AT PINK TEAPOT, WE LIKE DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY
We favour attentive care, a thoughtful creative process, slow-paced perfectionism to create art that we can both see and feel. Our muse? A beautiful, oily, 1200kg piece of printing history that is the beating heart of Pink Teapot.
The precious art of letterpress printing explained…
Remember learning about the Gutenberg Press in high school? Our friend Gutenberg invented the first ever printing press all the way back in 1440. Movable blocks of letters were arranged inside a caddy, which was secured in place using a frame we call a ‘chase’. Craftsman would then apply only light pressure to transfer ink to the paper, leaving no impression, unlike the modern letterpress of today.
Gutenberg truly changed the way we communicate, and letterpress printing enabled bibles, books and newspapers to reach the masses.
When the faster offset printing took over centuries later, letterpress printing was left by the wayside, only to be revived in recent times as an artisanal printing method, favoured for wedding invitations and to provide some serious business card flex.
Today we see century old machines revived with a new appreciation for nostalgia and timelessness, but with a modern twist.
Ink is now pushed deep into (thicker the better) paper fibres, resulting in an impression that you can both see and feel.
Brushing off the dust and emerging from long forgotten back rooms, vintage letterpress machinery combined with modern polymer printing plates are now producing all kinds of beautiful paper ephemera to be adored by new generations of stationery geeks.
Once you run your fingers over a beautifully pressed piece you’ll see why we adore this antique craft – letterpress is simply a tactile love.
Pretty first impressions are our favourite kind, and that’s exactly what letterpress printing does
Here at Pink Teapot, we like to get our hands dirty. All inks are mixed by our careful hands,
and each piece of velvety-soft card is fed into our antique presses one by one.
We take our time creating your wedding invitations, birthday cards and business
stationery to ensure they’re just right, because we’re perfectionists like that.
Letterpress printing is a truly timeless craft, and a wonderful tribute to those special events in life.