Thanks for all the comments last week. Readers had a few questions in the Comments section. If one person has a question, there are probably others that do as well. So, the answers to the questions you’ve posted:
Anonymous readers posted twice asking what Letterpress is. Frequent readers of this site know that I’m a sucker for anything letterpressed (previous posts include this one and this one). I’m so passionate about letterpress that our wedding invites (see bottom of this post) were letterpressed.
What is letterpress? The Wikipedia explanation is here. It is a way of printing that literally stamps the words into and onto the page. If you run your fingers over a letterpressed item, the words and design will be sunk into the page.
Current methods of printing (such as laser) lay ink down on a page, upraising the words. Letterpress uses stamps and lots of pressure and ink to get the design on the page. The photo on the right is letterpressed stationary from Elum Designs. It’s next on my “affordable luxury items to purchase” list.
Then again, to elevate your bar of soap from a commodity to the sublime takes something special that not everyone is doing. Maybe Letterpress is just that thing.
Moon Valley obviously believes it is.
Next time you are in Portland, be sure to visit Oblation at 516 NW 12th Ave. (oblationpapers.com) They have beautiful papers, and do their own letterpress work right at the store. It was fun to watch!
I love letterpress as well. I always have a few cards around for extra special notes, congrats and thank yous. The feeling of opening a densely printed, luxurious card cannot be understated. Sometimes, people need affordable luxuries – like to celebrate a big award, graduation or a promotion. So, I always keep a few letterpressed cards around for that kind of stuff.
But for ever day use, they’re tough to justify! Beautiful though, if I had an unlimited budget. =)
Thanks for the info about the letterpress. I was also wondering exactly what it was but hadn’t gotten around to asking the question. It looks like one of those things I’m going to have to enjoy looking at and not delve into the art myself.
I loooove letterpress!!! I wish it was more affordable for packaging cause it looks amazing.
I like the look of letterpress also 🙂
Carrie ~ Gigi says
Reminds me of brass stenciling I do. If this makes sense- it’s similar, but different.