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Letterpress education

Letterpress is the oldest form of printing. It is a type of relief printing that involves ‘stamping’ an inked plate with raised pictures and letters onto paper. From its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century it remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. As each Letterpress item is handmade, every piece will be slightly different from the one before. It's not an art for those who like things clinical and exact, it is a craft, and its imperfections make it special.


A series of blog posts aimed at educating my readers about the processes behind letterpress.

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For more info about letterpress, check out these wonderful sites:

Invention-and-history-of-the-printing-press (With thanks to the students at for recommending this amazing resource!)

Ladies of Letterpress

Letterpress Commons

Briar Press


Excelsior press

Melbourne Printing musem


Penrith Museum of Printing

The Beauty of Letterpress



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