Volta Press

Alt-Moabit 103
Volta Press is a letterpress studio founded in 2007 by Laureen Mahler and John Peck. The studio began in Oakland, California and relocated to Berlin, Germany in 2014. We specialize in creating distinctive printed works by hand, as well as teaching letterpress and creating design for print. Though most of our work focuses on letterpress, we also like to experiment with mixed media, including screenprint and Risograph.
Interview with Laureen from Volta Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Letterpress is one of the ultimate hands-on crafts, equal parts creative and logistical. We lose ourselves in printing with type or achieving tough registration, but we also love learning the mechanics of the presses.
What inspires you?: 
Our inspirations change a lot, but range from typography and classical art to fleamarket finds and daily explorations of the incredible city where we live.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
In the States we used Vandercooks and C&Ps. Here in Germany we use a Korrex, Grafix, and Heidelberg. Van Son ink has always been our go-to, and we love to experiment with different papers.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Modern and minimal, but often inspired by classic works and techniques. We love incorporating mixed media and experimental letterpress techniques into our work, but we also can't think of anything better than spending an afternoon typesetting.
What kind of products do you create?: 
In addition to creating our own work, we offer custom letterpress for individuals and businesses, including business cards, announcements, postcards, and posters. Our studio is a combination workshop and retail space, so we also print cards, notebooks, card games, and broadsides for the shop.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Alt-Moabit 103, 10559 Berlin
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
We offer letterpress and bookbinding workshops in our studio.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Slow down, enjoy every aspect of the print process (not just the result), always stock up on masking tape, and remember to print for yourself on a regular basis.
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