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ABOUT LETTERPRESS

I think the main reason that I fell in love with Letterpress printing is because it is a beautiful combination of old and new coming together.

I will try to explain what Letterpress printing is as simply as I can. Letterpress printing is a type of relief printing where text and image is printed using a press with a "type-high bed”, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper. Somewhere in the mid 1980’s commercial Letterpress was revived by the use of 'water-wash' photopolymer plates which can together with a base produce a type high printing surface of digitally designed art. This technology allows the artist to create endless designs that can be reproduced onto paper (the only restriction is size). Letterpress work gives a beautiful crisp look and texture because of its impression into the paper. This is why Letterpress has become so popular for invitations, stationery and greeting cards as seen on our site.

Letterpress only allows the artisan to print one color at a time. Printing multiple colors means the ink and photopolymer plate have to be changed for each colour run and the paper has to pass through the press for every new colour. I love this process as it gives me the opportunity to check every piece as it is run through the press. It constantly amazes me that a press that weighs over one tonne can have such a delicate touch. What I mean is that these pieces come off the press with such slight variations; it is like I am producing an original piece of art every time.

I think one of the greatest things about working with Letterpress papers is that it takes printing back to an era of quality and craftsmanship that is not often found in other printing methods today. The paper needs to be soft, yet it needs to have strength. Paper of this quality is not easily sourced. The paper that we use comes from some of the finest paper mills around the world. We prefer to use 100% cotton paper, not only for its beautiful feel, but more importantly it is ‘Tree-Free’.

I hope that after reading this you to are fascinated by the beauty of Letterpress printing. If you have any more questions about Letterpress, or if you would like a sample piece mailed to you then please feel free to email me at sales@plldesigns.com.au and I will be more than happy to answer your queries. If I have convinced you of this beautiful art, then please feel free to go shopping on our site.

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