times older than myself.
What inspires you?: 
I get inspired working together with other artist, daily life and watching work of other studios on IG and FB.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Most of my work is done on the platen press, using van Son Rubber Base inks. I'm using different kinds of paper. Cotton papers and Craft is what i mostly use. I also love the papers of GF Smith.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
I love typography and simple designs. Mostly i work with other illustrators, so the designs i sell for birth announcements and invitations are quit different. While building up my woodtype collection my work gets more analog where i first used polymer plates for every print.
What kind of products do you create?: 
I create (business)cards and posters, birth announcements and invitations. I also sell stamps. Since this year i started making funeral card with Koester Kaarten (Cherish Cards) www.koesterkaarten.nl I print these cards on forget-me-nots-paper. You can plant these cards after a funeral creating you're own special memorial spot.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
You can buy my products in my own webshop on markets and i a few shops in the Netherlands.
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Yes! You can contact me for individual and group workshops. There are mostly more fun than educational, printing posters with friends ore colleagues, or making your own stamp. I also transformed an old bakers bike to a mobile letterpress studio. You can find my with this bike on schools, festivals and markets.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Learning letterpress printing is a process of trial and error. You can read dozen of books about it, bud without getting your hands dirty, you'll never be a good printer. Sure some tips would be welcome in the beginning, bud i learned the most of the thing that gone wrong. I'm happy getting to know the retired priner. He was and is an great help in times of trouble.
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