Silverplate Press

882 Pape Ave.
Silverplate Press is a custom letterpress & design studio created by husband & wife duo Amanda & Justin Keenan. We are one of a handful of letterpress printers in Toronto and the only one with a Vandercook 320G letterpress – which is the largest in the city, capable of printing sheets up to 20" x 30". We operate out of our storefront studio in the east end of Toronto, with 3 antique printing presses, each with their own story. We specialize in bespoke wedding invitations, baby announcements, posters, coasters, business cards and all sorts of paper goods.
Anna & Mat's Save the Dates
Anna & Mat's Save the Dates
Home Brewed Beer Coasters
Home Brewed Beer Coasters
Baby shower invitation postcards
Baby shower invitation postcards
Handset Kinfolk recipe card & thank you note with lined envelopes
Handset Kinfolk recipe card & thank you note with lined envelopes
Interview with Amanda from Silverplate Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
It's a craftsmanship; it takes time, patience, and an eye for detail. It is truly a labour of love.
What inspires you?: 
Cookbooks, Kinfolk Magazine, design & photography blogs, Pinterest, and everyday life in a big city is inspiring.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I use a Vandercook 320 mostly, but also a 7x11 Challenge Gorden and a 5x8 Kelsey Press. I only use VanSon ink and I print on either Crane's Lettra or French Paper's Muscletone.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
I tend to contrast the old with the new. I love using a classic font next to a trendy script. I look for ways to introduce an element of texture in my designs, where it be wood grain or a light splatter.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Mostly custom designed wedding invitations, but also business stationery like business cards, and also coasters, menu cards, jam jar labels, and large wood type posters.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Sometimes, I will offer a Vandercook intro workshop to get people excited about letterpress. This usually ends up with printing wood type posters that students handset themselves after mixing ink. It's a 3 hours workshop for 2 people.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
All knowledge takes time to learn and I think that is especially important with letterpress. The more I print, the better I get, and I learn new things about printing all the time. There isn't anything specific that stands out that I wish I would have known, because it's been a bit of a trial and error journey, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love that the letterpress community is so supportive and encouraging to new printers for that reason. I got much of my initial help from other printers.
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