Earlier in the year I was contacted by a letterpress studio I do quite a bit of wedding work for – Bespoke Letterpress in New South Wales. This time they were in need of a tiny bit of lettering for their 2016 Mother’s Day Card.
I was more than happy to help!
The process of creating lettering for letterpress is, I have come to learn, not quite the same as regular calligraphy. The output is never quite the same as what comes out of the pen – a letterpress plate interacts with the paper very differently to a nib. Little gaps in lettering, like an ear on a ‘g’ that’s not quite touching the bowl, can come out of a letterpress looking like the plate is damaged or the ink has skipped just slightly. A stroke that leaves my nib as a fine hairline may need to be thickened in order to show up at all. So on top of the usual draft-contemplate-redraft-consider-rework process, there’s always a need to keep in mind what the design is for, and how it will get there.
I was seriously so delighted to see the final versions of these cards. Rose gold foil and the most beautifully delicate border!
And of course, the best thing about social media and the modern world is that, 750km away, I still get to see a snippet of them being printed. How cool is that?