In a day dominated by the virtual, digital and intangible it was fun to offer a unique experience that was real, authentic and physical.
We recently invited old and new friends to join us in our letterpress studio, Atlantic Press, for a Letterpress Event. Guests were invited to create their own custom stationery using decades-old wood type on decades-old printing presses.
In addition to some good eats, the event was punctuated with fresh-brewed fair-trade organic coffee by the folks at Small Things, with live music by Scott Loudon filling the air.
The enthusiastic feedback we received from our guests confirmed our plan to host a second event in our Sizzlin’ Summer Letterpress Series.
Our love of letterpress dates back to the early days of Utley Brothers Printing, when, in 1945, it was a common method of printing. As the years passed and new presses and processes found their way in the world, letterpress declined and eventually nearly disappeared.
Today, the very thing that nearly drove letterpress printing to extinction is what has brought it back to the mainstream—the hands’ on, custom, classic nature that is craved by stationery lovers and all those looking to make a true impression. Letterpress takes that humanity and drives it into a superior quality, cottony-thick letterpress sheet of paper for an incredibly unique and artistic piece. Whether a bride looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding invitation or an executive wanting to hand out a business card that will turn heads, letterpress printing will set any project apart.
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