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How a letterpress innovator is making new impressions

"Post-digital letterpress.” Erik Spiekermann is always good with an apt phrase that works just as well in English as his native German.

Skills still make an impression

It’s apt that halfway through his interview with PrintWeek Patrick Roe spots an old Field-Marshall tractor trundling past his office window. Once a farm staple in the 1940s, these days such machines are a rare sight.

Cotton paper for digital and letterpress launched by Mohawk

US fine paper specialist Mohawk has launched Strathmore Impress, a “super-premium” uncoated paper made from 100% cotton fibre that can be used for digital, letterpress, engraving and foiling.

Great Britain tour for printing bike

Nick Hand, who pedalled his ‘printing bike’ from Bristol to Gutenberg’s birthplace in Germany in 2014, is planning a new printing odyssey from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

Inaugural Shipley Wayzgoose planned

A ‘northern wayzgoose’ is being organised over the summer by two Yorkshire-based exponents of letterpress printing and fine binding.

Wartime escape map-printer book to launch

The story of a man who printed escape maps during the Second World War after using shower tiles to construct a lithographic press is to be published in book form.

Star product: Caslon Adana 85C

A renaissance in craft print prompts the return of a favourite.

Solway upgrades its Xerox

Commercial printer Solway Print has installed a Xerox Versant 80 digital colour press to improve quality and allow it to take on a wider variety of jobs.

Farley proofing press sells for more than £4k

An old Farley letterpress proofing press has fetched an astonishing price of more than £4,000 after a bidding war between two buyers on eBay.

New trade service from Letterpress Junction

Two time-served printers have set up a new letterpress trade printing service.

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