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Me & my press

This is my first post, so apologies for the rusty start to blogging, but I wanted to share with you all of my work and goings on behind the scenes. Hopefully here I will share with you the processes that go into each print that I produce and also show you the ups and downs of what goes into printing ink... it's not always a one print wonder.


First things first, allow me to introduce you to my trusty press...


It's a beautiful Victorian copy press that I have had for many years now. I get asked so many questions about it; where did you find it? What is it? Can I buy it!?


Well to answer the first question - I bought it on eBay for around £50. It was a rusty mess when I got it but I took great satisfaction in cleaning it up.


Second answer is that it's basically a Victorian photocopier. To produce a copy, you would write up a document with copying ink laying it onto a sheet of thin damp paper. The pair were then placed in an iron copying press (like mine), pressed together, and a copy would be transferred to a piece of tissue paper. This style of press would also have been used as a book binder or nipping press, but my style was primarily a copy press and now - my loyal companion in letterpress art making.


Third answer is No. Not in a million years.



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