When did you start letterpress printing?:
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
The hands on element. Start to finish you take pen and paper and create your design and take it through to the end.
What inspires you?:
We are inspired by our surroundings here in Cologne. We live in the 'SüdStadt' (South of the City)
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
We use a 1886 Golding Jobber, a Golding Official and an Adana 8x5. After a lot of research and conversations through forums etc. we came to the conclusion that 'soy ink' verses 'rubber based inks' argument is not really so black and white and so we decided on purchasing a set of used Van Sons rubber based inks saving them from landfill. Our papers are 100% cotton from Gmund, Lettra and Somerset and although we have a number of 100% recycled papers which we use, we are always on the look out for more varieties.
How would you describe your artwork?:
Our work is a mixture, but we both like simplicity and high quality finish and yet also the hand made element to be there. As keen illustrators we like to create prints of hand drawn element including text and illustrations of people etc. we don't use hand writing fonts but write the text ourselves by hand and create polymer plates from the original artwork. We love the simple black and white letterpress and find it so beautiful when using the right paper and a super rich black, we will explore this idea in our work in 2014 for sure.
What kind of products do you create?:
We print letterpress wedding invitation suites, business cards including edge painting, baby announcements, personal stationery and greeting cards from congratulations cards to Christmas cards. As a design and letterpress studio we have to balance our work between designing and printing, but this also means that very often when creating a new logo and brand for a client we are often asked to create their business cards in letterpress too. Being graphic designers and illustrators means when we have a new idea it is only a few steps away from a finished product. We create our own polymer plates in-house meaning we can get things running pretty quickly. We have our work for sale on our new online shop and in a few local businesses around Cologne. One of the services we have offered in the past was to allow our clients to print their very first wedding invitation on the press together, which we all really enjoyed with a glass of champagne. We offer this service on request.
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
As yet we don't but we have been asked on a few occasions, so it is something that we may consider in the future.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?:
Too many things to list here, but I think that two things that would have been nice to know at the start are... 1. the correct shoulder required on polymer plates and 2. The best method for creating edge painted cards etc. These are two things which have taken most time to grasp and with the Polymer Plates it has also been an expensive journey.