HANDCRAFTEDLETTERPRESS

Photo: Peter Moczulak / moczulak.com

Pomegranate Letterpress + Design is a genuine letterpress print and design studio based in Oakville, ON Canada. We offer quality, hand-cranked letterpress printing mixed with our brand of design. Our work is a blend of olde-fashioned sensibility, craftsmanship and artisanship with modern design, newfangled technology and new printing techniques.


 


Pome Style

Eco-friendly, Green, Earth-friendly or Sustainable, what does it all mean?

This is a big topic for a little shop to tackle and began to realize that we are not “Green” – but we work hard to be sustainable. Sure we’re printing and using resources but we do our best to research and choose products that will have the lowest impact on the environment. We don’t use motorized presses, and as a result we can’t do massive run production projects. We’re an artisan printer that prints in small quantities. Our goal is to lessen our environmental impact, provide a quality service and run a fun passion business.

 

Inks

We’ve chosen the innovative Caligo Safe-Wash inks for our studio which are Linseed oil-based. The inks safely and easily wash away with soap and water alone. Linseed oil is produced from one of the oldest fibre crops – Flax. Unlike most inks, Caligo inks contain no heavy metals, have low VOC’s, and are AP Certified as non-toxic.

 

Papers

We are constantly searching for papers that maximize the recycled content and give preference to Certified Processed Chlorine Free paper (PCF). Whenever possible, we source Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper. We have also tested other non-tree paper but we have to ensure they work well with our inks. It’s difficult to find paper for letterpress that fits all these criteria and in smaller quantities for craft printers. We use Neenah Classic Crest, which is manufactured Carbon Neutral and is Green-e certified. We also love using Saint-Armand, Crane LettraMohawk Strathmore and Reich Savoy Cotton papers for texture and richness. Now we realize cotton is not the best eco-crop, but before you discount it, keep in mind that fibres can come from reusing textile cuttings and cotton ginning waste.

 

Photo: Peter Moczulak / moczulak.com