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What is letterpress?

What is letterpress?

Letterpress printing reflects an era of quality and craftsmanship.

Dating back to the 15th century, letterpress is the original method of printing. Today, it is considered an art form in itself. Letterpress uses the relief method, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. Each piece of paper and envelope is hand-fed into an antique press one sheet at a time, giving each character an impression that cannot be replicated with modern machinery. Tactile, beautiful and precious, a letterpress piece is a special gift for its recipient, who can distinguish the technique simply by running his or her fingers over the paper.

Being passionate about paper and design, letterpress is a favourite of mine, and I have vowed to bring it back to the masses in Calgary, Alberta!! When I opened shop July 1st, 2011 I made sure That Oblation Paper & Press was on my stock list. Oblation Papers & Press is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop and fine European paper boutique specializing in custom wedding invitations, baby announcements, and personal correspondence.

At Oblation Papers & Press, they employ traditional techniques to make sheets of cotton paper by hand using recycled remnants from the garment industry. Their paper is strong, acid-free and is perfectly suited for letterpress printing. They also offer a variety of other papers for our stationery and invitation suites, including high-quality cotton papers, museum board, 100% pcw papers, and bamboo paper. For each order the production staff creates individual plates on location, prints with soy based inks, and finishes every piece by hand.

Please come down to my shop at The Devenish on 17th Avenue and check out these amazing catalogues! There is the Black + White and Classic Wedding collections, Baby Edition, and Correspondence portfolios. Every custom letterpress invitation and announcement is designed and printed in Oblations Portland studio.

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