Letterpress... 

...is the original form of mass communication. The Internet of 1439. Devised by Johannes Gutenberg in Heidelberg, Germany, it reigned supreme for over 500 years before modern communication rendered it commercially redundant.

Until now.

Modern letterpress is a simple and elegant process of plate and paper, ink and pressure. But the secret to beautiful letterpress is in the nuanced approach of combining these elements to create pure poetry on paper.


Letterpress Queen

Letterpress Queen

Self-promotion is never an easy task, especially when you're Australian. We live in an age of rampant online narcissism, but we also lived in a country with a national pastime of pathological self-deprecation. So creating a printed self-promotional piece presented its fair share of creative challenges.

"Letterpress Queen" is the affectionate nickname clients and friends have given me. This project was a chance to really flex the print muscles, showcasing both the fine-tuned skills I use every day while exploring new and experimental uses for letterpress.

Produced in collaboration with lettering girl group The Letterettes, I conceptualised and art directed this piece, with lettering by Kate Pullen, Carla Hackett, Eliza Svikulis and Wanissa Somsuphangsri. The design brief was to create 4 Queens as oversize A5 playing cards. Each Queen represents and showcases a different skill or speciality and highlights the many strengths letterpress offers to print as a medium. They are also produced using an array of different paper stocks and in this way it acts both as self-promotion, swatch book and inspiration guide for recipients.

Photographs by Mark Lobo.

Hip Hop Hooray

Hip Hop Hooray

I'd Letterpress The Shit Out Of That

I'd Letterpress The Shit Out Of That

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