Passepartout Press

Van Speijkstraat
The Hague
Passepartout Press is a letterpress / design studio located in Den Haag, the Netherlands. We specialize in workshops and custom birth cards and wedding invitations.
Interview with Anna from Passepartout Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
Late 2010. Xmas cards were my first venture.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
As a graphic designer, taking my designs from 2 to 3 dimensions is beyond thrilling. I love the tactile aspect of it, which you really miss, if you sit at a computer all day.
What inspires you?: 
Being in the Netherlands with it's rich history of great design and art. I love the Dutch masters. Great letterpress artists such as Studio on Fire, Ma Joie Press, Bespoke Press and anyone doing what they love for a living.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
For my press. I use an Old Dutch Tetterode. It's fully manual. Which makes for a lot of control and fun and a bit of exercise too. You can see pics of it on my site. Paper. I like Colorplan, Hahnemuhle etching paper, Zerkall, and basically trying anything lying around. I've used passepartout [framing mat] and had interesting results too. I'm not stuck on Crane's as so many people are. There's a lot of good paper out there! For Ink I use Vanson Rubber Base Plus. And I also expose my photopolymer plates myself on my hand-built [by me] UV exposure unit, which I'm very proud of.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Classic with a touch of quirk. I enjoy a sense of humor. I love gorgeous typography [I was classically trained at Parsons in NYC] and old illustrations; woodcuts, watercolors, line drawings. My work definitely has a touch of nostalgia. I also love Art Deco and Art Nouveau and that pops up in my work from time to time as well.
What kind of products do you create?: 
I'm up for anything. But obviously people are interested in baby announcements, baby shower invites, wedding invitations and the like. I did a calendar for SPRESSO design studio which was quite fun. I also make thank you cards and am working on a line of stationery, that will soon be available online and in select stores. Oh and lastly, business cards, letterhead and branding materials.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
YES! I teach a workshop on how to start your own letterpress studio. Basically it's a one-day course, where students submit a design. Come to my studio. And we take the design and print films from it. Use those films to expose a photopolymer plate. Wash out the plate and then print from it on the press! It's been quite succesful and a lot of fun, meeting new interested people and helping them out. I've had people come as far as France and Belgium! You can find more about it on my site.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Ha! Tons! I'm still learning every day and there's so much to discover. I would love to have taken an intensive course on the subject, but information is pretty limited in the Netherlands, especially in English. I get by with using forums and talking to people in the field.
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