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Loving Letterpress


{2010 Help Haiti letterpress calendar by Studio on Fire}

Letterpress is a very old technique dating back to the 15th Century. It is crafted by using a relief or plate that literally presses into the paper; creating an indentation or "bite" as it's referred to in the letterpress community. Luckily, with the introduction of automated machines, the process has gotten faster and somewhat more affordable. Although you will find letterpress shops that pride themselves on running their press by hand.

The detail and intricacy of letterpress printing is what makes this type of craftsmanship a true art. Typography, illustration and design are all part of creating the highest quality product possible. Local design studios such as Armato, Studio on Fire and Dick & Jane do just that. Studio on Fire is perhaps the most notable letterpress printer located in the Twin Cities, with the design community taking notice of their striking designs.

If you're interested in learning more about letterpress printing the Minnesota Center for Book Arts holds evening classes in the spring and summer. Classes are taught by a professional and give insight into the design process; from conception to production. The spring session is currently full but they will be announcing their summer schedule on April 1, 2010. Check out DIY Bride to learn about do-it-yourself letterpress options. It's a great resource for information on custom plates, ink, papers and printers. Everything you need to know to start printing!

Lastly, the 2010 Help Haiti letterpress calendar by Studio on Fire featured above is available on their website for $30. 100% of the proceeds are donated to UNICEF fund for Haiti. What a great way to donate to a good cause! Click here to purchase.

For more info: Learn more about letterpress by singing up for newsletters at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Studio on Fire.



  • Mary Beth 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being accepted as an examiner blogger -- love the letter press and I think I could even attempt to make placemats from some of those neat materials! Love -- Mom

  • Anna 5 years ago

    You will love this! :) I will make sure to subscribe and get some crafty ideas from you Martha!! - Anna

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