We recently had the pleasure of showcasing some fabulous letterpress wedding invitations and stationery suites by Coco Press at our Vintage Bride Wedding Fair in Melbourne. There tends to be a little air of intrigue surrounding the letterpress process, a design style that has been going strong for centuries, and Emmaline from Coco Press shares a little bit about her passion.
“So what is letterpress anyway?
Well I could give you a run down on the history of the printing press and wax lyrical about what a sad world we would live in if Johannes Gutenberg never gave us moveable type, but lets face it, letterpress is so much more than that.
Letterpress is an experience of the senses. Its beautiful to look at, the wonderful hand mixed ink in every colour ever imagined, the beautiful fonts coupled with funky design make a mini feast for the eyes. The impression stamped deep into the soft and beautifully textured 100% cotton paper begs not only to be touched but to be caressed by the softest part of your finger tips so no detail is left unexplored.
For the printer the sensory experience continues, each antique printing press has a voice of its own, singing its siren song to the printer as it bites into each fresh piece of cotton paper. The ink is a perfume the printer comes to love as they taste the excitement of printing each and every new piece of letterpress art.
So when you open my cards, stop, take a minute and admire the colour and stroke the paper like no one else is watching and smile as you imagine good old Johannes printing for the first time…yes it really would be a sad world if he never gave us moveable type.”
An example of Coco Press’s creative work is this stationery suite featuring a tandem bicycle & balloons, showing that the old world technique of letterpress can be entwined with modern design to create fabulous wedding invitations for the modern vintage bride.
“Coral and Nicholas were a young couple wanting to create something truly unique for their wedding invitations. Coral first contacted me wanting something featuring a tandem bicycle, she sent me some inspiration pics and from there I started sketching. I was really excited by the idea of the tandem bicycle and had some fun putting my own spin to a familiar wedding icon by adding the great big bunch of balloons. Happily they loved the balloons and we went ahead and added them to the entire stationery package. After some refining it was all systems go and I was able to start printing. The stationery was printed on kraft card to give the suite a unique and vintage feel.”
To view more of Coco Press’s fabulous work: www.cocopress.com.au