My favourite letterpress printers are Eastsix, an invitation design studio based in New York City. Run by “East-Siders”, Stacey and Marina (life-long friends from the age of 6), they aim to create a unique and beautiful design that suit the clients down to a ‘T’.
You can’t help but be awed by such intricate calligraphic and baroque-style press work. Add to that the tasteful colour palettes, high-quality paper, and you’ve got some beautiful invitations for your event.
Waste Yourself, the not-at-all-waste product of the mind of Norman Hayes, is a design studio based in Nottingham. Hugely popular for his dark and edgy work, Norm also does letterpress work in his garage, of all places. Not bad, if you ask me.
NB: The studio recently had a new addition in the form of Pone aka. Alex Fowkes, whose work I’m also a big fan of.
“Walking into our print room is like stepping back in time. The aroma of a letterpress print room is so nostalgic.”
Blush Publishing is a letterpress printing studio based in North Wales. Their oldest printing press dates back to 1893 and is ‘treadle powered’, so it uses no electricity. Each piece of paper is hand-fed, a highly tactile experience, and one which they describe as “a work of art”, and “beautiful…and mesmerising”. In short, they love what they do. And they create some highly inspiring designs as a result; just take a look at some of these:
Another US Letterpress designer – Alee & Press. Slightly less decorative than Eastsix, but still very pretty.
They’re 100% “Eco-Conscious”, only print with soy-based inks, and use 100% cotton paper (aka. “tree-free”!). They even shred their own packing material from misprints and scraps.
Louella Press uses slightly more tongue-in-cheek, typographic based designs – even so, they’re still incredibly well put together.
Take a look at their Etsy shop for more designs.