MoetMoet Dutch Letterpress

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My studio is located very close to the central station in Maastricht. My girlfriend and me live together in a pretty big house in the same street. That house was build somewhere around 1917. Since it has it's limitations regarding to sizes and weights of the machines, I needed to put my machines in a workshop. MoetMoet started as a fascination for the old platen press I saw at the local printer where I used to work as a freelance designer. I felt very much attracted to this way of printing. In this digital society I like to have something non-digital. Working completely offline. No electricity except for the radio and the light bulb in the studio. It gives me great satisfaction. Every print is different. The ink on the rollers is never the same amount as there was at the previous print. All the imperfections, all this ink on my hands… time doesn't exist when I'm printing. Clocks are banned out of the studio. It's just me, the machines, the paper and ink. Nothing more.
Interview with Youri from MoetMoet Dutch Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
After we moved into our new house (2010) I started collecting machines & stuff. 2011 was the year in which I started letterpress printing.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
In a world that's ruled by digital systems, Letterpress keeps me connected with pure materials, craft and beautiful paper goods.
What inspires you?: 
There are many awesome letterpress printers out there. I love to spend an hour or two just browsing through online galleries, watching Vimeo or Youtube videos about letterpress. Apart from the digital inspiration I love to collect old books about graphic design, the craft of typesetting and printing. The way it used to be done feeds my mind with ideas and great feelings about "how it once used to be". Almost everything around me can be some sort of inspiration. I'm learning to open my eyes more and more every day. It's easier than you might expect. We take a lot for granted. I consider myself to be a lucky guy to live in a city that was build about 2000 years ago, so there's a lot of inspiration out there.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Heidelberg Windmill is my best friend. Back in the days when letterpress was the regular way of printing (high volumes) they used oil based ink. Since they're hard to clean and never really dry, I prefer the modern offset ink. The results are perfect and to me there's no need to use any other ink. I've tried different kinds of paper. The best one probably is Crane's Lettra and Gmund Cotton. But I like to experiment with other paper as well. It's great to browse around in my local art supply store and try a few sheets of God-knows-what-kind-of-paper.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
I love clean & simple design in one or two colors.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Right now most of my work is invitations, birth announcements and business cards. As long as I think it's fun, I will try to make it. If I don't like it, I won't do it.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Just send me an email if you'd like something nice :)
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
I'm not offering workshops yet.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
To me one of the most important things about this letterpress project is the snail-method. There is no hurry and I like to give myself time to experience every bit of it. From this point of view there is nothing I really wished I'd known as a beginner.
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