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.

One print at a time is our contribution to the slow movement. Each of our creations is hand-crafted on our hand-cranked presses. Depending on the size of the piece, we’ll use our Chandler & Price Pilot (C&P) press or Vandercook SP15 (“Vandy”). And we print in limited quantities of 50-200.

Letterpress is a printing method with a long and rich tradition. Unlike offset and laser printing, letterpress is a relief printing process so, if you want, you can actually feel the pressed artwork in the paper. Deep impression is not something printers wanted to achieve in the past and in fact it was considering bad printing form to have any impression at all. Today, it’s one of the main reasons that people love letterpress.

If you need us to answer any questions, have suggestions, or have comments, please email us and we’ll get back to as soon as we can.

 


 

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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” – we really work 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. Another main principle for us is not using motorized presses, as a result we don’t massive run production projects. We’re more an artisan printer that prints in small quantities and not printing more than we need. Any off-cut paper is used for things like gift tags, business cards and test prints. Our goal is to lessen our environmental impact, provide a quality service and run a fun 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