Time-consuming, unforgiving, limiting and meticulous. What’s not to like? Just as abandoned industrial spaces have been reclaimed for various creative spaces such as studios and coworking spaces, the machinery that once filled them have been salvaged and repurposed as well. Letterpresses are being salvaged and capitalized upon by industrious makers. Despite the advances in media technologies that offer endless options, quick results and infinite customization all at our fingertips, there has been a resurgence of traditional crafts, tools and machines that have no ‘Undo’ button. Providing workshops to the public, collaborations with fellow printers, and products to clients who want some heart and soul in their stationary, letterpresses are doing surprisingly well—as in, not bankrupt. Not just for extreme hobbyists and Martha Stewart types, these presses have resurfaced as successful retail businesses mobilizing the printed equivalent of the ‘slow food’ movement.
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