The art of letterpress

When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, he was developing a process that is today sometimes referred to as letterpress. Letterpress printing is essentially a relief printing in which the type or plate is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper. Despite the technology’s age, today there remains a vibrant community of craft letterpress printers that produce some truly gorgeous work—work that ends up anywhere from broadsides and art prints to business cards and wedding invitations.

This brief video from Naomie Ross provides a great visual (not to mention aesthetically pleasing) overview of the letterpress process:

Although there can certainly be a lot of work involved and there are ways to complicate the process (for instance, the use of multiple colors), the basic technique is fairly simple, and in fact it really hasn’t changed much since Gutenberg’s time. Therefore, rather than elaborate further, I’d like to present a slideshow of some beautiful letterpress images from Flickr:

Lovely, isn’t it?

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