According to Wikipedia, “Letterpress printing is a term for the relief printing of text and image using a press with a „type-high bed“ printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image.” And who wouldn’t trust Wiki?
When I think of weddings, or any other event that requires stationary of some kind, I think of letterpress. Beautifully engraved, soft paper with a stylish and sophisticated look. Digging through tons of wedding invitation ideas for my best friend, I could not avoid looking into letterpress possibilities and soon figured: the US are far ahead of us. We can still hide behind Gutenberg but in terms of crafts at home, we are way behind! Since fall last year, you can buy a small printing press to indulge into this great hobby at home: Lifestyle Crafts sells one for $150 and they even have a blog to show you how to use it. My birthday is in October, just to let you know.
Of course, you can always build your own or buy a house that is big enought to feature a professional press in your crafts room.
Letterpress printing was invented in Germany in the mid-15th century by famous Johannes Gutenberg and is recently being rediscovered as something any one can do. And here, weddings were the starting point of a movement, too. This time it was not me looking for invitations, but brides wanting something special. Wiki says: “Letterpress publishing has recently undergone a revival in the USA, Canada, and the UK, under the general banner of the ‚Small Press Movement‘. Renewed interest in letterpress was fueled by Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, which began using pictures of letterpress invitations in the 1990s.” Thanks, Martha. And yes, when I did my research for this post, I found tons of small printers or even just hobbyists who produce the most beautiful things, for example Jordan .
Letterpress is actually quite easy to do: the hardest part is your imagination as you have to invent the layout yourself. Yes, you can buy printing plates, but how much fun would it be to see your own design come to life? To have the soul of your event in the invitations, the rsvp cards, the save the dates, the thank you notes? Anything is possible, I guess. Unfortunately, there are not too many places where you can learn how to do all that, but I am sure that the trend will soon make it over the Atlantic or the channel respectively. I am here to greet it, with lei and streamers. I may even compose a welcome song.
In Germany, there are some excellent business printers who excell in the traditional printing and offer special designs for special occasions: impressiona in Hamburg or Officina Polychroma in Hamburg.There are so many more, but I can list only a few, right? More beautiful images can be found at the National Stationary Show’s homepage. I could sit here all day and browse and browse and browse…
— Cati Basmati impresses lines onto her forehead
Autor: Cati Basmati, Blog: www.catibasmati.blogspot.com
Bild-Titel: Holger Bischoff