Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Alphabet Press - Studio Visit


I have discovered a wonderful letterpress design studio based here in Kuala Lumpur, The Alphabet Press. I came across their products in Designation in Publika and have been smitten ever since.

Letterpress isn't new certainly in Australia or England but here in Malaysia these guys are the only ones doing it so it's pretty awesome and they are very passionate about reviving the old printing process.

For anyone who doesn't know what it is, check it out. It is a process that uses a mechanical machine [a 1960's vintage German letterpress in this case] to create an indentation on paper, called the 'deep impression'. It is a very labour intensive process but it creates unique and 'perfectly imperfect' printed products. 

I was lucky enough to go and have a coffee and a chat to Cliff, see a whole bunch of gorgeous samples and meet the beautiful presses they have. (Me with Darjeeling below, they all have beautiful names.)

Originally graphic and web based designers, the guys behind The Alphabet Press have travelled far and wide (including trips to Melbourne) to learn the printing process and have gone back to 'basics' as so to speak in this digital age. They are so passionate about reviving the process and this is obvious in the beautiful work they are creating.

Products include stationery, cards, bespoke wedding and event materials, tags, coasters and specialty packaging. A few examples of their work.. 

You can buy their work here and if you are in KL then you can visit them here by appointment. They are very open to new opportunities and I am looking forward to working with them on an exciting new project... More soon :)

''The revival of letterpress is a painstaking effort. However, we are trying the best to keep old arts and old machinery together because that is all the tangible things we love.'' - @thealphabetpress 
K x

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